The key function of the group is to support the development and ongoing implementation of the work of the council with respect to open educational resources and open educational practice. Participation in the network provides a unique professional development opportunity for all of the staff involved.
Policy, guidance and practical resources can all be found here:
Information and resources relating to the schools conference can be found here:
Josie Fraser's article on the project for Modern Governors can be found here:
The Network Co-ordinators are Nora Ward (St. Pauls) NWard@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk and
Suzanne Lavelle (Children’s Hospital School) firstname.lastname@example.org – they are the first port of call for any network ideas, questions or issues, and will be setting up a collaborative Google doc and a project blog.
2. Network membership responsibility
Key activities that will need thinking about, share approaches to, and put in place plans for:
- Support your school governing body in implementing a school OER policy by December 18th 2015.
- Ensure all staff supporting learning in your school have a basic understanding and awareness of what open educational resources are, how to find them, and how to reference them by March 24th 2016.
- Promote the use, creation and sharing of OER across your school.
- Set targets around the production of OER to promote the work of the school and see that these are met by 15th July 2016.
- Support at least two primary schools in relation to staff awareness and use of open educational resources.
- Support at least one primary (or other BSF) school governing body to implement a school OER policy by March 24th 2016.
- Be an active member of the OER Schools Network in Leicester – supporting other members, encouraging primary school participation, sharing approaches and ideas, and promoting your work and the work of the other network members.
Copies of the model policy documents and leadership Q&A can be found here:
3. OER School Policies
We talked about the importance of getting time scheduled on at the appropriate governing body meeting, and the importance of prior discussions with SLT as the best approach to take. Josie, Nora, and Suzanne can all help with preparation or presentations.
We reviewed the policy documents, flagging contentious areas and looking at recommendations you will make (i.e. regarding a default licence).
4. Awareness raising
We began to explore a range of strategies to support staff development and awareness. These included: Use of inset and formal discussion sessions; use of whole school assemblies; use of digital display and posters to reinforce awareness; working with young people to support staff in using and understanding OER; small, constant messaging relating to OER in internal school newsletters and similar; working with school library staff; working with teaching assistants; working with trailblazers or more confident members of staff; using quick practical lessons with staff (ie how to find OER images using the walkthrough provided, using advanced Google search to find OER; using the CC Licence search facility - https://search.creativecommons.org/ ); Changing the image search engine default to search for CC Licenced Images; using resources from Creative Commons
Josie suggested some useful sites for information and resources:
Creative Commons – about the licences: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
School of Open: http://schoolofopen.p2pu.org/
Look at these US sites, which hosts a range of openly licenced materials for schools:
5. Setting achievable OER targets - Group members to consider and share their approach.
6. Working with Primary schools
The group discussed the primary (or other BSF) schools they would support. It would be useful to invite members from the unrepresented school to join the mailing list in the new school year – Josie can help identify appropriate staff members.
Sera will be supporting Nether Hall, Lucy will be supporting Lancaster – this still leaves Ashfield, Babington, Beaumont Leys, Fullhurst, Judge Meadow, Moat, New College, and West Gate. The network should also try and build links with Madani.