Designing OERu Credentials: Aug 29-Sept 13, 2011

Signing in and seminar objectives

Signing in and seminar objectives

by Wayne Mackintosh -
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Hi everyone,

By way of introduction please let us know who you are and why you've joined this seminar.

In your view what should we aim to achieve during this seminar?


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by Wayne Mackintosh -
Hi OER friends

Wayne here from the OER Foundation.

The OER Foundation is the education charity coordinating the OER Tertiary Education network (OERTen) -- the group of accredited colleges, polytechnics and universities who will be implementing the OER university initiative.

By the end of this seminar, I hope that we will identify a list of implementable suggestions for selecting, developing and instituting the inaugural credential of the OER university.

The suggestions generated by this open forum will be presented to the leaders and decision-makers attending the OERu anchor partners meeting scheduled for 9-10 November 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cheers
Wayne

PS.

You will find more information about the OER university in 5 Things you should know about the OER university network plan.

Should your department, school or institution wish to join the OERTen as a founding partner - -you need to join before November 2011. You will find more information about joining the network here.

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by Ken Udas -
Hello,

I hope that all is well. My name is Ken Udas. I have been professionally involved in a variety of roles in distance and online learning learning since the mid-90s. I am currently serving the University of Massachusetts (UMassOnline). I have also been, at various times, a passive advocate and an active participant in the freedom culture.

I see efforts like the OERu as important high potential models to positively catalyze actionable alternative thinking in an education sector that desperately needs change. Through participation in this dialogue I am keen to contribute to conceptualizing a credential (meeting Wayne's needs) and better understanding what this approach brings broadly to global capacity development that is also of institutional value.

Thank you Wayne for providing this opportunity. I am looking forward!

Cheers,

Ken
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by Kelvin Bentley -
Hello everyone. My name is Kelvin Bentley and I am very interested in learning how we could work with accreditation bodies to recognize learning achieved through the use of OER materials. I have been involved in online learning as an instructor and administrator for over 10 years. I have also served as a distance education reviewer for national and regional accreditation bodies in the United States.

I think it would be helpful for this group find strategies to include key accreditation bodies and groups such as the Saylor Foundation who are attempting to build open courses which students could complete for credit by colleges and universities.

I am looking forward to the discussions of this group moving forward.

Kelvin
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by Wayne Mackintosh -
Hi Kelvin,

I agree -- it would be very useful to include accreditation bodies -- given your former experience as distance education reviewer for US-based national and regional accreditation bodies would you be able to invite colleagues from these networks to join the seminar.

Speaking for the OER Foundation - -we subscribe to a philosophy of open philanthropy and would welcome participation from all interested people.

Coincidentally -- we invited the Saylor Foundation to join us during the first meeting in February and Alana Harrington from the Saylor foundation was kind enough to submit a video recording. We posted a copy of the video in the meeting summary here: http://wikieducator.org/OER_university/First_meeting

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by Joyce McKnight -
Great idea to include accreditation bodies...that will make it much easier for more institutions to join the network. JMcK
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by Benjamin Stewart -
My name is Benjamin Stewart and I am an EFL teacher educator/researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA) in Mexico. I have a particular interest in OERs as they relate to TESOL and would like to follow the outcomes of this seminar in hopes that I might find opportunities to get more Mexican universities involved going forward.

The UAA is part of a network of other Mexican universities dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of foreign languages (RECALE). Our next meeting is at the end of September, so my aim in taking this seminar is to get up to speed on the latest developments in order to see if other Mexican universities share similar interests. I also hope to strengthen my PLN in this area in hopes that I might establish personal contacts that would aid in answering questions that I might have along the way. :)

Benjamin Stewart
Wikieducator
Collaborative Understandings

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by Steve Foerster -
Hi everyone, my name is Steve Foerster. I've joined because I've been an advocate of free culture in the software and educational areas for a long time and I'm excited about what the OERu initiative has to offer.

As far as background, I wear a number of educational hats:
You can find my blog, resume/CV, and additional info at my web site.
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by Paddy Fahrni -
Hello there.
Patricia Fahrni (MDE Athabasca), working outside academia at MOSAIC - a large settlement organization in Vancouver, BC. The development of OERu credentials is relevant to adult immigrants I work with - mostly internationally trained professionals and skilled workers. I'll be learning from the sure-to-be interesting discussion. Thanks in advance.
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by Dr. Nellie Deutsch -
Hello Everyone,

My name is Nellie Deutsch. I'm a Canadian with a doctor of education in educational leadership with specialization in curriculum, technology, and instruction from the University of Phoenix. I researched blended learning. I have been involved in providing free online professional development workshops for educators around the world via Moodle course management system since 2004. I am interested in improving instruction and content development for informal and formal education. I would like to contribute as much as I can to the OER movement. I have been involved in WikiEducator since 2007 as a facilitator and in developing content. I would like to learn how I can help.

I'm looking forward to learning with and from everyone. 

