Category Archives: Open Educational resources

Free Open Educational Resources event in Cardiff

CoPILOT logoCoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) are now taking bookings for a free workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Cardiff on November 24th.

Event: CoPILOT workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs)
When: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 09:00-16:00
Where: Cardiff University , Sir Martin Evans Building, Cathays Park Campus

The aim of the day is to give the participants a practical introduction to OERs for teaching information literacy and supporting academics colleagues in finding OERs.

Rebecca Mogg (University of Cardiff) and Vashti Zarach (Bangor University) will offer some practical advice and share their experiences in supporting and creating Open Educational Resources. Debbie Baff, from the University of South Wales, will provide an overview of OER initiatives and projects that are happening in Wales, plus a preview of plans for the OER15 conference.

The workshop format will be a mix of presentations and practical group work/discussions. You will learn how to make your materials openly available and receive advise on some key areas for consideration, such as choose appropriate licenses. The day will also include a session from Jorum,  the UK’s largest OER repository, and a chance to have hands-on experience of finding and evaluating OERs for use in your own teaching.

Places are limited so it is recommended that you book early to reserve a place.

The workshop is being funded by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and priority for bookings will be given to members of the group. This is just one of many benefits provided by IL Group membership.

Refreshments will be provided free of charge. If you are subsequently unable to attend the event, please cancel your ticket at the earliest opportunity as a waiting list will be in place. Please note that a charge of £30 will be made for non-attendance.

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My Learning Essentials online resources

My Learning EssentialsThe University of Manchester Library have launched an innovative suite of interactive e-learning resources covering a variety of information literacy and academic skills topics, which are freely available for use under a Creative Commons licence.

These online resources are highly interactive, using diverse and practical learning activities throughout each resource to provide frequent opportunities for users to practise relevant skills and techniques.

The suite includes:

They seek to provide a fresh perspective on information literacy topics, using scenarios, student stories and analogies to make the content relevant to users, and highlight the transferable nature of information literacy and academic skills.

The resources are a part of the University of Manchester Library’s new My Learning Essentials skills programme, designed to help students to develop their academic skills and employability.

Visit the My Learning Essentials webpages to find out more, and to see the full list of resources available. The resources are all available for download via Jorum under a CC-BY-NC licence; just search “My Learning Essentials” on Jorum.
My Learning Essentials

Free CoPILOT event at Glasgow Caledonian University – Wednesday, 12th February 2014

Unesco IL LogoCoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) are holding a free event at Glasgow Caledonian University on Wednesday, 12th February 2014.

The workshop will provide a practical introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for teaching information literacy. Though a mixture of presentation, group work and hands-on activity, participants will learn to find, evaluate and consider adopting OER for use in their own practice.

Participants are invited to identify opportunities where OER can enhance their current teaching, and to bring their own materials along to the session to release as OER.

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Gain an overview of Creative Commons licencing and be able to add a chosen licence to a resource
  • Be  introduced to the OER repositories to find existing resources and to add their own
  • Reflect on personal attitudes and behaviour in relation to Open Practice

A free sandwich lunch will be provided.

The workshop is free, but participants must book in advance. A full schedule for the day is available from the booking page.

Jorum launches Information and Digital Literacy Skills Collection

Jorum, the established home of free open educational resources produced by the UK Further and Higher Education community, has launched its long-awaited Information and Digital Literacy Skills Collection.

This follows the successful creation earlier this year of a collection for Research Data Management (RDM) resources, as a result of Jorum’s involvement in the Jisc-funded DaMSSI-ABC project. The new collection is intended to improve discovery and usage of these resources, and it is hoped this will encourage more sharing and re-use within the sector.

You can read more about how and why this collection has come about in Jorum’s latest blog post. The collection is available now for you to use and to share your own resources.

If you have existing resources in Jorum that you want to move to the new collection, you can contact them at: mailto:support@jorum.ac.uk.

CoPILOT – Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching now formed

A new sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group called CoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) has been formed. The sub-group’s aim is to support and encourage the development and sharing of information literacy teaching materials as open educational resources, primarily within the UK.   The Group’s initial activities will be to establish an online space for the Community of Practice and to organise a training event on Creative Commons for those who deliver IL teaching.

If you’d like to keep up with the work of the group and perhaps join in, they have set up a:

  • Wiki at http://iloer.pbworks.com – if you are interested in contributing to the wiki, please contact Eleni Zazani (e.zazani@bbk.ac.uk) and Ella Mitchell (e.mitchell@UEL.AC.UK).
  • Discussion list – IL-OERS@jiscmail.ac.uk – if you wish to join the IL-OERS mailing list please follow this link: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=IL-OERS and click on Subscribe.  You will be asked to register and then you will be able to join the list.
  • And you can follow them on Twitter: @CoPILOT2013