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Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects outside academia

Coughlan, Tony and Perryman, Leigh-Anne (2015). Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects outside academia. In: Open Education Global Conference 2015, 22-24 Apr 2015, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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This presentation reports on research evaluating the open educational practices (OEP) of three global health projects operating outside academia - the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), the Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH), and Physiopedia. The projects all use Creative Commons licences, are not-for-profit, and aim to increase health professionals’ access to high quality resources, especially in low-income countries.

The projects were evaluated against two frameworks – the OPAL OEP maturity matrix, and Vrieling’s OEP social configuration framework. Numerous innovative OEP were identified, from which academia could learn, including IACAPAP’s open textbook, created collaboratively by child psychiatrists in 24 countries, Physiopedia’s 1400 article wiki and use of open badges, and VCPH’s large repository of health-related OER in three languages. However, some of the most innovative OEP – for example localisation of resources – are not accommodated by either of the frameworks we used. We argue that an extended OEP evaluation framework is needed in order to better encompass vocational learning and to better evaluate the application and impact of OEP outside formal education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: authors
Keywords: Open Educational practices; OEP; Open Educational Resources; OER; public health; CPD; professional bodies; IACAPAP; VCPH; Physiopedia
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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Item ID: 42733
Depositing User: Tony Coughlan
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 15:21
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 23:55
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