 

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by Jacky Hood -
All,

We at Open Doors Group are delighted to see OER University now supported by 7 institutions in 4 countries. We posted this SCoPE seminar on the College Open Textbooks (COT) Community and we will blog about OER U on the COT blog in the next day or two.

My own background: electronics engineer, project/program manager, service/support executive. I have lived in Canada, Germany, and the USA. For a couple of years I served as Director of College Open Textbooks. Now I have returned to industry as an operations director for a marketing automation company. In my spare time, I act as coordinator for the Open Doors Group and I am managing COT's participation in the Mozilla badges beta trial.

Regards,
Jacky Hood




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by David Porter -

Hi all.

I'm David Porter, Executive Director at BCcampus. We're big supporters of the OERu concept and are very interested in seeing it develop and succeed.

For quite a while now we've being seeing a synergistic opportunity emerge that links self-directed learning, OER and prior learning assessment. What OERu has done is bring these pieces together into a conceptual framework that can invite additional participation and bring the required rigour to open new pathways to accreditation and credentials for learners.

We're really interested in the ideas that will emerge in these discussions. Our approach in our own BCcampus work is through challenge-driven innovation, a big part of which involves crowd-sourcing innovative solutions to well-described problems. OERu is a perfect fit for this sort of innovation rubric, and these discussions will hopefully provide diverse input for the OERu challenge.

d.

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by Irwin DeVries -
Greetings all,

It's great to see this discussion taking place and I'm sure we will share and learn many things. I'm particularly interested in the mechanisms that turn OER into courses, as I work in the instructional design field. I'm very pleased that we at Thompson Rivers University are now members of the OERu Foundation.

Irwin DeVries
Director, Instructional Design
Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning
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by Mary Pringle -
My name is Mary Pringle, and I work as a learning designer in the Centre for Learning Design and Development (CLDD) at Athabasca University. I have also been teaching composition and literature online for 10 years, although not for Athabasca.

I am participating so that in addition to expanding my knowledge and clarifying my own position on the use of OERs, I can report back to my fellow learning designers on the proceedings here. And if I add something of value to the discussion, so much the better!
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by Dick Heller -
Signing in as coordinator of Peoples-uni (http://peoples-uni.org) where we use OER and volunteer tutors in our Masters level programmes to help build Public Health capacity in developing countries. We have developed a model which is very similar to that of the OERu, and we have just completed a partnership arrangement with Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK where they will offer an MPH to our students and provide a QA as well as a credential function. Keen to exchange experiences, learn from others, and be part of the global developments in this area.
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by Wayne Mackintosh -
HI Dick,

We're very interested in learning more from your experiences with the Peoples-uni and your relationship with the Manchester Metropolitan University. Thank you for your kind offer to share these experiences :-).

Very keen to hear your advice on lessons learned, what OERu should avoid, ideas for selling the concept to conservative institutions etc. How does QA work in your model?


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by Dick Heller -
Dear Wayne, Many thanks for the invitation to post some of our experiences. Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is pretty conservative, but was the only university we contacted who were prepared to agree to work on a partnership with Peoples-uni, so they clearly had some incentive (which we are yet to completely discover). One point is that they do not have much experience with e-learning, nor do they offer their own MPH, so there was no internal competition and something for them to gain from us, other than international exposure. We had local contacts which helped also and a local internal champion. The QA worked in the approval of the link, and will work in the future functioning. In order to gain approval, we had to make a number of changes to our programme, to fit their Masters specifications. None were major, but they did include issues such as changing the credits awarded (and hence an extension to the modules to reflect that), and changes to the way we mark assignments (going from yes/no assessment of competence to a mark out of 100), and turning the assessment of discussion contributions from summative to formative. None of these were fundamental to our teaching and learning approach, and actually might be beneficial to us, and going through the exhaustive process was very useful to us in a kind of QA benchmarking to the Masters standard. The ongoing QA will involve regular reviews and an external examiner. Of course there are financial implications of all this - but that is another story! Hope this helps. Best wishes. Dick
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by Wayne Mackintosh -
Hi Dick,

Thanks for sharing. A phenomenal story and example of what can be achieved through dedicated individuals with a passion to make a difference.

An independent charity with an interest in improving skills for public health practioners has developed and assembled OERs into courses utlimately leading to a Masters degree at a conservative university. An this within a few years. Amazing -- well done Dick.

At some point in the future, I'd like to explore and talk a little more about the QA processes and a few of the pragmatic issues.

For example - -at what point in the process do Peoples-uni students become registered students at Manchester Metropolitan University. How do the student costs compare with traditional MMU students etc. We can explore the detail later.

Good one!






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by Deleted user -
Hello Everyone,

My name is Bernard Nkuyubwatsi from Rwanda. I work for Kigali Health Institute as a language instructor. I have no experience in Open and Distance Education other than MA training in the field and an online English language course offered to one of my colleagues at work who is currently in China. The course started late last months.

