A birds-eye view of the OERu: some insights from the TOUCANS project

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  • Tim Sträter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuutje/4422350223/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810/ James Cridland
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/misterjamie/4207137763 MisterJamie
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  • A birds-eye view of the OERu: some insights from the TOUCANS project

    1. 1. A birds-eye view of the OERu: someinsights from the TOUCANS project Gabi Witthaus, 06/03/2012For “Open Ed Week webinars: Enabling universal access to higher education via openness and collaboration?”
    2. 2. TOUCANS: Testing the OERu Concept and Aspirations: A National Study www.le.ac.uk/toucans Image by Tim Sträter
    3. 3. 100 million adultseligible for university who can’t afford it (UNESCO) Image by James Cridland
    4. 4. OERu partners are all accredited by national accrediting bodieshttp://wikieducator.org/Oeru
    5. 5. What’s the business model? Image by Gabi Witthaus cc-by
    6. 6. But will it work for the learners? Help!!!!! Photo by Erik Charlton
    7. 7. Volunteers to the rescue? Photo by MisterJamie
    8. 8. Openness: the costs and risks? Photo by Dallas Vegan
    9. 9. Many thanks to the following people for theirgenerous sharing of information:•Prof. Terry Anderson (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, AthabascaUniversity, Canada)•Dr Elizabeth Archer (Specialist: Institutional Research at the University of South Africa)•Kevin Bell (Innovation Team: Leader of Learning and Development, Southern New HampshireUniversity, USA)•David Bull (Director: University Preparatory Programs, University of Southern Queensland,Australia)•Irwin DeVries (Director, Instructional Design, Thompson Rivers University, Canada)•Vasi Doncheva (Flexible Learning Manager, Northtec Polytechnic, New Zealand)•Wayne Mackintosh (Director: International Centre for Open Education, Otago Polytechnic, NewZealand, and Founding Director of the OER Foundation)•Prof. Rory McGreal (Associate Vice-President, Athabasca University, Canada)•Prof. Joyce McKnight (Associate Professor, State University of New York/ Empire State College,USA. Speaking in her personal capacity as a scholar.)•Terry Neal (Flexible Learning Manager, Open Polytechnic, New Zealand)•Paul Stacey (Director, Curriculum Development, BC Campus, Canada)•Herbert Thomas (Electronic Learning Media Team Leader , Canterbury University, New Zealand)•Prof. Sandra Wills (Executive Director, Learning and Teaching, Wollongong University, Australia)Thanks also to Patrick McAndrew at the Open University and colleagues at the University ofLeicester, especially Dr Ming Nie and Dr Alejandro Armellini, for their support in this research.
    10. 10. CONTACT: E-mail: Gabi.Witthaus@le.ac.ukWebsite: www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance Blog: toucansproject.wordpress.com Twitter: @twitthausPlease use the blog to continue the discussion

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