The session aims to give an insight to why we needed a policy, and how we aim to use it as part of our programme of promotion, creation and sharing of OERs.
At Glasgow Caledonian University we have created a new OER policy which was approved in May 2015. It was developed in a “ground up” manner by a working party led by myself and made up of staff from all schools. It was seen as an advantage to have a policy derived from existing library guidelines by a staff member who was not a part of senior management or based in any one school.
We needed a formal institutional policy as staff wanted a clear statement of the institutional position on OER use and production. A set of guidelines was not enough.
Now that the policy has been adopted, we will promote it both within the university and externally. First we published it on our web site which is accessible to both staff and external viewers. The policy is licensed using a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike license to allow it to be shared and adapted. This licence was used on the Leeds University OER guidance which formed the basis for our policy.
For further dissemination, it will be added to the CC OER Policy Registry to help others develop their own policies or guidelines.
It is not enough to develop and publish the policy. We need to promote both it, and the concept of OERs across the university. We will work with GCU LEAD (Learning Enhancement and Academic Development), as part of the Open Scotland initiative. LEAD holds a series of blended learning coffee clubs where the new policy has already been promoted as part of Open Education Week.
The Library’s DDIL team are in the process of building a learning object repository and aim to launch it in September 2015. We hope that the majority of the content will be OERs available under CC licenses. To achieve this, we aim to carry out an advocacy programme across university schools to encourage them to take advantage of the self-deposit function on the new repository. This function will allow depositors to choose from a selection of CC licence options. We offer advice on the building blocks of CC licenses on our existing library page, but will back this up with the offer of face to face training and workshops as required.
We hope that these measures help with the promotion of use and creation of OERs at our institution.
Links to our policy, CC policy registry and Scottish open practice initiatives
Existing Library guidance on OERs http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/copyright/
OER Policy Registry https://wiki.creativecommons.org/OER_Policy_Registry
Open Scotland blog http://openscot.net/
Scottish Open Education Declaration http://declaration.openscot.net/