Went along to the interim programme meeting on the 26th March. Was really useful, the evaluation tool looks great for helping to pose and answer questions. Big standout things I took away was arranging to be an evaluation buddy with Viv Rolfe of the HALSOER project and De Montfort University. Also a really useful chat with Ian Pirie from CETIS about portfolio work at Edinburgh School of Arts that I need to follow up on with the Portfolio Commons project. A really useful min-gem from Patrcik of the OU about a use of OERs to help prepare people for HE (and maybe even act as APL) helped a lot with the rationale for the shred services idea I am developing with others. A great serendiptious discussion with Charles Dorr from Plymouth about open textbooks and the REF – that in the words of Jason from JISC Legal could be a game changer in mainstreaming OER – I am following up on that through the fog that is currently the future REF. One thing that has come out of that is the importance of a HEFCE subject taxonomy in Drupal and metrics of impact (hard and soft). Also came across the work of Adam Mannis at Liverpool Engineering who is employing students over the summer on short projects to create learning resources – we talked about a handbook for how to do this elsehwere. This was paid work and had real benefits for the students on terms of their CVs and publications – something we could do that the UAL in the future. All in all a very useful meeting despite an early start for me.
ALTO Project Evaluation Interview
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