Key developments in Open Educational Resources in the UK and the role that JISC CETIS has played.

One of the advantages of having being involved with JISC for a number of years (as a project and a service) is the opportunity to reflect on some activities that we've been involved in for some time. We thought it would be interesting to take the long view of some of our involvement with OER and reflect on what has worked and why, and where we think these activities are going next.

2002-08-01 00:00:00

JISC Exchange for Learning Programme (X4L)

Focused on the creation of reusable learning resources and tools to facilitate their production and management

2002-09-01 00:00:00

CETIS scope X4L metadata guidelines

The first full draft of the X4L Application Profile of the UK Common Metadata Framework was completed in early February 2003 and presented to the X4L projects. The application profile includes general guidelines for UK Learning Object Metadata implementers and specific guidelines for the X4L programme. The Framework identifies mandatory and optional elements and provides advice on the use of controlled vocabularies and classification systems.

2002-09-01 00:00:00

MIT launches OCW

MIT OpenCourseware is the best-known example of open courseware sharing and is the most copied institutional OER model, providinghe publication on the Web of course materials used in MIT classroom teaching. MIT’s OpenCourseWare is noteworthy in its scale, completeness, quality, and positive influence on others, however, it is basically a of high-quality, pre-credentialed, static material.

2002-11-01 00:00:00

JORUM is launched

A national repository to collect and share learning and teaching materials, primarily developed in UK Higher and Further Education, which has since broadened it's scope considerably to include a community bay and OERs

2002-11-01 00:00:00

ccLearn launched

the educational division of Creative Commons, was launched in 2007 and was dedicated to realizing the full potential of the Internet to support open learning. Expected to further reduce barriers to sharing, remixing and reusing educational resources.

2002-12-01 00:00:00

Creative Commons licence released

Creative Commons’ first project, in December 2002, was the release of a set of copyright licences for public use. These machine-readable licenses are designed for websites, scholarship, music, film, photography, literature, courseware, etc and they help people make their creative works available to the public, retain their copyright while licensing them as free for certain uses, on certain conditions.

2003-02-01 00:00:00

JISC/NSF Digital Libraries in the Classroom Programme

International programme with US partners which aimed to examine how technical developments in digital content could enhance the learning experience of students and provide new models for teaching.

2005-01-01 00:00:00

JISC Digital Repositories Programme

Aimed to bring together people and practices from across various domains (research, learning, information services, institutional policy, management and administration, records management, and so on) to ensure the maximum degree of coordination in the development of digital repositories, in terms of their technical and social (including business) aspects.

2005-01-01 00:00:00

Repositories Research Team

Established by JISC as part of the Digital Repositories Programme, the Research team was a collaboration between two JISC Innovation Support Centres UKOLN and CETIS

2005-05-25 00:00:00

OECD study on OERs

Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources - report published providing a history and considering benefits, sustainability and models

2005-11-30 00:00:00

Pedagogical Vocabularies Project

JISC Pedagogical Vocabularies Project, managed by CETIS looked at the development and use of vocabularies in UK post-16 education sector.

2006-01-01 00:00:00

OLCOS Roadmap

Open Education Practices and Resources: OLCOS Roadmap 2012 (Open eLearning Ciontent Observatory Series) conducted to provide decision makers with an overview of current and likely future developments in OER.

2006-04-01 00:00:00

JISC Repositories Preservation Programme

Aimed to establish a network of digital resources and services to significantly improve content use and curation

2006-04-07 00:00:00

Repositories Roadmap

Presented a vision for 2010 outlining technical, legal, cultural and policy aspects that needed to be addressed to acheivce a vision of open access for newly published scholarly output.

2006-10-01 00:00:00

Open University UK launches OpenLearn

Aimed to make a selection of their materials available worldwide for free use by anyone and to build communities of learners and educators around the content using a range of tools and strategies. It provides not only a collection of free course material but also a set of tools to help authors publish and support collaborative learning communities.

2007-06-07 00:00:00

CETIS codebash 4

4th codebash event which aimed to test the functional interoperability of systems and applications which implement a wide range of content related standards and specifications including: IMS Content Packaging, IMS Common Cartridge, IMS Learning Design, IMS Simple Sequencing, IMS Question and Test Interoperability, IMS Learning Resource Meta-data, IEEE LOM, Dublin Core Metadata, ADL SCORM, METS.

2007-09-01 00:00:00

u-Now launched by Nottingham University UK

u-Now is an Open Educational Repository which revealed an early adoption of openness for educational resources and early development of workflows and tools to support OER release. University of Nottingham went on to have a funded project BERLiN in the Instituional strand of the UKOER pilot programme

2007-12-20 00:00:00

Sharing eLearning Content (SELC)report)

Report summarising the findings from a range of JISC projects, with respect to the types of issue that were relevant to the development, use and sharing of e-learning content

2008-02-01 00:00:00


Aimed to encourage the re-use of high quality externally produced materials and to facilitate the transfer of learning content between institutions

2008-09-01 00:00:00

JISC CETIS OER briefing paper

OERs: Opportunities and Challenges for HE highlighted the potential of OERs to overcome geographical, economic and demographic boundaries, to provide new opportunities for learning and teaching and to challenge and transform approaches to educational practice.

