Yesterday we had our kickoff meeting with the Derby project team for the OSTRICH project. Ale, Tania and I were the Leicester contingent, and Derby was represented by Rene, Linda, Pete, Sam and Simon.
We started by (literally) laying all our dreams and nightmares about the OSTRICH project on the table. This is what came up:
- ‘WHAT did you say you wanted to do with my materials??!!’
- ‘Easier to start from scratch than to repurpose this rubbish!’
- Formalised bureaucratic process stifling creativity and engagement
- People in the project team working on the wrong version of an item duringt the CORRE process
- Not enough time
- Insecurity – my stuff is not that good. I’d rather not share it.
- Legal issues – finding a host of unattributed images in materials; not being able to clear a large set of materials (for IPR); no knowledge of where third party materials were sourced
- Getting into trouble with a rights holder or being sued
- Copyright legislation made tighter and more restrictive
- Empty or fragmented repositories or low quality
- Will the OERs get used by other people once they are published?
- Lack of engagement at faculty level. Cultural shift may be needed to persuade academic staff.
- Lack of understanding about OERs and Creative Commons licences by academics
- Academic disconnection because of job concerns
- Losing the ‘context’ (pedagogical, for instance) – in an attempt to make the OERs ‘generic’ and reusable by others
- No policies created for continuing/ sustaining gains made after OSTRICH project
- Delivery on time and successful outcomes for Derby staff
- Culture of openly critiquing; learning from each other’s practice
- Personal ‘promotion’ within the academic community: ‘If my stuff gets used, I’m good!’
- Much improved institutional visibility worldwide and potential to create some material to market and promote the institution: prospective students will look at OERs rather than glossy brochures
- Is seen as a good thing to be involved in (CSR issues)
- This will reinforce that content is not the most important element. The lecturer/ tutor is!
- Cross sector funding for shared resources
- More time for teaching!
- Increasing the pool of excellent quality, reusable OERs available on the Web: there will be one big, searchable repository, which is a sustainable knowledge base
- A big stock of copyright-cleared video educational material
- Releasing good quality OERs which are reusable and repurposable
- Quality: academics will think twice about the materials they offer to their students; equal level of quality across subjects
- OER will be developed with the dynamism of Wikipedia and YouTube
- Reversioning made easy
- Realisation of all the wonderful ‘free’ stuff already produced – less duplication. Increased awareness, ability and willingness to reuse OERs from other sources before developing from scratch.
- Thinking about using 3rd party materials before sourcing – and getting permission or working within licences
- All third party rights holders allowing reuse of their materials for free!
- Clear intellectual property rights (IPR) policy for Derby
- Trigger sustained and substantial adoption of OER at UD
- The CORRE model is adapted so that it works within the Derby way of doing things
- Simple mashup tools for direct academic use
- Easily cascaded knowledge and good networking between Leicester, Derby and Bath. Good practice shared by all OSTRICH members.
- Having enthusiastic and cooperative contributors of materials
- Encourage cross-departmental working for new Dept (LEI) at Derby
We are confident that, by drawing on the experience of the OTTER project, and the collective experience of the OSTRICH team, we will be able to avoid (or minimize) the nightmares – and live the dreams!
Gabi Witthaus, 29 Oct 2010