Describing an OERNZ bounty
A bounty is a reward or honorarium payment for assisting our community with a specified task. These tasks are announced from time to time, by the OER Foundation who fund the infrastructure for the WikiEducator project.
A bounty is similar to a fixed price contract when compared to the statement of work and specified deliverables, but is more in tune with the approaches associated with open source software and the free culture movement.
Our hope is that individuals and institutions believe in doing a specific task. Simply put, the money paid is just an additional incentive. Bounties are a mechanism to communicate emerging priorities so as to better support the work of the OERNZ's many volunteers.
Acceptance of any bounty work done for the OERNZ project will always be determined by its quality and if it makes the project better, not if it merely meets some legalistic requirements. For this reason the criteria for granting a bounty depends on the satisfaction of the project owners, that is the New Zealand teaching community.
Detailed bounty proposals are listed on the Category page for OERNZ Bounty projects
Bounty contest rules
- Consult the list of proposed bounties published on this page. A bounty has three distinct phases during its life cycle:
- Proposed: Where individuals or organisations are invited to express their interest in a prospective bounty and to justify why they are the best candidate(s) to take up the bounty;
- Active: This represents the phase from the point where the bounty work has been awarded to a successful proposer(s), and will remain active until the project is completed. During the active phase no more expressions of interest can be accepted for the same or similar proposal.
- Completed: Once the statement of work has been completed to the satisfaction of the OER Foundation, the bounty is paid and the status of the project is changed to completed.
- Bounty applicants must be New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents or organisations registered and operating in New Zealand.
- In return for the bounty payment, the copyright holder agrees to release their outputs under a CC-BY 3.0 New Zealand or CC-BY-SA 3.0 New Zealand license and confirm that they have not incorporated any third party "all-rights reserved" materials in their content project.
- Individuals, teams and organisations may submit an expression of interest for more than one bounty project. Our aim is to encourage and support the best Kiwi talent in developing reusable teaching resources for the OERNZ project.
- We encourage wide involvement and discussions from the community. Feedback and discussions must be posted on the corresponding discussion page of the bounty concerned. If multiple people want to work on the same task, they can more easily find each other and collaborate through the relevant discussion tab in WikiEducator.
- All bounty work is carried out and reported transparently within WikiEducator, unless it is impractical to do so.
- All communications relating to the OERNZ bounty project will be made on the OERNZ list.
- We will advise you via email and public acceptance on WikiEducator if we want you to work on the bounty and give you a time frame within which we expect you to complete the work.
- A formal agreement between the OER Foundation and the bounty applicant is required before commencing work on any bounty. The OER Foundation will confirm the acceptance of an expression of interest by email including any documentation that may be required for the bounty proposal;
- Bounty work must be of high quality which is acceptable to the values and standards of the WikiEducator community, and the performance standards of the contracting organisation.
- A bounty is completed when it is submitted and accepted to the satisfaction of the OER Foundation in accordance with the statement of work and contractual agreement.
- The bounty payment must be claimed by submission of written invoice within one month of the completion of work as specified in the contract.
- Our budget for bounty projects is very limited and regrettably we cannot accept ideas for more bounty projects than those listed by the OER Foundation. However, we encourage the community to prepare funding proposals for the international donor community for WikiEducator projects that will meet your national and regional needs. Talk with us -- we're happy to help with funding proposals where we can.
- OERNZ is a project co-designed by Kiwi teachers for Kiwi teachers and we will consult with the OERNZ planning team when, for instance, selecting competing bounty proposals, determining priorities for development, or assessing successful completion of a bounty where is is unclear whether the intended outputs have been achieved. We will base decisions using the Apache Foundation's model of lazy consensus.
- Our decision is final. We're not out to mess anyone around, and you have the whole internet to complain to if you don't like it.
Nature and scope of OERNZ content bounties
During the first planning meeting of the OERNZ planning team the group achieved consensus on the types of teaching materials we plan to develop for our national commons as well as the guidelines for assessing the scope of a bounty project.
Ideas for types of reusable and portable content
OERNZ will focus on developing a wide range of reusable and portable content alternatives in support of the New Zealand curriculum. The project promotes the use of open and editable file formats to facilitate maximum opportunities for remix and reuse, prioritising the development of exemplars during the foundation phases of the project. OERNZ will include:
- Lesson plans, see for example OERNZ lesson plan templates under development. We envisage two sub-categories:
- Lesson plans without OER support materials for students
- Integrated lesson plans which include handouts and support resources for students, for instance consider these draft examples developed by student teachers: Outrageous Ooze, Plant Dissection, How to Prevent Eggcidents. See also the list of lessons listed on the Biology for Elementary node for ideas.
