Open Educational Resources, SWAPBox project
|Project partners||SWAP (lead), University of Southampton Library, School of Electronics and Computer Science - University of Southampton Centre for Human Service Technology - University of Southampton, Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) - University of Birmingham, Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).|
|Disciplinary focus||social work / social policy
The SWAPBox project, directed by the Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP) is a collaboration between SWAP and six project partners. The project addresses the current lack of open educational resources (OER) in social work and social policy. Despite the sector’s general willingness for collaboration and sharing of best practice, at the moment there is no online repository that allows users to share, find and reuse learning resources. The repository created as part of this project, SWAPBox, will offer a wide range of social work and social policy resources that will be uploaded by project partners and individual SWAPBox members. These resources will be subject to peer review.
The project will also seek to stimulate a genuine cultural shift across the target community by encouraging individuals not currently engaged in technology enhanced teaching and learning, to use OERs on a regular basis. Furthermore, individuals will be able to access guidelines on how to modify existing OERs and turn their own teaching materials into shareable resources to be uploaded onto SWAPBox. The interactive elements of the repository will foster the creation of an online community that brings together OER novices and experts from the social policy and social work community. The SWAPBox team will report on the progress of the project through a dedicated web-site that includes a project blog and wiki, and disseminate the results at conferences and through reports and papers.