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The Learning from WOeRK project has been awarded additional funding from the Higher Education Academy to promote OERs for CPD among university staff, employers and lifelong learners. To find out more about this stage of the project, please go to ‘Dissemination’ tab above.

Project Background

Welcome to the Learning from WOeRK project website.  The Learning from WOeRK Project was funded through phase two of the HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources (OER) programme, September 2010 to August 2011. Managed through the Teaching and Learning Directorate at University of Plymouth and involving a cross-University team and a number of key employers, the project developed and published open resources to support learning in the workplace and continuing professional development.  The resources, though developed for tutors in HE, are directly accessible by learners but generally assume a level of tutor or work-based trainer / supervisor involvement.

Project resources were published under a Creative Commons license, Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) licence, meaning that others can,

 “… remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms”. (Creative Commons, http://creativecommons.org). 

 The OER produced by the project are published and searchable on the Jorum (www.jorum.ac.uk) and UPlaCe repositories (http://uplace.org.uk) using the tag: LFWOER.  They can also be accessed through a gateway on this website: http://cpdoer.net/collections.

The project team produced the equivalent of 365 higher education academic credits, equivalent to 3650 notional learning hours, fulfilling the project’s aim. Resources reflected Plymouth University’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework, underpinning its Bachelors and Masters in Professional Development programmes and ranged from the first year of an undergraduate degree (Level 4) to Masters Level (Level 7). OER subject content was informed by earlier market research and included a focus on professional development and reflective practice, the work-based learning process and management and leadership.  Specific resources included modules on supporting a work-based project, mentoring a student on placement, how to establish a social enterprise and a Staff Guide to OER.

The project team established systems and guidance to support OER development and use, available through the project website.  The project’s lessons learned in relation to OER development and release, practice change and organisational change are outlined in the Project final report, supported by direct quotes from practitioners. The project’s impact was focused on  supporting work-based learning, including workforce development which may be of particular value to micro businesses, SMEs and the third sector; those without their own training departments or resources.

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