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Why should I be open?

By Daniel Pullin
OKFEST Panorama

When considering the need for openness in all aspects of information society we must start from the very beginning in both awareness and culture. The open ideal stretches from the creation of a single open educational resource ( OER ) right through to the highest government. The openness of data and content has a comprehensive definition described by OpenDefinition and summarised as; A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.

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Data Based Open Educational Resource Creation

By Daniel Pullin
Data Tools Discussion

During the two days of the Open Knowledge festival we were invited to contribute to a growing list of tools and resources that enable data management. Often turning static and proprietary data into accessible open data requires significant work. Such data could be tables in old book based ledgers that have been scanned as images and need analysis. These tools and processes can help so you hopefully won't be typing the figures by hand. When producing data based educational resources, getting the correct data presented in an informative and interesting way means we should consider the many tools to get this raw data visualized for consumption and use by viewers.

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2014 WHELF HEWIT Gregynog Colloquium: A newbies view

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Guest blogger, Susan Ferguson, of Aberystwyth University's e-learning team, kindly agreed to write about her experience last week as a first-time attender at the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum / Higher Education Wales Information Technology Forum joint colloquium. This is an annual event held in rural Powys at which Library, e-learning and IT staff update one another, and share practice and experience in both formal and informal settings. The colloquium lasts a week and as the week progresses the subject-matter of the talks gradually moves from a library focus to an IT one, although there is plenty of overlap. This means that many staff stay only for the part of the conference that is most relevant to them.

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Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 in Dublin

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A Blackboard

Aberystwyth University E-learning Development Officer, Kate Wright, recently attended (and presented at) the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 in Dublin (#BbTLC2014). She has kindly offered us a guest blog article in which she reflects on the experience and how it has helped her.

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OER14 - Themes and Impressions

By Geoff Constable

Two members of the CADARN team recently attended the OER14 Conference in Newcastle. This is a brief overview of what we saw and how it relates to the CADARN project.

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Gregynog 2013 - Review

By Geoff Constable

Every year Librarians and IT professionals, as well as e-learning support personnel get together for a colloquium in deepest rural wales for a chance to share good practice and exchange information. These exchanges take place both semi-formally, at presentations and sessions on specific topics; as well as informally, over tea breaks, lunches, walks in the gardens, and in the bar. This year's colloquium took place from Tuesday - Friday 11th - 14th June, and many stayed overnight - some for the complete duration, and others to just dip in and out of the programme of sessions.

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OER13 Conference at Nottingham University

By Geoff Constable
Presenter at OER 13

CADARN Learning Portal Project Manager Tom Bartlett and Liaison Officer Geoff Constable attended the OER13 (Open Educational Resources 2013) Conference at the University of Nottingham on the 26th and 27th March 2013. We attended the following sessions all of which shared various experiences of, and attitudes to, the production and use of OERs. There appears to be a lot of ongoing discussion and debate about the meaning and implications of the OER ‘movement’, and the Conference reflected this. We met up with some staff from CADARN project partners Grŵp Menai Llandrillo and Bangor University, as well as a number of researchers and practitioners from around the UK. We also had a useful discussion with the JORUM Project Manager and Developer, at which we identified some potentially mutually beneficial opportunities along with Lis Parcell from JISC RSC Wales.

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