Summary of prototype course features, discussion page themes and issues
Response to technology observations
We've tested the the integration of learning resource hosted on WikiEducator across the range of LMS technologies used by our OER partners including Blackboard, Moodle, Angel and Sakai. The same solution will also work for any website that supports the <iframe> tag inlcuding blogs and content management systems.
Irwin raises a good point about proprietary infrastructure technology which may be used by anchor partners when offering courses in parallel mode. My recommendation in this scenario is to design the OERu course related activities in a way that enables integration of open source alternatives or that these are included as optional delivery strategies so as not to create dependencies on software choices which other OERu partners may not be able to implement. I think this is a good design principle for us to consider when developing courses.
Response to student support
- Implementing a scalable and personalised formative student support service is not a critical path issue. While finding sustainable solutions is desirable, we don't have to wait until we have all the solutions. This is not a reason to stop the OERu network from providing free learning opportunities for learner excluded from the formal education system. As a philanthropic project -- we will do our best with the resources available.
- This is our greatest opportunity for innovation -- I think that over time, we can develop an amazing system of Academic Volunteers which will change the face of education as we know it :-)