Think Tank agenda

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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 National Library
  • Opening remarks - The open engagement process
  • Reflections from the Ministry of Education, Reusable and portable content initiative.
  •  ? National Library representative
  • Paul Seiler, Ministry of Education
10:30 - 10:50
  • Opening message from the OER Foundation
  • How WE will support you in achieving your objectives
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, Board of Directors, OER Foundation and founding Director of the International Centre for Open Education, Otago Polytechnic.
10:50 - 11:30 Looking at NZ and relevant international examples of OER 5 minute show and tell open floor
11:30 - 12:00 Question and answer session National Library, MOE and 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

Plenary or group discussion documenting thoughts on WikiEducator
12:30 - 12:35 Debrief and plan for the afternoon. National Library and 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 ? MOE representative
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 ?National library
15:00 - 15:15 Comfort check
  • Are you comfortable with what is being planned?
  • Do we need any workarounds?
?National library
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
National Library, MOE and OER Foundation

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