In this closing session of our open OERu planning session we will summarise our discussions to inform the agenda of the 2nd meeting of anchor partners and identify research gaps to inform our development using an educational design research (EDR) framework. (See 7 things you should know about educational design research)
What is EDR?
EDR addresses education problems in the real-world. It has two aims: to develop knowledge and to develop solutions.
EDR, not unlike action based research or incremental software development approaches, uses repeated cycles of:
Analysis where educators, researchers and students talk to one another about the root causes of practical problems (for example, our discussions during this ScoPE seminar);
Design where multidisciplinary teams review theoretical knowledge and generate designs for prototyping solutions to real-world problems;
Evaluation for revising both design and ideas on which the solution is based.
What is the OERu knowledge base?
The OERu is slowly building its knowledge base through a number of research activities and outputs, for example:
McGreal, R. Mackintosh, W. & Taylor, J. (2011) OER University: Towards a logic model and plan for action
Murphy, A (2012) OERu context evaluation study.
Murphy, A. (2012) Benchmarking open educational practices in higher education. In ASCILITE 2012: 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures, 25-28 Nov 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.
Witthaus, G.(2012). The OER university: from vision to reality. In: Okada, A. (2012). Open Educational Resources and Social Networks: Co-Learning and Professional Development. London: Scholio Educational Research & Publishing.
- Conrad D., Mackintosh, W., McGreal, R., Murphy, A., & Witthaus, G. (2013). Report on the Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER. Commonwealth of Learning.
Questions for this session
Drawing on our evolving knowledge and open SCoPE discussions:
What are the real-world problems the 2nd meeting of OERu anchors should prioritise for our agenda?
What design solutions do you propose for addressing these problems.
Look forward to reading your advice on how we can build more affordable education futures for all students worldwide.