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New networking opportunities


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New networking opportunities
Elina Megalou

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New networking opportunities

  1. 1. LangOER – EdReNe Conference ‘Open Education: promoting diversity for European Languages’ Brussels, 26 - 27 September 2016 New networking opportunities
  2. 2. A networking session
  3. 3. Goal LRE EdReNe Network stronger synergies issues and challenges related to Educational Repositories and OERs
  4. 4. Agenda LRE Subcommittee (Operational Model, Funding & Governance) EUN/LRE proposal Open Discussion LRE proposal / Other suggestions by EdReNe members for how networking opportunities can be enhanced Issues and challenges related to Educational Repositories and OERs
  5. 5. Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools  Developed by EUN to provide MoE with access to a network of learning content repositories  A Pan-European Service: Resources that “travel well”  Launched in December 2008  > 240.000 OERs from 69+ content providers  Its evolution has been supported by MoE in Europe and EC-funded projects LRE in a nutshell
  6. 6. LRE Operational Model (Funding & Governance) • MoE in the Subcommittee are Founding Members (annual membership fee of €7,000) • Regions and industry can become LRE Associate Members (€7,000 per annum) • Smaller organizations – LRE Subscription Members (€2,000 for the first year) • Changes to statutes of LRE governance require agreement of a majority of Founding Members (MoE) • Chair elected every two years • Members have two ftf meetings and some online meetings • European Schoolnet provides the Secretariat
  7. 7. LRE subcommittee members (2016) 7 Founding Members (MoE) 1. ANSAS (former INDIRE) (IT) 2. Computer Technology Institute & Press - Diophantus (CTI) / Hellenic Ministry of Education (GR) 3. Kennisnet (NL) 4. Klascement, BE/FL 5. Portuguese Ministry of Education (PT) 6. Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) (SE) 7. Swiss Agency for ICT in Education (CH) Contribute to the development of annual LRE work plan and the long-term LRE development strategy
  8. 8. LRE Strengths LRE is Subcommittee of the European SchoolNet - A Network of MoE (contacts with relevant authorities) LRE has annual budget (7K annual membership fee) and Secretariat by EUN LRE develops annual work plan LRE has an infrastructure (LRE portal, > 245.000 OERs that ‘travel well’) LRE has strong technical expertise in Learning Objects, Metadata Schemes, Standards and Interoperability LRE has long standing experience In evaluating OER collections and enriching OERs with metadata LRE can host ftf meetings, organize and run webinars, conduct studies, publish books, etc.
  9. 9. LRE Weaknesses Only 7 members – MoE (limited networking opportunities among members) LRE infrastructure not fully exploited Low use of LRE portal and widget (& low promotion) The OER landscape is now very different than when EUN launched the LRE (new directions needed)
  10. 10. EdReNe Network Large Network Expertise in Educational Repositories Annual events / conferences – Sharing of best practices > 35 members (public & private sector) - many opportunities for networking among members Diversity: Content providers, business partners, non-profit institutes, governmental organizations etc. No Budget
  11. 11. LRE Survey Results 2016 EUN should explore how closer synergies could be developed with the EdReNe network, particularly with regard to technical issues related to the management of learning content repositories A clear majority of LRE members strongly agreed with this proposal
  12. 12. EUN/LRE Proposal Possibility for the EUN LRE Secretariat to help organize joint events and activities Two face-to-face meetings per year? Two online meetings/webinars? Topics to be decided by LRE/EdReNe members Not proposing a change to LRE governance model or a formal merging of the LRE and EdReNe
  13. 13. Questions? EUN/LRE Proposal
  14. 14. DISCUSSION ISSUES (1) What are the key issues (technical, pedagogical) that educational repository owners now face?
  15. 15. DISCUSSION ISSUES (2) How can we better address these in a period when funding opportunities are more limited?
  16. 16. DISCUSSION ISSUES (3) What topics should EdReNe focus on over the next 12 months: • in face-to-face meetings? • via online meetings/webinars? • via other methods of co-operation?