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UKOLN Seminar On OER Open to All

Posted by Brian Kelly on 11 April 2011

UKOLN’s seminar programme continues on Thursday 14 April 2011. Vic Jenkins and Alex Lydiate of the e-Learning team in LTEO (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office) with describe the JISC-funded OSTRICH (OER Sustainability through Teaching & Research Innovation Cascading across HEIs) project. As described in the abstract for the seminar:

The progress of the OSTRICH project so far at the University of Bath will be described by Vic Jenkins (Learning Technologist in the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office). This will include highlights and challenges encountered, discussions around IPR for learning and teaching resources, and the sustainability of processes for managing the release of OERs on an institutional basis.

Alex Lydiate (Educational Software and Systems Developer) will present an overview of the design of the Drupal-based OSTRICH distributed repository and the rationale behind it.  This will include an outline of the proposed strategy for representing the OSTRICH OER records on the Web.

As with previous seminars this year the event is open to others in the sector with an interest in the development of open educational resources to attend.  The seminar will also be streamed live.  If you would like to attend, either in person or remotely, please complete the online booking form.

Note that following the most recent UKOLN seminar there was a suggestion that we should make use of the Ustream streaming video service rather than Bambuser.

In order to familiarise myself with this service I created a brief video clip which provides an announcement about the seminar.  On replying the clip (which, I should add, contains no additional information) I discovered that as well as the advertisement on flights to Australia (illustrated) there is also another advert display as a caption on the screen and a video advert is played before my video starts.

It seems that:

Ustream is free because it is ad-supported, but if you want to get rid of ads on your stream ― no problem!

Going Ad-Free on Ustream is simple. With a few easy steps, you can remove ads from your channel to fully control the viewing experience.

And whilst going ad-free may be simple, it costs from $99 per month. The use of advertisement to fund online services is something we have tended to avoid in higher education in the past.   But in light of reductions in funding, I wonder if we will start to see increased use of services which contain adverts, not only in sidebar widgets but also at the start of video clips.  Will this, I wonder, be regarded as an appropriate response to addressing reductions in funding?

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