Building upon Expedition Engineering Resources

Following up on our visit to the Engineering Workshed Developers Conference last Friday, We had an hour’s teleconference with Oliver Broadbent and Diana McCann at Expedition Engineering to agree a selection of their resources to release under open licenses to appropriate fileshare sites. We’re aiming to release everything under a CC-BY-SA license. We identified a few images that may need to be re-sourced due to Copyright restrictions. Resources will be themed as follows:

Construction Materials:

Sustainability:

Structures:

By releasing these resources on fileshare sites as OERs, we hope to:

(i) reach a wider potential audience
(ii) make it easier for others to reuse the resources, by download, embed, etc
(iii) harness the power of social media to allow users to interact with the resources (rating, comments, etc)

Training session with Ceram

Yesterday we ran our first training session, on making the company’s resources open and educational, for one of our partners – Ceram, a global expert in materials testing, analysis and consultancy.

The morning session given an overview of existing file-share repositories, such as Flickr, Scribd, YouTube etc, their functionalities and benefits of use (including market intelligence built-in these sites). It introduced licensing practices based on the company needs. It also showed how to embed licenses and re-use open resources in preparation of the company’s resources. Working together we have prepared three collectons of open educational resources (OERs) – on Ceramics, Healthcare and Sustainability.

The afternoon hands-on activity has given a chance to all participants to upload the prepared resources to the file-sharing websites such as Flickr, Scribd. In the end we have shown how the resources from Ceram on the file-sharing sites are drawn together into one place for students/academics/users arranged in themed collections – the CORE-SET site. We have also discussed an educational added value of the Ceram resources and the ways to embed them into teaching and learning practices.

Wellcome at Ceram office in Stoke-on-Trent