A short update on resource tracking

In our reflections on technical aspects of phase 2 of the UKOER programme, we said that we didn’t understand why projects aren’t worrying more about tracking the use and reuse of the OERs they released. The reason for this was that if you don’t know how much your resources are used you will not be … Continue reading A short update on resource tracking

Tracking the Use of Open Educational Resources

As part of our support for the HEFCE, HE Academy, JISC UKOER programme CETIS are running a “2nd Tuesday” online seminar to discuss the tracking the use of OERs on Thursday 20 Nov (* Yes, I know, perhaps they should be called alternating 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Thursday seminars). Details about timing and how to … Continue reading Tracking the Use of Open Educational Resources

Book now available. Into the Wild – Technology for Open Educational Resources

With great pleasure and more relief I can now announce the availability of Into the wild – technology for open educational resources, a book of our reflections on the technology involved in three years of the UK OER Programmes. From the blurb: Between 2009 and 2012 the Higher Education Funding Council funded a series of … Continue reading Book now available. Into the Wild – Technology for Open Educational Resources

Some adventures with HTML5

A couple of weeks ago I hosted an online webinar for JISC OER Rapid Innovation projects. Here I will attempt to summarise what was said about HTML5. Rapid Innovation projects are short projects, typically only a few months long, that JISC fund to do some development; they’re not the place for open-ended explorations of new … Continue reading Some adventures with HTML5

The Challenge of ebooks

Yesterday I was in London, along with a group of people with a wide range of experience in digital resource management, OERs, and publishing for a workshop which was part of the Challenge of eBooks project. Here’s a quick summary and some reflections. To kick off, Ken Chad defined eBooks for the purpose of the … Continue reading The Challenge of ebooks

Using Turn-it-in to track re-use of OERs…

…isn’t really worth the bother–a simple web search seems to work better. I’ve wondered, somewhat idly, whether Turn-it-in (t-i-n) may be a useful way to track whether and OER has re-used on the more-or-less open web. T-i-n is plagiarism detection software, it is designed to detect plagiarism in student work by looking for resources with … Continue reading Using Turn-it-in to track re-use of OERs…

Testing Caprét

I’ve been testing the alpha release of CaPRéT , a tool that aids attribution and tracking of openly licensed content from web sites. According to the Caprét website. When a user cuts and pastes text from a CaPRéT-enabled site: The user gets the text as originally cut, and if their application supports the pasted text … Continue reading Testing Caprét

JISC CETIS OER Technical Mini Projects Call

JISC has provided CETIS with funding to commission a series of OER Technical Mini Projects to explore specific technical issues that have been identified by the community during CETIS events such as #cetisrow and #cetiswmd and which have arisen from the JISC / HEA OER Programmes. Mini project grants will be awarded as a fixed … Continue reading JISC CETIS OER Technical Mini Projects Call

CETIS Gathering

At the end of June we ran an event about technical approaches to gathering open educational resources. Our intent was that we would provide space and facilities for people to some and talk about these issues, but we would not prescribe anything like a schedule of presentations or discussion topics. So, people came but what … Continue reading CETIS Gathering

Additional technical work for UKOER

CETIS has been funded by JISC to do some additional technical work relevant to the the UKOER programme. The work will cover three topics: deposit via RSS feeds, aggregation of OERs, and tracking & analysis of OER use. Feed deposit There is a need for services hosting OERs to provide a mechanism for depositors to … Continue reading Additional technical work for UKOER