OERu/Planning/Course approval and quality working group/FirstMeeting 2015
When and Where
When: 2 meetings for different timezones, 8 or 9th July tbc
Where: Adobe Connect virtual meeting room https://connect.uow.edu.au/oeru/
- 2 minutes from each member regarding their main focus for 2015 OERu collaboration, and report back on 'homework' (see below) regarding how aware are your colleagues of the OERu Planning and Design templates?
- Review progress made by this group in 2014 - see Annual report
- Review working group page on the wiki, are your details correct? http://wikieducator.org/OERu/Planning/Course_approval_and_quality_working_group
Homework for the meeting
Please review the OERu Planning and Design templates (Links listed under Outputs from 2014):see Annual report
Ask yourself: how aware are your colleagues of these resources which are significant components of the strategy to assure the quality of OERu courses?
What ideas do you have to improve them?
What ideas do you have to broaden their use and help refine them?
Links for new members
Prior to our first 2015 meeting it would be helpful if all members (particularly new members) were able to review the following materials to ensure we are all aware of the why, what, and who of OERu
- OERu Homepage: http://oeru.org/
- Outline of how OERu operates: http://oeru.org/how-it-works/
- Universities involved: http://oeru.org/oeru-partners/
- Courses currently offered or under development: http://oeru.org/courses
- Review working group page: http://wikieducator.org/OERu/Planning/Course_approval_and_quality_working_group
- Design template 1 (Course planning homepage): http://wikieducator.org/OERu/Planning/2015_course_development/Course_Summary_2015_template
- Design template 2 (Design Blueprint inc Learning Outcomes and assessment): http://wikieducator.org/OERu/Planning/2015_course_development/Design_blueprint_2015_template
Minutes and Actions from the first meeting (Australia, Canada)
- Attendees: Sarah Lambert, University of Wollongong (chair), Meg Goodine from Kwantlen Polytechnic, Rebecca Awdry from University of Canberra, Leslie Johnson from Portage College.
- All members shared their organisations broad objectives with regard to their local online learning initiatives and challenges and the focus of the OERu activities for 2015. Broadly speaking - common and overriding reason was encouraging more blended and/or online learning and removing obstacles, working against staff resistance to change. Portage are aiming to have their first OERu course up for January 2016. Kwantlen have formed a loose collective of interested parties in the flexible learning centre and are collaborating on a new course, Meg is using this as a capacity building activity including use of the Quality design templates. Wollongong are developing 3 full OERu courses in 2015 for delivery in 2016 - these are part of a Graduate Certificate in Global Citizenship.
- Meg Goodine from Kwantlen Polytechnic shared their current course development ie use of the Quality Design Blueprint/templates: http://wikieducator.org/The_Mediated_Self
- Sarah Lambert shared a current course development ie use of the Quality Design Blueprint/templates: http://wikieducator.org/ResearchMethods
- Sarah Lambert shared a recently completed course with materials in the wiki: http://wikieducator.org/MUN/Outline and how this is transformed by OERu tech/css scripting to make attractive pages to present to the students: http://wikieducator.org/course/MUN/MUN/
- The members had a number of questions over a wide range to topics, which were discussed. As part of this DS4OER website http://ds4oer.oeru.org/ was looked at, and the link to the page which helps designers create a template for their new course planning page was reviewed: http://wikieducator.org/Digital_skills_for_collaborative_OER_development/Generate_course_planning_page. It was noted that new designers would need to get some wiki basics under their belt so they knew what to do with the newly created template page which they would get when they hit the blue button!
- Positive feedback about the new courses and initiatives. Newer members stated that there was much new information to digest.
- Action: all members reflect and digest and email the Chair in the next fortnight re where they needed to start and any questions or suggestions for how the network could help facilitate their progress.
Minutes and Actions from the second meeting (Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland)
- Attendees: Sarah Lambert, University of Wollongong (chair), Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation, NZ, Patrina Law and Hannah Gore from Open University UK, Andy Brown, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland.
- All members shared their organisations broad objectives with regard to their local online learning initiatives and challenges and the focus of the OERu activities for 2015.OU members have repository of open access materials to share and some self-paced courses to support new online learners, however do not have the aim or resourcing to build new curricula beyond this. Andy from Highlands and Islands is painstakingly redeveloping a fully online geography course having to convert closed/online journal resources to open online equivalents.
- Members have experience with accessibility (Both OU and Highlands and Islands) and reading books (human and electronic) and other methods were discussed.
- Discussed the OERu course development quality cycle and this has many similar features to OU model (albeit with different names) and the "critical reading" or QA process by relevant academics at the end is similar to what we are trying to achieve with OERu peer review process of distributed global partners.
- Shared and discussed resources:
- Actions: all to join up for the new groups tool please http://groups.oeru.org/groups/oeru-course-approval-and-quality/ and also please provide any feedback on the current Quality templates in the wiki itself or via the new group email list.