8. Great Writers Inspire: Learning from the Past
The Learning Technologies Group at OUCS has started a new project as part of the HEA and JISC-funded Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme.
This work will build upon previous successful OER projects:
Great Writers Inspire – Learning from the Past will collect and release digital learning content on a literary theme via an easily accessible website. The project will provide a new set of lectures, a series of downloadable electronic texts and ebooks, plus background contextual resources to support the media. It is anticipated that the content will explore the historical context, discuss key texts and thewriters’ legacy and influence on literature.
Example collections will be:
- Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre
- Great Writers and Grub Street
- 19th Century Fiction
- Modernist Periodicals
- Post-Colonial Writers
The material, intended to provide an engaging introduction to a typical humanities undergraduate education, will be released under a suitable open content licence and therefore can be reused in education worldwide. The project team will work closely with the English Faculty at Oxford, and materials will be curated by academic subject specialists. The wider humanities community will be involved in content discovery, creation and collection through community collaboration workshops. The project will also engage with school teachers to ensure that the material released is useful to the pre-university sector.
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