ENCORE+. Interview with Lorna Campbell

The ENCORE+ project supports the uptake and innovation of Open Educational Resources (OER) for education and business. An improved understanding and strategy for enabling people to receive credentials for their learning with OERs has been identified as a key enabler for uptake. With this in mind, UNIR iTED team has conducted a series of in-depth interviews to explore innovative approaches to credentialising learning in the European OER ecosystem, the opportunities which they offer, and the barriers to their application. The interviews also contributed to an ENCORE+ report discussing the same topic.

Every two weeks up to January 2023 a new interview will be published.

Interview #6: Lorna Campbell

Lorna Campbell was closely involved in the large Open Educational Resources (OER) programme run by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and funded by The Higher Education Funding Council in England from 2009 to 2012. Over the past six years she has been a member of board of trustees of the Association for Learning Technology in the UK, which has a strategic commitment to openness, and a board member and Vice Chair of Wikimedia UK. She is currently the manager of the University of Edinburgh Open Education Resources Service, which provides support to staff and students to engage with the creation and use of open-licensed content.

In this interview, she describes the mission and OER strategy of the University of Edinburgh. Among the interesting aspects, she discusses the implications for the organisational structure and responsibilities, and the infrastructure which has been set up to support the production of OERs and their use in courses, including the decision not to run an OER repository. In addition, she stresses the value students creating open education resources or open knowledge as part of accredited courses, and describes how this is supported in the University of Edinburgh.

The interview is published here.