Posts Tagged ‘JISC’

Latest developments in OTTER copyright

4 February 2010

So, what’s been happening in the OTTER copyright world recently? Well, this week I’ve been working on a great resource from our Geology department entitled Snowball Earth, which has required one of the most extensive sets of permissions requests so far.  I’ve looked at many, many pictures of the earth from NASA JPL/Caltech and received positive responses from as far afield as Australia (thank you PIRSA).

I’ve also been liaising with our Student Support and Development Service (SSDS) about their broad range of award-winning*resources covering everything from Research, Writing and Study Skills, to Career Planning and Applying for jobs.

Straight after the Christmas break the Beyond Distance Research Alliance had their annual Learning Futures Festival, an eight day, purely online conference, at which OTTER held two workshops, and my colleagues gave a variety of presentations.  All will be available soon via our new OER institutional repository http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/oer.   Amongst other things, one conclusion I came to following the conference is that more education is required about Creative Commons licensing and copyright in general.

I was pleased to find out this week that JISC have released some new copyright guides: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/all-you-need-to-know-about-copyright/ which explain copyright in general, and in relation to audio visual resources and still images.

Last week I attended a great CILIP event called Copyright in the Web 2.0 Environment.  I came back knowing a lot more than I did about the ownership of material in blogs and wikis and was introduced to the concept of content scraping (not a term I particularly like!).  Sadly it didn’t cover Second Life, which would have been useful for my colleagues, who have so far managed to run a Sports Day, a psychology training exercise, and give a presentation through the virtual world, but I’m sure there’s one in the pipeline.  It would also useful for our Swift (Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project.

Next on the horizon, apart from checking and clearing the last sets of material from our partners, is preparation for OER10 in Cambridge in March, at which my colleague Sahm Nikoi and I have been accepted to give an oral presentation.  These last few months of OTTER will not be quiet……..

By Tania Rowlett, 4 Feb 2010

*They won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Support 2009-10

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

JISC’s OER start-up meeting

16 June 2009

Both Gabi and I found the JISC Open Educational Resources Programme start-up meeting last Tuesday to be very useful.

It was great to meet both our JISC colleagues and representatives from the other OER projects. The JISC presentations were instructive and well coordinated, and all the speakers were happy to answer queries from the floor. (For links to descriptions of the sessions, see the oerstartup cloud in the Open University’s cloudworks site.)

As OTTER‘s learning technologist, I was particularly pleased to see Nicola’s faultless demonstration of the new OER Deposit Tool. I hope to add our first completed OERs very shortly, but in the meantime I’ve been familiarising myself with the tool’s 4-stage interface and uploading a few test files. Its simplicity wasn’t quite what I had been expecting, so it has been a very nice surprise.

We also found very useful the institutional strand session in the afternoon hosted by Heather. I had no idea that so many of our partner HEIs had existing OER experience. It’s a shame that we didn’t have enough time to chat to each other after the seven introductions. Fortunately, though, Nottingham’s BERLiN project is only a few miles up the M1. I think there is much OTTER could learn from Andy and the others on U-Now.

I’m in the process of setting up my JISC OER aggregator, on which I will include all project RSS blog feeds and websites. I also look forward to chatting with my OER colleagues on Jorum Community.

So thanks to Heather, David and everyone else at JISC for a successful start-up meeting.

Simon Kear