EVOL-OER

SCORE Fellowship Final Report by Ming Nie

Summary
Sustainability
A number of issues have been identified which will have an impact on the sustainability of OER reuse. Development of digital literacy skills, and skills related to open educational practices in staff is critical for OER to be taken up at an institutional level. This should be addressed through an institution strategy for the provision of sufficient and systematic support and training to staff members and for the development of an open culture and practice. Recommendations to institutions include: raising awareness and building confidence in using and reusing OER through Staff Development programmes, embedding OER elements in PG Certs offered to newly qualified lecturers, and building a community of practice and support for re-users via social media.
 
Improving the search results and making the search process more effective and less time-consuming by creating subject-specific OER repositories and developing a federal search engine can be effective in enabling academics to draw on OERs as part of their daily practice.
 
Further research
The project identified that not many academics have shared back their reused resources as OERs. This could be an issue for sustainable reuse. Further research needs to be done in this area investigating why this is the case, what the barriers or concerns that academics have, and what kind of support that they need to make sharing back common practice where appropriate.
 
In EVOL-OER, most interviewees have only recently started using and reusing OERs for their course development. Very little evidence is available showing how their students have used those OERs and what the impact of these resources has had on their learning. This is worth further investigation.
 
Collaborative effort
Overall I felt the completion and success of the EVOL-OER project is a result of collaborative efforts. I want to use this space to thank again for SCORE who funded the project and supported me to attend conferences. I also want to thank for the SCORE fellows and my colleagues at Leicester who helped the project and contributed to the research in many different ways.