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Webinar on impact of Open Education – Findings from the OER Research Hub, 30 September 2015, 12.30 – 13.15 BST

Presentation by Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, Institute of Educational Technology Open University. Introduced by Ella Mitchell and Sarah Bridgman.

The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OERs, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This talk explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection on the part of educators, and the use of OER to trial and supplement formal study. There are also indirect impacts, whose benefits will be seen after several iterations. These include the wide scale reporting of adaptation, and the increase in sharing and open practice that results from OER usage.

This webinar is being run via Blackboard Collaborate. The link to the session is:…

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Category: ALTC


The ALT OER webinar

The ALT OER webinar

Caroline Greves moderated and has shared the video link of the webinar here:

Thanks very much for taking part in the session today, a recording is
now available from the ALT Repository at:



This was a well attended webinar – 30 people took part, with most staying for the whole of the time. Maren deepwell, the ALT Chief Excutive started with a summary and telling us about the various ALT publications; then Alastair and I spoke about our SIG and the mini project we did with inviting members to submit case studies/ materials to the ALT repository – we now have a process for this, so if you have anything you would like to showcase and share, there is a simple form here:

Martin Hawksley then talked about OER and types of MOOCs – and invites us all along for ride at we can register now – the TEL MOOC starts again in April – Martin has recently been appointed as ALTs Chief Innovation, Community and Technology officer

Megan Quentin-Baxter updated us all about the forthcoming OER 2014 Conference 28/29 April in Newcastle, and shared the fantastic range of speakers – many known to us already, but of particular interest to our SIG is Catherine Ngugi, Project Director, Open Educational Resources Africa is speaking – more information here:

The OER SIG has an open invitation out for committee members – see the JISC mail list…


Category: sabbactical

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LearningLayers  is showcased as part of Open Education Week 10-15 March 2014

The third annual Open Education Week takes place from March 10-15, with both online and locally hosted events around the world. This is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement, and  Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that allow everyone to reuse and modify educational resources.  Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for everyone, everywhere, all the time.  It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources to build something new.  Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and more. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world (

Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

WEBINAR – Open Education in the ALT Community – Thursday 13th March 12.30 – 13.30

Debbie Holley has a 5 minute slot to talk about the case studies of exemplary practice that have been peer reviewed by the ALT OER Special Interest Group (SIG) and uploaded to the ALT repository. This includes the Learning Layers ODL project. The ODL ALT link is here