The OER technology directions book that Amber, Phil, Martin and I drafted during a book sprint at the end of August is now almost complete. We even have a title!
Technology for Open Educational Resources – Into The Wild. Reflections on three years of the UK OER Programmes
We’ve spent the last few weeks, polishing, editing and amending the text and we would now like to invite colleagues who have an interest in technology and digital infrastructure for open educational resources to review and comment on the open draft.
We’re looking for short commentaries and feedback, either on the whole book, or on individual chapters. These commentaries will form the final chapter of the book. We want to know what rings true and what doesn’t. Have we missed any important technical directions that you think should be included? What do you think the future technical directions are for OER?
Note that the focus of this book is as much on real world current practice as on recommended or best practice. This book is not intended as a beginners guide or a technical manual, instead it is a synthesis of the key technical issues arising from three years of the UK OER Programmes. It is intended for people working with technology to support the creation, management, dissemination and tracking of open educational resources, and particularly those who design digital infrastructure and services at institutional and national level.
The chapters cover:
- Defining OER
- Resource management
- Resource description
- Licensing and attribution
- SEO and discoverability
- Tracking OERs
- Accessibility by Terry McAndrew, TechDis
UK OER projects from all phases of the Programme are encouraged to comment, and we would particularly welcome feedback from colleagues that are grounded in experience of designing and running OER services.
There are three ways to comment on the book:
- Email your comments either to Lorna at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber at email@example.com
- Create a booki.cc account here, and then add your comments directly to the “Contributed Comments and Feedback” chapter here www.booki.cc/oer-tech/contributed-comments-and-feedback/
- Post your comments to you own blog and send a link to Amber or I, or add it to the chapter page above.
Please note your name and affiliation, clearly with a url to your blog or online profile if possible. All feedback and commentaries will be credited to the original authors. The deadline for comments and feedback is the 31st October.
We currently have a designer working on the text and once we have received and collated the commentaries we will publish the book as a free to download ebook under CC BY licence. There will also be an option to purchase a print-on-demand hard copy of the book.
If you are interested on commenting or providing feedback, but would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Lorna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!