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An interview with Stanley Frielick (Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching), and Andrew Higgins (Director of E-Learning) at the Auckland University of Technology) - both thought leaders in open collaborative approaches in higher education leveraging the potential of technology enabled and technology enhanced university practice.

Intended as a case study for international profiling on all of OERFs lists and home page / front page news link on WikiEducator.

Possible interview questions ...

Meet CLT, Stan Frielik and Andrew Higgins
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Stan, you are a strong advocate of the enactive approach recognising the notions of an ecosystem within a connected wirearchy. As Director of Learning and Teaching at New Zealand's fastest growing university, what do you see as the most pressing challenges for supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning in an increasingly connected world. Are these challenges similar for other professional academic development units in New Zealand and do you see a place for OER to address these needs both locally and internationally?

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Stan, Andrew -- you have both participated in Heywire8 events. Heywire8 is a national conversation about sharing, remixing and reusing OER in the New Zealand education sector. Drawing on these experiences, do you think OER is potentially education's equivalent of the co-opetition model where institutions choose to collaborate in order to "compete" better, taking into account a highly competitive tertiary sector faced with decreasing funding?

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Andrew, you are a pioneering leader of New Zealand's e-learning Guidelines initiative which has become a cornerstone resource for institutions around the world committed to improving e-learning practice. With specific reference to OER, the e-Learning Guidelines initiative was one of New Zealand's first collaborative projects to adopt a Creative Commons Attribution License and implement an open source Mediawiki installation for hosting the guidelines, which for many observers was a progressive decision at the time. What was the rationale behind open content licensing and utilising open web technologies for the project? In hindsight, what were the benefits?

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With reference to supporting academics with their research activities, do you have any thoughts, advice or suggestions regarding open and collaborative research. (The OER Foundation is planning to launch WikiResearcher, as sister project to compliment the ground-breaking work of the WikiEducator community and all advice is well-received in the spirit of open philanthropy).

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From your desk, what do you see to be the main advantages of joining the OER Foundation in supporting you to achieve your organisational objectives?

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