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Ripple: OER cascade



To ensure that the lessons learned through the OER Phase 1 Programme help to inform the strategies developed at other UK HE institutions contemplating OER release, the team responsible for the successful delivery of OER from Oxford University (OpenSpires) will provide expert support and training to Harper Adams University College and Oxford Brookes University, neither of which are currently involved in OER release. We will help these institutions to understand their own institutional implications, investigate local solutions for sustainable OER release, develop effective engagement and dissemination strategies, and aim to release some of their materials under a Creative Commons licence.

Aims & Objectives

By providing a package of support and training to the partner institutions we aim to get them to a state of readiness for more widespread OER release.

To share and openly disseminate the learning materials relating to OER release generated during this project plus sharing the knowledge gained through our experience of providing support, what worked and what did not, so that the wider community can learn lessons from our approach.

For the partners to achieve some small-scale OER release by testing the processes and policies developed during this programme of support.

Project Methodology

By adopting a workshop-based approach, Ripple will deliver specific, tailored support primarily designed to increase knowledge in the partner institutions whilst also producing a series of outputs which will be released openly for the benefit of the wider community. Topics and content for the workshops will be developed in consultation with partners to ensure that the support is tailored to the areas of greatest need.

Anticipated Outputs & Outcomes

Five training workshops

Online support sessions between events

Event documentation and podcasts (released as OER)

Case studies from partners

Project blog to capture comments, insights, discussion which will inform final report

Evaluation & Final Report

OER release from partners

Partners will be able to put into place policies, processes, and dissemination and communication strategies which will enable them to achieve a change of the attitudes towards OER release. By pursuing some small-scale OER release, each institution will demonstrate the advantages of OERs to their academic and student communities, stimulating future interest.

This project outline originally appeared on the JISC website as arcihved at https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140614101613/http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer2/ripple.aspx under a CC-BY-ND-NC license.