Open, Transferable and Technology-enabled Educational Resources
The OTTER project at the University of Leicester – funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy – enables, pilots and evaluates systems and processes designed to enable individuals, teams and departments to release high-quality open educational resources (OERs) for free access, reuse and repurposing by others under an appropriate open licence, in perpetuity.
OTTER will contribute a body of OERs from 9 departments at Leicester, equivalent to 360 credits. OTTER makes extensive use of learning technologies and maximises the affordances of the JorumOpen platform and Leicester’s institutional open source platform, Plone.
In effect, OTTER is an exemplar pilot process to allow for the extensive long-term adoption of the concept and use of OERs at the University of Leicester and in the higher education sector generally.
What OTTER will achieve
Changing institutional processes and practice is central to OTTER; the catalyst for making this happen is enabling free open access to high quality educational resources. OTTER offers:
- A marketing tool to promote UoL, its staff and the UK higher education (HE) sector globally, and to attract a diverse population of students, particularly international and non-traditional learners.
- An opportunity to modernise a significant amount of digital content at UoL and to share it locally and globally.
- Increased student satisfaction, at UoL and elsewhere, in the availability, quality and ease of use of learning materials.
- A contribution to the growth and success of the HE sector in the developing world through the release of free, high-quality resources for reuse and repurposing.
- A means of capitalising on the investment that has already been made at UoL in digital content, for the benefit of a much wider audience and for different modes of learning including the use of Web 2.0 applications, Second Life and content designed for new portable devices such as e-book readers.