OER Assessment Taskforce

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The OERTest initiative has been running since October 2009 with the purpose of investigating approaches to assess, certify and recognise learning outcomes acquired through Open Educational Resources. It has been led by a consortium of 6 European universities (United Nations University, Open University of Catalonia, Universities of Bologna, Edinburgh, Duisburg-Essen and Granada)as well as EFQUEL and Scienter. Through consultation with a multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional, team of experts in quality assurance, academic development, curriculum development, administration and financing our team has developed and validated a recognition and transparency tool (current draft) for certification of OER- based learning, envisaged for use in 6 different provision scenarios.

Goals of the Taskforce

The concept of certification, assessment and recognition of OER is increasingly gaining traction, but requires concerted action to turn into mainstream reality. The European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) has committed to a lead a task-force of universities, OER Initiatives and related policy groups which will work over the next two years to continue the work started in OERtest by:

  • Trialling the assessment of OER-based learning outcomes
  • Trialling awarding credit for OER-based learning outcomes
  • Disseminating experiences of the above activities

The task force will also coordinate related activities in Europe, in particular linking to national/ international initiatives in the field and populating a clearinghouse of learning modules for which some form of assessment will be offered.

We are looking for institutions which are interested in joining this initiative. If you would like to be involved please add your contacts to the bottom of this page.

List of Interested Parties

  • The OERu network is definitely interested. We will be running pilot courses later in the year. What does participation in OERTest entail? --Wayne Mackintosh 23:35, 9 June 2012 (UTC)