OER3 Programme Meeting – Part I

The recent JISC OER3 programme meeting brought together people from four different project strands (HEA/OER Themes, Rapid innovation, and Content). 

Following introductions by the Programme Managers of their programmes, David Mossley hosted my first ‘open space activity’.  Essentially we were asked to discuss our projects with people from other strands and identify similar themes in the various issues we were encountering.  Formats, testing & evaluation of outputs, IPR, sustainability, and overall time constraints were the main things we drew together.

The following session then asked us to discuss one of these challenges in greater depth, and identify ways of resolving them.  We then proceeded to tease out the main areas of contention relating to evaluation:

  • what are we evaluating (the content, the format, the learning opportunities presented by our outputs)?
  • what standards should we use – do JISC give any guidance?
  • How long do you need to continue evaluation (all the way through the project, at the end, after the project)?
  • Should we be drawing up an evaluation plan, and if so when?

In addressing these issues, we agreed it would be a good idea:

  • for JISC to provide some standard criteria against which we can evaluate resources
  •  to draw up an evaluation plan as early as possible in the project
  • to engage our partners and steering group members in the evaluation process and to draw on their communities for participation of a range of users
  • to attempt to gain both quantitative and qualitative data through web analytics, surveys, benchmarking and focus groups

On the first point, I should mention that JISC did go on to show us their OER evaluation toolkit which details useful evaluation resources, the kind of evidence they look for, and the benefits of having an ‘evaluation buddy’ (teaming up with another project, enabling you to discuss ideas and strategies). 

We are starting to think about evaluation in the project, and hoping to get some preliminary feedback on our digitised content and OERs before the summer, to enable us to incorporate it into our subsequent outputs.  If anyone reading this blog would like to participate in this evaluation process then please drop us a line.

A further blog on the afternoons events will follow shortly: OER3 Programme Meeting – Part II

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