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Scenario planning for educators - WikiEducator

Scenario planning for educators - WikiEducator | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Scenario planning for educators (SP4Ed) is a free micro Open Online Course (mOOC) offered by the e-Learning Research Lab at the University of Canterbury in collaboration with the OER Foundation. The two week course will simulate the scenario planning process for navigating uncertain education futures.

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Planning for OERu 2013.11 meeting of anchor partners - WikiEducator

Planning for OERu 2013.11 meeting of anchor partners - WikiEducator | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

You can help shape international #OER futures. Call for proposed agenda items for series of #OERu 2013.11 meetings.

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Stephen Downes' remarks on the costs for formal credentialing services at OERu

Stephen Downes' remarks on the costs for formal credentialing services at OERu | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"So as I have always figured, the end-game for OERu is a commercial product. Created by WikiEducator (and more recently, a bevy of 'founding partners') OERu attracted many with the promise for free online courses. An the courses are free. But according to the announcement of the furst OERu course: "Cost of Assessment services by USQ."

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OER University – for those who are serious about low cost, socially responsible university credit.

"I have said it before Cours/dacity xMOOCs are businesses who have large debts to repay, they are not social reformers."

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“It feels good to give… but does it feel good to get?” Interview with Amber Thomas

“It feels good to give… but does it feel good to get?” Interview with Amber Thomas | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Continuing the strand of interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education in the UK, this post contains the highlights from an interview I had earlier this month with Amber Thomas, who is Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure at JISC. Amber was speaking in her personal capacity and her views are not intended to reflect those of JISC.


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Twitter / Gabi Witthaus: How compatible is your institution with the OERu concept? A 15-minute survey

How compatible is your institution with the OERu concept? A 15-minute survey. http://t.co/j5gFZEz2 #oer #ukoer #oeru #ocw
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Irwin Devries - Caution: Open course developers at play

Irwin Devries - Caution: Open course developers at play | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Much has happened at the OERu since the formal launch meeting in November. In the open curriculum project, a series of public consultations through the SCOPE forum at BC Campus and subsequent discussions among partners have led to the selection of eight prototype courses for initial development.

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Wayne Mackintosh: "#OERu is not theoretical speculation :-). Design blueprint for first prototype course posted"

Wayne Mackintosh: "#OERu is not theoretical speculation :-). Design blueprint for first prototype course posted" | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

  

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OpenOpen (Open University and OER: sharing research and practice) - 7 Dec 10:00 GMT Live streaming

The OU is known for its 'openness' and in the past few years that has extended to research and practice in an new area with the Open tag - Open Educational Resources (OER).

 

Five OER projects based at the OU are reporting activity and challenges at this event.

 

* OLNET with an international focus supported by the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation
* B2S (Bridge to Success) an OU-led initiative that takes OU 'Openings' content to targeted US students
* SCORE the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education, a national role initiative funded by HEFCE
* ORIOLE (Open Resources: Influence on Learners and Educators) funded through a HEA National Teaching Fellowship.
* The OpenEd Project - a project to deliver open courses.

 

The event will be video recorded and also streamed live and available publicly (so not only as replay on the internet as for most events)


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OER University assessment and credential survey

You can help the global OER community to take stock of the assessment and credentialisation practices in the formal higher-education sector today.
All post-secondary institutions are invited to post responses. All data will be dedicated to the public domain and freely available for your own research activities.

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Terry Anderson and Rory McGreal speak about Athabasca University and the OERu

Terry Anderson and Rory McGreal speak about Athabasca University and the OERu | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

This week I’ve had the good fortune to interview both Terry Anderson and Rory McGreal, who were visiting Leicester for a meeting with colleagues on a new, EU-funded OER project called POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake). I asked them both to give me their thoughts on how Athabasca was going to go about its participation in the OERu in terms of the four areas outlined in the graphic below. Both noted that they would be speaking more from a personal perspective than from a formal, institutional perspective, as the plans for the OERu are still in their infancy. This post contains a few highlights from the interviews.

 

If you want to skip straight to the punchline, here is Rory's vision of how the OERu will work:


"Cost effectiveness is the key… How do we educate these 97 million learners … in a cost-effective manner? This is the first idea that I’ve seen that practical implementation is possible. And this could work. And the way it’d work is this: if we could get a cadre, so we get ten percent of them through, so that’s ten million students, but that means there’s a cadre of students who’ve done it, in all these little villages and towns all around the world, and they’re an example to the others, and then you can build on that and build on it and build, and that’s the way you do it. But not only that; we have developed self-motivated learners, and that’s what you need - you need a person who is a self motivated learner. That’s more important than anything they learn. And so we build that up and we’re away…"


