OER Grantees Meeting: Featured Case Studies & Projects

[Wednesday, April 11th] Presentation & Discussions: Featured Case Studies / Presentation & Discussions: Key Educational Contexts, with Featured Projects


  1. Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic and Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning
    *Most countries perceive benefits of OER as cost efficiency and the flexible learning opportunities
    *Major obstacles are connectivity constraints, sustainability, and copyright
    * Concerns that OER would lead to technological neo-colonialism
  2. Zeynep Varoglu, on UNESCO World OER Congress
    *Objectives: (1) Release 2012 Paris OER Declaration & (2) Showcase best practices in OER polices and initiatives
    * Pls ask your government to be a part of this meeting, to be part of the policy discussion, to be part of the adoption of the Declaration

  3. Project Exhibition: Poster Session
  4. Presentation & Discussions: Key Educational Contexts, with Featured Projects
    (1) Informal Learning: Philipp Schmidt, Peer to Peer University
    * Anyone can offer a course on any topic
    * Community of people interested in learning and sharing
    * Also a lab for people interested in experimenting with what education could look like
    * How to imagine a university based on the successful models/pioneers, e.g. Wikipedia, CC, Wordpress, etc: mode is to find organizational partners and build “schools”
  5. (2) Formal Learning (Public Education): Alan Lishness, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
    * Cultivating a scientifically-literate public, science experiences for middle school students
    * Research tell us that if we hope for kids to be interested in STEM, it’s more likely if middle schoolers can see themselves in STEM careers
    * Science and engineering require both knowledge and practice
    * How can we take advantage of networked platforms supporting OER to enable more participatory learning environment?
    * What is OER's role in the intentionally disruptive changes to science standards?
  6. (3) Domestic Context: Kathy Perkins, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
    * Mission: Aims to advance STEM literacy and education
    *Develops simulations and conducts research on simulation design and use
    * Who? Elementary students, middle-HS students, and college students, plus pre-service/in-service teachers and WW “life-long learners”
    *Where? In class, in lab, at home, online, across informal and formal learning environments, with and w/o internet
    *How? Exploration/Inquiry, guided activity, teacher demos/communication
  7. (4) International Context: Anka Mulder (OpenCourseWare Consortium)
    * 280 member institutions and organizations worlwide
    * Membership dues cover 50% of running cost of OCW Consortium, rest is foundation funding
    * 21,000 courses online now
    * OER is yet to become mainstream; we need to convince governments to adopt OER and incorporate it into public policy
    * Traditional focus has been putting things online but we need to increasingly focus on the issue of what learners will do with those resources (focus on demand rather than supply)