The Politics in Spires blog: Students as Producers of OER

This report reflects on students as producers of Open Education Resources (OER) in relation to Politics in Spires (PiS), a collaborative blog between the Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and the Cambridge Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). In particular, per the directives handed down in commissioning this case study, this report focuses on the actions taken and lessons learned in relation to three thematic areas: i) generating content authored by students and boosting blog awareness among the student communities, ii) developing rewards and recognition techniques and iii) managing the quality of blog content. All blogs posted by academic researchers (including students) and reader comments are published on the WordPress site under a Creative Commons UK: England and Wales Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 licence.

This case study was part of the HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources case study: pedagogical development from OER practice project.

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Kate Candy
A. Blake Ewing

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