Posted by EbbaOssiannilsson in category: Initial Ideas
Dedicated work of educators and institutions to create, share and remix open educational resources most often goes without any official valorisation. A workshops will be given at the 7th September at the OEI2 conference and sets out to gather ideas and bring together interested individuals in order to change that. It starts out with a presentation and outline of the session. 

Introduction by Ebba: Quality is a very individual concept depending on stakeholders
Licensing: OER should be - by default - published under an open license (e.g. Creative Commons)

Introduce yourself

Posted by EbbaOssiannilsson in category: Initial Ideas
Participants are welcome to introduce themselves, their interests and personal goals for the workshop on the theme Launching European OER awards- A question of quality 

Ebba Ossianilsson, SVERD, organizer
Jan Pawlowski, Hochschule Ruhr West - interested in the relation of quality and OER dynamics
Joeran Muuss-Merholz, Founder of, Founder of OERcamp (Germany, since 2012), Head of Programme on OER-Konferenz 2013 + 2014, Initiator of #OERde16 (including OERde Award) 
Anne-Christin Tannhäuser, ESCP - interested in contributing to the award organisation/support in promoting

    An award for what and to whom?

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    What constitutes good OER/ a successful good practice?

    One option: impact of an OER
    This could use simple indicators:
    •     Most downloaded
    •     Most re-used
    •     Most collaborations around
    • per domain / language / ...
        Further indicators
    •     Ease of adaptation
    Quality of OER is very dynamic / frequently changing
    Maybe it it worth awarding the practices around OER (not necessarily a specific resource or set of resources)
    - teaching side, production side, remixing, redistributing
    - If a prize is awarded for a practice (e.g. a group of teachers collaborating, sharing, remixing) rather than the resource itself it might be more valuable for others to get inspired than for the "user group" of the resource (e.g. a textbook on cell biology)
    The award should either have a category for practices involving learners or guarantee that one award is given to a group including learners
    The prize might be money for conference, traveling to present/showcase the work/achievements and other new project. But the question would be who is going to pay or sponsor the award?
    In 2011 the OPAL awards (website unfortunately down) were awarded to Higher education institutions:
        Those were the criteria for the award
    Evidence  of successfully having embraced open educational resources 
        - Does the  initiative enable or promote the using and repurposing of OER? 
         - Is there a process in place which encourages OER creation?
         - The degree to which OER and OER best practices are shared within and  beyond the context?
         - Promotion of OER   
    Evidence of a vision for openness and a strategy for open  educational practices
         - Are policy documents or written guidelines regarding the production, sharing,  use and reuse of OER available?
         - Has a strategy for the effective use of OER and promotion of OEP been  developed?
         - How is the initiative funded?
         - How does the initiative benefit from partnerships or networks?
         - Is there a general appreciation of the value of open educational  practice?
    Evidence of the transformation of learning
         - To what degree are open educational practices embedded in the context?
         - How are intellectual property rights and copyright regulations dealt  with?
         - What are the incentives for individual actors within the context, how is  motivation driven and how are possible cultural and social barriers  overcome?
         - Are digital tools made available and is support provided?
         - Are quality assurance procedures in place?
         - How are knowledge and skills regarding OEP communicated?
         - How is learner autonomy promoted?      
        Qualitative harvesting instead of the GOOGLE approach 
        Harnessing what we do not know!

      Why should an award be granted?

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      Making a case for future activities

      I. Award of existing projects

      *I. Award of existing projects
      Reputation and recognition
      Funding (directly or indirectly) for new projects
      Even if you do not win your application might help you to learn more about your own work. (Reflection.)

      II.Promote the creation of new resources

      *II.Promote the creation of new resources 
      give money (or other resources) to create new materials

      And there is OER itself

      *And there is OER itself
      promote the idea of OER itself, supporting the position of OER 
      promote certain aspects of OER (collaboration or remix or openness or certain licences ...)
      Recognition (to show that OER use & improvement really contributes to teaching quality

        How to arrange for the activities and when?

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        Elaborate below


          Who should be involved in the future

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          Elaborate below


            Relevant readings for the workshop

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            The Certificate Awards Ceremony of the Professional Development Online Course, “OER-based e-Learning” was held on 11th June, 2015, at the Faculty of Education, OUSL. Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara, Vice-Chancellor of OUSL, attended as the Chief Guest of the Ceremony. The academic staff members of OUSL who successfully completed all five modules of this fully online course of six months duration received “Certificates of Completion” at this occasion.

            The ‘OER-based e-Learning’ online course was adapted and developed by OUSL in collaboration with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), aiming at professional development of educators in integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching and learning. It was facilitated by Prof. Shironica Karunanayaka, Prof. J.C.N. Rajendra and Dr. Uditha Ratnayake at OUSL, guided by Prof. Som Naidu of Monash University, Australia. URL

            Understanding Open Educational Resources 

            By Butcher N & Moore A (COL 2015)


            The fact that you are reading this lesson suggests that you have heard of open educational resources (OER). Currently, there is a lot of buzz about OER. Some see them as totally revolutionising how we bring learning materials into our education system and use them, while others see OER from a more pragmatic perspective. Before we start looking at OER, including their origin, benefits and challenges, it is important to consider the problems that we are facing today in education. While these problems range, in different countries, from lack of access to poor quality, there is a common thread in most: low availability of good-quality educational materials. Although learning materials are available, the cost of access in many locations is very high and increases each year. For example, the cost of college textbooks in the United States increased 82 per cent between 2002 and 2013— three times the rate of inflation.1 According to the College Board, in the 2014–15 academic year, students in the USA spent about USD 1200 each on textbooks.2 Another study indicated that 65 per cent of U.S. students do not buy textbooks due to prohibitive costs, despite being concerned about grades.3 Is this not alarming? While there are many other reasons to support OER, the cost issue is a primary factor in their growing popularity amongst students and teachers. URL: