Workflow for converting to OER

I’m busy working on finishing work package 3 and work package 4 at the moment. We’ve been using the CORRE framework to review all the resources identified in the audit at LSE and Birmingham. There will be four additional ‘tests’ performed to check the permissions status, to check for accessibility, for findability and for adaptability. I feel a bit like I was barking up the wrong tree for a few weeks, as I had thought we needed to convert a lot of materials into Open Office format. On reflection after a useful discussion with a colleague who uses Open Office, this wouldn’t improve the adaptability of the resources very much! So I think a lot of the materials we’ll deposit will probably be made available in Word, PowerPoint and in PDF format. if someone wants to re-use a Powerpoint file and has Open Office they can open a Mircosoft version anyway. But if all we had was Open Office versions, then people using Microsoft can’t open them without installing an ‘add on’. A lot of the PCs at LSE are locked down so this would be impossible. So on balance, I think sharing them in their current format is a better option than converting to Open office.

I picked up some useful examples of work flows to convert materials to OER from previous JISC OER projects. It’s amazing what you can get back on Twitter when you put out a call! Thanks to various people from the OER programme team who shared a few useful links on the JISC site and from the STEM project website.

I’ve just sent a draft of our Interim project report to our critical friend, so I hope to finalise this next week. I’ve also got some useful input on our project memorandum of understanding so I expect to finalise that next week too! And very exciting, next week I’ll be teaching the sessions on digital and information literacy to our PGCert students at LSE. We have a seminar on Monday where they are reading the recent article by Chris Jones et al (2010) entitled: Net generation or Digital Natives: Is there a distinct new generation entering university? Then later in the week we’ll be exploring what digital and information literacy are, how they relate to learning theory and what impact they have on their teaching.

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