The GEES Subject Centre is delighted to announce that:
‘C-Change in GEES – Open Education Resources (OERs) for climate change and sustainability – practicalities & pedagogy’ is to be held on Thursday the 29th of April 2010 at the Macdonald Hotel Manchester from 9.30am to 4pm.
This event will mark the launch of the C-Change in GEES project and has two main aims:
- To disseminate the resources and learning outcomes from the GEES Subject Centre project ‘C-change in GEES: Open licensing of climate change and sustainability resources in the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
- To promote the ‘Pedagogy of Climate Change’ book, published by the GEES Subject Centre and edited by Simon Haslett, Derek France and Sharon Gedye. Due to be launched at the event.
This event provides an excellent opportunity to both learn more about the production and use of OER materials for the GEES and also to further explore the pedagogy’s of climate change, identify the areas for development in our knowledge and understanding and look forward to what can be achieved in the future.
For further details of the event please visit:
for any more information please do get back to anyone in the C-change team.
I have to admit it was with slight relief that I saw that some other OER projects are also having problems with clearing 3rd party works with publishers.
See BERLiN posting: http://webapps.nottingham.ac.uk/elgg/berlin/weblog/2510.html
“One option that we began to explore at the earlier stages of the project was asking for permission from publishers, where we could trace them, to use their copyrighted images. This was mainly conducted directly by academics who in some cases already had relationships with the publishers. This proved time consuming and unfruitful, with not one positive outcome. Barriers included publishers wanting to charge and/or publishers not responding at all too requests. This tactic has been put on hold in the short term. It may be out of scope for this pilot project, but a collaboration between OER projects in an attempt to encouraging a shift in publisher mindset, would be a worthwhile longer term consideration.”
For some of our partners, this approach is our only option for a large proportion of the content and as it suggests in the last sentence, we suspect that this problem will be best approached at a higher level in order to get a ‘shift in publisher mindset’.
Just saw this on the BERLiN Blogsite and was very impressed:
We will need to develop something very similar shortly and I think this would make a very good starting place.
Very useful online session today with Simon Ball from TechDis. Full of useful and sensible material for our partners about making our OER resources as universally open to everyone as possible.
The six videos used in the presentation are openly available from the following URLs
- Introduction: Inclusive Learning 09:34 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8184
- Reasonable Adjustment 08:14 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8388
- Organisational Added Value 10:08 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8080
- Standards, Guidelines and User Testing 10:26 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8086
- Communicating with users 04:32 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8089
- Sources of Support and Guidance 20:07 http://www.InstantPresenter.com/techdisonline/EC53DD8382