May 15 2013
Changing Lives: Transforming Education: using Open Educational Resources for Social and Economic Inclusion
19 April 2013
The Open University in Scotland and Bridges Programmes co-hosted a symposium in Glasgow for researchers and practitioners to explore developing the use of OERs in work based learning, third sector and community settings to widen participation in informal and formal learning and to assist the transition to higher education. Attendees included representatives of Scottish Funding Council, SQA, colleges, Glasgow Caledonian University, WEA, Scottish Union Learning, Equality Challenge Unit, carers organisations, refugee and asylum seeker organisations as well as representatives of Bridges Programmes and The Open University, from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.
The event also showcased the learning product, ‘Reflecting on Transitions’ http://LabSpace.open.ac.uk/Reflection_2_1.0 a bespoke OER developed by The Open University in Scotland in collaboration with Bridges Programmes funded through the Scottish Funding Council’s knowledge exchange ‘innovation voucher’ scheme. Maggie Lennon, Director of Bridges Programme, thanked the SFC for their financial support and explained how the resource is making a real difference in helping their clients to understand their competencies and how to gather evidence to assist them in planning for their futures.