Ranking criteria for 2012 prototype shortlist

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Minimum qualification criteria

List the minimum criteria in order to qualify for course candidates to be included in the ranking phase towards achieve a rough consensus.

  • Course must be ready for delivery in Fall/Autumn 2012 (Northern Hemisphere) or second semester (Southern Hemisphere).
  • The course be offered for credit / recognition at the contributing institution because an OERu course must be accredited at a minimum of one anchor partner.
  • Course should fit broadly with almost any Arts or General Studies program
  • Should not require the purchase of any textbooks or other materials that are not freely available and accessible.

Additional considerations

  • First-year undergraduate level courses without prerequisites are preferred. (Moved this from minimum qualification criteria. Given the excellent response rate for prototypes, having one or two higher level courses will add value to to our work. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:34, 16 December 2011 (UTC))

Considerations for ranking criteria

  • Level of cross-credit potential in the network
  • Achieving an acceptable "range" withing the prototype, for example:
    • a course with potential for large enrollments worldwide and demonstrators which illustrate opportunities for Long Tail Economics whereby the OERu collaboration achieves cost-effective offerings for low enrollment courses.
    • selections which illustrate a range of viable delivery approaches without imposing any pedagogical bias.
  • Should have good opportunities for engagement and interaction as well as methods to obtain formative feedback where possible
  • Well formulated discussion topics and strategies that would work well with peer as well as volunteer tutor structures
  • Fallback positions available for independent learners
  • Language and conceptual level should be appropriate for students from many linguistic backgrounds
  • Should have formative assessments that are easily individualizable
  • Content of potential broad interest in a variety of contexts
  • COL and UNESCO focus groups indicate that this topic will be of interest to learners in developing countries

Course development criteria

  • Course selections must facilitate implementations which are technology agnostic with regard to preferred technologies on campus -- for example, using WikiEducator's capabilities for easy integration into local learning management systems. (Moved this from the "minimum qualification criteria" subheading because this can be addressed through the development process. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:26, 16 December 2011 (UTC))
  • Should be low-bandwidth (Moved this from minimum qualification criteria, seems to be a better fit under this heading. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:31, 16 December 2011 (UTC))

Discussion points

List any relevant discussion points here.

  • Are we still looking for a blanket qualification that all these parts amounts to? or is that not a concern at this stage? - at the Dunedin meeting we talked about General Studies degree etc..
My understanding from our meeting decision is to start with course which could ladder towards a general studies degree. So I don't think we are looking for a blanket qualification as this early stage of the process, but the network could work towards this ideal in the medium to long term. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:38, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Final criteria for rough consensus poll

After discussion and reflection, this is the list of criteria we will use for the rough consensus poll.

  • List criteria here