Open Ed Webinars for Open Ed Week 7-11 March 2016

Welcome to Open Education Week 2016!

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The Open Education Special Interest Group of the Association for Learning Technology, and working together with the OER16 Conference committee, has put together the following webinars during this week. It’s a great opportunity to join in, discuss, ponder and apply the benefits of open education in your practice — not to mention register for the Open Education Conference OER16 in Edinburgh next month!

(With thanks to the ALT OE SIG from whose site the following listing has been reproduced here)

What next for Jisc and UKOER in a post-Jorum world?

7 March 2016, 12.30 – 1.30PM

With the announcement of the retirement of the Jorum service, the UKOER community and indeed the international OER community have been interested to know what this will really mean.

This webinar will adress these questions by providing an update on the process to retire Jorum and also the status of its resources post-closure. An overview of the new Jisc Content and App Store and how this product will will deliver OER with a new approach will also be presented.

Siobhán Burke is the OER Service Manager for Jisc, running both the Jorum and Hairdressing Training services, working in the Learning, Teaching and Professional Skills team for 3 years. Previously, Siobhán worked for 6 years at the University of Manchester Library and had responsibility for delivering electronic resources to the entire university.

The webinar will run in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed using the following link:

A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.


‘Transforming OER into accessible OER’

9 March 2016, 1.00 – 2.00PM

Disabled students need access to resources that can be adapted to suit their needs along with successful interaction with assistive technologies. The provision of accessible materials is now a legal obligation. Can OER provide a solution for both students and institutions? The UKOER programme from 2009-2012 produced a huge range of teaching materials, many of which tried to incorporate accessibility features. But access audits have shown that the embedding of accessibility features has often been forgotten. This may have been due to the complexities involved with the process of releasing OERs or a lack of awareness about the ease with which some small adaptations can enhance use for all, not just for those with disabilities. This webinar will look at how materials can be released in an accessibility-friendly way with minimal effort. A culture of inclusive thinking, from purchases to personal practices, is good for everyone and all the more urgent with changes to disabled student allowances.

The webinar will run in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed using the following link:

A recording will be available afterwards.

OER16: Preview and publicity

11 March 2016, 12.30 – 1.30PM

Join OER16 keynote Catherine Cronin and members of the conference committee for a preview of the OER16 Open Culture Conference taking place at the University of Edinburgh on the 19th and 20th April. Catherine Cronin is an educator and researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her work focuses on open education, formal/informal learning, digital and network literacies, and digital identity practices Conference co-chair Lorna Campbell will give a brief introduction to the conference themes which include creating cultures of openness, converging and competing open communities, hacking, making and sharing, openness and public engagement, and innovative approaches to opening up cultural heritage collections for education. An exciting and eclectic range of keynote speakers has been lined up for the conference; Jim Groom, of Reclaim Hosting, ds106 and edupunk fame; Melissa Highton, Director of LTW, University of Edinburgh; Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Oxford; John Scally, Chief Executive and National Librarian at the National Library of Scotland; and Catherine Cronin, of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Catherine will be joining us to introduce some of the ideas and questions she’ll be exploring as part of her keynote. Catherine will be asking “If ‘open’ is the answer, what is the question?”, and exploring how we can broaden access to education in ways that do not reinforce existing inequalities. ALT Open Education SIG Co Chair Vivien Rolfe will also be on hand to talk about her personal experience of attending open education conferences and events, including the recent Hewlett Grantees OER Meeting.

The webinar will be accessible from one hour before the start time at the following link:

A recording will be available afterwards.


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