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eMundus Open Education Week 2015

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Presentation prepared for Open Education Week 2015.

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eMundus Open Education Week 2015

  1. 1. The OER universitas (#OERu) Anthony Mackintosh Wayne Mackintosh Awarding academic credit for free online OER courses: Lessons from the OERu
  2. 2. Open education MOOCs Virtual mobility www.emundus-project.eu
  3. 3. The OER Foundation The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership, networking and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through open education. “OER is a sustainable and renewable resource”
  4. 4. OERu European partners
  5. 5. Smart philanthropy Luis Argerich http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3029485203 James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/2272701122 Asenat29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/72153088@N08/6510934443/ Giving is receiving Parallel learning universe|New business
  6. 6. Unsatisfied demand for HE http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 100 million additional places By 2025 Slide 10
  7. 7. Open sourcing education
  8. 8. The OER university concept Adapted from Taylor 2007 Free learning opportunities for all students worldwide
  9. 9. OER & the sustainable disaggregation of services Traditional university package OERu package
  10. 10. “It was also quite freeing not to be tied to a textbook and able to follow what I wanted to learn about and what I wanted to write about”
  11. 11. Open but tough too RIGID?| too FLEXIBLE? Free OER courses | Disaggregation of services | CREDIBLE CREDENTIALS
  12. 12. Research on accrediting learners using OER Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) study on assessment and accreditation using OER (Rory McGreal, Wayne Mackintosh, Dianne Conrad) TOUCANS, SCORE Fellowship project, University of Leicester: Testing the OERu Concept and Aspirations: a National Study (Gabi Witthaus) OERu Context Evaluation Study, Australian Digital Futures Institute (Angela Murphy) Download: http://www.col.org/resources/publications/Pages/detail.aspx?PID=458 Drawing on three studies Key findings and outputs OER courses + disaggregated services = Affordable access No material policy barriers – reuse existing assessment practices
  13. 13. Assessing for formal academic credit ● Transfer credit (and associated “residency requirements) ● Challenge for credit (proctored examinations) ● Course assignments (e-portfolio) ● Automated assessment (testing centres) ● Recognition of prior learning Traditional approaches Emerging approaches ● Competency-based ● Open badges ● VMPass (Learning Passport & clearing house)
  14. 14. Likely methods for OER assessment
  15. 15. Use of OER friendly acreditation activities
  16. 16. Growth in assessment services for OER
  17. 17. Cost to student 33% 54% RPL cost for 3 courses as ratio of full-tuition fees Average cost: 44.5% of comparable full-tuition costs 36% 57% Credit by exam cost against full-tuition cost Average cost: 48.8% of comparable full-tuition costs
  18. 18. Assessing for formal academic credit ● Transfer credit ● Challenge for credit (proctored examinations) ● Course assignments (e-portfolio) ● Automated assessment (testing centres) ● Recognition of prior learning Traditional approaches Emerging approaches ● Competency-based ● Open badges ● VMPass (Learning Passport & clearing house)
  19. 19. OERu fiscal sustainability Slide 12
  20. 20. OER is a renewable & sustainable resource Jason Scragz http://www.flickr.com/photos/scragz/132300147/ James Woolley http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtrato/6159728957 How do we achieve sustainable OER projects? How will your institution remain sustainable without OER? Slide 13

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