Panel - The UNESCO Chairs in Open Educational Resources A Year Later and the Road Forward

16 April 2012

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Robert Farrow
17 April 2012

Moderator: Rory McGreal

Panelists: Fred Mulder; Jos Rikers; Susan D'Antoni

Fred argued that a better QA system is needed to assess the recognition procedure for PhD candidates.  Doctoral training should:
  • develop transferable skills
  • challenge disciplinary borders
  • spend research time abroad
  • spend research time in industry
Benefits may include joint supervision of candidates by universities from different countries and building up a network for co-ordination and support.  Funding is required for the network, and this should come from institutions.  Work should be published in the OER Knowledge Cloud.
Rory asserted that the OER movement is at an important tipping point. He spoke about Susan D'Antoni's work with OLnet and the OER Evidence Hub and encouraged everyone to use the service. He went on to talk about the increasing importance of mobile technology, arguing that we need to stop designing OER for desktop devices.  We also need open assessment services that are affordable and reliable.  Students should be able to take content, support and content from anywhere and rely on home institutions for assessment.
The OER Knowledge Cloud collects many (over 300) scholarly papers and reports relevant to OER reserarch.  The whole site is CC-BY licensed and amenable to various forms of reuse.  OER will be part of the solution for the future, which requires sustainable, scalable and cost-effective learning solutions.

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