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The OERu from the inside out and the outside in


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Presentation given at SAIDE (South African Institution of Distance Education) in Johannesburg, 15 June 2012. The audience included friends of mine from the University of the Witwatersrand and consultants in the fields of adult basic education and training, and so I included an overview of the whole field of OERs before sharing what I had learnt about the OER university through my TOUCANS research.

Presentation overview:

Part 1: OERs... the story so far
Part 2: The OERu from the inside out (views of people working within OERu network institutions)
Part 3: The OERu from the outside in (UK HEI views on the OERu concept)

Please note that this is work in progress and findings are indicative.

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The OERu from the inside out and the outside in

  1. 1. The OER university from the inside out and the outside inA seminar at SAIDE by Gabi Witthaus, 15 June 2012
  2. 2. IntroductionTesting the OERuniversityConcept: aNational
  3. 3. Overview• Part 1: OERs… the story so far• Part 2: The OERu from the inside out• Part 3: The OERu from the outside in (UK HEI views on the OERu concept) Health and safety alert: work in progess 
  4. 4. Part 1: OERs - the story so far…
  5. 5. This kid wants to go to university one day…. So does this one... Image by Steve Jurvetson
  6. 6. A traditional university education Image by ttarasiuk
  7. 7. In 2001, MIT disrupted the model…
  8. 8. In 2006, the OU tried it in the UK
  9. 9. And then…Enrolments increased…
  10. 10. So were theyjust blowing… their own trumpets? Image by Sara Björk
  11. 11. Or was it asituation?
  12. 12. In 2008, it became a movement
  13. 13. Because some things don’t need reinventing… Image by Thomas Guest
  14. 14. And some things are rather specialised.Image by Steve Jurvetson
  15. 15. From 2009 to present: UKOER
  16. 16.
  17. 17. At first, there were a lot of headaches… MetadataCopyright To brand or not to brand? TrackingFormats reuse Image by JD Hancock
  18. 18. But we soon found… we  sharing Image by D.Begley
  19. 19. #ukoer
  20. 20. So what does it mean for him? And for him? Image by Steve Jurvetson
  21. 21. Anyone can access OERs with a computer and an internet connection Image by Babak Fakhamzadeh
  22. 22. So now…
  23. 23. We’ve moved from this: Image by ttarasiuk
  24. 24. To this: You can look…Image by Elvert Barnes Image by Elvert Barnes
  25. 25. But you can’t enjoy thesweet taste of success. Image by Ralph Daily
  26. 26. 100 million adultseligible for university who can’t afford it (UNESCO) Image by James Cridland
  27. 27. Will this…ever be possible for the 100 million? Image by Pete Birkinshaw
  28. 28. Maybe…
  29. 29. Because openness is infectious…
  30. 30. The OERuniversity(OERu)concept
  31. 31. OERu partners are all accredited by national accrediting bodies
  32. 32. What is the OERu? Image by normanack on flickr
  33. 33. Local assessment and credentiallingFriesen & Murray, 2011:
  34. 34. This is… “Open Learning 2.0”: … Any student can study any content, supported in any number of instructional arrangements… The “local” institutional evaluation and accreditation… (remain) at the centre of the model… Even though learning is achieved through flexible arrangements, it can… still be rigorously assessed and credentialed. (Friesen and Murray, 2011)
  35. 35. Cost to learner: Less than 25% of usual fees Cost to institution:OERu - less than 0.5% of their total offerings
  36. 36. Part 2: from the inside looking out
  37. 37. Curriculum? Image by Jayel Aheram
  38. 38. Assessment? Image by flippinyank
  39. 39. Accreditation and credit transfer? Image by
  40. 40. But will it work for the learners? Help!!!!! Photo by Erik Charlton
  41. 41. Volunteers to the rescue? Photo by MisterJamie
  42. 42. What’s the business model? Image by Gabi Witthaus cc-by
  43. 43. So perhaps this…is a real possibility for the 100 million? Photo by Dallas Vegan
  44. 44. 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, NewZealand)•Prof. Sandra Wills (Executive Director, Learning and Teaching, Wollongong University,Australia)Thanks also to Dr 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.
  45. 45. Part 3: from the outside looking in
  46. 46. Research methodology• Interviews with OERu network partner members (14)• Interviews with UK HEI thought leaders (9)• Survey among UK HEIs (42 respondents)• Weightings allocated by “expert group” to generate “compatibility” benchmarking tool• Sample institutional compatibility scores calculated
  47. 47. The surveyBournemouth University University of Bath,Coventry University University of CambridgeDe Montfort University University of Huddersfield,Institute of Education University of Hull,Kings College London University of Leeds,Leeds Met University (2) University of Leicester (5)Loughborough University University of ManchesterMiddlesex University University of Nottingham (2)Newcastle University University of OxfordOpen University (4) University of SouthamptonSouthampton Solent University of Surrey University Plus eight others
  48. 48. The respondents (N=42)
  49. 49. Is your institution in the OERu network?
  50. 50. The interviews• Leicester: Christine Fyfe (PVC), Dave Hall (Registrar), Prof. Grainne Conole (Director, BDRA)• OU: Andrew Law (Dir, Open Media)• Salford: Prof. Martin Hall (VC)• Edinburgh: Prof. Jeff Haywood (CIO)• Nottingham: Prof. Wyn Morgan (Dir, Teaching & Learning)• Derby: Julie Stone• JISC (personal capacity): Amber Thomas• JISC (personal capacity): David Kernohan
  51. 51. Response theme (1)
  52. 52. Response theme (2)
  53. 53. With many thanks to…Andy Lane, Vivien Rolf, Terese Bird, Grainne Conole, Christine Fyfe, Fred Garnett, Graham Gibbs, Dave Hall, Martin Hall, Jeff Haywood, David Kernohan, Andrew Law, Wayne Mackintosh, Patrick McAndrew, Angela Murphy, Ming Nie, Amber Thomas and Stephen Walker for all the help and support in carrying out this research.
  54. 54. What do you think?Could this be an opportunity…
  55. 55. To shape the future for them… and for them? Images by by Steve Jurvetson, James Cridland, Walt Stoneburner
  56. 56.