This blog will support the C-SAP (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) project: Discovering Collections of Social Science Open Educational Resources.
The project will run from September 2010 until September 2011 as part of the wider Open Educational Resources Programme Phase II. It seeks to make available open collections of social sciences research methods by embracing Web 2.0 technology and OER-related, sustainable solutions. The rationale for the project stems from the recognition that there is now a wide range of OER materials available to support social research methods. However, despite advances across the sector, academics and students often have problems locating and accessing good quality, peer-reviewed resources appropriate for their particular needs. The project aims to examine which of the Web 2.0 technologies are best suited to support dissemination of research methods OERs and explore a wide variety of Wikis, Blogs, discussion boards, database interrogators, bookmarking systems etc. The project will examine and pilot various approaches and seek to obtain feedback from potential users about suitable approaches, focusing on issues of long-term sustainability.
We will use the blog to post updates on the project and communicate with the OER community, share our thoughts, resources and latest discoveries in the field of open education/learning technology. We see this space as a collaborative effort and welcome any feedback – watch this space for more contributions coming shortly!