Learning from OER Phase 1

I finally got around to reading the JISC OER Synthesis and Evaluation Project Final Report today.  Authored by Lou McGill, Helen Beetham, Isobel Falconer and Allison Littlejohn of the Caledonian Academy, it’s very thorough and covers everything that we could possibly need to know about the previous OER projects.  I would recommend reading the whole report, but the sections that I found particularly useful were:

  • Barriers and enablers – this section sets out very neatly the various barriers/enablers to OER projects, splitting them into sections based on role
  • Pedagogy and end-use issues – even though the authors specify that this area was not the primary focus, this section covers Discoverability and usage, which for many content creators are two key issues
  • Programme issues – this chapter outlines lessons/issues at programme level for funders and project managers
  • Summary of key lessons – this chapter outlines the lessons learned from all Phase 1 projects
  • Recommendations – finally the authors condense all of the issues/lessons into their key recommendations to anyone undertaking future projects, institutions, users and funders

Of all Phase 1 projects’ comments mentioned, those of the BrOME OERP really stood out as particularly helpful, so I’m now off to read their final project report too!

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