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Tuesday, April 24


Open science, open government and open data: creating an impact through open education and open connections
Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are online environments providing access to data, software and resources of various e-research infrastructures. VREs support research excellence by providing innovative services related to metadata, data context and trust generation, data analytics, scientific publications, researchers collaboration, interoperability, semantics and data preservation.
Yet, creating an impact with VREs is challenging. Researchers may not be aware of developed VREs or they may not know how to use them for their research purposes. This presentation aims to: 1) discuss how the elements of the VRE developed in the VRE4EIC project stimulate openness in relation to open data, open government, open science and open access, and 2) explain how the reach and impact of these openness elements can be strengthened and increased through open online education.
VRE4EIC is already developing a Europe-wide interoperable VRE to empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate innovation and collaboration (www.vre4eic.eu). Possible openness stimulating elements identified in this project include mechanisms to keep track of changes made to datasets, networking tools integrated with existing social media, interoperable workflows, the interoperation of heterogeneous e-Research Infrastructures leading to new science and Application Programming Interfaces for developers to include new research infrastructures.
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was developed consisting of short videos explaining VRE concepts and how the VRE can be used (disseminated as widely as possible). Video content was connected to engaging assignments, assignments were connected to the VRE, and MOOC participants shared their findings with each other on a forum to learn from each other. Connecting openness elements of VREs to open education strengthened the reach and increased the impact of VRE4EIC. We recommend related projects in the area of open science, open data, open government and open access to explore the possibility of using open education as a means to connect to openness elements.


Yi Yin

Delft University of Technology

Anneke Zuiderwijk

Delft University of Technology

Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45 - 11:10


The Bridge to Everywhere: Metrics, Transparency and OER
OER stakeholders strive to validate quality and impact of educational materials. One step toward this goal is to create a set of universal metrics to increase reporting and analysis of results. The OER movement can learn and borrow from other communities (especially open source and open access) to collaborate and come up with metrics that are easy to use and simple to understand. Using agreed-upon measurements will make it easier to validate, aggregate and compare data across different platforms, different content and learning environments. This is especially important as the OER community grows and more stakeholders have a need for data. Secondly, as seen in other communities, these metrics should be transparent and published widely through report cards, dashboards and other tools for easy access by stakeholders. Transparency will increase communication throughout the OER community, perhaps increasing collaboration and strengthening the community. Examples from the American University of Sharjah and other communities will provide illustration that strengthening metrics through better data collection will enhance broader conversations about research assessment and increasing impact throughout the OER community.


John Liebhardt

Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian, American University of Sharjah
I am the Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian at the American University of Sharjah. Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, I was a Knowledge Management advisor for IntraHealth International, where I supported open source software programs and managed open source co... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:10 - 11:35


Connecting the dots: linking Open Access and Open Educational Practices to enhance Open Educational Resources and Repositories adoption among Higher Education Institutions
The Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Open and Accessible Educational Resources (OER Nucleus) of the University of the Republic (UdelaR) in Uruguay, integrates the open practice of research groups from different fields combined with the participation of civil society organizations, educational institutions and governmental sector. The adoption of Open Education strategies, and in particular OER adoption, requires actions that contribute to change educational practices, as well as the development of infrastructures that support OER’s life cycle. One of the OER Nucleus research lines integrates information and communication technologies (ICT) with teacher training, towards an improvement in the use and collaborative creation of Open and Accessible Educational Resources and Open Repositories. This paper presents preliminary results of the actions carried out in this line, providing substantive evidence for the development of a sustainable OER Repository and strategies for OER adoption at the university. The convergence between Open Access and OER repositories is analyzed, as well as the requirements for adapting institutional repositories for the implementation of OER collections. Finally, future strategies for the adoption are presented, based on the development of Open Practices.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:35 - 12:00


Openness = Open Education + x? Universität Hamburg’s integrated approach to opening up Education and Science
As the 2nd OER World Congress in Ljubljana has recently shown, open education has come a long way since its digital renaissance during the early 2000s (Nyberg 2010 [1975]; Farrow, Deimann 2012). In Germany, more and more HEIs now strive to implement OER strategies to allow for institutional development of open education. Similarly, a lot of energy is invested in the production and dissemination of Open Educational Resources as a hands-on manifestation of what it means to teach, learn and work in the open (Orr, Neumann, Muuss-Meerholz 2017).

Within the City of Hamburg, openness has played a crucial role ever since the city’s mayor and senate decided on the governmental strategy of “Digitization of the Metropolitan Area”. Drawing from a selection of projects that have been realized at Universität Hamburg in that context, we discuss aspects of openness that have emerged from this push towards digitization and openness in the Hamburg metropolitan area. As we will show along preliminary results from ongoing projects such as Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), SynLLOER (federal government-funded OER awareness), and Hamburg Open Science (HOS, currently in planning), Universität Hamburg is striving towards an implementation of openness that extends beyond a focus on Open Educational Practices.

Based on an understanding of the requirements of everybody working in higher education to not only engage in teaching and education, but also often conducting academic research in one way or the other, the convergence of experiences made in the outlined projects led to an integrated approach of an ‘openLab’ (DeRosa, Blickensderfer 2017) that focuses on a combination of open education with the field of open science by including aspects of open access, open data and open source – with the goal to foster a culture of openness that includes OEP as well as Practices of Open Scholarship (POS).

Presentation slides available online at: https://uhh.de/uk-oeglobal18


Franziska Bellinger

Hamburg Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HUL); Universität Hamburg (UHH)

Kerstin Mayrberger

HOOU@UHH, SynLLOER, Hamburg Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HUL); Universität Hamburg (UHH)
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Nina Rüttgens

Universitätskolleg, HOOU@UHH; Universität Hamburg (UHH)
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Tobias Steiner

project manager, University of Hamburg, openLab, SynLLOER

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00 - 12:25