The Path to Open Learning is Paved with Good Intentions

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  • Children in the room 45% of children discriminate Some of you may have children in the room
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  • OLnet participated of the conference E-learning Africa 2010 (Lusaka, Zambia), and also paid a visit to Aisha Project School. The goal was to understand how teachers at Aisha have been using OER with the support of UK funded initiatives. There is a mix of ‘ chalk and talk ’ and the use of technologies to enhance learning at the school, given that the learners have no access to text books. However, the teachers at Aisha have been moving away from chalk and talk and using more enquiry-based learning to teach with OER – indicating that OER can encourage new teaching practices.
  • SeGA setup in 2010 to help improve our response as an organisation across university work to improve processes and solve some long-lasting issues. Help address sharing of responsibility.


  • 1. The Path to Open Learning is Paved with Good IntentionsPatrick McAndrew UK [except where noted]
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  • 3. yi ng sa a re e twWha
  • 4. CC-BY-NC-SA
  • 5. Ban the buzzwords “Brick in the wall” “CETIS as go to organisation”
  • 6. “Google glass …. not just future issue” Digital literacy v Media wisdom “Should the Internet forget?”
  • 7. “no tweets” Projects as parallel see-saws “Doing it anyway … is sustainable” “Pragmatic approach to open” Rewards of being an open
  • 8. Transferability Mentor in open innovation Blessing rather than funding Intellectual
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  • 10. 2004: Not just another brick in the wall                             = definitely relevant for Learning Design
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  • 12. “This is not what we meant …” Gardner Cambell, OpenEd 2012
  • 13. Good Intentions
  • 14. Build on what we know
  • 15. A massively open onlinecourse (MOOC) is a model fordelivering learning contentonline to virtually any personwho wants to take the course.
  • 16. The Open University is open topeople, places, methods andideas.
  • 17.  Enhance OU reputation Extending reach Widening participation Experiment with courses Accelerate technologies Catalyst for collaboration Research base Recruitment of students
  • 18. Does completion = success?
  • 19. Innovate CC-BY Patrick McAndrew
  • 20. Martin Bean’s 8 lessons for innovators 1. Be bold. Challenge and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Work out where you want to be and how you’ll get there. 2. Get off the mark! Make a start and keep ‘iterating the idea’. 3. Get the people around you involved. You can’t do it all by yourself. 4. Bring governance with you in real time. Don’t force a fully formed idea on to top management, get them involved early. 5. Deadlines matter. Fear of the unknown can easily lead to inertia so you need to move quickly on your ideas. 6. Show leadership. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get involved. 7. Enrol early adopters and listen to their ideas. 8. Go live with a bang! If you don’t have marketing expertise, bring on board someone who does. Martin Bean – quoted at
  • 21. Be accessible CC-BY
  • 22. Viscious circle Head brick wall CC-BY-NC
  • 23. “…most MOOCs work well forstudents who are self-motivated and already fairlywell educated. Worldwide, thepoorest students still don’thave the background … toparticipate in a major way.”
  • 24. OER changing practice Aisha Project School – Zambia 2010. Andreia Santos
  • 25. Securing Greater Accessibility
  • 26. Be interactive
  • 27. Be interactive What is your next step?
  • 28. Make use of data
  • 29. Use standards
  • 30. UK IMS Centre
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  • 33. Use the right licence
  • 34. To be CC or not to be CC?
  • 35. Not be in it for the money CC-BY Patrick McAndrew
  • 36. CC-BY-SA CC-BY CC-BY
  • 37. Be prepared to reuseCC-BY Patrick McAndrew CC-BY Patrick McAndrew (Inspired by Chris Pegler – built by Christopher McAndrew) First used in slides in 2004.
  • 38. Try to answer the questions
  • 39. Be happy CC-BY Patrick McAndrew
  • 40. Good intentions 1. Build on what we know. 2. Innovate. 3. Be accessible. 4. Be interactive. 5. Make use of data. 6. Use the right licence. 7. Be prepared to reuse. 8. Not be in it for the money. 9. Try to answer the questions. 10.Be Happy Martin Bean – quoted at
  • 41. New to OER? Apply for free place Website: 37 papers, 3 workshops++ 34 posters ++Keynote speakers: Rachel Wenstone, Nick Shockey, Doug Beshaw, Christine Annew£167 early bird + B&B (from £47.28) Extensive planning group + Co-Chairs Jackie Carter and Chris Pegler