Discussion: Open Educational Practice dimensions

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8 May 2010

This cloud has been set up as a space to discuss the OEP dimensions that have been collected as part of the OPAL project. The following questions might be helpful in terms of guiding discussion around the case studies: 

  • Are the dimensions collectively a good representation of ALL aspects of Open Educational Practices?
  • Are there any other dimensions that should be included?
  • What is your overall impression from the dimensions in terms of the current status of OER work?
  • How might these dimensons be used to improve the quality and innovation in the creation and use of OER?

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A quick reminder of the dimensions:

  • Strategies and policies
  • Quality Assurance models
  • Partnership models
  • Tools and tool practices
  • Innovations
  • Skills development and support
  • Business models/sustainability strategies
  • Barriers and success factors

Giota Alevizou
18:12 on 14 May 2010

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Kathy(zhijun Wang)
07:43 on 24 June 2010

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Giota Alevizou
6:09pm 14 May 2010 (Edited 6:21pm 14 May 2010)


I haven't read the whole document outlining the dimensions in detail yet, but I could say that they represent a fair representation of core aspects and all have been addressed in the literature. Nonetheless, there are points that need to be fleshed out and contextualised more specifically, taking into account different instituional cultures and policies, teaching traditions, and certainly the fact that Open Educational Practices maybe not necessily tied to OER. I think it's fair to say that these dimensions represent or reflect the discourse around the prduction of OER (included in the case studies) or other oER initivatives and policies; but there are practices (innovative in teaching learning or collaboration) that are do not nessecarily OER; I think these distinctions maybe problematised a bit more.

I will include the list of the dimensions and raise some more questions under each soon (and after I have a quick read of the report ;-)

Joe Corneli
10:30pm 14 May 2010


I mentioned to Grainne that I had a set of dimensions that I thought were orthogonal to the ones mentioned here; my dimensions (which
come with cool mnemonic symbols) are:

∫ EXPERIMENT
∂ MOTIVATION
/ CONTROL
+ INTERCONNECTION
* PRAXIS
- SIMPLIFICATION

Perhaps the key thing here is that these are all supposed
to be "dynamical" and "universal" -- they're things we all
*do* (albeit to different extents and in different ways) --
in short, they're supposed to be the dimensions of

"sensemaking"!

These dimensions are particularly relevant to OEP insofar
as "education" is a way of sharing "sensemaking" activities
or behaviors!

Now I'm thinking that maybe the dimensions are a bit less
orthogonal than they seemed at first glance.  Using the
mnemonic symbols, I'll indicate what I think are the
particular affinities of the two sets of dimensions:

(/) Strategies and policies
(/) Quality Assurance models
(+) Partnership models
(*) Tools and tool practices
(∂) Innovations
(*) Skills development and support
(∫) Business models/sustainability strategies
(-) Barriers and success factors

To sum up: while I think these dimensions *are* related,
they're also different.  And these differences may be
further food for thought.

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