Earlier this week a number of GCU colleagues attended the joint Jisc RSC Scotland/SHED event on Open Education. The event was co-hosted by our very own Dr Alison Nimmo and brought together a number of speakers talking about a range of open education practice.
Celeste McLaughlin (Jisc RSC Scotland) started the day by giving us an overview of using open badges for staff development. Celeste’s presentation reminded us of the excellent resources and community support that the RSC have produced around open badges including their Open Badges Design Toolkit. There was a lot of interest around using badges from the room, particularly in relation to the UKPSF and potentially as a way to illustrate recognition of good standing.
Kerr Gardiner from the University of Glasgow gave an overview of their experiences of MOOCs, and how he sees them as just one part of a growing digital landscape jigsaw in terms of their wider online learning developments. I gave an update on our experience of developing what we jokingly refer to as “a MOOC in a month”, GCU Games On. I think that having these two presentations from almost completely different ends of the development spectrum, gave a good overview of the enabling features of open practice, OERs, open badges and online learning as well as some of the challenges.
In the afternoon we got an update on Jisc with a focus on Jorum developments from Susanne Boyle, Director of Jorum. There are lots of great things happening in Jorum including development of AR resources. It’s worth having a look at if you haven’t recently.
The final presentation was from Lorna Campbell, Cetis. Lorna gave an overview on the Open Scotland community, and and an overview of the updated Scottish Open Education Declaration. This is a great example of a community driven initiative which is putting open education practice in Scotland firmly on the radar of international developments. Hopefully the Scottish Government will formally endorse the declaration soon too.
All in all it was a very useful day and brought together a good mix of people. It was tinged with some sadness though too as due to the restructuring of Jisc, the RSC will no longer exist in its current form after January. Hopefully the emphasis that Jisc has on co-design will allow events like this to continue. The RSC has done so much to support community sharing of practice within Scotland it would be very sad and detrimental to the sector to see that lost.
I also made some visual notes from the day which you can view here.
Here are the slides from my presentation.