OERu/OERu 16.10 Meeting/Group 1 OERu Academic Board
Task: Review the draft terms of reference and plan the establishment of the OERu Academic Board
Notes copied from the draft terms of reference page inadvertently recorded on the wrong page.
- Each institution has its own definition of terms (e.g. programme, course, subject, etc.) - these variations need to be mapped to an ontology to help partners and learners understand what each institution means when it uses these terms.
- OERu "board" has a coordinating role, not an approval capacity. Helping to avoid duplication of effort among partners (Rhiannon and Brenda)
- The OERu "board" expressly does not challenge the autonomy of individual - rename it a Programme Advisory Group, or perhaps just Advisory Group (to avoid unnecessarily constraining the group)
- Need to think about marketing aspects - do we need to do market research, or is there little enough risk to make courses available and see what works?
- Noted need to look after interests of students in offering programmes - can't leave them stranded....
- Don't require full consensus - instead encourage taking chances: focus on drawing in partners by seeing other partners "making money".
- Co-opetition - the OERu Programme Advisory Group can act as coordinator.
- both encouraging increased efficiency in delivery high-volume courses, as well as supporting "long tail" of courses which traditionally have low enrolment.
- we need a way of capturing "lore" of the group for the benefit of new participants (we need "bards" who will distil the lore and tell stories)
Points of difference for network
- high-availability tutorial services (global, "follow the sun" to provide comprehensive tutorial services, for example)
- implicit value of international collaboration
- ability of network to benefit rapidly from any successful initiative by any individual partner, and partners will know how to participate and leverage opportunities
- participation is optional, based on enlightened self-interest
- there is an advantage (with regard to risk and ongoing costs) of contributing to/drawing from the network's resources
Additional notes - Andrew Van
- Not an Academic Board
- Really about guidance as to where priorities should go and avoiding duplication of effort
- Focussed more at program (degree/award) level than at course (module/subject) level
- Could help institutions develop a model - more like academic support and coordination group
- Program Advisory Group as probable name
- Needs really to think about marketing aspects - is there really a demand for the product?
- Opportunities for OERu to broker international collaboration cheaply which could be an attractive product
- Noted need to look after interests of students in offering programs - can’t leave them stranded
- Need to guide towards things that work and do wash their own face financially