2008-09-01 00:00:00

First Massive Online Open Course (MOOCS)

Open courses using wikis and blogs began to emerge in the mid 2000s but the term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier

2008-11-25 00:00:00

OER Programme Scoping Session at JISC CETIS conference 2008

Session focussing on OER (open educational resources) provided an opportunity for giving input to the He Academy/JISC pilot UKOER programme by sharing information and experience on open content projects and stimulating ongoing discussion and debate on the growing (OER) movement.

2008-12-31 00:00:00

Good Intentions report

Improving the Evidence Base in Support of Sharing Learning Materials. Focussed on open and community models of sharing

2009-01-09 00:00:00

An Ecological Approach To Repository And Service Interactions

Report and case studies by members of the Repositories Research Group which investigated models of repository and service interaction and to consider the strengths and limitations of different approaches to articulating or modelling their relationships.

2009-02-01 00:00:00

JISC/HE Academy OER Pilot Programme begins

Aimed to make a significant volume of existing teaching and learning resources freely available online and licensed in such a way to enable them to be reused worldwide.

2009-04-05 00:00:00

Digital Repositories Roadmap review

Review of original Roadmap by Rachel heery

2009-09-01 00:00:00

University of the People launched

First tuition-free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. Has support of academic leadership from top universities and accepted more than 1300 students from 126 countries by 2012.

2009-11-10 00:00:00

OER Roundtable session at JISC CETIS conference 2009

Session which discussed technical issues that UKOER projects had anticipated, encountered and possibly even resolved. Members of JISC, CETIS and other community experts will be on hand to offer advice and discuss potential solutions.

2010-01-19 00:00:00

JorumOpen launches

The national repository develops a parallel open area and is populated by UKOER projects. This is later incorporated into JORUM and loses the 'open' title as the repository moves tow ards general openness.

2010-04-19 00:00:00

Repositories and the Open Web

A CETISROW event that considered how repositories fit with the web.

2010-06-23 00:00:00

OER Infokit launched

An accessible resource which aims to both inform and explain OERs and the issues surrounding them for managers, academics and those in learning support.

2010-07-21 00:00:00

Learning Registry announced

An open source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data behind the scenes, and an open community of resource creators, publishers, curators, and consumers who are collaborating to broadly share resources, as well as information about how those resources are used by educators in diverse learning environments across the Web.

2010-09-01 00:00:00

JISC/HE Academy OER phase 2 programme begins

Phase 2 of the HE Academy JISC UKOER programme focussed on developing collections, Cascading good practice and knowledge, and continued to investigate aspects of release.

2010-10-04 00:00:00

UKOER Pilot programme support paper

Approaches to supporting open educational resources projects. paper by R. John Robetrtson, Sheila MacNeill, Phil Barker, Lorna Campbell and Li Yuan

2010-11-15 00:00:00

Locate, Collate and Aggregate session at CETIS conference 2010

A session at the JISC CETIS Conference 2010.

2011-02-23 00:00:00

OER University inaugural meeting

A virtual collaboration of institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions.

2011-03-31 00:00:00

OER Hack Days

A joint UKOLN/CETIS event for hacking content, systems and services for open educational resources

2011-05-09 00:00:00

OER Technical Mini Projects

JISC provided CETIS with funding to commission a series of OER Technical Mini Projects to explore specific technical issues that have been identified by the community during CETIS events such as #cetisrow and #cetiswmd and which have arisen from the JISC / HEA OER Programmes.

2011-08-05 00:00:00

Advances in Open Systems for Learning Resources

A CETIS workshop at the Repository Fringe event.

2011-10-17 00:00:00

JISC /HE Academy OER phase 3 programme

Phase 3 of the HE Academy/JISC UKOER programme, in partnership with the Open University’s SCORE Project.

2011-11-30 00:00:00

CETIS Technical Synthesis UKOER phase 2

Series of blog posts by R. John Robertson providing a techniocal synthesis of projects in phase 2 of the HE Academy/JISC UKOER Programme.

2011-12-01 00:00:00

JLeARN Experiment starts

An experimental node of the Learning Registry Project in the UK with a focus on content from the higher education and cultural sectors.

2011-12-06 00:00:00

CETIS OER Visualisation Project

Project to visualise the outputs of the HE Academy/JISC Open Educational Resource Programmes.

2012-03-05 00:00:00

open education week

week of activities to raise awareness of the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free an open to anyone.


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