Many months ago, we started the #metaOER project, a Open Repository of Open Resources on Open Educational Resources. Actually, we’re working on the repositorys’ technical details (metadata and descriptions) and we’ll start adding the first bundles of key documents/resources soon. At the same time, a virtual workshop on Open Educational Resources for UOC teachers and consultants it’s being led by the UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, in order to engage teachers in the use of Open Educational Resources and Open Repositories.
If you didn’t hear about our project before, let us introduce it to you:
Project #metaOER is an initiative to locate, select, tag, describe and centralize key Open Resources (i.e articles, ebooks, guides, etc.) about Open Educational Resorces in a simple way, using an Open Repository. The project will focus on constructing an open repository in which professors and researchers alike could potentially deposit educational materials for “sharing, remixing, and reusing”.
The Project is planning to innovate the way people deposit and withdraw educational resources from the World Wide Web. Using the facility of today’s web 2.0 tools, the Project plans to create a script in which would automatically update the institutions repository with any educational resources tagged on one of the web 2.0 sites. For example, Delicious, which is a social bookmarking website, could be used to tag and bookmark a document. This document, along with all of its tags, would then be instantly retrieved and posted on the institutions repository for the world to “share, remix, and reuse”.
Thanks to Stephen Downes for the comments in his webpage on the #metaOER project. His comments made us rethink the way we present and explain the #metaOER Project.
[…] We are not building another open repository with open educational resources. We are trying to create a collection of open resources related to open educational resources: raising awareness, history of the OER movement, things you should know about OERs, how to choose a CC license, the publication process, open formats, and so.
In fact we have gathered around 100 resources which are tagged with “#metaOER” (no quotes) in delicious. Anyone knowing of a good resource related to OERs can share it through delicious, tag it with #metaOER and we will try it to incorporate it into our collection. This was the first stage of this project (although it is not finished, we are still looking for and adding open resources on OERs to such collection). In this sense we act as curators (translate to Spanish and Catalan, metadata, relationships between resources, and so).
We don’t intend to have thousands of resources, who knows, but we are more worried about establishing a basic knowledge base about the OER movement so any teacher / learner interested in OERs may browse such collection in order to start sharing OERs.
On the other hand, we intend to automatize the whole process, so at the end, we expect to have a crawler that will detect any resource shared as #metaOER and submit it to the collection with minimum human intervention.
Hope this helps to clarify the #metaOER project.
Links and related downloads:
- Open Access Repository of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (O2)
- UOC UNESCO Chair #metaOER delicious
- Project Overview | Guia del Projecte (Català) | Guía del Proyecto (Español)