Proposed action plan

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Register and join us at the National Library for Heywire8 - Wellington, 4 August 2009

Bruce with Pam, Stanley and Wayne in background
Colette in the Council Room of Otago Polytechnic

Concerns / Issues / Questions

  • How do we know the OER approach is effective for our learners?
  • Keeping up with technology advances
  • Are OER development and delivery processes different from traditional approaches?
  • Changes in learning approaches associated with OER?
  • Does OER assume pedagogical paradigm?
  • OER and practices (OERP)?
  • Quality is contextual
  • The potential of OER to improve quality
  • How do we convince educators of the value proposition of OER?
  • How do we recognise teaching for promotion -- Is there a link between PBRF and OER development?
  • AKO - OER?
  • Peer review approach and scalability challenges (doesn't scale well)
  • Peer review is important for buy-in
  • Notion of centralising on WikiEducator is problematic - networked distribution on the Internet is the way to go
  • In OER is process more important than product?
  • In OER do you develop the "generic" or do you start with the "context" -- what's the most cost effective way?
  • Network neutrality!! Open content should always be delivered through open networks.
  • Should infrastructure be designed for production or consumption?
  • Branding -- is corporate better?
  • More agressive approavhes to managing open content?
  • Constraints and restrictions in hosting content?
  • Where is the school sector?
  • Community kudos is a powerful motivator for OER authors? (eg featured resource on Wikibooks)
  • Time and costs to source high quality images under free content license.
  • "Access to learning is free -- certification costs."

What should we do and how will we do it?

Mark and Nathan
Sarah and Nathan

  • Share narratives of the process - Richard's narratives, Warrington School, Digital content strategy narrative - Danny?, Lecturer stories, External stories (COL), PR, advocacy stories
  • Get on the agenda of Regular forums -- TANZ (Robin), ITPNZ Bron, Uni eLearning Directors Group (Bill/Gordon), CC NZ, Wayne to speak about Heywire8 @ eFest, contact participants for inputs, Phil Kerr talking @ eFest, Teachers conferences like ULearn.
  • Work with unions -- OER as model around IP?
  • WikiEducator workshops - Find institutions around NZ to host/support more L4C type workshops around NZ
  • Channel video content - YouTube, BlipTV etc --
  • HERDSA -- start feeding OERs into Herdsa (Stan)
  • How/should we consider quality assurance standards? (It could be that the true open process of OER improves quality and that our older notions get questioned)
  • Andrew Higgins project -- is the Otago story on IP capture (Dan - link to Otago IP case study)
  • Encourage explicit peer review
  • Consider a software development model of iterative improvements
  • Or and/or consider a networked review process where end users provide feedback either through just use, or through ratings and other expressions.
  • Help teachers become self reliant with always updated resources (the photocopier 15 minutes before class analogy)
  • Coordinate a national strategy -- sector wide, national library, institutions, MOE .... particularly on the question of providing local storage (national archive?)
  • Show the private sector new business models that do not threaten.
  • What we do should be inclusive of all sectors and levels.
  • We must develop appropriate and relevant quality processes.
  • We should bring the publishers on board.
  • Involve professional registering bodies.
  • "Engage practitioner networks" - Stanley Frielick
  • Investigate economic models for sustainability.
  • Knowledge sharing/ case studies on OER models, viable approaches etc.
  • OLPC network, Martin Catalyst, David Leeming, funding ....
  • Develop a proposal for contestable earmarked funding for OERs (see British Columbia experience, UNESCO OER initiative, William and Flora Hewlett foundation)
  • Find ways to diversify revenue streams (eg OERs can free up time for other activities).
  • Talk with the sector about the mechanims for OER sharing -- eg ITPNZ.
  • Talk with TEC and project leaders whether we apply CC-BY or CC-BY-SA retrospectively to relevant eCDF projects.
  • Engagement, dialogue with practitioners and students --- talk to student associations, feedback from students, surveys
  • Workshops on copyright -- help educators feel more comfortable.
  • Discussions on nuances of open content licences.