Welcome to the planning phase of the project
Well the project has now started, two of us have decided to collaborate to get this textbook up and running. At the moment we are in the planning phase and we are looking forward to contributions form the rest of the community. So if you have any ideas about the content or structure or how you would like to contribute - now is the right time and the right place :-)
--Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 22:28, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
Joyce, the piece you wrote about why we should have the OER textbook was great - I moved it to the top of the page as it tells readers why we are developing the project.
--Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 22:33, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
This is a great topic to explore. I'd like to contribute to the project. I teach part time at a community college where we emphasize lifelong learning. I also run faculty development workshops on online teaching and learning and open educational resources.
The suggested outline looks fairly complete. Who is the intended reader/user for this OER? Educators? Subject matter experts who will be helping adults learning in their subject? Are these face-to-face or online learners? Is the education formal or informal - assessment implies formal? What are the learners likely to be learning - basic life skills? entrepreneurship? community leadership? auto repair? philosophy? brain surgery? This may make a difference in some of the areas in the outline and in the methods and practices suggested.
This is a wonderful project. Thanks for taking the initiative. --Valerie Taylor 12:43, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
Welcome aboard Valerie, excited to have your contributions.
I guess I am coming form a point of view of a Prospective VET educator. So possibly it's more Train the Trainer focus ie Subject matter experts (in this case their Subject is teaching adults how to teach other adults). I wanted to keep it fairly broad and not restrict it to information for people who are going to teach a particular discipline.
I don't think that it matters whether the users are online or face to face, to me it is a textbook that could be in a printed version - just happens to be online. The idea is to provide knowledge and information. What do you think?
I see it as a resource - the assessment chapter would discuss methods of assessment (both formal and informal) but would not stipulate any form of assessment for the readers - although we could have suggestions for reflection, discussion questions etc.
Well those are my thoughts today! We are still in the planning phase, so nothing is locked down. (Not that anything is totally locked down in Wiki Land!)
Excited to have you participating and look forward to hearing your thoughts. --Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 20:30, 3 December 2009 (UTC)