Talk:OERu/Planning/Develop an OERu partners manual

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Test011:19, 14 August 2014
Q& As from Scope Strategic Planning Session Aug 4-8, 2014109:11, 9 August 2014
Feedback needed for manual011:08, 7 August 2014
Meeting input from Sarah Lambert017:51, 8 May 2014


Idevries (talk)11:19, 14 August 2014

Q& As from Scope Strategic Planning Session Aug 4-8, 2014

1. Work away on the outline structure in WikiEducator and create all the pages, as per the OERu collaborative wiki development example Yes, start with a course outline page like this one used for OCL4Ed. Don't use the "Practice:" prefix, that shouldn't be necessary for your course development. That outline was used to produce this course snapshot. These examples will help you to see the relationship between the course navigation in the snapshot and the outline page. (Was that a mistake with the link you provided -- I'm not sure how that tutorial page relates to your question.) 2. Seek OERu help to integrate the tools e.g. WE Notes, registration tool, and re-use and attribute OERu resources where possible, as per Yes, the OERF will help with setting up the WENotes tool, registration etc. For now you just create a place holder page for WENotes and this will be activated before your course goes live. Just let us know well in advance when you plan to run your first instance so we have this ready when you go live. If you plan to reuse existing OERu pages without adaptation -- that's easy, you just link to the existing page and all the attributions are done automatically by virtue of the page history.

If you want to create a derivative work of an existing page there are two methods you could consider for attributing the source:

a) Acceptable method (quick)

Copy and paste the wiki text from the source page to your new destination page. Important in the comment field (before you save the page) add a comment like "Page sourced from Copyright OER Foundation and various authors" point to the specific revision instance of the page you sourced which you will find on the history page. If you point to the normal page url, and there are changes to the source page after the fact - this would not be correct.

b) Technically correct method (will require your admins to be increased - better to use this once you have mastered the wiki.)

With this method we preserve the detailed history of the page edits. It involves exporting the file as an XML file from the Special Pages link in the wiki. Editing the new target url with a text editor. Importing the XML file to the new target page. It sounds complex, but preserves the history and attributions.)

3. Request the snapshot to take place as a one-off action when our project team signs-off the populated, non-themed wiki, to transform the wiki into a course site similar to OCL4Ed, with the new theme applied. We are planning to establish a webpage for OERu partners with password access to generate the course snapshot. We estimate having this ready in about 3 weeks time. For now, it will apply the current OCL4Ed theme, but will be easy to convert to the new OERu theme when the course site design project is completed -- I anticipate early October.

Gmorong (talk)06:01, 9 August 2014

Some more useful info from Wayne M:

The quicklinks page at is a good launchpad to find relevant information.

If partners know of institutions keen to join - please point them to the prospective partners page ( and the organisational FAQ page ( Send Wayne a personal introduction via email to contacts at prospective partners and he can progress a formal letter of invitation.

Gmorong (talk)09:11, 9 August 2014

Feedback needed for manual

Many components of the manual are almost complete, but we need feedback from the group as to what is missing and what can be improved.  Consider our objectives:

  1. provide existing and new partners joining the OERu with the information they need to maximise the benefits of membership and participate actively in the operations of the OERu network.
  2. incorporate guidelines and suggestions for course design and development incorporating exemplars of "best practice".

The first still needs to be worked on, but we need contributions from the group.  Please add to the existing wiki or post your ideas here.

Thanks for your help!

Gail and Kelly (TRU)

Kellywarnock (talk)11:08, 7 August 2014

Meeting input from Sarah Lambert

Sarah Lambert is unable to participate in the May 12 (Pacific Time) Google Hangout for our first project team meeting but sent this email to share her (excellent!) ideas. I thought this was to good to keep buried in an email and share it below with her permission. --Irwin DeVries 04:51, 8 May 2014 (UTC) ---

"The only thing I wanted to raise is the idea of the manual ending up being an Induction MOOC. One of the best things about working with Open2 Study was their Induction Course. They used their platform to deliver the information using learning designs that were appropriate to their mission and platform. You could see very quickly what it looked like, and what is possible. It really fast tracked the preparation for designing a course.

So I’d like to suggest putting a plan in place that looks at a PDF/online manual for phase 1 (and perhaps not worrying too much about perfection, but more on speed of getting it out!) and looking at a Phase 2 development that does induction for new OERu members and designers in the online learning platform. In other words, make a Mooc about:

  1. what the OERu is and how we work together
  2. what the logic model is
  3. latest pilots and trends in learning designs for OERu
  4. micro and full courses
  5. How courses get put forward and approved (inc minimum standards from the Course Quality group)
  6. how you can design them in wiki-educator vs moodle vs other learning platforms
  7. and particular module devoted to designing in wikieducator perhaps?? Or whatever becomes the anointed platform (as being looked at by the Technology working group).

In terms of the practicalities of this, I have already suggested that when the OERu family comes to Tasmania in November for the Symposium and meetings, that it would be ideal if some of us could come a day earlier or stay a bit later to build in some time to do a range of video interviews to become teaching resources to plug into OCL4Ed – and perhaps also for this one as well? Just an idea…"
-email received from Sarah Lambert May 7, 2014

Idevries (talk)17:51, 8 May 2014