For the Folks at home: OpenEd09

OpenEd09 was a great conference. Possibly one of the best I have been to.

Sharing is very powerful. In Leigh’s circle, people have sought to develop stuff, posted it as a work in progress to find other people working on similar things just down the road. Bingo: collaboration, synergy, time saving and dare I say it, saving time and feeling better about things. Oh and doing a better job.

What is an OER (Open Educational Resource)?

Open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute. Open educational resources include:

* Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
* Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.
* Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

The term comes from a UNESCO conference in 2002.

There is a LOT of work in developing countries at the moment, building synergy between institutions. Resoures currently being used are worked up and improved. or new resources created. Often funded by some group.

Some think this is a new form of colonialism.

A quick history of Open Education (from one perspective)

Norman Freisen:

I presented on day one:
I’ve summarised some of the material in some posts here and here.

OK, of what value was this conference?

  1. Conversations. I learned a lot about processes for dialogue and moving on thinking. I’m convinced of the unconference model. We just don’t get it in New Zealand. We have a great opportunity at the next e-fest conference, with an unconference day, based on open space approaches. But what are we doing? Starting it with a keynote.
  2. Personal. This has been quite remarkable. There was the inner core of mainly guys, but they were generally very approachable. (I’m not sure I’d go so far as the post here: …  to come when I find it)
  3. University back home: there is a lot I have learned. I think this whole open ed idea is a thing of the heart. You need to have some sense of connections. Once you do this, things become quite different.
    OK then: how to engage in this at an institutional level? or a department level? or a team level?
  4. Global. Still thinking.
    I’d like to go to China or Bangladesh.  I have a proposal.
  5. Local. New Zealand wide? Christchurch wide? Too much competition.  But it may be possible on a micro level.

That’s it for now.  If you want to meet: Friday 28th, 12.00pm at Okover house.  But check in with me in case the venue changes.

One comment on “For the Folks at home: OpenEd09
  1. No competition in NZ. There is only the Polytechnic who has declared itself Open Ed by writing a policy that defaults all content to CC By. That was the easy part. Now begins the years of undoing the culture grown in our organisation, to think that protecting content and process was “a good business model”.

    I would suggest that you take my research that is saying that 13 staff at the Polytechnic have generated $80 000 worth of branding awareness and IT capacity by openly publishing their resources on teh Internet. Use that as an argument to review the Copyright Policy of UC. Change that policy so that individuals have the power to determine what copyrights to use, and if that person wishes to us UC as a platform to present their work, that it be licensed CC By.

    This way, UC still protects its interests and has open access to any IP produced by a staff member, the staff member gains elements of motivation, and UC and the staff member gain in brand awareness.

    Instigating a policy like this is the easy part though. Changing the culture is the hard part. But he culture can’t change without a high level policy that removes any threat of the change being undermined later.

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