Proposal for Action: Develop product for OERu programme of study incorporating streams (post 1st year of study)

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Strategic goal

Develop a coherent OERu programme of study with defined learning pathways and exit credentials

Strategic objective(s)

Objective 1: Develop product for a coherent OERu programme of study

  • Focus: Completion of course development for nominated courses.

Objective 2: Develop guidelines and implement procedures for building the OERu programme of study incorporating alternate pathways (streams)

  • Guidelines for nominating courses which contribute to an idealised degree structure with pathways (streams) to achieving the BGS
  • Focus: This group will focus on the 2nd through to 4th year of study of the BGS.

Strategic approach

  1. Work within the existing degree structures and policies of partner institutions to ensure credible exit credentials.
  2. Maximise opportunities for sustainable course articulation within the network.
  3. Assemble courses from existing OER and open access materials rather than developing from scratch.
  4. Promote the "textbook zero" model adopting high quality open textbooks to scale rate of development incorporating engaging activities into the learning pathways which guide learners through the OERu courses.

Key performance indicator(s) for 2015

(Provide recommendation for recalibrated target if necessary)

Course completions and new course nomination targets:

  • Complete 10 full course equivalents for delivery by 30 June 2015
  • Complete additional 10 full course equivalents by 31 December 2015
  • 80% of OERu teaching partners have nominated their 1st course contribution.
  • 15 new full course equivalent nominations during 2015.

Guidelines and procedures for building the OERu programme of study:

  • Publish an idealised degree structure with pathways (streams) to achieving the BGS incorporating optional exit credentials to better inform new course nominations.

2015 outputs

Outputs to consider:

  • Achieving the shortest pathway to develop product for an idealised degree structure leading to the BGS and other exit credentials.
  • Determine structure for idealised degree description designed for international audience.
  • Develop a draft degree structure with pathways and streams
  • Review of proposed degree structure to maximise fit and articulation with OERu partners who have a BGS on their books.
  • Mapping of the OERu proposed degree structure to the COL Transnational Qualifications Framework (to assist with credit conversions for different jurisdictions, specifying level of courses and common international language.)
  • Conduct 2015 audit of new course nominations during the first quarter of 2015.
  1. Consider strategies which will maximise tangible return on investment for individual partners leveraging the value and diversity of the OERu international partnership, for example:
    • Diversify curriculum of partner institutions through collaborative development and shared delivery of low enrolment courses which would not be cost-effective for individual partners to develop on their own.
    • Consider courses and delivery approaches which build on the international diversity of the network, for instance, courses in indigenous and inter-cultural studies or the ability to attract international OERu learners to add marketable value to local full-fee courses by incorporating OERu mOOCs into the local delivery model.
  • Publish idealised degree structure.
  • Other?

Clarifying notes, additional considerations and discussion points

  • understand better that some members use a Diploma of General Studies and this in some countries might equivalent of Bachelor of General Studies
  • use Transnational Qualifications Framework to map the Program Approval document and to map number of micro-courses
  • find out who has used TQF for mapping - use a few of our members with BGS to test it
  • clarify different languages/terminology in each country - need to do this for students as well as partners
  • re the mapping of how much percentage credit transfer/RPL is allowed, is it for BGS or for all UG degrees?
  • will students trade on pricing on assessment/transcript versus where they go for credit
  • we need more 4th year courses so we can build a Grad Cert/Grad Dip in T&L in HE
  • we need more 3rd year courses in non-education stream for BGS
  • do a mapping of how many courses in each year in each stream - roughly there are so far 32 offerings in areas other than Education: 12 x 1st yr offerings (but 9 are micros); 6 x 2nd yr (3 are micros); 4 x 3rd yr; 3 x 4th yr; 7 x yr 5 (all micros)
  • need a stream in humanities (specially things in inter-cultural and social justice); a stream in science; a stream in business/IT - plus post grad stream in Education

Summary description

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Activity schedule

# Activity Summary description Responsibility Target date / Duration
Example Survey 1st year BGS requirements Conduct a survey of OERu partners with a BGS to determine subject requirements for 1st year of study Curriculum & programme of study group (or individual / institution) 15 April 2015 (or ongoing)

Do you have issues which should be tabled at the OERu Council of CEOs meeting?

During group discussions, if any issues arise which in your opinion should be tabled at the OERu meeting of Chief Executive Officers, please add them directly to to the CEOs issues page here.