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OCW Seminar TU Delft - October 9th 2009 - Presentation Robert Schuwer (Open University NL)

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  • 1. OER in The Netherlands Robert Schuwer 9 October 2009, Delft
  • 2. Context
    • 2006 start of OER in The Netherlands
    • 2007 Initiative TU Delft
    • 2008 expansion
    • 2009 realisation of national
    • initiative
  • 3. Agenda
    • Institutional initiatives
      • OpenER @ OUNL and beyond
      • Spinoza @ OUNL
    • National initiative
      • Wikiwijs
  • 4. Open Universiteit
    • one of 14 universities in NL
    • with a specific Profile :
    • Lifelong, Open, and Flexible (LOF) learning
    • one of 10 universities for LOF learning in Europe (e.g. UK OU, UOC, …)
    • over 20.000 students
    • celebrating 25th anniversary this year
  • 5. Open Universiteit (2)
    • Bachelor / Master / PhD programmes
    • (fully accredited) from seven Schools:
    • Cultural Sciences
    • Informatics / Computing
    • Law
    • Management Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Educational Sciences
  • 6. Open Universiteit (3)
    • Expertise centres:
    • Learning Sciences and Technology ( CELSTEC , formerly OTEC)
    • Professional development of teachers ( Ruud de Moor Centre )
    • Education for Sustainable Development ( RCE Rhine-Meuse )
    • Lifelong Learning (Netherlands Laboratory for Lifelong Learning - NELLL )
  • 7. Institutional: OpenER@OUNL
    • Objectives:
      • lowering thresholds for access to formal HE
      • widening and increasing participation in HE
  • 8. Means
      • large-scale offering of high-quality short open courses developed for self-study (1 EC each (about 25 hrs))
      • ‘ portal of temptation’ to HE
      • bridging informal learning and formal education by official examination options
      • (earning Bachelor credits)
  • 9. Fundings
    • The Directorate Learning and Working, established by the Dutch Ministery of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministery of Social Affairs
    • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    • To a total of approx. €660,000.
  • 10. Measurements
    • Main question:
    • Did OpenER had any effect on participation in Higher Education?
    Photo by Xurble @ Flickr.com
  • 11. Some figures
    • Launch on December 5, 2006 generated a lot of publicity
    • Close to 1.000.000 visitors
    • 12% returning
    • 25 courses online (4 – 45 hours / course)
    • 5700 users registered voluntarily
    • Costs for creation €3000 - €30,000
    • Formally ended June 2008
  • 12. Proof of the pudding
    • Question on electronic order form for regular OUNL courses:
    • Was taking a free OpenER course a cause to order this course?
    • About 10% answered yes.
    Photo by kochtopf @ Flickr.com
  • 13. Three key best practices
    • Rely on quality awareness of authors
      • Authors are already used to making self study material
    • Support of top management is crucial
    • Producing open courses should be a regular task at faculties
      • Higher delivery reliability
      • Not dependant on few enthusiastic people
  • 14. Main question remaining
    • Sustainability: business model for offering free courses
      • Can it ever be without grants?
      • Someone has to pay for it (the tax payer?)
    Photo by tj scenes @ Flickr.com
  • 15. stOER (Dutch for tough)
    • Another business model (service oriented)
    • OERs and other free services play central role
      • Each course an OER
    • Experiments start this year
      • Computer Science and Educational Technology
    Photo @ http://www.sixthman.net/blog/2008/12/
  • 16. Extension: Spinoza series
      • eminent Dutch researchers (winners of a Spinoza Premium) bring their body of thought and views to a broad public
      • role model for all researchers in NL
      • international exposure of NL top research?
  • 17. Means
    • develop and offer OpenER courses with all its qualities
      • self-study,
      • activating,
      • interactive,
      • different media,
      • etcetera
    • work with Spinoza Premium laureates
  • 18. Spinoza Series, continued …
    • Main outcomes:
      • launch Nov. 2008 at Spinoza Ceremony
      • collaboration OUNL - NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
      • ‘ Hall of Fame’ … two courses so far:
    • - Frits van Oostrom: Mediaeval Literature
    • - Johan van Benthem: Logic in Action
    • (to be published also in English)
    • much interest among Spinoza laureates …
  • 19. National initiative: Wikiwijs
    • Cause
      • observed success of OER initiatives shown
      • an increasing set of a variety of OER initiatives in all educational sectors
      • recent policy of ‘schoolbooks for free’
      • Sept. 2008: Advice of the Education Council to the Parliament: ‘Make more use of OER f or innovation of education’
  • 20. National initiative: Wikiwijs
    • In Action … as of Dec. 2008
      • Minister of Education
      • launches Wikiwijs as a national OER initiative:
      • - initial focus on primary, secondary and community college education
      • - but actually for all educational sectors
      • April 2009: broad support in Parliament
      • May 2009: OUNL & Kennisnet start preparing this programme
      • July 2009: delivery Programme Plan
      • 12th Aug. 2009: Minister’s final OK ; submission to Parliament
  • 21. Wikiwijs: policy objectives …
    • stimulate development and use of OER
    • improve access to both open and ‘closed’ digital learning materials
    • support teachers in arranging their own learning materials and professionalization
    • increase teacher involvement in development and use of OER
    • extend options for customized education
    • increase quality of education through more flexible and up-to-date learning materials
  • 22. Wikiwijs will offer …
    • a Repository of open educational resources
    • a Referatory to digital educational resources:
      • open and closed
      • free access and access to be paid for
      • public and commercial
    • easy to use arrangement and development tools for teachers / professors
    • end-user support for teachers / professors when creating and using learning materials
  • 23. Wikiwijs: what’s in a name …
    • Wikiwijs is referring to the philosophy of Wikipedia (using ‘the wisdom of the crowds’)
    • Wikiwijs is not referring to the functionality or user interface of Wikipedia
    Photo by throwthedamnthing @ Flickr.com
  • 24. Wikiwijs: planning …
    • Dec. 2009: launch of beta version with:
      • three focus subjects
      • secondary, primary, community college sector
    • as of Sept. 2010: start of roll out to:
      • other subjects and domains
      • other educational sectors
    • Jan. 2011: delivery of Implementation Plan
    • for the years ahead …
    Photo@geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2008/07/
  • 25. Wikiwijs: basic principles …
    • maximum (free!) use of existing components of OUNL, Kennisnet and other publicly funded educational organizations
    • open standards and open source mandatory
      • exception: MS Office
    • all OER learning materials and materials for professionalization to be published under CC-BY
    • professionalization of both
    • teachers and management!
  • 26. Wikiwijs: on quality …
    • Beyond ‘Wisdom of the crowds’:
    • peer review
    • (uploading only through a user profile)
    • adoption organizations / groups
    • (compare Connexions)
    • competent participants
    • (through professionalization)
    Photo by JoeBeone @ Flickr.com
  • 27. Thanks for your attention!
    • [email_address]
    www.opener.ou.nl www.spinoza.ou.nl www.wikiwijs.nl Thanks to Fred Mulder for his input