Posts Tagged ‘FAQs’

Award-winning OTTERs

28 October 2009

Yes that is indeed correct: you are reading the blog of the award-winning OTTER team. Admittedly the prize was a box of chocolates but it was a prize nonetheless. What exactly did we win this award for? Well for having the winning entry in the virtual poster competition that was run by JISC as part of the OER Interim Meeting on the 20th October. You can view all the other competitors alongside our winning entry here: http://www.slideshare.net/heather_jisc/oer-project-posters-201009-compress2-2229165

I’ll stop bragging about the award-winning OTTERs now and talk about the poster in more detail. We wanted something that would stand out and that would be memorable so we took a more humorous approach by choosing to include representations of ourselves in the poster. We’re each being asked a key question by a panic stricken lecturer struggling to juggle all her commitments alongside being asked to make their resources open. The questions are answered by the relevant OTTER expert who provides the detail required in a clear concise manner.

The poster also provides an opportunity to welcome the two newest OTTER members: myself and Richard Mobbs. We’re both working as Learning Technologists for the team. It’s also, with regret, a farewell to a former OTTER, Simon Kear, who is now our resident Zookeeper.

OTTER Virtual Poster Slide 1
OTTER Virtual Poster Slide 2

The OTTER team are always available to answer any questions you might have on OTTER and OERs, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment in the blog.

Emma Davies
Learning Technologist

OTTER dissemination seminar

25 September 2009

Yesterday was an exciting day for the OTTER team as we held our first official dissemination event.

The audience from Leicester were accompanied by attendees from JISC and Jorum, and all listened to us give an introduction to the types of OERs we were aiming to produce, the technical considerations we had to take into account, a rousing run through of OER FAQs (thank you, Sahm), as well as an update on the copyright and IPR issues we have encountered/tackled to date.

PowerPoint slides from the presentations can be viewed here.

We were also honoured to have Tina Wilson from the Open University as our guest speaker. It was great to hear from someone at the institution who introduced the UK to OERs on a grand scale via OpenLearn.  She talked about a range of projects run by the OU, ending with their most recent – SCORE – which aims to provide support for other UK OER projects.

Integrated into the programme were two question-and-answer sessions, and the audience had clearly been listening as they came up with some tough questions for us all.

The feedback received so far has been good, and we hope to be able to deliver an update at our next dissemination event (date tbc – watch this space!).

Tania Rowlett

Copyright Officer