We should be starting the project with the end in mind! Dissemination is key part of OSTRICH. And I have been looking at OER related conferences happening in 2011. I found the details of the following conference that might be of interest to those of us who are working in the OER field.

The conference is called International Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning and the URL for the conference website is: http://www.ictel.innov.org/call_for_papers.asp

The conference has one strand that is relevant for OSTRICH and its sister projects, entitled  ‘Open Educational Resources in Academic Networks and beyond.’

The deadline for paper submission is Feb 15, 2011. The Conference date is 28-30 July, 2011. Information about the conference venue is yet to be announced!

Palitha Edirisingha


OSTRICH on the move

Today was the first programme meeting for the ‘cascade’ strand of the Phase 2 open educational resource (OER) projects, including OSTRICH. OSTRICH stands for OER Sustainability through Teaching & Research Innovation: Cascading across HEIs. It is a one-year project funded by JISC and the HE Academy, led by the University of Leicester and with the universities of Bath and Derby as project partners. OSTRICH will cascade the knowledge, lessons learned and models developed as part of the OTTER OER project at Leicester and will enable partners to develop and release 100 credits’ worth of OERs. In doing so, OSTRICH hopes to put Bath and Derby firmly on the national and global OER map. We are very proud to have an ostrich in the Media Zoo!

At today’s meeting in London, I had the opportunity to meet OSTRICH’s sister projects, as well as colleagues from the funders and OER projects funded under other strands – including TIGER. We’re all set for a great year of OER collaboration, development and growth. Let the fun (and the work!) begin.

Dr A Armellini
Beyond Distance Research Alliance
University of Leicester