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2010.11.04 Health OER Network Design Jam


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Brainstorming session with U-M staff and students about how to engage students in the African Health OER Network

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2010.11.04 Health OER Network Design Jam

  1. 1. Health OER Network Design Jam Presenter: Kathleen Ludewig Omollo U-M Project Manager, African Health OER Network MSI/MPP Graduate May 2010 Presented to: University of Michigan November 4, 2010 Copyright 2010 Regents of the University of Michigan. Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under theCopyright 2010 Regents of the University of Michigan. Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visitCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit <>.<>.
  2. 2. Agenda 11:30 Food 11:40 Welcome and overview of session 11:45 Intro to the African Health OER Network 12:05 Individual brainstorming 12:10 Brainstorming in small groups (3 – 5 people) 12:25 Share ideas with group, get feedback 12:35 Return to groups, refine ideas 12:50 Share ideas with group, get feedback 1:00 End
  3. 3. Challenges  Educational materials are expensive  Health care disparities  Healthcare worker shortage, especially in developing countries  Crowded classrooms and ward rounds
  4. 4. Solution
  5. 5. Learning materials that are freely available and licenses for use, redistribution, and adaptation. OER
  6. 6. A Huge Array Of OERs Exist Today Across Different Populations Of Learners K-12 Higher Education Life-Long Learning Courses Lesson plans Teacher training Video lectures Courseware Podcasts Journals Books Images Applications Games Adapted from Presentation CC BY William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Presentation at University of Michigan, Oct. 23,
  7. 7. Examples of OER [1 minute clip of Buruli Ulcer OER module]
  8. 8. Motivations for OER [2 -4 minute clips from UG and KNUST OER documentaries]
  9. 9. The African Health OER Network Our goal is to advance health care education in Africa by using open educational resources (OER) to share knowledge, address curriculum gaps, and build communities of practice around health education. We have been working primarily with institutions in Ghana and South Africa but we continue to draw in more African institutions. We aim to develop models of collaboration and sustainability that can be replicated in other regions of the world.
  10. 10. Who’s involved  William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  University of Michigan  OER Africa  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology  University of Ghana  University of Cape Town  University of the Western Cape  University of Malawi  University of Botswana  Health Education and Training in Africa Project of the Open University  University of Nairobi  Makarere University  U.S. National Institute of Health  American Association of Medical Colleges  Global Health Informatics Partnership
  11. 11. Network Activities  Training and workshops  Mentoring and consulting  Reference services for finding OER on a given health topic  Reviewing content for copyright, privacy, and endorsement considerations  Content production and distribution Content evaluation and assessment.
  12. 12. Help us build the Network Lumaxart (flickr)
  13. 13. March 2010 Design Jam Topic Can we build a shared social network platform that addresses global health education needs and increases the sharing of health education resources?
  14. 14. March 2010 Design Jam Takeaways Advocacy  academic incentive through awards (e.g. best learning resource for X)  students as drivers of the network Organizational Structure standardized metadata  dynamic site content to encourage people to keep coming back Technical Platform  explore LAN access through caching and tracking local users who downloaded materials
  15. 15. Today’s Design Challenge How can we engage students around the world as content producers and advocates for health open educational resources?
  16. 16. Design Constraints  This network will have technical (e.g. website) and social (e.g. community health OER creators and users) dimensions  Student involvement - at U-M and other institutions - will most often be on a volunteer basis and may occasionally be through paid, part-time work.  Bandwidth varies greatly between countries. Any platform must be accessible (e.g. navigation, file size) from members within Africa as well as observers outside the continent.  Since travel is time-consuming and costly, it is difficult for members to gather for in-person meetings.
  17. 17. Seeds for Discussion  Generating demand for OER  Organizing OER (e.g. keywords)  Reviewing OER  Facilitate community around OER  Others?
  18. 18. Outcomes of Session Notes, drawings, pictures generated from the session will posted on the Open.Michigan wiki at All participants will receive attribution for their contributions and agree to share the materials under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  19. 19. Questions?