Sharing ANCIL as an open educational resource

I’ve finally deposited ANCIL: the full curriculum and supporting documents into Jorum, the UK’s national repository for learning objects and it is licensed under Creative Commons. Emma and I had the curriculum on the New Curriculum blog since last July, but I really felt that by depositing it in Jorum, then it might be picked up by different teachers outside the library world.

I’m also getting very excited and open educational resources again and seeing them as coming under the information literacy umbrella and an area where librarians play an important role. Sharing, presenting and communicating information is something teachers and learners all need to understand, so to me OERs fit neatly into a session for either students or staff around finding resources. I’ve certainly been talking about Creative Commons licences more and more frequently in my teaching. Either as a place for teachers and students to find images, or more broadly as a way of licensing their own content if they are happy to share it. Last week at the LSE Teaching Day conference I was presenting a poster with Natalia Madjarevic our Repository Manager at LSE to promote LSE Learning Resources online. We are getting quite a collection of resources now, but it was our first real promotion of the collection.

I also had a great conference call this morning with Nancy Graham from University of Birmingham and Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg from UNESCO. Nancy and I are thrilled to be attending the UNESCO OER World Congress from 20-22nd June this year. We are presenting a session about sharing information literacy resources as OERs. We had over 100 responses to the survey we put out in April 2012 and hope to organise a workshop to discuss how we can better share IL resources, but also build a global network.

The ANCIL audit is also continuing at LSE, if somewhat slowly as exams are taking place. But we’ve got responses from all our academic support librarians now and are slowly getting survey responses back from a variety of staff at LSE. More soon!

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