Developing the potential of open educational resources (OERS) and open educational practises in art, design and media subjects at the University of Brighton.
About the Project
The ARTS-OER Brighton Project forms part of the Higher Education Academy/JISC funded OER Phase 3 Programme as a supporting partner in the ALTO-UK Project (Arts Learning and Teaching Online).
The aims of ARTS-OER Brighton are
to initiate and draw together discussion around open educational resources and practice in the Faculty of Arts at Brighton;
to develop understandings of art, design and media OERs; motivations for, and barriers to, their creation and use that can inform Faculty approaches to open educational practice;
to identify existing examples of open educational practice and provide opportunities to trial a national platform of arts, teaching and learning resources.
What are OERs?
OERs are digital materials that can be reused for teaching, learning, research and more, made available for free through open licenses (often Creative Commons), which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone. For further information on a wide range of open educational themes, links and support resources you may wish to investigate the OER InfoKit.
What are the benefits of OERs and Open Educational Practise?
The project will explore perceptions of benefits and barriers in the Faculty of Arts at Brighton. Benefits identified by the ALTO-UK project include opportunities to showcase teaching and learning resources produced by staff and students, opportunities for cross- and inter-institutional collaboration, and the development of a growing and sustainable collection of learning resources and digital assets. The long-term rewards of participation in the project can be seen as support in developing the institution and faculty’s online profile and networking capacity, providing further opportunities in bolstering student engagement and future recruitment.
About the ALTO-UK Project
The ALTO-UK Project itself, led by University of the Arts, incorporates three arts faculty partnerships (University of Brighton, Kirklees College and Herriot Watt University) with the aim of trialing a platform for arts teaching and learning materials. The project will incorporate methodologies and tools produced by the Art Design and Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) for Phase 1 and 2 OER Projects together with the experience of the University of the Arts London (UAL) in using open source social media tools to significantly lower the threshold to OER engagement. A feature of the project will be the support of an international expert advisory group who will work with the project partners to identify opportunities for future development.
ARTS-OER Brighton - Participation
The project team in Brighton will be working to establish current perceptions and existing examples of open educational practice in the faculty in order to inform a Faculty approach. The project team will be inviting course representatives to take part in a group discussion shortly and, in the meantime, we welcome Faculty members' thoughts and any examples of existing practice. We hope to encourage dialogue within the Faculty of Arts at Brighton and raise awareness about open educational practises across the university.
Art Design Media – Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA) Subject Centre
Participation in the ALTO-UK Project maximises the ADM-HEA Subject Centre’s experience, knowledge and range of outputs achieved through their involvement, as project management and lead institution, in two projects already completed through the UK OER Programme: The ADM-OER Pilot Project 2009-10 and Practising Open Education Project 2010-11. The Subject Centre’s involvement offers continuity and sustainability by building upon the range of outcomes of these earlier art design and media OER projects, particularly in the area of supporting departmental and institutional change. In addition the Subject Centre’s participation provides effective project information and dissemination through its Networks Online publication and a wealth of knowledge regarding the subject and wider HE communities.
Project Team at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities
Useful Links at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities
ARTS-OER-Brighton-Final-Report.pdf at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities [pdf 532.7 KB]