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Hi ,

Just following up on my voicemail / conversation to provide background for discussion.

I am the project manager for the Open Education Resources (OER) Foundation, based in New Zealand. As a leader in Open Education Resources / educational technology, my role is to reach out to new partners, increase member participation and support organizational development within member institutions. I am based in Ottawa, Canada. My resume.

With the OER Foundation's experience in developing Open Education strategies, we can help reduce your costs of education, improve quality and build connections. We have developed a 16,000-strong community of educators and extensive network of educational institutions in 120 countries.

For your convenience and ease of printing -- and sharing with your colleagues -- I have attached a pdf copy of our Open Education Resources Backgrounder.

Can we arrange an opportunity for a chat? It would be great to get your input/feedback, and explore the possibilities...

Best regards,


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Open Education Resources Backgrounder

A Sustainable Business Model for Education

Open Education Resources can reduce your costs, improve quality and build connections with the OER Foundation's experience in developing OER strategy, and extensive network of international partners in 120 countries. The 2010 Horizon Report identifies open content as a significant technology on the near-term horizon that will affect the practice of teaching, learning, and creative enquiry at your institution.

Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.

By using and promoting OER, educational organizations can offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials,” says Hal Plotkin, a long-time OER advocate. Adapted from abstract, Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials, by Hal Plotkin.

Open Education Resources (OER) Foundation

The OER Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership, international networking and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education.

We help organizations reduce cost and save time - by adopting and using OERs in projects that make sense; improving the quality of teaching and learning; and broadening curriculum diversity through strategic investment in open education approaches. We also design OER services and interventions including:

  • Developing an OER strategy and implementation plan
  • Conducting an OER needs assessment / gap analysis -- to identify critical opportunities, barriers and interventions required to support meaningful integration of OERs
  • Integrating OER into existing projects -- to educate stakeholders and build readiness, buy-in and engagement for current projects and interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Launching OER Pilot Projects, including a wiki-publishing component;
  • Professional development support, coaching and mentoring - to support management and faculty in OER use, adoption and implementation.

OER at-a-Glance

Highlights & Benefits

The OER Foundation (OERF) administers WikiEducator.org one of the world's largest and most productive OER collaborations in the formal education sector. The OER Foundation also oversees the world's largest training initiative to build capacity for collaborative OER development (see OER Foundation annual report).

Regarding Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources, CCCOER has led the identification, development and re-use of high quality, accessible and culturally-relevant OERs including Open Textbooks, making them available for use by community college students and faculty. CCCOER received $1.5M in seed funding from the the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to provide Open Textbook training at community colleges, and explore sustainable production models (i.e., Collaborative Statistics). CCCOER is a project of Foothill-De Anza Community College District, California, the League for Innovation in the Community College, universities and other partners. CCCOER has 200+ members in the US and Canada.

Contact Info

Randy Fisher, MA
Open Education (OER) Foundation, Ottawa, Canada
Project Manager, Partnerships, Organization Development & Capacity-Building
Email: randy @ oerfoundation dot org
Skype: wikirandy

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