By Dr. Michael Wainaina, Associate Dean, Graduate School, Kenyatta University. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Digitization of Past Examination Papers Creation of Chemistry and Communication Skills e-Learning Modules Digitization of Thesis (A pilot Project) Online Executive MBA Project Common Research Methodology e-Course – Presentation focuses on this Project A Common Research Methodology Course (CRMC)e-Course to meet the 35 hour contact requirement for a University course Faculty would develop the Unit themselves for ownership Content developers were identified by the Deans of Schools (K.U. has thirteen teaching Schools) They were identified through a participatory process for their “expertise” Approved CRMC description: CRMC Course Outline CRMC content developers identified CRMC Content Developed Facilitators Identified Facilitators trained Requested and Received existing OER on Research Methodology from SAIDE Resource Name URL Description Copyright Conditions No URL – copy of resource has been received. These Guidelines were developed in the context of a wider project aimed in part at developing research and research capacity in teacher education. The copyright for this work is held by Roger Deacon, Ben Parker and the Centre for Education Policy Development. However, to maximise distribution and application, the work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by-nc/3.0 Topics OER Resources Successful Educational Research Research Proposal, Research Questions, Planning and Management, Funding Research, Publishing Research What were we to do with the materials? We reviewed it and forwarded it “as is where is” to the content developers!! With wisdom of hindsight it is clear now the this is not a very productive approach!! We should have done a needs assessment of the requirements of the Content developers ensuring that developers were clear about what they needed or did not need and/or We should have interrogated the materials received with a view to: ◦ Sift through the materials with the Content developers to identify relevant information ◦ Explore the materials as a resource for content development based on the requirements and set parameters of the CRMC ◦ Identify and address any challenges the content developers may have had in using the materials ◦ Review usefulness of the materials in meeting needs of CRMC as conceived for Kenyatta University We don’t know! While we ultimately produced good material, we cannot say the extent that OER contributed to the quality, if at all. That OER is an opportunity to re-engage with the process of course development That information is available, in fact there is a glut of it and the challenge is to manage it to meaningfully, effectively and optimally work for your needs and context: Need to plan, adopt and evaluate the use of OER in Curriculum development…We cannot assume that the fact that the material is available it is necessary and sufficient ◦ The illiterates of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, un-learn and relearn …Alvin Toffler How do we ensure that we optimally use OER in collaborative curriculum and course content development projects? It will be productive for the PHEA-ETI projects working with OER to deliberately investigate this question and document lessons learnt with a view of scaling up best practice.