Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Jorum’s Learning & Teaching Competition – A review

After an extremely busy week at the ALT-C Conference, held in Manchester 8-10 September, there has been time to reflect on the Jorum Learning & Teaching competition, and the wonderful resources that were submitted.

The six finalists presented their resources at a session held in the main lecture theatre at the conference. The session, which was recorded, demonstrated how the resources are making a difference within a range of learning and teaching environments.

The dedication of the people who created these materials was evident. They are committed to breaking down the barriers to sharing, encouraging the reuse and repurpose of their learning objects.

The finalists were asked to comment on why they make their resources available open access and the reason they want to share using Jorum:

“It takes time and money to produce the resources - it would be a shame not to share them more widely" Colin Paton, Senior E-learning Project Manager (SCIE).

" Jorum, being the UK's national digital repository for academic learning resources for FE & HE, means that submission to Jorum would probably be one of the best ways in increasing awareness and making our resources available for other people to use. This gains exposure for us and the university, and opens doors for possible collaboration with other universities" Mark Dransfield, e-Learning Adviser (York St John University).

"People go to Jorum to look for good quality resources" Carol Elston, e-Learning Adviser (LearnHigher).

To see a full list of the six finalists and the judges comments visit:

We are keen to encourage further deposit of resources created under creative commons licences. Deposit now via the Jorum OER Deposit Tool -

The competition will run again next year, so watch out for announcements early 2010!

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