OERu/Getting started with OERu

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  • This is the planning page for the development of an induction course both for individuals starting their journey with the OERu, and for institutional teams that have been formed for the purpose of learning about and planning their engagement with the OERu.


  • Design and develop an induction course of approximately 3.5 hours learning time inclusive of a synchronous office hours session.
  • Course will be offered over 5 working days requiring about 30 mins effort each day (excluding the office hour synchronous session.)
  • Participants will be required to complete an action each day (eg complete their wiki profile page, join relevant forums, post an introduction on the forum.)
  • Participants will be invited to engage using the actual technologies used to support the OERu (eg discussion forums, wiki pages etc.)
  • The course will culminate in an OERu meeting simulation where an agenda is developed in the wiki, meeting reports published, synchronous web-meeting session etc.

What do new OERu participants need to know?

  • What the OERu is
  • How it works
  • Where to find key resources about the OERu, including the purpose/differences of the public website vs the wiki for planning and partner collaboration
  • How the OERu is structured (OERF, Council of CEO's, Management Committee, Working groups etc.)
  • The purpose of the different OERu websites
  • How to navigate the OERu pages
  • How to engage and participate in working groups, lists, development of planning documents etc
  • Opportunities for OERu professional development (our mOOCs on open licensing, open design etc.)
  • Put some faces to the name, personalise the wiki experience ie Video messages of welcome and encouragement from existing partners, including (in the wiki text) any related offers of support/mentoring/upcoming courses

Suggested mOOC activities

  1. Complete user profile page on WikiEducator
  2. Upload profile pic on groups.oeru.org and link back to WikiEducator user page.
  3. Search for an interesting OERu course on the public website and investigate its learning outcomes and notional learning hours. Click through to an active course site and review the course offering website.
  4. Extension activity? Sign up for the next iteration of either OCL4Ed or DS4OER.
  5. Review the OERu website partners page, identify one partner in their continent (if possible) and another on another continent and follow the link to their university home page and discover where they are located and they main types of student cohorts and courses.
  6. Consider the list of active OERu course developments and see if any of these might be of local interest at your own university - either as a MOOC offering when complete, or for possible collaboration on the development.
  7. Post a personal introduction on the respective working group discussion list on groups.oeru.org
  1. Comment on an active OERu document or initiative in the wiki using the talk page.
  2. Join the announcements list and post a contribution on the new community.oeru.org site (using Discourse).
  3. Participate in an OERu synchronous meeting for new participants (get to see how the agenda is forumulated in the wiki etc. Participants will discuss and shape things which are relevant for the group.)

Suggested post-mOOC follow-up activities

  1. Add thoughts here
  2. Extension activity? Sign up for the next iteration of either OCL4Ed or DS4OER.
  3. Collect list of experienced OERu members willing to be mentors available for advice and guidance on specific questions and issues.

Nice to have

Wishlist for the future

  • Short video vignettes from OERu participants sharing their experiences.

Planning the structure of learning pathways

Course resources