In the beginning …

Wow – talk about starting off with a bang. It has just been so busy today – great fun, I loved every minute of it (except when I forgot a meeting with a friend).

After a really great meeting about the content for the new library I started on the PID (Project Initiation Document) for the OER strategy. I don’t know how many of you have ever had to create something like a PID, they are a device of the devil πŸ™‚ This isn’t the first time I’ve had to write a one and over the years I’ve decided that they are merely there to discourage you. You come up with this smashing idea – you make contacts, learn stuff, do some basic designs, do some piloting and make changes – you know, just to make sure it will all potentially work and then – YOU HAVE TO WRITE A PID! If you can maintain your enthusiasm through to the end of writing a PID then the thing might just be good enough to get through the selection committee πŸ™‚ Hope all this OER stuff gets accepted.

I’ve been sort of lurking in the OER scene for a few years now, watching how things progress. It seemed like a good idea but I wasn’t at all sure if it would really catch on – I thought it might be just a little too “open” for some to cope with. May be now, in the current financial and political situation, its time has come. People want to feel that we are all hanging in there together rather than at each others throats all the time. OER just fit so perfectly with Digital Literacy too – can’t wait to see it all coming together πŸ™‚

I’m talking with people this week about finding potential pilots for the current version of the OER guide. The guide has been developed from information garnered from, amongst others JISC Legal Information, JISC Techdis, JISC/HEA Open Educational Resources Toolkit, Leicester OER Toolkit, OER Africa and the Open University SCORE. I also need to get started on the online learning resources guide ‘cos that also forms part of the strategy.

Ahh, busy, busy, busy but ain’t it grand πŸ™‚

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