JorumOpen: A Quick Overview and Competition Details

At JISC RSC Scotland North and East we were recently asked for a quick overview of the JorumOpen repository. The query came from a multiple institutional project who were looking for a means of sharing project resources. There main area of interest were easy of access and licensing/copyright. Below is the information we provided:
jOpen JorumOpen is part of the JISC funded Jorum service this service and is designed to let staff freely deposit/reuse educational content under a Creative Commons licence (in essence Creative Commons licences, allow you to keep your copyright but allow others to copy and distribute your work provided they attribute your work with conditions specified). JorumOpen uses the England & Wales version of Creative Commons. People in Scotland can use the England and Wales licences but the licences will be governed by the contract law of England and Wales.
Extracting resources from JorumOpen requires no login or account creation and can be done by anybody, worldwide. Depositing materials is only available to members of UK further and higher education institutions and requires login using  UK Access Management Federation username/password. All Scottish further and higher educational institutions appear to have federated access apart from (please use the comments below if there are any corrections to this list):

  • Banff & Buchan College
  • (The) Barony College
  • Borders College
  • Clydebank College
  • Coatbridge College
  • Cumbernauld College
  • Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
  • John Wheatley College
  • Newbattle Abbey College
  • Oatridge College
  • Reid Kerr College
  • Robert Gordon University

(A further consideration might be that staff don’t realise that their institution is part of the UK Access Management Federation and may login using their existing staff username/password)
Resources submitted/extracted to JorumOpen can be in a variety of formats  ranging from simple one-file assets and links to external resources, to more complex learning objects including content packages and open courseware. The upload limit is 20MB but larger files can be included through consultation with the Jorum team. Once uploaded resources can be edited, removed or updates.
Currently there are 298 resources listed under FE and 6196 for HE. Some example resources include:

Title:Explaining camtasia and audacity to create audio podcasts
Author:Jakki Sheridan-Ross
Description:Podcast designed for use in a PGCHE workshop teaching teachers to create short audio podcasts suitable for audio feedback or to explain a particular concept. Demonstrates Camtasia and Audacity. There is a deliberate error in the audio which highlights that it doesn’t need to be perfect to be useful.
Keywords:ukoer; podcast; camtasia studio; audio feedback; audacity
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Title:A staff guide to Open Educational Resources
Author:Simon Thomson
Description:Comprehensive staff guide to OER’s in booklet format (7 pages). Includes ‘What are OER’s?’; How can OER benefit academic staff?; A quick guide to IPR, copyright and Creative Commons; Guidance on developing OER material; Examples of OER repositories. Easy to use format with 10 key points for each section.
Keywords:ukoer; unicycle; oer; open educational resources; repository; creative commons; IPR; copyright
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Jorum Learning & Teaching Competition

In conjunction with the ALT-C conference the Jorum Learning & Teaching Competition is open for entries until the 2nd July. Judges are looking for appropriate, engaging/innovative, effective and reusable learning resources. There are three cash prizes (1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100) and £20 Amazon vouchers for commended entries. Click here for more information about the competition [Hint: You can see current entries to the competition by visiting the JorumOpen Advanced Search and searching on the keyword  ‘jorumcomp10’].