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OCWC Global 2011: Panel on emerging courseware projects

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Patrick McAndrew
5 May 2011

Backary Diallo (African Virtual University) Richardus Indrajit (Indonesia), Stavros Xanthopaylos (Brazil)

Backary Diallo AVU info avaliable on youtue, facebook etc - so only brief update needed. AVU is widely present in Africa and established an OER architecture in 2005. The project involved 10 countires - establishing eLearning centres, capacity enhancement, teacher education, and gender mainstreaming.

Talk focus on the teacher education element. Covered three languages (French, Portuguese + English). Challenge of infrastructure - computers but also generators. Teacher education stages from poicy to evaluation and release. Moodle used to provide a common platform. Up to 2011 4000 students enrolled in the programme.

Working across the boundary meant that needed to harmonise the curriculum. A modular approach to allow variation with more modules than each needs. Open distance eLearning "ODeLified" modules then approved back as programmes within each university.

Materials development needed staff development and templating of the approach. oer.avu.org offers access to the materials (managed by dSpace). Surprised by international access (number 1 Brazil) very low numbers from Africa itself.

Richardus Indrajit (indonesia) 237million over 18000 island. Challenge of and unequal distribution of educational resources and expertise. ICT may offer solutions - three intiatives: eLearning, OCW, grant support for OER courses from goverment. But no significant change.

Need change support by context, compliance and communication. Try to select 6 leading universities but lead to competition. Instead take a subject base on Computer Science across 750 universities/600,000 students: Nexsus (National E-education for eXchange ...). Radical open appraoch - courses, research, conference, project, journal, ... all open. All degrees with up to 30% from other univerisites - allow to mix "best" universties with small and local ones. Diploma supported by government. 

Value proposition for: students, lecturers, universities (provider & user), association, government. Plan launch on 11/11/11 with intention to cross over to international provision by 2015. 14 people here from Indonesia to encourage collaboration.

Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylis (Brazil): Fundacai Getulio Vargas (FDV) initial mission to train civil service (1940s). Now Brazils largest non-government provider of distance education. 98,000 students online. 24 OCW courses free and open based on content of paid courses.

Innovation in methods and pedagogy. 233 members of team working on distance education content. Brazill 200m people. University California Irvine invited them in to OCWC and helped set direction. Not accepted initially. Need to localise the content and transform from standard text to e.g. cartoons. Put up relatively short courses - approx 15 hours per course. People asked for certificates - help to understand who is doing what. Declaration of participation approach. In last 2 months of 2008 71,000 vists, 19,000 declarations.

Total of 24 course (5-30hours) mainly business and management. To get the declaration need to answer survey and add to mailing list. Generates paying student and *is* self sustaining. Sponsorship by e.g. Wal-Mart of sustainable courses. Now >7.5m visits >2.4m completions > 1.3m declarations. On per course 24x bigger than MIT! Indicates that in Brazil there is big demand for this form of education. 50% hear about courses through word of mouth - 90% through this or internet search, 99.99% would recommend - 7,000 paying students ($3m revenue) as a result. Gender is now reasonably balanced. 77% low income

Almost 100% (99.75%) of visits are from Brazil - distribution of use follows the distribution of computers in the country. 48 other coutries with Brazilians overseas in evidence.

New business models - sponsorship allows support as well as content. Acted as a catalyst for quality through exposure.  Now challenging the high school syllabus through openness. Suprised by how huge the impact of this work has been. 

OER a true democratic movement that can make a difference for a better world.

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