Evaluation and synthesis meeting

The evaluation and synthesis team at Glasgow Caledonian held an Elluminate meeting on Tuesday which I attended. We were introduced to the evaluation and synethesis frameworks which come from phase 1 of the OER programme. This framework was used by some of the projects and should be helpful for planning the evaluation and synthesis workpackage for DELILA.

We had to do some work during the meeting and were asked to consider the following areas:
• Approaches to OER release
• Developing, managing and sharing OERs
• Expertise
• Business cases and benefits realisation
• Cultural issues
• Roles, rewards and division of labour
• Legal issues
• Technical and hosting issues
• Quality issues
• Pedagogy and end-use issues

Each project was asked to consider which areas we need more support/information about? And which areas we expect to enhance with new knowledge and evidence? I struggled to answer this but suspected we needed support around quality, pedagogy and end use issues. I was less concenred about technical issues and legal issues, although I suspect OER will be a new challenge for LSE as we’ve not gone down this route before – so lots of institutional issues will need to be worked through. We hope we can enhance knowledge about how OERs can support accredited courses and how OERs might be used by educational developers.

The Which Evidence part of their wiki is helpful, so depending on your message they provide examples of evidence you could use. In our project we certainly hope that developing OERs will help out staff develop their skills, that it will lead to cost savings, and greater efficiencies as we don’t all ‘reinvent the wheel’. I need to think about we provide evidence this happens!

The team also said they’d like to pair us up, and informally our project has already paired up with the team at UCL working on the CPD4HE project. I’ve added a link to their blog from our blogroll. They suggested that pairing up might help with the evaluation and I think this would be useful. I’m going to get in touch with Jane Hughes at UCL about her work package in this area.

We were also asked to find a pilot phase output that would help our project. DELILA has already said they will use of the outputs of the HUMBox project and the CORRE framework developed by the OTTER project. But there are lots of useful outputs I can see us using, including some of the presentations from other projects aimed at staff within an institution about what OERs are. The resources are all available on the OER Infokit.

The JISC online conference is going to be 23-36th November so someone from DELILA should definitely attend. More details are available on their website. For the rest of today I hope to be taking a more detailed look at Xerte, which we’ve installed at LSE recently.

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