- Online self-study teaching materials, for example:
- Resources for professional development workshops, for example workshops designed and presented by ICT Professional Development Clusters. For example:
- Policy and administration documents which can be shared openly for reuse and adaptation by individual schools.
- Open content projects designed to facilitate collaboration between students at different schools, for example Exploration ICEBLOCK which enables students to interact with a teacher visiting Antarctica on a Primary Science Teacher Fellowship.
- Handouts for students which are OER materials designed for use in print format using the wiki-to-pdf feature. These could be homework sheets, group projects, or supporting materials used with integrated lesson plans above.
Guidelines for determining the scope of an OERNZ bounty
Bounty payment / honorarium guidelines for a reusable and portable content resource for OERNZ:
- The honorarium payment of NZ$300 is based on the equivalent of 10 hours of development time.
- The honorarium is intended for the development of reusable and portable content materials in support of teaching and learning.
- We encourage teachers to develop OER for use with the new curriculum, including for instance, links to the relevant values and key competencies.
- We encourage team work where a group of teachers may collaboratively bid to develop a number of resources and decide among themselves how to share the honorarium accordingly.
- We will not fund duplicate OER resources -- allocations for curriculum area and level will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The following benchmarks for determining the scope of work for the NZ$300 honorarium will be used as a guideline:
- Basic lesson plan, without support materials for students: Required output is 5 lesson plans
- Lesson with supporting resources for students: Required output is 2 lesson plans
- Comprehensive lesson and/or online tutorial for students including supporting resources, assessment activities and assessment rubrics: Required output is 1 lesson / resource.
- We subscribe to the honesty box principle regarding a fair and reasonable output for the honorarium.
- These guidelines are not intended to deal with the contractual arrangements with reference to the recipient of the honorarium which may be the school, individual teacher and/or consultant. In each case different taxation and/or legal requirements may apply with regard to copyright permissions by the Board of Trustees or Contractual agreement to release materials under a free content license in the case of an independent consultant. These are contractual matters between the OER Foundation and the contractor.
- These estimates are intended as broad guidelines, and in each case we will need to exercise professional discretion regarding the scope of the individual bounty
- These guidelines are not intended to cover the establishment of a bureaux support service to assist teachers in converting content donations into wiki format for the OERNZ Commons.
Procedures for submitting an expression of interest
Expression of interest form
Current bounty projects
|Project name||Status||Type of resource(s)||Subject/Curriculum area||Level|| Intendend Outputs (Quantity)||Team members and email contacts||Bounty amount|
| Macbeth||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| English|| NCEA L2||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
|Romeo and Juliet||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| English|| NCEA L1||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
| The Origins of WWII ||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| History|| NCEA L1||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
| Black Civil Rights in the U.S.A. (1954-1970)||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| History|| NCEA L1||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
| N.Z.'s Search for Security (1945-85)||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| History|| NCEA L2||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
| The New Zealand Wars||Completed||Online self-study teaching materials|| History|| NCEA L3||Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Mark Osborne|| $300|
|Literary Terms Glossary|| || Online self-study teaching materials|| English|| NCEA levels 1-3|| Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Hamish Chalmers|| $300|
|The Hunger Games Resource|| || Online self-study teaching materials|| English|| NCEA levels 1-3|| Single resource, 10 hrs development|| Hamish Chalmers and Nick Wilson|| $300|
| Online Oral spelling quizzes||Complete||Online self-study teaching materials|| Language, ESL, Foreign Language|| Primary||Template resource with four examples, 10 hrs development|| Rob Kruhlak|| $300|
| Online visual spelling quizzes||Complete||Online self-study teaching materials|| Language, ESL, Foreign Language|| Primary||Template resource with four examples, 10 hrs development|| Rob Kruhlak|| $300|
| Online visual spelling quizzes||Draft ready for review||Online self-study teaching materials|| Arithmetic, Multiplication, Multiplication Tables|| Primary and beyond||interactive activities using the arithmetic simulation, 10 hrs development|| Rob Kruhlak|| $300|