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Thank you for rescooping this :-) Please note that I've just edited the blog post (http://goo.gl/bdTpJ). In the original post I had mistakenly indicated that Athabasca was already doing the "at-home" exams; however this is not yet in practice - it is under consideration and will be piloted next year. I had also referred to the "challenge exams" as a system, whereas they are currently being practised on a rather ad hoc basis with some systemic features. Thanks to Terry and Rory for the corrections.
Gabi Witthaus's comment, November 19, 2011 8:47 AM
Thank you for rescooping this :-) Please note that I've just edited the blog post (http://goo.gl/bdTpJ). In the original post I had mistakenly indicated that Athabasca was already doing the "at-home" exams; however this is not yet in practice - it is under consideration and will be piloted next year. I had also referred to the "challenge exams" as a system, whereas they are currently being practised on a rather ad hoc basis with some systemic features. Thanks to Terry and Rory for the corrections.
Gabi Witthaus's comment, November 19, 2011 8:48 AM
Thank you for rescooping this :-) Please note that I've just edited the blog post (http://goo.gl/bdTpJ). In the original post I had mistakenly indicated that Athabasca was already doing the "at-home" exams; however this is not yet in practice - it is under consideration and will be piloted next year. I had also referred to the "challenge exams" as a system, whereas they are currently being practised on a rather ad hoc basis with some systemic features. Thanks to Terry and Rory for the corrections.
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Alternative Ways to Earn Your Degree: Discussing OER University

Rory McGreal, Board member of the OER Foundation is interviewed by Education-Portal.com on the OERu.

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2011.11 OERu Meeting Agenda - WikiEducator

2011.11 OERu Meeting Agenda - WikiEducator | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The OERu Anchor Partner Meeting 09./10.11.11 is running

The webstream will be available here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oeru

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Wayne Mackintosh: Behind the scenes of SP4Ed 13-05

Wayne Mackintosh: Behind the scenes of SP4Ed 13-05 | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

As we begin to reflect on the major uncertainties facing the future of higher education in the during our pilot  Scenario Planning for Educators (SP4Ed) online workshop, it is noteworthy that a number of the  international thought leaders who we invited to share their views on the fundamental drivers of change for the future of education have included uncertainties associated with MOOC-like delivery in their video signposts.

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Wayne Mackintoshs answer to Stephen Downes' remarks on the costs for formal credentialing services at OERu

via Mail (22.11.12.):

Stephen Downes has posted an item where he comments:

"So as I have always figured, the end-game for OERu is a commercial product. Created by WikiEducator (and more recently, a bevy of 'founding partners') OERu attracted many with the promise for free online courses. An[d] the courses are free.''

I share Stephen's frustration that in a world where the marginal cost of replicating digital knowledge is near zero, while we are able to provide fee learning, we are unable to provide free post-secondary education for all learners who choose to acquire credible degrees from the formal public sector.

We have made considerable progress in establishing a global network that will provide free learning opportunities and offer pathways to credible degrees on 5 continents. Unfortunately formal education towards credible credentials is not yet free in this model. We have not been able to figure out how to cover the costs of formal assessment services because OERu anchor partners will not receive government subsidy for providing these formal assessment services.

Stephen do you have a better solution to address the shortfall in recouping recurrent costs for formal credentialing services?

Until governments can provide funding for an assessment-only model, OERu anchor partners need to find a way to recover the recurrent costs of formal assessment. The OER Foundation will continue to lobby governments to consider subsidising an assessment-only model to achieve the goal of free education for all citizens. That said, I figure that its better to move forward with the current model, rather than to wait until we achieve government support for what we are doing. At least, in theory, we can serve millions of learners for as little as 20% of the current costs of tuition in most countries. That's an order of magnitude better than what we had before.

Stephen suggests that the end game for the provision of formal credentialing services is akin to a "commercial product." Stephen comments further:

"Sure, there's a bit of a savings - but that's possible, I guess, when hundreds of volunteers have been providing education and materials for free. I wonder whether there would have been so much enthusiasm for WikiEducator had volunteers known from the outset that it will still cost $1000 a semester."

A few clarifications:

The OER Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation. We provide the WikiEducator and OERu infrastructure for millions of individuals worldwide who access OER materials at no-cost to the user free from any advertising. The formal constitution of the Foundation restricts our activities to charitable education activities -- by law. This means that any surplus funds (which we currently do not have) must be ploughed back into charitable activities). The OER Foundation does not receive any revenue from the provision of credentialing services offered by the OERu anchor partners. We do receive membership fees from our OERu anchor partners, which contributes to the overall costs of our infrastructure. We still need to recruit an additional 20 partners to be economically self-sustaining without any reliance on 3rd party donor funding. (Our audited financial statements are all publicly accessible if you want to find out more detail about the operational costs of the network.) With reference to the inaugural course of the OERu, Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific (AST1000) there were not hundreds of educators developing the e-learning materials for free. You can check the edit history and you will find that the course development was done by staff at USQ and the OER Foundation. We are however grateful for the thousands of open access journals and existing OERs available on the Internet which AST1000 learners can access at no-cost to support their learning journey. You will also see that none of the materials hosted on Wikieducator to support OERu learning carry the non-commercial restriction because we respect the views of creators who do not wish to have money change hands, even if its restricted to cost recovery of charitable activities.The fact that OERu partners will recoup costs for providing formal accreditation services should not come as a surprise. Since the conceptualisation of the OERu network at the very first open meeting, we have always communicated openly and transparently that formal assessment services would be provided on a fee for service basis.

