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OER panel: Quality Issues for Open Educational Resources

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Gráinne Conole
25 October 2010

Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada, Grainne Conole, The Open University, United Kingdom, Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece, Morten Flate Paulsen, NKI Distance Education, Norway, Don Olcott Jr., International Consultant ODL, United States of America

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Rory McGreal

  • Worldwide electronic distribution of peer review journals – open access initiative
  • Many different types of OER – content, games, music, video, pictures.
  • OER deployment: creation, adaptation, dissemination, use and reuse, for formal and informal learning contexts.
  • However so far there has been little uptake of them in the formal context, but good use in informal contexts.
  • 1.6 billion Internet connections, Worldwide population 6.8 billion. ¼ of worlds population can now access the Internet, vast majority are doing it via mobile devices. Need to start developing OER for mobile devices. 1 out of every 3 people only access via mobile devices.
  • Learning objects – different levels of granularity from LO up to whole course.
  • Quality in comparison to what? Quality can be about content, effectiveness or ease of use.  Brand, peer review, user ratings, use indicators, validation and self evaluation are all means of doing quality measures. Also sharability, timeliness, reach (number of users), usability (licence restrictions), accessibility. Cost sharing who pays for it. Timely updating. Accessibility is important, can it be used by people with physical disabilities. Type of licence and what kind of restrictions are put on it.  Number of learners and how well they do. What to measure – materials, contexts, outcomes and the competencies.
  • The Royal Society – the oldest scientific society in the world are very strongly in favour of open educational resources. Papal encyclical – pope Benedict.

Morten Flate Paulsen - Quality issues for OER

  • What would happen with elearning if all textbooks were available in an online library inspired by Spotify? Tweet
  • I promote transparency in online education – course content, student and teacher profiles, administrative information and statistics
  • NKI provides open student profiles
  • Students as producers of OLR: future students wont hand in papers but instead publish OLR in various web 2.0 services, their submissions will be a challenge for professors, netttudier.blogspot.com article on this E-viva em Portugal. Students produced learning objects in a range of web 2.0 services. Was a challenge to assess all these.
  • Postcards from Norwegian students to their lecturers. Their top request is to have lectures podcasted.
  • Openness and quality – beyond user generated trash! Walter Kugemann

Don Olcot

  • MIT opened up their content – best marketing strategy ever, and comfortable because cant get MIT support or credit for these.
  • How are teachers going to be trained to evaluate and use OER?

Demetrios G. Sampson

  • Educational resource and activities good to make available and important assets to share and reuse
  • LO repositories, even though there are many, still hard to find relevant resources. Most designed as databases rather than knowledge management systems to support organisation and sharing of resources.
  • LORs as potential KM systems
  • COSMOS project, OpenScienceResources and Pathway
  • Outlines a range of challenges - like motivation, participation and interaction, reach, informality, empower the individual, build trust, promote collaboration

Gráinne Conole
15:23 on 26 October 2010 (Edited 15:30 on 26 October 2010)

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