Learning Technology

Open Nottingham recognised in national award

1 September 9th, 2011 at 07:09

ALT C awards 2011I’m very pleased to announce that the Open Nottingham team won the joint second prize for Learning Technologist team of the year award 2011 at the recent ALT Conference in Leeds.

The Association for Learning Technology’s Learning Technologist of the Year Award celebrates and rewards excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field. The process involves a written submission and interview in front of an expert panel (this year at Microsoft’s offices in London).  We are extremely proud to have been recognised by ALT again this year. In the five years the ALT awards have been running, the team have been short-listed twice (2007, 2010), won once (2009) and now have the full set with second place in 2011!

This year’s award recognises the achievements of the Open Nottingham team in supporting open learning within teaching across the University with over 70% of schools now publishing openly and a 500% increase in content submissions in the last academic year. The team has had substantial impact on working practices, has empowered students to broaden their educational experience and has established Open Educational Resources (OER) as a mainstream activity for the University.

Through Open Nottingham we have also created ground-breaking websites with proven global impact, such as the Xpert repository, which is the largest collection of open learning resources in the world, indexing over 235,000 resources, a 600% increase on the previous twelve months and placing it at the forefront of the global OER movement. The team also launched the pioneering Xpert Attribution Service (>50,000 attributions in 2011), which significantly reduces time and increases confidence surrounding the reuse of third party material, two of the biggest barriers to wide spread use of openly available learning materials.

Judges’ Comments

“The Open Nottingham Team is joint second place in the team award because of the team’s impact on the University of Nottingham’s use of Open Educational Resources, coupled with the impressive way in which the team functions and is led.

The panel was very impressed with the:

  • way the services developed and run by the team are used within the university;
  • extent to which the team’s work is influencing academic practice;
  • relevance of the team’s work to the university’s activities in China and Malaysia;
  • way that the team has put learning technology at the heart of the institution’s strategy”
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