Being prepared to engage with such practices (both in the sense of being equipped and of being willing) was seen as a foundational element of the collaborative culture we wished to foster at the university. Consequently, a working group was set up in June 2013, as a function of the university’s vision for learning innovation, Greenwich Connect, to examine both the culture within the university and the wider open education context, with the aim of making recommendations on what further action the university should take to encourage this preparedness.
Recognising the role of the institution in sponsoring and supporting academics and students in the enactment of open practices (clarifying how and when open is considered OK within the institution), the group explored policy precedents at institutional, national and international levels. Within the university, following the example of other institutions (e.g. Rolfe, 2012; Reed, 2012), it also surveyed academic staff to ascertain current practice and awareness, in order to gauge the extent of preparedness for and the barriers to OEP. The group’s work culminated in a proposal for an institutional position statement, building on the University of Leeds Open Educational Resources statement (University of Leeds, 2012) but expanded to reflect the wider dimensions of OEP. This statement is due for ratification and publication by the university in 2015.
This session will explore the component dimensions of the OEP position statement (which will be provided for participants to take away), making reference to the findings of the institutional survey and drawing out the tensions with existing institution policy and practice. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the issues arising from the survey and statement, drawing on their understanding of the existing cultures within their own institutional settings. The session will be of interest to delegates involved in developing institutional policy, supporting academic staff and with an interest in the issue of openness in post-compulsory education.
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Reed, P. (2012). Awareness, attitudes and participation of teaching staff towards the open content movement in one university. Research In Learning Technology, 20. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18520
Rolfe, V. (2012). Open educational resources: staff attitudes and awareness. Research in Learning Technology, 20. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.14395.
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