Roles and responsibilities for OERNZ WikiFacilitators or Trainers

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Draft concept for the motion

To be formulated based on discussion points below

Discussion to prepare concept motion

Background: The aim of building a team of OERNZ Facilitators is to scale-up capability development for our reusable and portable content project. We envisage the following roles and responsibilities for OERNZ WikiFacilitators:

  • To act as Ambassadors for OERNZ promoting the benefits of reusable and portable content.
  • To arrange and facilitate wiki taster sessions for teaching colleagues. A wiki taster session is a 2 - 3 hour face-to-face professional development session where participants:
    • Are introduced to the concept of reusable and portable content and OER
    • Create an account in WikiEducator
    • Practice basic editing and formatting skills in the wiki
    • Shown how to create a free OER portal on WikiEducator
    • Join the OERNZ mailing list and shown how to manage their preferences.
    • Shown OER examples to generate ideas
  • To assist with online facilitation either as lead and/or co-facilitators during dedicated New Zealand training workshops.

Please add your thoughts and ideas below in preparation for tabling the motion:

  • I like this approach of building capability and spreading the vision. For this work to become sustainable it needs a broad support base. The role of Facilitator provides a realistic role that many of the more active members can realistically aim for. Paul Seiler 18:47, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
  • To make it more sustainable we will also need to look towards having representation from throughout the regions to spread the message locally NathanP 22:33, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
Hi Nathan -- I agree, we should work towards the aim of an even regional spread of WikiFacilitors all around New Zealand! One way we can achieve this is through our online workshops -- and we are planning to run a few dedicated NZ online workshops. These workshops will be facilitated by our initial team of facilitators identified for the train-the-trainers workshop. Using online workshops, it will be possible for teachers to get training irrespective of their geographical location. Ideally, it would be great to have a resident WikiAmbassor at every school in NZ and I hope that we can get this right! While face-to-face workshops, is a great way to get started -- its also very expensive. Bringing 20 folk together for the train-the-trainers workshop will cost about $16000. Our funding is restricted -- so we'll do the best we can with what we've got so far. Its a good start. We've budgeted $23500 for the train-the-trainers workshop. Depending on actual costs of the Christchurch workshop -- we may have funding left to fly in Wikifacilitators to regions we have not yet covered to present a local wiki taster session, for example at scheduled ICT PD cluster meetings. So we should be able to acheive a reasonable geographic spread. --Wayne Mackintosh 01:21, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I agree with the comments above. We need to make sure that whatever we do is sustainable. The on-line workshops will mean that we can cover all of New Zealand, but I agree having representation around the regions will help to make this more sustainable. It would be great to end up with a WikiAmbassor in every school --Jacqui Land
Hi Jacqui -- appreciate your feedback. Valuable comments! My passion in life is to achieve sustainable OER ecosystems -- and must say that with an OERNZ planning team like this, I know that we're going to achieve success for NZ on this front. --Wayne Mackintosh 05:48, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Being an ambassador would also mean the ideal WikiFacilitator would be part of the larger WikiEducator community, helping connect the OERNZ community with the wider one. There will be need for information flow both directions. Jim Tittsler 04:38, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

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