HEA UK Centre for Bioscience OER Pilot Project
The UK Centre for Bioscience is taking part in a pilot programme for the release of Open Educational Resources (OER) following a successful bid for £250,000 from HEFCE/JISC as part of the subject strand. This is part of a wider programme on £5.7m to encourage and enable the open sharing of educational resources.
By working in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, professional bodies and institutions we will identify the issues and problems for developing OER in the Biosciences. We have selected a broad sample of learning and teaching materials which we believe are representative of the types of resource available to support practical work in many Bioscience disciplines, which also illustrate a range of approaches. These will become 'An Interactive Laboratory and Fieldwork Manual for the Biosciences' and made available through links on our project site and numerous services including JorumOpen. Although these are targeted towards level 1 practical classes we expect components to be useful for various levels.
You can keep up-to-date with the project's progress through the Bioscience OER Blog: http://biooer.jiscinvolve.org/