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OCWC Global Conference 2013: UNESCO Chairs in OER: State of activities and new initiatives


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Fred Mulder …

Fred Mulder
Rory McGreal
UNESCO/COL Chair in OER @ Athabasca University
Jos Rikers
Manager Global OER Graduate Network @ OUNL

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  • 1. UNESCO Chairs in OER:UNESCO Chairs in OER:state of activitiesstate of activitiesand new initiativesand new initiativesFred MulderFred MulderUNESCO Chair in OER @ OUNLUNESCO Chair in OER @ OUNLRory McGrealRory McGrealUNESCO/COL Chair in OER @ Athabasca UniversityUNESCO/COL Chair in OER @ Athabasca UniversityJos RikersJos RikersManager Global OER Graduate Network @ OUNLManager Global OER Graduate Network @ OUNLOCWC2013 BaliOCWC2013 Bali
  • 2. The 4 UNESCO Chairs in OER• Fred Mulder (at the Open Universiteit inthe Netherlands)• Rory McGreal (also COL Chair, atAthabasca University, Canada)• Wayne Macintosh (also COL Chair, atOtago Polytechnic, New Zealand)• Tel Amiel (at State University of Campinas/ UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • 3. Building a network across continentsAt the start of 2013 the number of UNESCOChairs in OER has been doubled with the newchairs in New Zealand and Brazil. We continueto support the establishment of new UNESCOChairs in OER, in particular in Africa, Asia, LatinAmerica, and the Arab region.
  • 4. Updating the Plan of Action• First Plan of Action established summer 2011in New York (for two chairs)• First online meeting of 4 UNESCO Chairs inOER on April 24• Update of Plan of Action
  • 5. Updated Plan of Action• Main Action lines– Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN)– OER Knowledge Cloud– OER university– K-12• Cross cutting activities– Mapping– Capacity development– Non-English language– Expansion of number of chairs– OpenupEd MOOCS global
  • 6. Reporting on the action lines
  • 7. The Global OER GraduateNetwork (GO-GN)Fred Mulder / Jos RikersOpen UniversiteitThe Netherlands
  • 8. The GO-GN• Creating a network of PhD researchers and their supervisors• Services:shared supervision; courses; an annual seminar; access toscholarships; dissemination of research results• PhD researchers:full-time and part-time; individual and programmed; indifferent stages
  • 9. The GO-GN Portal• Portal is launched• Now open forregistration• Calling partnersand members toregister and addinformation• Inviting newpartners andmembers
  • 10. Global Network• Partnership forInstitutions (currently 15)• Membership forPhD Candidates (13)Experts (29)
  • 11. OER Knowledge CloudRory McGrealAthabasca University, Canada
  • 12. The OER universityWayne MackintoshOtago PolytechnicNew Zealand
  • 13. The OER universityAdapted from Taylor 2007Consortium of universities, colleges andpolytechnics from all continents whowill provide:Free learning opportunities for allstudents worldwideUsing courses based solely on OERWith pathways to achieve credibledegreesThe OERu is an official project of the UNESCO-COL Chair in OER atOtago Polytechnic
  • 14. The OER university conceptAdapted from Taylor 2007Free learningopportunities forall studentsworldwide
  • 15. The view from an OERu partnerTraditional modelTraditional model OERu model
  • 16. OERu is shifting the sustainability question in HEJason Scragz Woolley do we achieve sustainable OERprojects?How will your institution remain sustainablewithout OER?FROM:TO:
  • 17. K-12Open Education ProjectTel AmielUniversity of CampinasBrazil
  • 18. Promoting OE/OER•OER guidebook for K-12 teachers••Local workshops on OER Collaboration withOER-Brazil (•Open course: Introduction to OE/OER (2013)
  • 19. OER Collaborative practicesand public policiesOER a guidebook for teachers
  • 20. Research and outreach• Investigate issues of culture and remix in OER•• Exchange program for students, focused on thedesign of resources with a focus on cultural concerns• Investigate systems for the production anddissemination of locally produced OER (digitallibraries, collaborative mapping)• Research into K-12 school improvement and openpractices• Collaboration with the OER Knowledge Cloud toexpand language representation
  • 21. A world map of Open EducationalInitiatives:Can the global OER communitydesign and build it together?Susan D’Antoni
  • 22. Rationale for an OER World Map• A decade of growth of OER initiatives worldwide• Potential value of an OER World Map– Make visible the geographic spread of OER initiatives– Trace life cycles of initiatives over time– Identify a global roster of OER experts– Enable partnerships and collaboration• A tool and resource– Awareness raising beyond the OER community– Communication/advocacy with policy and decision makers– Inclusive community-building
  • 23. Discussion in the international OERcommunity• Consensus– Keep it simple = feasible and sustainable– Use Free and Open Source Software andinternational standards– Build the map collaboratively with light centralpromotion, coordination – and local datacollection and quality checking– Avoid duplication of information and link inexisting data
  • 24. An open Request for Proposals• One approach under consideration forimplementation– Start with a small focussed project to launch themapping of the global OER landscape ofinstitutional initiatives– Then build upon the infrastructure and databasedeveloped in a global collaborative effort
  • 25. OpenupEd MOOCsFred MulderOpen Universiteit
  • 26. OpenupEd MOOCs• Launched April 25• Press release EADTU/European Commission• First pan-European initiative• 11 partners with 12 languages• 60 courses (20 – 200 study hours)• Variety of subjects (cultural heritage to e-skills)• 9 EADTU members plan to become a partner• Open to partners from other continents
  • 27. OpenupEd MOOCs: Common Features• Openness to learners• Digital openness• Learner-centred approach• Independent learning• Media-supported interaction• Recognition options• Quality focus• Spectrum of diversity
  • 28. OpenupEd MOOCsThis is just a start of anexciting expedition!
  • 29. Contacts• Fred Mulder:• Rory McGreal:• Tel Amiel:• Wayne Mackintosh:• Susan D’Antoni:• Jos Rikers: go-gn@ou.nlThank you for your attentionImages by Monique Vossen @ OUNL