RLOs and OERs offer educators the opportunity to embed
pre-created applicable learning content directly into the course
material. Their use is becoming ever more widespread as
universities benefit from the advantages of both creating learning
objects and repurposing existing material; enriching the student
experience and impacting positively on recruitment, retention and
progression within the institution.
There are many advantages of using RLOs and OERs to reinforce
learning and engage students in the subject matter:
The Learning to Teach Inclusively project (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teachinclusively)
will deliver a 30 credit ‘tailor-able’ module
entitled ‘teaching inclusively’
that may be taken by teaching and support staff as
part of an accredited professional development programme.
Each unit of the module will link directly to a new and existing
body of OERs (including video clips of authentic inclusive
teaching) located in JorumOpen. HEIs can access,
tailor, reuse and add to the module, its units and the repository
of inclusive OERs.
A WOLF topic can house a variety of different
resources and this particular WOLF topic (Law for Social Work) has
an interactive RLO embedded into its pages. The RLO was created by
Social Care Institution for Excellence (http://www.scie.org.uk/) and consists
of videos, audio, drag and drop questions, MCQ’s and much more.
This RLO can now be accessed by all students studying the module,
in a safe and secure environment such as WOLF. Ju Blencowe from the
School of Health and Wellbeing is currently working with the
creators of these RLO's in evaluating their effectiveness within
the degree. The sole authors are Suzy Braye from University of
Brighton and Micheal Preston-Shoot from University of
Clinical Nursing Skills.
The Multimedia Unit (www.wlv.ac.uk/shawmmu ) in the
School of Health and Wellbeing is vital asset within the school,
helping staff develop a variety of different assets and resources.
The Essential Adult
Clinical Nursing Skills RLO is accessible outside of the
University network allowing clinical nursing students flexibility
in their learning development.
Dan Collins’ self-authored videos provide
simple demonstrations of technical procedures relevant to
photography students and are available on his ‘The
Photo Technician’ Youtube channel and in the School of Art
& Design Technical Hub Wolf topic.
The links below demonstrate the range of
providers and the breadth of content available online - including
everything from video tutorials and interactive Flash material to
complete modular course content:
For further information download this list of OER sources (word
doc- 83k - opens in a new window)
IEEE Learning Technology Standards
Committee (LTSC) (2001) Draft Standard for Learning Object Metadata
Polsani, P. (2003) ‘Use and Abuse of
Reusable Learning Objects’ in Journal of Digital
Information, Vol 3, No 4 (2003) [Online] 2003 [last accessed
1st Feb 2011] Available from: <http://journals.tdl.org/jodi/article/viewArticle/89/88>
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