I have a keen interest in utilizing the web for teaching and wider engagement. I am an advocate for Open Educational Resources (OERs) – websites featuring content that can be freely used and shared. Below are two OERs I have worked on.
Whilst working on my doctorate I was Student Ambassador for Great Writers Inspire, a literature web resource aimed primarily at sixth form students and their teachers. I created and sourced copyright-free content for the site, wrote entries for the project blog, and engaged with schools to ensure the utility of our resources. The website was submitted, by Oxford’s English Faculty, as a REF2014 Impact Case Study. You can view a talk I gave on the project here. I discussed my James Joyce resources for the website on national Irish radio.
My experience of working on Great Writers Inspire inspired me to create my own open educational resource, dedicated to exploring innovative ways of engaging with texts. Working with a web developer colleague, we created OpenJoyce.com, a suite of freely available resources, including text searching tools, intertextuality tools, word visualisations, and a version comparison tool. My work on OpenJoyce.com earned me an OxTALENT award for innovation in teaching and learning; the image above shows me accepting my award (I am standing third in from the left in the front row).