OERu/OERu 14.11/PFA Welcome to the OERu orientation mOOC for new partners

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The discussion at the planning meeting break-out

A group of 5 reps discussed the possibility of developing a micro course (mOOC) designed to welcome and induct new staff into the OERu, and answer the typical questions they might have.


  1. build on the work to develop a new OERu partner manual.
  2. refer back and link to the partner manual
  3. welcome to the family feel, using testamonials of real people (foundation and experienced partner reps and anybody happy to put their face/story forward)
  4. re-use current videos of members discussing importance of OERu (filmed last year at TRU) and add to them
  5. content based on questions typically asked by new members and staff joining OERu
  6. providing overall context and training/orientation to the wiki before providing links to wiki and asking for wiki-level collaboration
  7. letting the new members enrol and do a mOOC like a student would, to show-by-doing what an OERu course looks/feels like and some of the typical features of an OER-wrap-around course design


  1. Move New Partner Manual from the wiki to the public webpages for a fresher graphical interface/look
  2. Form a project team, or move this action to an appropriate 2015 Working Group
  3. I think this project would be a perfect 3rd/4th year student project and would recommend we put a call for student project team out via the planning website.

Super rough content/topic ideas for the mOOC

I asked the 4 new OERu members, what topics/questions need to be covered in induction, and the following is the outcome:

What is OER and the benefits?

Review of OERu.org website (Curtain advises they would normally use a Study Group model to get a whole team up to speed on a new area, they would start with a review of the public website)

Meet some of the partners (videos)

Benefits to network partners - this is what our institution has got out of it

Lessons learnt

  1. What has worked well and what hasn't? (course pilots)
  2. The process involved in nominating and approving courses
  3. Availability of templates and guidelines for developing courses

Me and OERu - How does this relate to my job?

  1. What kind of contributor can i be?
  2. What is my job at my place is, and how it can intersect with OERu?
  3. How does what i do and know in my day-job help the OERu mission?
  4. First step back at my place - what team do i need to gather around me?
  5. Who would my 'dream team' be? How can i get them involved?
  6. Sign up to the email lists and send out an introductory email, saying who you are and what skills you're looking to match with to help you in your role re OERu.
  7. Who else in the network is like me? Activity to contact them for skype/google hangout.

OER wrap-around learning design model

  1. The importance of adapt and re-use and assemble
  2. Discovery of OERs - where and how to search?
  3. Activity: Review of OER in partnership with a teaching academic - use their discipline area as focus for the search for open-text books and OER for foundation concepts. If we made this an interactive web-form widget then we could get them to contribute to a wiki repository of review of OERs for different discipline areas

Hello wiki!

  1. Wiki is a work-horse not a show-pony
  2. Benefits of working in a wiki and why she aint pretty -  video clip c3mins
  3. Actvity: getting an account on the wiki and editing your first page (My Profile type of page, set up a template for it and auto-create one for each new member who signs up for the mOOC)
  4. Learn how to post a query to the OER technical group.
  5. Link to wiki tutorials.

No, we have no OERu LMS.

  1. Develop and deliver in  WikiEducator and freedom to link/integrate to your local tools - so long as they're open.
  2. Video clips from partners who have delivered in Moodle or Wordpress in parallel with wiki

Work smarter not harder

  1. Think sustainable from day 1.
  2. Work out how to embed OER into everyday practice at your place.
  3. Get out of "special project" mode as soon as possible - project funding ends, project ends.
  4. Work out a path to getting OER and open courses into "Business as usual" for faculty staff, library staff and support staff.
  5. Use your current BIG teaching and learning priorities as local levers for engagment.