Open educational resources in distance education: Adopting a model of open learning in academic practice
Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos (Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, King’s College London)
Charles Kasule (King’s College London)
Patricia McKellar (Associate Director, University of London Undergraduate Laws Programme)
Prof Steven Warburton (Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Surrey)
TRA5 Hatzipanagos (final report) [pdf, 565kb]
The project addressed the problem of identifying educational resources on academic practice from which tutors can benefit from in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) environments. We repurposed a collection of digital learning resources to support programme learning outcomes. These were audio (mp3 files), or videos, PPTs with audio commentaries, and readings that offered a critical approach to understanding learning and teaching in higher education, to be used for self-study by ODL tutors. The resources addressed key topics in academic practice such as assessment, teaching in small groups, tutoring online, etc. and included activities for independent study and self-assessment. We engaged a targeted group of tutors in the use of OERs in their practice. Digital content and technologies offered these practitioners new opportunities for learning, primarily through sharing and reusing of OERs and promoting a concrete pathway for developing competencies in ODL teaching.