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OpenLearnOpenLearn is the Open University's initiative to share some of its content and tools as Open Educational Resources. OpenLearn gives access to two key tools that researchers (and anybody else) can use:


Click here to find out more about the POCKET project and the OpenLearn LabSpace

The POCKET project (funded by JISC in the UK) was a fore runner to the JISC/HEA funded OER projects in 2010/11. This was a collaboration between The Open University's OpenLearn project with the University of Bolton, University of Derby and University of Exeter. 

POCKET falls within the remit of the professional Educator role. 

Find out more about the POCKET project and the OpenLearn LabSpace from the following video which was recorded on 29th June 2010 as part of the eLC event 'Explorations around LabSpace: From OER content to OER community?'

My stay with the Open University in June 2010

The Moscow-based UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) has launched a project aimed at promoting OER movement within the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States. Basic components of the project, I am in charge of, are identifying opportunities and needs, exploring policy options, and capacity-building in the production and use of OER in CIS countries and Baltic States. To support the efficient design of the project, under the OLnet Expert Fellowship I focused my research on the major problems concerned with the production and use of OER: quality, the effectiveness of use and sustainability, as well as copyright and open content licensing issues (to the extent they are applicable within the copyright laws existing in CIS).

Social Learning in the Context of OpenLearn  Presentation from the Social Learning Seminar  jointly organised by the OSRG and OLnet on 17 March 2010

Social Learning in the Context of OpenLearn, Kasia Kozinska



 Live blogging, 18th March, 9AM

Talk by Dr Indrajit Banerjee


Dr Indrajit Banerjee of the UNESCO ICT in Education, Science and Culture starts by considering some of the challenges and benefits of distance education. Next, he recommends practitioners the use of  the ICT Competence benchmarks for teachers, launched by UNESCO.

University of the iPod - Sunday Times Article 11 Oct 09

I thought some of you may be interested in link below – I also have a hard copy of the article as I happened to buy this paper when I was on holiday.




Explore, map, build workshop

 Live blogging:


This morning we are gathered together at the Open University, The Design Observatory, Observation Space, to discuss the connections amongst the various OER projects existing in the university. By 'we' I mean representatives from projects such as OLnet, Atelier-D, OpenLearn, SCORM, LDI, iSpot, the TERG research group and the OU Library.

How to... OER

Live blog:11:25AM

New OER initiatives are popping out throughout the world.  It is often the case that institutions are looking for answers on how to get started as OER providers, and how to get their staff and students involved in the process. Today I am in a meeting with some Dutch universities, which are either already offering content online or considering joining the OCW movement. The questions they ask and discuss in the meeting are, in my view, very relevant for any institution contemplating offering OER. These are:

Transform an OpenLearn unit into a podcast to learn on the move

The OpenLearn project offers a lot of courses that you can take for free, or even remix. When you have the time to sit in front of your computer this is great, but what about those other times you can't spend time looking at your computer, but the opportunity to learn might brighten up your day? These times might include occasions such as a long car journey, when you are off jogging or waiting at a bus stop.


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