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Keynote address at 2012 New Zealand National Conference on Learning and Teaching

Keynote address at 2012 New Zealand National Conference on Learning and Teaching

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  • 1. The OER university (#OERu) Kiwi ingenuity favours pragmatism above pretence Wayne Mackintosh Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER Anthony Mackintosh
  • 2. Kiwi open education pioneers OER Asia “The dichotomy between management and leadership, namely doing things right versus doing the right thing.” “Today we are making history” Phil Ker, CEO, Otago Polytechnic OERu inaugural meeting 23 February 2011, Dunedin
  • 3. A return to tradition? WE MUST BE FREEShare, Remix, Reuse“Legitimate plagiarism? ” WE MUST BE OPEN Woodleywonderworks, http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/1291468732/
  • 4. We dont need no education?In the open source world,we have a few of “rock stars”In open education, is seemseveryone wants to be a rock starSharing to LEARN | Learning to SHARE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pink_floyd_live_8_london.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Opensource.svg Tradmark of opensource.org 4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heckert_GNU_white.svg GNU logo used under FSF permissions
  • 5. The OER Foundation The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership, networking and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education. “OER is a sustainable and renewable resource”OERs are materials used to support education that may befreely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone.Stephen Downes 2011
  • 6. WikiEducator Were turning the digital divide into digital dividends using free content and open networks. We hope you can help us. Inaugural recipient of the Voted best educational award for Exemplary Open wiki, Steven Downes, Education Resource Dec 2007 (OER) practices
  • 7. OER is a renewable & sustainable resource How do we achieve sustainable OER projects? Jason Scragz http://www.flickr.com/photos/scragz/132300147/ James Woolley http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtrato/6159728957
  • 8. OER Funding models for projects Endowment model Donations model Conversion model Stephen Downes Membership model Sponsorship model Governmental model OER as add­on | OER as core business OER as project | OER as ecosystem Terry Brown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stephen_Downes_2009_cropped.jpg DaveBleasdale http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidelong/3465884519/in/photostream/ Luis Argerich http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3029485203 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122
  • 9. OER is a renewable & sustainable resource How do we achieve sustainable OER projects? How will your institution remain sustainable without OER? Jason Scragz http://www.flickr.com/photos/scragz/132300147/ James Woolley http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtrato/6159728957
  • 10. Doing the OERu numbersCost of a 4-year degree(Excluding text book and living costs) OERu (USQ) Otago USA (OERu using Polytechnic (Median Tuition course- based (Tuition cost) cost 4-year portfolio) public university) BA (Hons) US$6,759 US$19,452 US$26,312 (Note: USA figures based on Delta Cost Project for 2008) “ As a founding anchor partner in the OERu, USQ is proud to give students worldwide, the ability to access university level courses and where cost has been removed as a barrier to learning.” Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor USQ DaveBleasdale http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidelong/3465884519/in/photostream/ Luis Argerich http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3029485203 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122
  • 11. Smart philanthropy Giving is receiving Parallel learning universe|New business Luis Argerich http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3029485203 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122 Asenat29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/72153088@N08/6510934443/
  • 12. Bootstrapping OERu for future sustainability Design an ecosystem for mainstreaming OER Compelling vision aligned with core university valuessource everything Open Generate competitive advantage for network partners the network effect Leverage Smart solutions for scalability – ie no new staff needed for growth Minimise risk – recurrent cost for OERu partners is guaranteed Dont innovate on too many fronts 13Wayne Mackintosh, personal image
  • 13. Reasons for joining the OERu
  • 14. Strike the right balance OPEN SUSTAINABLE education = education Quality OER + OEP = Cost Access Pink Sherbet Photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/233228813/ Fdecomite: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdecomite/2361500377/in/photostream/
  • 15. Tragedy of the commons? Shoulders of giants … “They hang the man and flog the woman Who steals the goose from off the common But leave the greater villain loose Who steals the common from off the goose.” Anonymous protest poem 1764 or 1821. Eben Moglen Isaac Newton Luis Steothis Bernard Shouters - Robert Merton • Anonymous noteWill the academy remain thirsty on the village green ?Richard Taylor http://www.flickr.com/photos/34094515@N00/374081831/Elliot Brown http://www.flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown/with/4328818484/
  • 16. Sharing knowledge freely2008 Bourewa excavationsDirected by Prof Patrick Nunn P. Nunn