I offered to volunteer in Rwanda Education Board which was established in July, 2011 (last months) especially in its Open, Distance and eLearning unit. My interest is in OER and OERu accreditation strategies that can be used for teacher education and nursing qualifications at bachelor's degree level. This will probably help operationalizing the visions of the Rwanda's Ministries of Education and Health to upgrade in-service teachers and nurses' training via ODeL.

I look forward to learning a lot from the seminar.

Bernard
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by Mary Burgess -
Hi Everyone

I'm Mary Burgess, and I'm the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at Royal Roads University and our resident OER advocate. With support from BC Campus, we've been working on an OER project here at RRU for the last couple of years.

We use PLAR here for gaining entry into our programs, but mostly it is based on professional experience, not the use of OERs. That change could be very interesting for us and other institutions I think!

Looking forward to continuing the discussion!


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by Alice Macpherson -
Hello all

As the PLA Coordinator for Kwantlen Polytechnic University I have a strong interest in how OER are being used what their potential is to support self-directed learning, particularly as it related to the acquisition of credentials as well as knowledge.

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by simon fenton-jones -
My background is audio/video engineering.
Most of my correspondents are people who work in NRENs; the network operators who (try to) provide services to edu institutions in each country. My interest is in the development of the OER support infrastructure.

By the end of this course I hope to have a list of applications (and maybe a framework) which OERers will want to access and share on a global virtual network. I've got "Moodle" so far.

They will access this via their institutional account. The NREN managers call these apps, "services". And they would be "federated" across networks. This will give you an idea of what one NREN is doing.

Let me just quote from one of my correspondents.

IMHO the biggest challenge facing NRENs and indeed service providers is what I term as the human firewall, for NRENs this is typically the IT Departments (of institutions) who guard their own customers to varying degrees and as such make it difficult for NRENs to find use cases and leaders to drive the early adoption of customers towards critical mass which then makes the service valued.

I'd also like to have an idea of the "real time communication" services OERers require. i.e. voice/chat, audio & video conference (with recording and streaming?). Eduskype is one idea.
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by Christine Horgan -
Polite request, please, colleagues:

Please explain the abbreviations for those of us not in the know. It'd help me (at least) make better/faster sense of the correspondence.

Thank you, Chris
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by Wayne Mackintosh -
Hi Chris,

Simon will do a better job of explaining the acronym.

NREN: National research and education network

Many countries have dedicated academic collaborations to provide a broadband Internet backbone to support research and teaching. You can can think of an NREN as a special kind of Internet service provider which focuses on serving universities and colleges.

SImon -- you'll need to correct me if I've got this wrong.

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by simon fenton-jones -
Whoops, yes. Here's the list.

They're critical to the development of the OERu because your institutional credentials will, over time, enable participating institutional members to share domains and services rather than this round robin we have at the moment. i.e. institutional centric.

I haven't figured out the cost savings to the individual institutions as it's the same arguement as all OER - Produce once, share forever. Software/services often gets missed. You can imagine why the institutional IT guys are a bit nervous.


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by Gina Bennett -
Hi everybody,

I'm Gina Bennett, & I coordinate distance learning & curriculum development for College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC. I am also involved in a partial secondment for an exciting online science project (focussing on the development of remote lab experiences).

I'm joining this seminar because of my long-time interest in OERs which only gets stronger each time I return from an educational consultancy in a developing nation. I believe that education really is the key to sustainable development & until we can provide some equity in who gets to learn & who gets to be credentialled, we continue to cripple development efforts.

Gina
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by Betty Hurley-Dasgupta -
Hello. I'm Betty Hurley-Dasgupta and I'm with SUNY Empire State College. I've been with the college for almost 30 years. My area is math education. I've always served as a mentor, but my job title has changed over the years. Currently, I am the Interim Associate Dean of our Center for Distance Learning. Another previous role was Academic Coordinator of our Lebanon program.

I am thrilled that Empire State College, now named the Open University of New York, is an anchor member of OERu. We have always been a learner-centered institution. As we've grown in size, innovation has become more challenging. I see our participation in OERu with other innovative institutions as a way to keep us energized and innovative.
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by Wayne Mackintosh -
Welcome aboard Betty!

We are very pleased to have you and ESC join us in helping to design and plan OERu futures.

We will benefit tremendously from the foresight and values of Ernest Boyer and your experience at the Open University of New York.
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by Joyce McKnight -
We are very lucky to have Betty involved in the OER-u process...she is modest...she knows our college inside and out...when Betty speaks, people listen. She is wonderful and will be a great asset as we join as an Anchor partner. JMcK
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by Joyce McKnight -
Kind of typically I jumped in first now I am introducing myself.mixed

I am Joyce McKnight, an Associate Professor at SUNY/Empire State College a new anchor partner with the OER-u. I have been involved with wikieducator for a couple of years and now with the OER-u at least since the initial dual conference in February. It has become one of my main passions in life...but I do tend to be opinionated. Please remember my opinions are the ideas of just one ESC faculty member but I have been around quite awhile both at the college and in US higher ed...and have the gray hairs to prove it! wink As Wayne says "exciting times". JMcK