Project Deliverables

Main Aims and Objectives

The main aims and objectives of the project are to  :

  • Establish a showcase Open Education Resources Portal
  • Establish a network of Open Education Practice Champions
  • Promote & Embed Open Educational Practice across the HE Sector
  • Launch an all Wales sMOOC (Short Massive Open Online Course) aimed at helping students to survive their first few weeks in University

 Open Educational Resources Portal

Showcase

The showcase portal has been launched to present the best examples of open educational resources across the HE Sector in Wales. You can find the showcase examples here.

This resource will be developed and added to over time as more resources become available.

 Open Educational Practice Champions Network

Dr Luke Sloan - One of our OER Wales Cymru OER Champions

Dr Luke Sloan – One of our OER Wales Cymru OER Champions Photo by Lis Parcell

The Champions Network was established in 2014 across Wales in order to share best practice and promote and embed open educational practice in Higher Education.

The Champions Network is co-ordinated by Debbie Baff the Project Manager.

The network has a representative from each university in Wales as well as other key agencies in Wales.Although the network is aimed at Higher Education, as an open network all those interested in open education are welcome.

 Embed Open Educational Practice across Wales

Open Educational Practice Workshop November 2014 Photo by Lis Parcell

Open Educational Practice Workshop November 2014
Photo by Lis Parcell

A series of open educational practice workshops took place in 2014 in South,  Mid and North Wales. You can read more about the workshops in the blog.

The network also plans to host a series of webinars and associated activities in 2015 to investigate how the Champions can develop further.  More details will be posted on this in the blog soon.

Wales is also hosting the sixth international Open Educational Resources conference (OER15) in Cardiff on the 14th and 15th April 2015.  Please visit OER15 to find out how you can take part.

 Develop and Launch a Student Survival sMOOC

The project has developed and launched a pilot version of the all Wales Student Survival Guide sMOOC ( Short Massive Open Online Course) aimed at helping students to survive their first few weeks in University. This short course is free to study and open to anyone hoping to attend university for the first time.  The course is available both in English and Welsh.

Student Survival Guide sMOOC Pilot Course

Course participants will not receive credit for undertaking the course but are able to claim an open digital badge for participating in the course and upon completion.  The course has been developed directly with students who have acted as co-creators. An open digital badge will also available for participants that have actively contributed towards the content or design of the course.  Course participants are also able to undertake training to enable them to act as course facilitators / mentors for future participants.

A second short pilot will take place in February 2015 with a view to offering the course for wider delivery in August 2015.

 Project Manager

If you would like any further information about any aspect of the OER Wales Cymru Project please contact the Project Manager Debbie (debbie.baff@southwales.ac.uk)

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Open Educational Resources

Student Survival Guide sMOOC

Take a look at our live sMOOC on surviving your first year at University.

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Open Educational Resources

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OER Resource Showcase

See some of the OERCymru resources being showcased here

OER Showcase

Open Educational Practice

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Champions Network

The OER Champions Network has a Basecamp project for sharing ideas and events.