Recent conference news
New science teaching resources are about to be shared onto the internet by Malgorzata Rekas, who is heading up the biomedical science team in producing open educational resources as part of the UKOER phase 3 programme project “HALSOER” (Health and Life Science Open Educational Resources). At a recent conference, she jointly won a prize for the best poster.
The conference hosted by Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and was organised by the Higher Education Academy and was entitled, “From curiosity to confidence: sharing what it takes to ‘go open’ with learning and teaching resources” on 27th April 2012. Most of the discussion topics involved best practice in creating and sharing open educational materials. The HALS team produced a poster demonstrating example of science teaching resources completed so far at De Montfort. This included parasitology, where OERs are being developed in collaboration with external partners at local Leicester hospitals to review a range of parasites, with emphasis on diagnosis. Malgorzata is also producing OERs on mycology (fungi), and is highlighting a number of different fungi that are common causes of skin diseases. The team were awarded a shared first place for the poster presentation.
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At the conference, several subjects relevant to open education practice were discussed, including copyright and licensing, learning materials development, and different approaches taken to producing OERs. The copyright, licensing, consent and ethical issues were matters especially emphasised on the day.
Professor Megan Quentin- Baxter from the University of Newcastle and Doctor Jane Williams from the University of Bristol delivered a presentation about the available policy tools to facilitate sharing learning resources as well as importance of understanding of copyrights and consent issues. The discussion detailed reusing learning materials, citing and attributing resources, as well as guidance on including recordings of people in science teaching resources and materials.
Paul Scott from the Hull York Medical School discussed Accredited Clinical Teaching Open Resources (ACTOR Project) and their institutional approaches in building on existing community practice to simplify sharing and utilising learning resources. Furthermore Suzanne Hardy talked through her experiences from the following projects; Pathways for Open Resources Sharing through Convergence in Health Education (PORSCHE), Organising Open Educational Resources (OOER), and PublishOER project, all part of the UKOER programme.
Overall the day proved to be very interesting as it highlighted the many challenges that we face in developing OERs, and the HALS team gained insight into how other institutions are tackling these. During the conference the key questions “how to publish learning materials to avoid legal barriers?”, and “why bother with OERs?” were asked and given a broad discussion.
As open education and open learning gathers momentum in the UK and indeed around the world, the community can look forward to further biomedical science teaching resources from the HALS team.