  • 17. Disruptive innovation?The fundamentalsstay the same … just WE MUST BE FREEthe way we do WE MUST BE OPENbusiness changes.” June 22, 2009, Kodak announced Kodachrome would no longer be manufactured. Findicons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camera_Icon.png Kungfuman http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kodachrome_200.jpg
  • 18. Innovation & new technology Ice harvesting Once the largest industry in America In 1850 – invention of “artificial” ice makers (Reusable) digital learning resources Ice harvesting or new innovation?ElementaryTechTeacher, http://www.flickr.com/photos/7855946@N08/3264547221/
  • 19. Red Open Education herrings RED HERRING “rhetorical tactic of diverting attention away from an item of The sky is falling significance” Wikipedia Poor quality (a.k.a poor quality materials are embarrassing) Andrew Gray http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimgray/2237055822/ Laurel Russwurm http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurelrusswurm/4132122784/#/ Slide 10
  • 20. What do educators say about OER quality? Im reluctant to use teaching materials and creative works generated by other authors because there is no guarantee of the quality of the materials 90 80 78% 70 60 50 Agree 40 Disagree 30 22% 20 10 N = 758 0 Percentage
  • 21. OERuA model reincarnated?University of LondonExternal SystemOPENweb IPOPENToday the original “examination-only” conceptsuddenly looks very modern – Sir John Daniel Captain-tucker http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Danaus_plexippus_emerging_from_chrysalis_01.jpg Derek Ramsey: WMF Commons: File:Monarch_Butterfly_Danaus_plexippus_Pupation_2419px.jpg Derek Ramsey: WMF Commons: File:Monarch_Butterfly_Danaus_plexippus_Pupation_2419px.jpg Armon: WMF Commons File:Monarch_Butterfly_Chrysalis.JPG
  • 22. The OER university concept Free learning opportunities for all students Adapted from Taylor 2007 worldwide
  • 23. The BIG & small context Unsatisfied demand OER cost behaviours Growing OER base Free-tuition courses Existing protocols (e.g. APL) Jimmy Flink http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmyroq/146827389/ juicyverve http://www.flickr.com/photos/juicyverve/2531105062/ bucklava http://www.flickr.com/photos/9229859@N02/2762432629/ Francisca Uloa http://www.flickr.com/photos/alosojos/346887379/
  • 24. Unsatisfied demand for HE 100 million additional places By 2025 Slide 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 25. Slide 16
  • 26. Cost levers for OERu Marginal Cost = ZERO Collaborative development = Cheaper the going it alone Luis Argerich http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3029485203 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122
  • 27. So what have we got? ... INPUTS for the OERu logic model: OpenCourseWare Open Access Journals OER and OEP Open Distance Learning experience Open protocols for APL Melissa Sanders http://www.flickr.com/photos/themissiah/3491328675/ Ricky http://www.flickr.com/photos/8656572@N04/4855311898/
  • 28. The OER university concept Free learning opportunities for all students Adapted from Taylor 2007 worldwide
  • 29. OERu – Logic model & plan for action 23 Feb 2011http://wikieducator.org/OERu +200 participants +46 Countries
  • 30. The OERu logic model
  • 31. OERu 2011.11 meeting of anchor partners 160 people from 41 countriesOERu anchor partner decisions Bachelor of general studies Prototype courses during 2012 Formal launch of the OERu 2013 Slide 16
  • 32. The view from an OERu partner Traditional model OERu model
  • 33. Open planning for open education futures Remote Tweets: @dendroglyph The cast of players at OERu meeting gives this event and its outcomes instant credibility I can feel the buzz in the room in Dunedin, NZ. Let the Genie out of the bottle! Public domain and free content images sourced from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • 34. Rules of the OERu game ... OERTen partners agree ... Credential OER learners (cost recovery) Assemble minimum of 2 OER-based courses (for agreed credential) Course credit transfer among OERu partners (for agreed credential) Gold or silver member of the OER Foundation Dawn Huczek: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31064702@N05/4697850589/in/photostream/
  • 35. Mechanics of OERu operations ... OERu does not confer degrees (anchor partners do) OERu anchor partners retain decision-making autonomy, eg: - Price for assessment and credential services - Local matriculation requirements - Courses and credentials provided under OERu network Recognition of prior learning (RPL) protocols provide precedent for recognising OER learning, however: - Existing RPL systems are expensive - Dont scale well. Dawn Huczek: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31064702@N05/4697850589/in/photostream/
  • 36. Technology requirements to set learning free Open planning and development Collaborative development environment Support multiple delivery platforms (LMSs CMSs) Scalability Detailed version control Major Nelson: http://flickr.com/photos/majornelson/134012349/ Slide 19
  • 37. Open planning and implementation
  • 38. OERu course materials in WikiEducator
  • 39. Online and print-based delivery Blogs LMS
  • 40. OERu learning environment
  • 41. Peer learning support Ask OERu
  • 42. Calibrating sustainable innovation …Next steps … No new money required Recurrent cost recouped OERu is low cost, low risk But high IMPACT innovation Dongio: Watercolour painter dedicated to the public domain Slide 20 Hugiene Matters http://www.flickr.com/photos/hygienematters/4273036775/
  • 43. Free learning for all students worldwide “This is not theoretical speculation, it is entirely viable.” Jim Taylor AM You are free to join us ... Paul (Dex) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/3146028811/ Compilation: Chad Miller, James Almond, Wayne Mackintosh See: http://wikieducator.org/File:OER-University-concept.png