OERu/OERu 16.10 Meeting/Group 3 Critical friend review

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What is the OERu doing well?

  • Organizing technology well - very critical piece - getting the framework set up
  • Bringing like minded people together
  • Relentlessly open – every action is embedded in openness
  • Wayne’s method of working – been critical – methodical – a model
  • Seems to be doing a lot with very little resources

Where or how can the OERu network improve?

  • Don’t understand how student-partner interactions will work – e.g. points of contact of institutions
  • Questions about student assessments: is it their own work
  • Opportunity to get to know the students earlier and build relationship as institution?
  • Ability to offer existing institutional supports for students in OERu courses
  • Built-in missed opportunities?
  • Problem with communications – getting emails from OERu – feels like random bits of information
  • Challenges of organizational differences – lots of material, but institutional priorities supersede these
  • Vision of being able to engage with large numbers of students
  • Challenge of institutions getting to know what courses are in OERu
  • Degrees have direction – certificate a mishmash – would prefer to see other courses

What are the top 3 priorities this partner meeting should address?

  • Get past proof of concept, then:
  • The student connection – point of contact
  • More coherent structure for program design – balance of independence vs structure

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

  • Program design
  • Learner support
  • Challenges in understanding communications from OERu - getting the big picture