Successful Launch of ENCORE+ Project to Create a European Network for Catalysing OERs in Education

A team from the NIDL comprising of Dr. Orna Farrell, Dr. James Brunton and Prof. Mark Brown is pleased to be representing DCU as an active partner in a new EU Erasmus+ funded project called ENCORE+: The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education. 

The project aims to create a European network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Educational Resources (OERs). While current evidence suggests there are pockets of engagement with OER in European academic and business contexts, there is no fully integrated European OER university-business ecosystem able to identify, catalyse and share best practices. 

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

The ENCORE+ project seeks to address this gap. The scope of the initiative also includes promoting Open Educational Policies (OEPs1) and Open Educational Practices (OEPs2) through business and academia by sharpening value propositions and implementation strategies for OER use in higher education and the world of work. 

During the next 3-years, the initiative aims to use its funding (€993K) to create four strong European networks which will consolidate a new vision and understanding of how OER and OEPs can foster innovation in higher education and business.

ENCORE+ aims to bring about an overarching consensus through sharing expertise across business and higher education; and will sustain community ‘Circles’ that will apply, validate and disseminate outcomes. The goal is to build a stronger foundation for a European OER Ecosystem which can best support:

  • Innovation and inclusion in education and training;
  • Improve digital skills; 
  • Improve employability; and 
  • Share the benefits of open online learning with as many Europeans as possible.

Some of the project outputs and deliverables include:

  • Developing a validated, shared vision and roadmap for OER in Europe;
  • Providing a sustainable European collaboration model which responds to authentic needs;
  • Working with diverse stakeholders to create and pilot the ENCORE+ OER Quality Framework;
  • Establishing European OER Strategy Guidelines for higher education and businesses,
  • Establishing a well-connected European OER Ecosystem of technologies and communities.

The project team has committed itself to a really innovative and collaborative approach to sharing knowledge and practice about open education, which was evident in our recent series of kick off meetings. DCU is leading a work package related policy and strategy and the Padlet image above from our recent envisioning and information sharing workshop offers some initial thoughts. 

Project Partners:

  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Norway (Project Coordinator)
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHWB), Germany
  • Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
  • International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Spain
  • Joubel AS (JOUBEL), Norway
  • Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd (K4A), United Kingdom
  • Instructure Global Ltd. (CANVAS), United Kingdom
  • The Open University (OUUK), United Kingdom

If you would like to hear more about this exciting and ambitious project, then members of the ENCORE+ project team will be contributing to a panel discussion as part of EDEN’s Webinar Series during Open Education Week. You can register for this webinar scheduled for Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 16:30 (CET) through the EDEN website.

Finding Open Nuggets: A Conversation with three Editors-in-Chief

As part of EDEN’s series of webinars during Open Education Week (1-5 March, 2021), we are pleased to be hosting a conversation with three Editors-in-Chief of well known open access journals in the area of open, online and digital education. The panel includes:

The conversation will begin by reflecting on some of the NIDL’s “good reads” published over the past year and then discusses key trends, tensions and takeaways emerging from a rich colour pallet of openly available literature. Moderated by Mark Brown, the Editors will share some of their favourite “open nuggets” available in the literature and then discuss what makes a good journal article.

The conversation aims to help demystify from an insider’s perspective what makes a paper really standout from the crowd and how each journal goes about selecting articles for publication, with tips for budding authors.

The panel also shares their own critical reading strategies where reviewing the literature to support practitioners, scholarly professionals, and new and emerging researchers to successfully locate, critique and translate contemporary theory and research into practice, and back again. By the end of this conversation participants will be better equipped and more knowledgeable about how to locate, interpret and contribute to relevant literature in their own areas of interest and educational contexts. 

You can join this lively discussion at 12 noon (CET) on Tuesday 2nd March, with the registration link available on the dedicated EDEN page for Open Education Week. The first webinar in the series kicks off at 17:00 (CET) on Monday 1st March with a panel reflecting on the role of openness and professional bodies in shaping post-pandemic education.