OERu/Strategic plan 2014 - 2017/Strategic plan 2015 - 2017/Annual report 2014/Course design and development partners manual working group

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Report of the Course Design and Development Partners Manual working group


The partners manual aims to:

  1. provide existing and new partners joining the OERu with the information they need to maximise the benefits of membership and participate actively in the operations of the OERu network.
  2. incorporate guidelines and suggestions for course design and development incorporating exemplars of "best practice".


  1. Agree to the scope and objectives for the partners manual
  2. Determine the table of contents for the partners manual
  3. Collaboratively author the first draft of the OERu partners manual.

Summary of main outputs

  1. Multiple online meetings held with project team led to consensus around scope, contents and objectives for partners manual.
  2. Content completed with the following elements, much of it compiled from (linked to) other areas of the OERu wiki.
    1. Overview of the OERu including membership criteria, logic model, planning pages, how to become a partner, and FAQ about the organization.
    2. Links to important communication channels e.g. mailing lists
  3. Features of OERu courses including:
    1. Overview of, and informational links to, open content details and requirements
    2. Elements of a complete course
    3. Information on credit options
    4. How to consider learners with multiple aims in learning design
    5. Suggestions to work in collaboration.
  4. Information on how to make course contributions.
  5. Design and development of OERu courses including:
    1. Team composition
    2. Development tools (with multiple references to WikiEducator tutorials and OERu course style guide)
    3. Collaboration and communication
    4. Resources
    5. Learning design for open courses

Recommendations for 2015 and the future

  1. Pilot with small group of new members for feedback and improvements
  2. Create small ongoing maintenance group