OER Grantees Meeting 2012: Parallel Streams

Thursday, April 12th: Parallel Streams (2:00-3:00pm)-- High Quality Supply, Implementable Standards, and Supportive Policies


  1. Parallel Streams: Three Pillars of the OER Ecosystem
  2. Stream #1:  High Quality Supply
    Jenny Glennie, South African Institute for Distance Education
    John Lesperance, Commonwealth of Learning
    Prasad Ram, Ednovo
    DeLaina Tonks, Open High School of Utah
    David Wiley, Brigham Young University

    * Assist educators to play role of navigator and facilitator
    * When getting teachers to use OER, make computing personalized and interactive
    * Training teachers: keep it simple, granular
    * Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) : improve credit transfer, common quality assurance mechanism
  3. Stream #2: Implementable Standards
    Jennifer Childress, Achieve
    Todd Rose, Center for Applied Special Technology
    Jutta Treviranus, FLOE Project (Flexible Learning for Open Education)

    Lisa McLaughlin (Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education)

    * Issue of privacy: information flow from formal to informal (e.g. getting school children to access private websites for educational exchange) restricted
    * Importance of discussion on free vs open
    *Re-thinking accessibility and disability
    *Universal design approach to learning
    *OER allows diversity in learning/teaching; we're not creating a lesser version of traditional approach

  4. Stream #3: Supportive Policies
    Nicole Allen, Student Public Interest Research Group
    Cable Green, Creative Commons
    Douglas Levin, State Educational Technology Directors Association
    Catherine Ngugi, South African Institute for Distance Education
    Carolina Rossini, Research Group on Public Policy for Access to Information
    Peter Suber, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

    * OER is solution, not problem, yet policy is made to address a problem
    * Every crisis OER addresses involves many different actors who must be coordinated
    * Recognize that policy is not the goal; change in practice is the goal
    * At university/institutional level, policy is set of guidelines, but does NOT compel faculty to do anything
    * How to advocate OER more effectively: (1) Keep things simple; (2) Focus on key points without getting deep into issues; (3) Back things up with facts rather than making broad assertions