Having been involved in several research projects around the area of OERs (especially OpenSpires) and more specifically the reuse of existing content (Mosaic and Cascade), it is really gratifying to see some of this work enter our mainstream course production practice. A major benefit of Mosaic was a real tightening up of our approaches to reuse, copyright and IPR across our entire short course programme and this is now starting to really pay dividends.
An example is the course we are currently developing on Globalization, available in May. Among other things, this course is using podcasts recorded by the author Jonathan Michie with the OpenSpires team. As we will be providing transcripts to make the course fully accessible we can make sure that these are fed back to enhance the original OERs – a virtuous circle.