The OERu: sharing, collaborating and educating

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Presentation given at EADTU on 22 Feb 2012

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  • Sara Björk:
  • JD Hancock:
  • Babak Fakhamzadeh (MastaBaba on Flickr)
  • I’m going to tell the story of how, from the students’ perception, a university degree has been gradually moving from this… Ralph Daily
  • Elvert Barnes Elvert Barnes
  • Ralph Daily on Flickr
  • James Cridland
  • To this…
  • Tim Sträter:
  • To this…
  • MisterJamie


  • 1. The OER university: collaborating, innovating and educating Gabi Witthaus, 22/02/2012 For “New Models for Education and Training Built onOpen Educational Resources” Workshop (An OU-UNED- EADTU event)
  • 2. This kid wants to go to university one day…. So does this one... Image by Steve Jurvetson
  • 3. A traditional university education Image by ttarasiuk
  • 4. In 2001, MIT disrupted the model…
  • 5. In 2006, the OU tried it in the UK
  • 6. And then…Enrolments increased…
  • 7. So were theyjust blowing… their own trumpets? Image by Sara Björk
  • 8. Or was it asituation?
  • 9. In 2008, it became a movement
  • 10. Because some things don’t need reinventing… Image by Thomas Guest
  • 11. And some things are rather specialised.Image by Steve Jurvetson
  • 12. From 2009 to present: UKOER
  • 13. At first, there were a lot of headaches… MetadataCopyright To brand or not to brand? TrackingFormats reuse Image by JD Hancock
  • 14. But we soon found… we  sharing Image by D.Begley
  • 15. #ukoer
  • 16. So what does it mean for him? And for him? Image by Steve Jurvetson
  • 17. Anyone can access OERs with a computer and an internet connection Image by Babak Fakhamzadeh
  • 18. So now…
  • 19. We’ve moved from this: Image by ttarasiuk
  • 20. To this: You can look…Image by Elvert Barnes Image by Elvert Barnes
  • 21. But you can’t enjoy thesweet taste of success. Image by Ralph Daily
  • 22. 100 million adultseligible for university who can’t afford it (UNESCO) Image by James Cridland
  • 23. Will this…ever be possible for the 100 million? Image by Pete Birkinshaw
  • 24. Maybe…
  • 25. Because openness is infectious… But what about credibility?
  • 26. OERu partners are all accredited by national accrediting bodies
  • 27. TOUCANS: Testing the OERu Concept and Aspirations: A National Study Image by Tim Sträter
  • 28. Curriculum? Image by Jayel Aheram
  • 29. Assessment? Image by flippinyank
  • 30. Accreditation and credit transfer? Image by
  • 31. What’s the business model? Image by Gabi Witthaus cc-by
  • 32. So perhaps this…is a real possibility for the 100 million? Image by Pete Birkinshaw
  • 33. But will it work for the learners? Help!!!!! Photo by Erik Charlton
  • 34. Volunteers to the rescue? Photo by MisterJamie
  • 35. Openness: the costs and risks? Photo by Dallas Vegan
  • 36. Could this be an opportunity…
  • 37. To shape the future for them… and for them? Images by by Steve Jurvetson, James Cridland, Walt Stoneburner
  • 38. Many thanks to the following people for their generous sharing of information:•Prof. Terry Anderson (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education,Athabasca University, Canada)•Dr Elizabeth Archer (Specialist: Institutional Research at the University of South Africa)•Kevin Bell (Innovation Team: Leader of Learning and Development, Southern NewHampshire University, USA)•David Bull (Director: University Preparatory Programs, University of SouthernQueensland, 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, OtagoPolytechnic, New Zealand, 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/ EmpireState 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 theUniversity of Leicester, especially Dr Ming Nie and Dr Alejandro Armellini, for theirsupport in this research.
  • 39. Thanks also to Palitha Edirisingha, Alejandro Armellini, Paul Rudman, Terese Bird and Ming Nie for feedback on earlier drafts of this presentation. Image by Mykl Roventine
  • 40. CONTACT: E-mail: Blog: Twitter: @twitthausPlease use the blog to continue the discussion