OER Chairs program report

OCWC2013 Bali
UNESCO Chairs in OER
Fred Mulder
Rory McGreal
UNESCO/COL Chair in OER @ Athabasca University
Jos Rikers
Manager Global OER Graduate Network @ OUNL
The 4 UNESCO Chairs in OER
• Fred Mulder (at the Open Universiteit in
the Netherlands)
• Rory McGreal (also COL Chair, at
Athabasca University, Canada)
• Wayne Macintosh (also COL Chair, at
Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand)
• Tel Amiel (at State University of Campinas
/ UNICAMP, Brazil)
Building a network across continents
At the start of 2013 the number of UNESCO
Chairs in OER has been doubled with the new
chairs in New Zealand and Brazil. We continue to
support the establishment of new UNESCO
Chairs in OER, in particular in Africa, Asia, Latin
America, and the Arab region.
Updating the Plan of Action
• First Plan of Action established summer 2011
in New York (for two chairs)
• First online meeting of 4 UNESCO Chairs in
OER on April 24
• Update of Plan of Action
Updated Plan of Action
• Main Action lines
Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN)
OER Knowledge Cloud
OER university
• Cross cutting activities
Capacity development
Non-English language
Expansion of number of chairs
OpenUpEd MOOCS global
Reporting on the action lines
The Global OER Graduate
Network (GO-GN)
Fred Mulder / Jos Rikers
Open Universiteit
The Netherlands
• Creating a network of PhD researchers and their supervisors
• Services: shared supervision; courses; annual seminar; access to
scholarships; dissemination of research results
• PhD researchers: full-time and part-time; individual and programmed; in
different stages.
The GO-GN Portal
• Portal is launched
• Now open for
• Calling partners
and members to
register and add
• Inviting new
partners and
Global Network
• Partnership for
Institutions (currently 15)
• Membership for
PhD Candidates (13)
Experts (29)
OER Knowledge Cloud
Rory McGreal
Athabasca University, Canada
The OER university
Wayne Mackintosh
Otage Polytechnic
New Zealand
The OER university
Consortium of universities, colleges and
polytechnics from all continents who
will provide:
Free learning opportunities for all
students worldwide
Using courses based solely on OER
With pathways to achieve credible
The OERu is an official project of the UNESCO-COL Chair in OER at
Otago Polytechnic
Adapted from Taylor 2007
The OER university concept
Adapted from Taylor 2007
Free learning
opportunities for
all students
The view from an OERu partner
Traditional model
OERu model
OERu is shifting the sustainability question in HE
How do we achieve sustainable OER
How will your institution remain sustainable
without OER?
Jason Scragz http://www.flickr.com/photos/scragz/132300147/
James Woolley http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtrato/6159728957
Open Education Project
Tel Amiel
University of Campinas
Promoting OE/OER
•OER guidebook for K-12 teachers
•Local workshops on OER Collaboration with OERBrazil (www.rea.net.br)
•Open course: Introduction to OE/OER (2013)
OER Collaborative practices
and public policies
OER a guidebook for teachers
Research and outreach
• Investigate issues of culture and remix in OER
• www.educacaoaberta.org/rea/symposium
• Exchange program for students, focused on the
design of resources with a focus on cultural concerns
• Investigate systems for the production and
dissemination of locally produced OER (digital
libraries, collaborative mapping)
• Research into K-12 school improvement and open
• Collaboration with the OER Knowledge Cloud to
expand language representation
A world map of Open Educational
Can the global OER community
design and build it together?
Susan D’Antoni
Rationale for an OER World Map
• A decade of growth of OER initiatives worldwide
• Potential value of an OER World Map
Make visible the geographic spread of OER initiatives
Trace life cycles of initiatives over time
Identify a global roster of OER experts
Enable partnerships and collaboration
• A tool and resource
– Awareness raising beyond the OER community
– Communication/advocacy with policy and decision makers
– Inclusive community-building
Discussion in the international OER
• Consensus
– Keep it simple = feasible and sustainable
– Use Free and Open Source Software and
international standards
– Build the map collaboratively with light central
promotion, coordination – and local data
collection and quality checking
– Avoid duplication of information and link in
existing data
An open Request for Proposals
• One approach under consideration for
– Start with a small focussed project to launch the
mapping of the global OER landscape of
institutional initiatives
– Then build upon the infrastructure and database
developed in a global collaborative effort
Fred Mulder
Open Universiteit
Launched April 25
Press release EADTU/European Commission
First pan-European initiative
11 partners with 12 languages
60 courses (20 – 200 study hours)
Variety of subjects (cultural heritage to e-skills)
9 EADTU members plan to become a partner
Open to partners from other continents
OpenUpEd MOOCS: Common Features
Openness to learners
Digital openness
Learner centered approach
Independent learning
Media supported interaction
Recognition options
Quality focus
Spectrum of diversity
This is just the start of an expedition.
Fred Mulder: [email protected]
Rory McGreal: [email protected]
Tel Amiel: [email protected]
Wayne Mackintosh: [email protected]
Susan D’Antoni: [email protected]
Jos Rikers: [email protected]
Thank you for your attention
Images by Monique Vossen @ OUNL

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