OER Handbook/proposed handbook outline

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Note: Unless there is feedback to the contrary, this outline will be deprecated in favor of the merged outline.

Introduction Why OER? (both motivation and goals)
A short history of OERs
Models and approaches to OER development
* Cathedral and the Bazaar models of content * Produce – consumer versus collaborative peer production Roadmap * Beginner - advanced * OER Lifecycle



   *Using your own resources
 * Searching and finding [UNESCO 7.1][Also mentioned in UNESCO DIY Resource]
   * Services/tools across multiple sites
   * [List of "resource" sites] [UNESCO 7.1.1-7.1.4]
         o Wikipedia
         o WikiEducator
         o Wikiversity
         o Connexions
         o LeMill
         o Flickr
         o Creative Commons search
         o Internet archive
         o Project Gutenberg 
   * Preferred formats (Interoperability) [In the UNESCO doc we 
     have this under publishing rather than getting other peoples' 
     materials? 6.6.3]
   * Accessibility
   * User Stories 

Localize and Remix

   * Creating a Curriculum and Bundling OER/Resources
   * OER/Resources translation
   * Linking between versions
   * Low bandwidth/mobile versions
   * Offline versions
   * Creating a custom course (for oneself as a learner)
   * Tools
         o Make-A-Path?
         o Social bookmarking
         o LeMill 
         o eXe
         o Burrokeet
         o Audacity
         o Dotsub 
   * Preferred formats (Interoperability) [UNESCO 6.6.3]
   * Accessibility
   * User Stories
   * Creating a Curriculum and Bundling OER/Resources
   * OER/Resources translation
   * Low bandwidth/mobile versions
   * Offline versions
   * Sharing and remixing rich media
   * Accessibility
   * User Stories 


   * License compatibility
   * Creative Commons
   * GFDL
   * UNESCO DIY Resource:
         o "One of the things would be information about how to choose a license, and what the different options mean." 

User Stories (or maybe clear, concise statements of different licensing perspectives)


   *  Upload/import course materials into a course management system/virtual learning environment
   * IMS discussion? [Have this under Technology/Publishing OER in UNESCO 6.6.3]
   * Authoring Courses from Content across Many Sources
   * [Best practices?]
   * Accessibility
   * Low bandwidth/mobile versions
   * User Stories
   * 7.2 Local hosting of materials [UNESCO]
   * 7.3 Integrating OERs in teaching and learning [UNESCO]
   * * 7.3.1 Learner perspective [UNESCO]
   * * 7.3.2 Lecturer perspective [UNESCO]

Small section on redistribute

[List of possible methods of distribution]

   * TeacherTube
   * YouTube
   * Flickr
   * OCW
   * Moodle
   * Mediawiki
   * Wordpress
   * Odeo 


General notes on project implementation [UNESCO DIY Resource says "Flowchart / milestones / checklist: visual and quick way to get started / don't forget anything."]
   * 4.1 Project planning document
   * 4.2 Making the case
   * 4.3 Monitoring and evaluation / Measuring success 
5 Requirements, constraints and enablers
   * 5.1 Buy-in from senior management at your institution
   * 5.2 Embed use and publication of open content and materials in university policies
   * 5.3 Link to national or provincial policy goals
   * 5.4 Connect with other initiatives at your institution
   * 5.5 Collaborate with others outside of the university
         o UNESCO DIY Resource calls this "Access to support networks"
         o Who should be willing to help you, categorized by online volunteering to pro services.
         o We might also benefit from a centralized list of listserves, research orgs, and other groups of interest through which we can contact the greater learning community and become stimulated and enriched. I personally have benefited greatly by the three or four newsletter and groups in which I participate.
         o The importance of having links or a global network of willing people to provide support, guidance or are simply willing to answer queries that existing or potential OER users or developers want to know. This way it would be easy for potential users or developers to locate people from their areas (if any). Maybe an interactive global map or simply a text-based A-Z nation list of people with expertise (with a bit of metadata about their expertise) would help to get the ball rolling. 

5.6 Funding and Sustainability [do we want a separate section on this?

   *  6.1 Different publishing strategies (learner-centric vs. lecturer-focused)
   * 6.2 Deciding which content to publish
   * 6.3 Licensing guidelines [This could be pulled up now?]
         o 6.3.1 Copyright alternatives – Creative Commons and other licenses
         o 6.3.2 Clearing copyrights
         o 6.3.3 Get legal advice from the experts 
   * 6.4 Training and support
   * 6.5 The project team
   * 6.6 Technology
         o 6.6.1 Publishing platforms / Repositories
         o 6.6.2 Web traffic analysis
         o 6.6.3 Standards and interoperability
         o 6.6.4 Course and content production tools
         o 6.6.5 Social learning, Social networking tools
         o Notes on technology from the UNESCO DIY Resource:
               + I like to have information on the portal that will help me make decisions in selecting technology/tools - from the demand of hardware, the ease of mirroring to a local server (always take low-bandwidth into consideration), to the ease of localization to another language.
               + As for helping people get comfortable with some of the open software and websites - perhaps it would be beneficial to include some short videos on setting-up and working with the programs.
               + Then one thing I really like to know is some sort of comparative table that lists the different technology, the skill sets needed to use those technology, the pros and cons of each technology, especially in relation to 1) how the content could be easily replicated/mirrored to remote servers and 2) how easy it is to localize the content (if not to facilitate, at least not to hinder) . 
   * 6.7 Case-studies and examples

6.8 Step-by-step


   * Encouragement and practice
   * Additional resources
   * [UNESCO 8 The future of open education] 


[Other UNESCO sections:]

   * 9 References
   * 10 Additional resources