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Review and feedback from Prof Andy Lane011:30, 17 October 2009
Review and feedback from Mark Brown, Massey University018:38, 15 October 2009

Review and feedback from Prof Andy Lane

Andy Lane @ the British Open University submitted the following feedback on an earlier draft of the FAQs. We are grateful for Andy's academic commitment to share knowledge, especially give his extensive experience in Open Learning and Open Education at the university level. Andy's reflections have added value and contributed to the ongoing refinement of our collective project.

Question; From the perspective of a university manager, does our FAQ section cover all the questions a prospective university manager signing or justifying the signing of a membership cheque to OERF would need to answer? (See: http://tinyurl.com/ykdgjoj ) -- Do we need to cover any additional questions?

Andy's feedback:

Only been able to quickly look at all this but it is fairly comprehensive although the ongoing benefits section is presented as an undifferentiated list. Also, while appealing to the bottom line in terms of benefits I do not feel it is strong enough on the ideals of open education (of which OER are a part) and the greater benefits of sharing per se in all sorts of ways, not just of content. I also do not get the impression of this being a mutually collaborative community from the benefits. It seems more one of collective action in an open marketplace (wikieducator). I also think you could make more about training/professional development as a benefit (and a necessity for improved teaching and learning). There is also nothing said about materials being in different languages. Is this because you want to be english led at the moment?
  • In response:
    • Further clarifications on benefits of collaboration being addressed
    • FAQ highlighting training and professional development
    • Omission on language localisations fixed with the inclusions of relevant FAQ
Mackiwg (talk)11:22, 17 October 2009

Review and feedback from Mark Brown, Massey University

Mark Brown, Director, Blended and Distance Education @ Massey University submitted the following feedback on an earlier draft of the FAQs and Membership categories. With thanks to Mark's scholarship, we have implemented this valuable feedback.

Mark provided the following feedback on our previous draft:

"Some feedback on the two sections...


  1. Could include a license link in what are OER?
  2. I wonder if the OER stats should appear under a separate question of "Who are the registered users of...?"
  3. Could add reputation benefit under "How will OER benefit my institution?" as your institution is seen as a good global citizen. I see this benefit comes further down under membership...
  4. What about a question around "How will students in your institution benefit from OERs? The answer could refer to reduced costs of textbooks along with promoting more engaging forms of learning, etc.
  5. Answers with the single word 'yes' might benefit from some further narrative to explain how or who to contact
  6. Dollar value of membership needs to say what currency under FAQs section

Types of Membership

  1. Categories and benefits clear to people who understand the concept. In the future you may benefit from quotes from signed up members and links to their pages as examples.
  2. A statement about disaster recovery for hosted options might be of interest to CIOs."

Thanks Mark -- we appreciate this.

Mackiwg (talk)18:37, 15 October 2009