CoPILOT workshops

Nancy and I gave two workshops before Easter at the LILAC conference at the University of Manchester and at the OER conference at the University of Nottingham. Nick Sheppard wrote up our session at OER13 on the official blog. Our slides from LILAC13 are on their website. In both cases we wanted to find out from participants how a community of practice for sharing IL resources might work in practice. The findings will feed into the work of the CoPILOT committee who are working to set this up in the UK. CoPILOT is now a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and we have an enthusiastic group who are helping us with this endeavour. More soon but do have a look at the IL-OER wiki we have set up.

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CoPILOT Project case study now complete

Nancy and I were asked to produce a case study as part of the JISC / HEA funded project CoPILOT, which we worked on from October – December 2012. The project looked at whether we could build an community of practice to share information literacy OERs. We used some of the resources we converted to OER as part of the DELILA project.

The platform we chose was the UNESCO WSIS Knowledge Communities platform. We have a community for sharing information literacy OERs, which is on going, so if you are interested then please do sign up.

The CoPILOT case study is now available online and is also on the HEA website.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Happy 10th birthday to Creative Commons!

As some of you will know on the 16th December Creative Commons will be 10 years old!

This initiative has altered the landscape for IPR and copyright and has opened up the discussion about sharing resources, content, teaching and research material.  We used CC licences as part of DELILA and discussions about using CC with teaching material are becoming more and more common (no pun intended!).

As part of wider CoPILOT work, we will be organising CC training for UK librarians in 2013. Watch this space!

More information about 10th birthday celebrations are here:

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Project Co-Pilot gets funding

The University of Birmingham and London School of Economics and Political Science will be working with the Information Literacy Section of UNESCO on a short project funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy under phase three of their open educational resources (OER) programme running from October until December 2012. Find out more from the Project Co-pilot webpage.

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Survey report now available

The CILIP CSG-Information Literacy group are delighted to be partnering with UNESCO to collaborate on a new project to share information literacy open educational resources in the UK. Jane Secker (LSE) and Nancy Graham (University of Birmingham) are representing the group. With this aim we conducted a short survey of librarians in April 2012 to gather information about the OER collections they currently use and to identify people interested in working on the project either in the UK or elsewhere in the world.

We held an event at the University of Birmingham on 14th August and got together a group of interested librarians. We now have set up a mailing list if you are interested and would like to join IL-OERS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Many thanks if you filled in our survey, The FindingSharingOERs_reportFINAL is now available.

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Building a community of practice


Yesterday we held a workshop at University of Birmingham to get together interested librarians to talk about how we build a community or network to share open educational resources on information literacy in the UK. A great day was had by all and our presentation is available online. More to follow soon as we had loads of great ideas!

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