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Pre-meetup preparation

Each OERu partner institution attending the meetup must prepare the following before the meeting:

  1. Institutional, 5 minute rapid-fire presentation uploaded to slideshare (maximum three slides) sharing open education activities and future plans at their respective institutions. You decide who presents from your team (and you can share the load if you like).
  2. Identify a minimum of two possible candidates for OERu course nominations from your institution including a candid assessment of the probability for successful completion.


Background note: The agenda was constructed from a list of brainstorm questions posted in the wiki and email communications posted to the list of OERu partner attendees.

Session 1: Video conference - OERu: From vision to reality

  • Attendees: Staff at OERu partner institutions
  • Conference link:
Item Description Time Duration
Welcome, aims & participant introductions Sandra Wills, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning), Charles Sturt University

Sandra welcomes participants and confirms the aims of the meetup. Participants introduce themselves using the one-breath rule.

9.00am 15 mins
OERu: From vision to reality Wayne Mackintosh, UNESCO, COL and ICDE Chair in OER

Wayne will summarise the journey of the OERu international partnership as an exemplar of low cost, low risk but high impact innovation in the world of open online education. (15 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A)

9.15am 15 mins
The first OERu prototype: USQ's Regional relations in Asia and the Pacific (AST1000) David Bull, Director, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland
David will report on the experiences from the AST1000 prototype which has successfully resulted in a student applying credit towards a degree conferred by Thompson Rivers University.
9.30am 5 mins
Question and answer discussion Sandra Wills
Sandra invites questions from the floor and remote participants.
9.35am 20 mins

Session 2: The OERu context

Item Description Time Duration
OERu partner rapid-fire presentations Facilitator: Carina Bossu, Lecturer (Learning and Teaching), Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, UTAS
Each OERu partner is given 5 minutes and maximum of 3 slides (to be prepared in advance) updating the group on their university's (potential plans) for open education. Followed by short Q & A session for clarification.
  1. Natalie Brown, Head of the Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching, University of Tasmania. (Slideshare)
  2. Sandra Wills, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning), Charles Sturt University (Slideshare)
  3. Ken Udas, DVC, Academic Services & CIO - University of Southern Queensland
  4. Sarah Lambert, Manager, Open Education - University of Wollongong.
10.00am 30 mins
The missing OERu questions Facilitator: Carina Bossu, Lecturer (Learning and Teaching), Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, UTAS
Plenary session to review the guiding questions and to identify any missing questions which the meeting should aim to address.
10.30am 20 mins
Refreshment break Morning tea and virtual coffee. 10.50am 25 mins

Session 3: OERu strategy and planning

Item Description Open questions Time Duration
Distinctively open: Open planning the OERu way Facilitator - Wayne Mackintosh
  1. OERu concept, Logic model and Planning framework and initiatives
  2. Quicklinks for OERu planning
  3. Meetings
  4. Communications
  • What is the OERu logic model and how does it inform planning?
  • How does open planning work in the OERu international partnership?
  • What is the strategic plan?
  • How are the planning activities organised?
  • How are decisions made in the OERu network?
  • What meetings inform the planning process and how does this feed into the Australian OERu 2014 meetings?
  • How can I participate in the planning process?
11.15am 20 mins
Introduction to deciding on Australia's contribution to the OERu programme of study Facilitator: Sandra Wills, Convener of the OERu programme of study working group
  • How will Australia's offerings fit together as an OERu degree pathway or programme of study?
  • How quickly can we do it because OERu needs to be listing more offerings if it is to look like a viable organisation?
  • What are Australian partners considering as potential candidates for OERu courses?
  • Could Australian partners establish a model of credit transfer/course articulation between Australian partners which could be extrapolated for the international partnership?
11.35am 10 mins
Preparing for proposals for action for OERu course contributions Facilitator: Sandra Wills
During this session participants will:
  • Identify potential candidates for OERu course development and rate probability for successful completion (Low, medium high)
  • Identify barriers and opportunities for successful completion.
  • Recommend time frame or completion of the two-course contribution to the OERu partnership.
  • Identify possibilities for collaborative development.
11.45am 45 mins

Session 4: OERu operations: Design, pedagogy and delivery

Item Description Open questions Time Duration
Anatomy of an OERu course: Design for multiple reuse scenarios to maximise return on OERu investment Facilitator: Wayne Mackintosh
Interactive session exploring examples of the design of OERu courses. The purpose of this short session is to provide examples to inform decisions and generate ideas for the Australian proposal for action for course design and development.
  1. Interaction equivalency theorem
  2. Course listings on
  3. OCL4Ed (iframe example)
  4. AST1000 - Moodle example
  5. Registration and course announcements (screenshot)
  • How is a typical OERu course structured?
  • How are OERu courses facilitated?
  • How do we design for learner support?
  • What are the delivery options and how do they work (eg self-study versus open online courses)?
  • What is a mOOC and why is the OERu implementing micro courses as an option?
  • What is parallel mode delivery in the OERu context?
  • What summative assessment options can we consider?
  • What is the OERu Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and why do we use PLEs?
  • Sustainability: How long do we need to maintain an OERu course?
  • Sustainability: How often are OERu courses offered?
  • How do learning literacies for a digital age fit into the OERu design model?
  • What is the pedagogy of discovery and how does this save time, money and improve the learning experience?
12.30pm 30 mins
Lunch break OERu partner networking 1.00pm 30mins

Session 5: OERu technology options

Item Description Open questions Time Duration
OERu technology infrastructure: Opportunities and challenges Facilitator: Timothy McCallum, University of Southern Queensland
Presenter: Jim Tittsler, Lead Technologist via web conference.
Interactive session exploring the OERu technology infrastructure.
  1. One page app (built from course outline)
  • Why does the OERu use a wiki as authoring environment for courses?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the wiki model for course development?
  • What are the options for repackaging wiki content for alternative delivery systems?
  • What solutions can we implement for changing the look-and-feel to support local branding of OERu content?
  • How can we facilitate reuse of OERu course content in the local LMSs of partner institutions?
1.30pm 30mins
Plenary Q&A to clarify implications for design and development of Australian course contributions. Facilitator: Timothy McCallum, University of Southern Queensland
Jim stays online to answer any technology questions. Wayne will assist with pedagogy related questions.
2.00pm 30 mins

Session 6: Australian proposals for action for course development

Item Description Time Duration
Negotiating group divisions Facilitator: Natalie Brown, Head, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, UTAS
Discussing optimal groups for developing proposals for action taking into account opportunities for collaboration.
2.30pm 10mins
Developing proposals for action Teams work on proposals for action
Proposal for action template (On Google Docs)
2.40pm 50mins
Afternoon refreshments OERu partner networking 3.30pm 30mins

Session 7: The way forward

Item Description Time Duration
Next steps for the way forward Sarah Lambert, Manager Open Education, University of Wollongong
  • Feedback on the proposals for action
  • Plenary discussion for the way forward.
4.00pm 60mins