Think Tank agenda

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

Susan and Leigh

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We request participants to prepare for the think tank prior to meeting in Dunedin by:


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The overall aim of the Heywire8 Think Tank is for New Zealand educational practitioners, policy makers and decision makers to explore opportunities and pathways for building a national OER initiative. Specifically the Think Tank will:
  • Take note of existing New Zealand OER initiatives
  • Articulate the value proposition for a national OER collaboration
  • Identify barriers to OER adoption and implementation in New Zealand
  • Prepare a draft action plan for the way forward
  • To identify volunteers to refine and collate the outputs of the Think Tank

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Tip: We recognise that delegates do not necessarily represent the views of the sector. WikiEducator is an open community of association. All proceedings will be documented transparently on WikiEducator under a free content license which you are free to reuse, adapt and modify. We extend an open invitation to all educators in New Zealand to participate in the refinements and evolution of the respective content pages on the wiki as we work together in building a national OER collaboration.

Parked issues


To facilitate a productive think tank we have adopted guidelines for engagement and these are specified as parked issues. Other than questions of clarity, the following topical issues appertaining to the OER movement will not be discussed at this think tank:

  • The debate on free content licensing with reference to nuances of opinion on what constitutes a "free" content resource. For the purposes of this think tank we will subscribe to the Free Cultural Works Definition when referring to OERs;
  • Discussions on preferred software tools for OER content production and delivery. Where possible, we will promote the notion of open standards and interoperability of digital content, rather than personal preferences for software.

This is not intended to denounce the strategic importance of these topical issues. New Zealand will need to address these concerns at a later stage when developing strategies for implementation but they are the kinds of discussions that will hinder our progress taking into account a tight agenda.

Dynamic agenda

This agenda will evolve dynamically using the wiki way. Based on feedback so far, here is the proposed agenda:

Pre-engagement activity

This activity involves speaking personally with each participant prior to the start of the Think Tank – to gain their thoughts and perspectives, and any feedback regarding the DRAFT Agenda. The Commonwealth of Learning team will assist in contacting all nominated participants via skype, telephone or email prior to the start of the Think Tank and document the feedback.

Getting started -- the groundwork

Time Item Facilitator
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 - 10:30
  • Welcome from Otago Polytechnic
  • Opening remarks - The open engagement process
  • Reflections on implementing an open content IP policy: A quantum shift for sustainable education
Dr Robin Day, Deputy CEO, Otago Polytechnic
10:30 - 10:50
  • Opening message from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
  • How WE will support you in achieving your objectives
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy, COL.
10:50 - 11:30 Looking at NZ and excellent international examples of OER 5 minute show and tell open floor
11:30 - 12:00 Question and answer session Dr Robin Day and Dr Wayne Mackintosh
12:00 - 12:30 Why should we do this? What's in it for us?

Articulating a value proposition for a New Zealand national OER collaboration

Small group discussions and documenting thoughts on WikiEducator (Comment.gif: I reckon we stay as one group rather than break up.. thining of the 1% rule here and how I hate feeling like I'm in the wrong group ;))
12:30 - 12:35 Debrief and plan for the afternoon. Dr Robin Day and Dr Wayne Mackintosh
12:35 - 13:00 Lunch and discussions

Engagement phase, ongoing

Time Item Facilitator
13:00 - 13:30 Plenary report back on the value proposition Bronwyn Hegarty
13:30 - 14:30 What are we going to do and how will we do it?

Developing a Draft Plan of Action: Identifying the action steps

Categorized group work:
  • Strategy and policy
  • Advocacy and capability development
  • Supporting Technologies
14:30 - 15:00 Plenary report back and discussion Leigh Blackall
15:00 - 15:15 Comfort check
  • Are you comfortable with what is being planned?
  • Do we need any workarounds?
Dr Robin Day
15:15 - 15:30 Afternoon refreshments
15:30 - 16:00 What are the milestones?

When should they be achieved? Who will help?

Facilitated group reflection
16:00 - 16:30
  • Comments and thoughts about implementation
  • Concluding remarks
Dr Robin Day and Terry Marler

What can Wikieducator do?

Time Item Facilitator
16:45 - 18:00 WikiEducator: Nuts and bolts session for participants interested in technology related issues. Dr Wayne Mackintosh, Jim Tittsler and Brent Simpson

Value proposition for a NZ national OER collaboration

  • Licensing needs to be appropriate to allow sharing.

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