I look forward to the day when we can achieve free post-secondary education for all citizens. It may take us a while to get there, but it is an achievable goal. I hope that you will help us achieve free education for all.

Wayne

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OERu assessment, credit-transfer, credentialing and course reuse scenarios - WikiEducator

OERu assessment, credit-transfer, credentialing and course reuse scenarios - WikiEducator | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"Still lots of work and thinking needed. Cross-border OER assessment and articulation is complex. When services are disaggregated, the number of possible scenario configurations increases. We are releasing early and frequently in the traditions of the open source development model"

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Australia's University of Southern Queensland launches the first OERu prototype

Australia's University of Southern Queensland launches the first OERu prototype | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"The University of Southern Queensland turns the OERu vision of free learning opportunities with pathways to achieve formal academic credit into reality today by announcing the launch of the Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific (AST1000) course. The course will commence on 23 November 2012 and complete during April 2013.  OERu learners can enrol now and we will advise learners on the registration details for those students interested in formal assessment from USQ."

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“We need to have a far more efficient system.” Wayne Mackintosh

“We need to have a far more efficient system.” Wayne Mackintosh | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

This is the transcript of my interview with Wayne Mackintosh about the OER university (OERu) and Otago Polytechnic's implementation plans for the pilot. He also talks about the thinking behind the OERu concept, hence the title of the blog post.

 

For anyone who is not familiar with the OERu concept, this quote is a good starting point: "First and foremost the OERu is a philanthropic collaboration to widen access to more affordable education especially for learners currently excluded from the formal sector."


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OERu 2012 Prototype : 8 courses being developed for The OER University

OERu 2012 Prototype : 8 courses being developed for The OER University | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The OERu anchor partners have shortlisted 8 university / college courses to be developed as prototypes to be offered in the 2nd half of 2012.

 

These courses will carry credit towards a Bachelor of General Studies - the inaugural credential selected at the OERu 2011.11 meeting of founding anchor partners. The OERu network will be able to formerly accredit OER learning in Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America.

 

The OER Foundation uses open source development approaches and we subscribe to radical transparency and open governance. We conduct all business openly. We release early and frequently.

 

The first drafts of the design blueprints for the prototype have been posted for feedback and improvement. You can help us to provide high quality OER courses to achieve free learning for all students by helping us improve the design and delivery model for these courses. You will find links to the respective blueprints under the announcement section on the prototype portal page and we welcome feedback from the OER community. Please post your feedback on the corresponding "Discussion tab" in the wiki.


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Gabi Witthaus - OER university: Sharing, Collaborating and Educating

  

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Open Education Week: University of Leicester to host a webinar on the OERu

Open Education Week: University of Leicester to host a webinar on the OERu | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The OpenCoursware Consortium is coordinating Open Education Week 2012, 5 -10 March 2012. This is a global event celebrating our achievements and reporting on progress of the open education movement.

 

A number of OER university thought leaders will open the University of Leicester series of webinars for Open Education Week. Register your seat today: http://goo.gl/ITeyy

 

Further Information

 

On 6th and 7th March 2012, the University of Leicester will be running a series of three webinars entitled "Enabling universal access to higher education via openness and collaboration?" to celebrate Open Education Week.

 

Confirmed speakers include Jim Taylor (University of Southern Queensland), Grainne Conole (University of Leicester), George Siemens (Athabasca University), Martin Weller and Patrick McAndrew (Open University UK), Sandra Wills (Wollongong University), Vasi Doncheva (Northtec Polytechnic) and Anthony Camilleri (EFQUEL and OERtest). The series is jointly hosted by the TOUCANS and ELKS projects at the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, in partnership with the Open University's SCORE Programme and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

 

For more information and registration, please go to http://toucansproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/webinars/.

 

To go straight to registration, please see http://goo.gl/ITeyy .

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Open University #OERu: A Framework for Academic Volunteers International: Dec 5-16, 2011

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2011.11 OERu Proposal for action for 2012 prototype courses - WikiEducator

2011.11 OERu Proposal for action for 2012 prototype courses - WikiEducator | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Summary for #OERu 2012 prototype posted

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Leigh Blackall: OERU vs Pearsons vs OEU

Wayne Mackintosh is making rapid progress joining the dots around the Open Education Resources University (OERU), with some 15 "Anchor Partners" in the fold (although it is hard to say for sure, going by the info on their website).

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OERu Inaugural Meeting Day 1 highlights by Gabi Witthaus

It's 3.30 am and I'm propped up in bed with my laptop... just finished watching the very interesting proceedings of day one of the inaugural planning meeting of the OERten (OERu tertiary education ...
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