A Mission-Based Ecosystem for OER
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26 October 2011
"The purpose of the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy is to serve as a collaborative platform for the community of Jesuit secondary schools. We do this by providing innovations in the delivery of credit-bearing courses for students, professional development opportunities for faculty, and the provision of a technology platform that encourages communication and collaboration among our schools.
The current focus of the JVLA and the Ignatian Academy of Excellence is serving the network of North American schools. However, the OER movement provides us an opportunity to engage the larger network of over 400 Jesuit schools worldwide."
The starting point for their 'bottom-up' approach is teachers, who are under considerable pressure already. Barriers to innovation include time, personal investment, compensation, etc.
We need a 'culture of generosity' or 'cognitive surplus' (Clay Shirky).
The motivation behind this kind of sharing was portrayed as something entirely consistent with - or even inspired by - religious beliefs surrounding charity/generosity and Christian love.
The different aspects of the ecosystem under consideration are as follows:
- Connexions (lens program)
- Moodle (VLE)
- Conenza (social network)