June 2009
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Reflections: induction session three

In the third induction session a lengthy discussion was held on the subject of insurance and copyright. It didn’t resolve all our queries, but it did raise some issues for further exploration. A provisional flow chart was created, that would be given to the academic with their material. As they annotate their course material, it […]

Reflections: induction session two

In the second session we looked at the working process of creating the material, the metadata and the local repository. The process Materials will be licensed-in to the University from the academic. The material will be printed and given to the academic, with a guidance sheet, for them to mark-up in terms of authorship. Once […]

Reflections: induction session one

In May the learning technologists had three induction sessions. We’ve been busy getting to grips with the project and so there’s not been much time to reflect on them, but here finally is an overview of what was discussed. Managing the material We will need to investigate the contractual status of the authors (academics), and establish where (and […]


Grainne Conole from the Open University visited Exeter last week to give the OER team members an introduction to the new Cloudworks website which we are thinking of using as a ‘pedagogical wrapper’ (credit to Tom Browne for this description!). Here’s the presentation: Developed by the Open University, Cloudworks ( describes itself as ‘a place to […]

ET collective #02: specialist subjects

This week we’ve added a grand total of nineteen new bloggers, so hopefully we will see a range of interesting posts from contributers around the University. Rich has begun to work on some material on Cornish History, Ian is continuing to work on Geology and Prehistory and we’ve also been looking into the use of […]

ET collective #01: first steps

Every week we (the educational technologists as a collective trio) will be adding an update on the way the project is going… Ian and Rich have been working on the material from different angles – Ian by developing some instructions for the academics and making them readily accessible via Google docs, and by beginning the process […]

OER startup meeting in London – 9th June

On 9th June Matt Newcombe and I attended the Open Educational Resources Programme Start-up Meeting. I say 9th June, it really started the day before with an early night in order to get up at 5:30 to catch the train to London. This meeting was for all 3 programme strand projects (Individual, Subject and Institutional) […]

Retention of copyright at ‘licence-in’

We have been having some lively debates regarding IPR issues.    It seems that the answer to most questions is ‘it all depends’ which is very frustrating when we are seeking definitive answers, which would in turn determine what action then takes place. In conversation with some of our depositors, there is also much mis-information and […]

Progress so far…

The project website is now up and running and contains a variety of information, including details of the work packages that will be undertaken, links to useful resources, and contact details for the project members. We have also decided to use Google Docs to store the majority of our working documents. This enables us to work collaboratively on […]

Some retrospectives – meet the Educational Technologists

Welcome to our three educational technologists – Anna Howell, Ian Wellaway and Richard Holding. They are seconded 50% for the duration of the project from our School of Education and Lifelong Learning. All three are very experienced Ed Techs but we thought it would be useful in the first few weeks of the project to set up […]