Preparation for OER11 – 12th April

The OSTRICH team will be presenting at the OER11 conference in Manchester on May 11th.

In preparation for the conference there have been regular virtual meetings in an attempt to flesh out the presentation. Although these have been useful, it was agreed that a good old fashioned face to face meeting was needed to finalise things.  Leicester kindly agreed to host Julian (Bath) and I (Derby) for the day.

The presentation changed dramatically during the day, with an evolution of the CORRE model becoming the underlying theme and a new diagram, DORRE, would be the presented as the final piece of the jigsaw. The outline of the presentation was established as the following…

  1. Early OER workflow models (Gabi)
  2. Brief intro to CORRE/ OTTER (Ale)
  3. CORRE model for converting existing materials into OERs – Derby (Sam)
  4. CORRE model – developing OERs from scratch (Julian)
  5. Next steps (Ale)
 Attached is a photo of a rough white board mock-up of the DORRE process…

A trip to the Zoo – 18th January

Members of the OSTRICH team from Bath and Derby visited the Beyond Distance team in Leicester on Tuesday to talk about where the OSTRICH project was at each institution, share thoughts and generally get to know each other a little better.

The agenda covered the following topics

  • Progress update
  • Group discussion on the evolution (and devolution) of CORRE process
  • Initial thoughts and feedback on how the cascade process is going
  • Internal evaluation plans
  • Repository discussion
  • Discussion of possible topics for conference papers

The entire day was extremely useful in framing the project deliverables and disseminating the progress made so far. It was also nice to see the environment in which the Beyond Distance team work and the media zoo in action.