Designing OERu Credentials: Aug 29-Sept 13, 2011

Designing OERu Credentials: Aug 29 - Sept 13, 2011
Facilitators: Paul StaceyPaul Stacey and Wayne MackintoshWayne Mackintosh

As a follow on to the February, 2011 Open Educational Resource University discussion, this 2-week Designing OERu Credentials seminar explores the design of credentials using OER as a new model of post secondary education.

For those looking to quickly get up to speed on development of the OERu concept so far the information sheet: 5 Things you should know about the OER university network plan provides a succinct summary.

International recruitment for the OER Tertiary Education Network is progressing well. In theory it will be possible to accredit OER learning for university credentials in Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA through OERu's current anchor partners:

  • Athabasca University (Canada)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Empire State College (State University of New York)
  • University of Southern Queensland (Australia)
  • Unisa (University of South Africa)
  • Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand)
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (New Zealand)

We're now ready to convert theory into practice. This Designing OERu Credentials seminar invites you all to participate in defining the variety of academic models by which an institution, or consortia of institutions, can use OER to create credentials. The outputs of this seminar will be considered by the OERu anchor partners at the planning implementation meeting scheduled for 9 & 10 November 2011.

What are the possibilities? Design degrees:

  • offered by your institution made up of OER from elsewhere mixed with your own OER;
  • offered by your institution made up of OER entirely from elsewhere but delivered by you;
  • that are consortia based with multiple institutions providing OER courses with transfer credit agreements that lead to degrees;
  • that are made up of OER from elsewhere but involve support and assessment services from your institution
  • etc... waiting for your ideas!

This Designing OERu Credentials seminar is off to a rip roaring start. Thank you everyone for the great discussion and suggestions. To build on that momentum we're going to have a live webcast Wednesday September 7th, 2011 at 2 pm PST (see your time zone) featuring Wayne Mackintosh and your host Paul Stacey. Hope you all can join us!

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DiscussionStarted byRepliesLast post
What inaugural credential would you recommend for OERu? 46 simon fenton-jones
Non-traditional OERu Models 37 Joyce McKnight
OER innovation threshold - What is the number of OERu innovations 2 Joyce McKnight
Thoughts on a "Diploma of Arts" as the the protype OERu credential? 19 Joyce McKnight
Jumping Right In 76 Joyce McKnight
Signing in and seminar objectives 29 Joyce McKnight
Pedagogical models -- What does open pedagogy for OERu look like 11 Betty Hurley-Dasgupta
Thoughts on governance, leadership and organisational structure for OERu 0 Wayne Mackintosh
Live Webcast Sept 7, 2011 10 simon fenton-jones
Organisational models for free (no-fee) learning and low cost OER credentials 0 Wayne Mackintosh
Commending Canada's OER leadership ... 0 Wayne Mackintosh