2011.11 OERu Proposal for action for Academic Volunteers International
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Group 2 in Dunedin focused on developing a proposal for action for Academic Volunteers International. The group was asked to consider and think about scalability challenges and solutions.
- 1 Issues questions
- 2 Aims of the activity (longer term)
- 3 Objectives
- 4 Narrative description of what you will do
- 5 What inputs are required?
- 6 Decision proposal(s) for OERTen partners for this activity including who and when.
Who are the volunteers?
- Not necessarliy subject content supporters
- Free assessment services in return for facilitating, for eg 3 courses
- Community service learning credit.
- Academics -- using recorded volunteer service hours for community service in staff appraisals self
- Retired teachers/ academics
- "Paid" facilitators (see economic model.)
- Existing communities of online communities
- Small businesses
- Professional bodies (retaining membership)
What must volunteers do?
- Facilitate peer-to-peer learning
- Generic student suppport through the learning sequences - e-tivities
- Help build capacity
- Help learners develop as more independent and experienced OER learners
Criteria for selecting volunteers?
- Digital literacies including e-moderation and e-facilitation
- Proficiency in medium of instruction <- could we clarify a bit more what is expected?
- Cultural sensitivity
How do we connect volunteers with learners?
- Outstanding issue -- need to consider appropriate technology and processes
Here are some initial thoughts to get us started:
- one option is self selection by building personal profiles of AVI reflecting: past and current experience and expertise, indicating through badge or star system experience in facilitating OER learning in the OERu community to enable OER learners to self select a volunteer (potential issue some volunteers could be selected more than others and not able to cope with requests for support)
- another option is to match the volunteers with the level of support provided based on their skills and experience ( similar to Wikieducator badges)
- Honour system --- referals
- AVI is the social networking space to support OERu learners - "Yammer"?
- Layered pyramid support model -- first port of call FAQ, P2P support, AV, OERu "Guru"
- Introduction to the community, how the community works, etc --- building capacity for success in AVI.
- 80-20 rule -- AVI only deal directly with 20% of the problems.
- Consider adapting Learnign4Content capacity building model for training of AVIs
- Will implement an agile and incremental development model.
- Not a critical path component.
- Should AVI provide career guidance?
Aims of the activity (longer term)
To develop a financially sustainable system for Academic Volunteers international (AVI)
- To nurture the devlopment of a the critical mass of volunteers for needed self-orgasnisation and scalable growth
- To Select, modify or adapt an appropriate OSS system(s) for social networking, microblogging, FAQs etc.
- To remix and develop OERs as resource for capacity building of volunteers
- Develop online training opportunities for volunteers using WikiEducator's Learning4Content model
Narrative description of what you will do
- We will design a community ecosytem for proving a pyrimaid of volunteer support starting from
"FAQs' --> P2P learner support --> AVI facilitation --> Guru moderator status (WikiEducator Badges?) provide guidelines for course designers for the development of FAQ database
- For the prototype approach existing communities and founding anchor partners to assist with recruiting the categories of volunteers
- Develop usecase scenarios for the AVI Social Network, identify and select OSS social networking engine,
- Secure funding for code refinement if necessary.
- Design solutions for recruitment, how a self-selection model could operate and capacity building for digital literacies and e-moderation.,
- Trial the model / system in parallel with the OERu protoype(s) (assuming anchor partner scholarships for participing OERu learners).
What inputs are required?
- Staff time for design and development of the model
- Funding for strategic development of support technologies
Decision proposal(s) for OERTen partners for this activity including who and when.
- Draft a framework proposal for the AVI for consideration and adoption by the OERu anchor partners by 31 December 2011 with a core development team of a minuimum of 3 anchor partner members, Convened by Vasi Doncheva with support from Graham Bell, Herbert Thomas and Wayne Mackintosh (Volunteers most welcome.)
- Develop a funding proposal by February 2012 for NextGen 3B.
- Recruitment, training etc for go-live date.