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Enabling Better 'Teaching and Learning': Improving Access to Open Educational Resources

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Robert Farrow
25 October 2011

 

Jim Shelton
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

Jim Shelton
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

There's been a lot of emphasis on the 'free' or 'cheap' nature of OER, but the conversation needs to be about quality and effectiveness.  TO do this, we need to talk about effective educational resources.  Standards in education tend to be worked out by experts, but we are now at a point where we can analyze what experts do and improve the process of instructional resource design.  As we improve our understanding of how people learn, that needs to inform our learning design processes. (Shelton mentioned OLnet here.)

Regulatory frameworks are emerging at state level (Utah is a leader).  But government cannot move as quickly as practice, but urgently needs 'best in class' examples of effective OER use.

OER practicioners need to help us create the right ecosystem.  We need to make sure that barriers to effective OER are moved:  make it easier to share data and learning objects, perfecting the systems and tools that we use in education and training.  We need to help people access training and jobs without the resources available to large corporations.  

Innovation in the education sector is often unusual.  For example, the pharmaceutical industry spends massive amounts on securing investment, while education often downplays the need for funding research and innovation.  Progress requires a different point of view:  one that is shared globally.

 

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Robert Farrow
3:25pm 25 October 2011


In the Q&A session, Shelton noted that a number of shared platforms are an important step in pulling together all the evidence... as per the OLnet Evidence Hub?  Or Cloudworks?

Robert Farrow
3:28pm 25 October 2011


Cable Green: the government can reply after looking at best practices... but licencing by CC is not enough to promote innovation.  The 'power of the purse' should also be used to set other, more specific requirements about authorship and best practices in OER reappropriation and re-use.

Robert Farrow
3:28pm 25 October 2011 (Edited 3:28pm 25 October 2011)


Cable Green: the government can reply after looking at best practices... but licencing by CC is not enough to promote innovation.  The 'power of the purse' should also be used to set other, more specific requirements about authorship and best practices in OER reappropriation and re-use.

Robert Farrow
3:32pm 25 October 2011


On the subject of common tools and platforms: Shelton noted Karen Cader's [sp?] work on gathering evidence and how it can be evaluated and used.

Robert Farrow
3:40pm 25 October 2011


Is there a tension between wanting to be No. 1 and wanting to help the OER movement globally?  Shelton acknowledge the tension and outlined the countours of a philosophical response:

  • Not a zero sum game
  • 'Growing the pie': creating bigger markets for education
  • Recognizing mutual dependency between nations
  • Combining demand and supply-side approaches

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