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A.1 Welcome

A short introduction to the aims of the workshop

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Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos
3 December 2009

OLnet & OER: How do our practices reflect and inform the world out there?

Welcome to the OLnet pilot virtual workshop. The aim of this workshop is to serve as a test bed for the OLnet team and guests on how to run a virtual workshop on OER (structure, tools, activities etc). 

This week we aim to use the UNESCO OER Toolkit, the OER Handbook and the OpenLearn Research  Report as sources of information to prompt our discussions and reflections.

The plan is for us to reflect upon our own practices and discuss the ways in which we can better serve the OER community through our research, at the same time drawing on the community needs to drive our work.

The workshop runs from the 7th-11th Dec 2009, entirely online and counting on both synchronous and asynchronous activities and events. The workshop takes place mostly  on Cloudworks, and the activities and discussions will be released day by day. Please refer to the section "A. Programme" on  Cloudworks everytime you want to know what is going on. Alternatively, visit the 'Workshops' area of the OLnet website. In there you can access the programme and have a look at the 'Noticeboard' to get all the latest information and news about the event.

The pre-virtual workshop activities are designed to help you get grips with technology we will use prior to the workshop, and also to get to know each other better. In case you have any questions about the virtual workshop or tools, please email me anytime at, and I will do my best to help.

A couple of helpful things to know:

  • To navigate through the activities of the day, please use the links in the workshop area entitled 'Programme', then click on the corresponding day of the week (the links will take you straight to the webpages you need);
  • If you Twitter, the hashtag for the event is #olnetvw (vw= virtual workshop).

Feel free to participate as much or as little as you can, but remember that the more you engage with the programme the better will be the overall outcome, because it is our collaborative work that will make it all happen!

Enjoy it!  :-)

Andreia Santos



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