The advantage of open educational resources is that the content can not only be re-used by teachers and learners, it can be disaggregated and re-configured for use in a wide range of contexts. This is what we mean by “ripping and mixing” (an expression we picked up from Prof Ulf-Daniel Ehlers at the EPALE launch conference in April 2015). LISTEN to what the commissioned organisations said about the need to rip and mix.
By creatively applying this “rip & mix” principle, you can make the content from the Interactive Learning Resources for Skills project travel much further than its original intended audience. At our project conference on 27th April 2015 we discussed how we could rip and mix the content to make it relevant for a wider range learners. We focused on Maths, English, Health & Safety and “Employability” (covering: communication skills, enterprise, organisation skills, problem solving). The grid below shows just some of the potential for making the content go a long way. As the source files are available on Jorum you can take whatever you would like to re-use (the SCORM elements can be edited in the package that was used to create the content).
This is an image of the Rip & Mix grid created at the project conference where participants discussed how their content had ripping & mixing potential for a number of cross-cutting themes. This links to the Rip and mix grid (Excel spreadsheet) – hover over the coloured cells and go into “edit” mode to see the “comments” field and read how the cross-cutting themes work. Below are the links to audio files from our discussions of these themes:
MATHS elements in the commissioned content
ENGLISH elements in the commissioned content
HEALTH & SAFETY elements in the commissioned content
EMPLOYABILITY (communication skills, enterprise, organisation skills, problem solving) in the commissioned content