Workshop: Quality and innovation in Open Educational Practice

EDEN Workshop 10th June 2010

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10 May 2010

Session A4 - Workshop

Quality and Innovation in Open Educational Practice

Gráinne Conole1, Ulf Ehlers2, Paul Mundin1, Andreia I. Santos1, Teresa Connelly1, Thomas Richter,2 Tapio Koskinen3, Anna-Kaarina Kairamo3, Judite Nozes4, and Roberto Carneiro4

1The Open University UK, 2University of Duisburg-Essen, 3Aalto University, 4Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

This paper presents the initial findings from an analysis of an extensive international body of case studies of Open Educational Resources (OER). Our aim was to identify the associated Open Educational Practices (OEP) around the creation and use of OER. This paper is in conjunction with a workshop that is being run at the EDEN 2010 conference.  The workshop will introduce participants to the notion of OEP and will provide an overview of a literature review of OER case studies. The vision behind the OER movement is the creation and distribution of free, high quality resources for education (D’Antoni 2009). To date it has been successful in promoting the idea that knowledge is a public good, expanding the aspirations of organizations and individuals to publish OERs (Caswell et al. 2008) (Atkins et al. 2007). However the potential of OERs to transform practice has not being realised (Cantoni et al. 2004), there is a need for innovative forms of support on the creation and evaluation of OERs, as well as an evolving empirical evidence-base about the effectiveness of OERs. The project builds on the research and development work undertaken by the consortium members, including the UNESCO OER wiki community,OpenLearn (McAndrew et al. 2009) and Olnet (Conole and McAndrew, 2009). At the heart of the project is the notion of Open Educational Practices (OEP),  and in particular the articulation of quality and innovation in OEP. OEP are essentially all the ‘practices’ around the creation, use and management of OER.  A state of the art review of the OER field was undertaken, along with a quantitative survey. The aim was to obtain a detailed picture of current practices in the creation and use of OER. We have gathered to date over 50 worldwide case studies of OER. The results and recommendations of the case studies are available on the Cloudworks website (  Between now and the EDEN conference we are facilitating a major online consultation process of our finding to date. The consultation will draw on a number of existing well-established communities, such as the UNESCO-OER WIKI members (850 members), ICDE members and EFQUEL members, as well as local networks through the consortium members. Community stakeholders will be invited to share their views on the study result, which will be continuously presented and refined. The information will be a comprehensive presentation of assumptions, methods, and experience. From the review we have the following OEP dimensions have been identified: strategies and policies, QA models, partnership models, tools and tool practice, open approaches, barriers and success factors, innovations, skills development and support and business models/sustainability strategies. The dimensions will be discussed, along with a summary of the online consultation process.


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Conole, G., McAndrew, P. and Dimitriadis, Y. (forthcoming), ‘The role of CSCL pedagogical patterns as mediating artefacts for repurposing Open Educational Resources’, in F. Pozzi and D. Persico (Eds), Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives".

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