1. 45 seems achievable and the minimum necessary for fiscal sustainability. is there a maximum we might want to discuss in terms of being able to grow and stay focussed and connected?
2. 3 FTE seems fine.
3. 30% seems bit low: 50% would seem to me to be more respectable.
4. Can you remind me what you mean by a full course equivalent?
5. 20% seems like a safe target.
6. I assume we would use unduplicated head count: that always seems to me to be the most valid measure in open offerings: I agree with Irwin, we need to set this target in a year (which sounds odd, I know).
7. Agree with Irwin that the dialogue and community of practice/learning/sharing that OERU prompts is important. Under Goal 2 on developing resources to serve partners, I wonder if we should/could track one side of the "payoff" through scholarly (broadly defined) events, papers and presentations that partner staff are enaged with that disseminate OERu's activities and achievements?
Appreciate the feedback in helping the team calibrate strategic targets.
You raise a valid point about the "maximum" number of network partners. A key strength of the OERu is the fact that the network is a collaboration of "like-minded" institutions and we are small enough to be agile and nimble.
In terms of the possibility of allocating surplus funds for commissioning the assembly of OERu courses to fill the gaps in the emerging programme of study, we would need approximately 3 new partners to cover the cost of developing one course. My gut feel estimate is that 70 - 75 partners would be ideal, more than that will introduce new scalability challenges.
Agreed - the 20% target for sigining off operational guidelines on QA, credit transfer etc is a bit low. I agree, 50% is a better target.
Full course equivalent is the course unit as a component part for building a degree programme. In Canada, a full course equivalent would be a 3 credit course. We use this nomenclature to distinguish from micro-courses.
Agree with your other points and will note these for the Strategic Planning working group.