Authors: Paul Stacey, David Wiley
Institutions: Open Education Global, Lumen Learning
Countries: Canada, United States
Topic: Global Collaboration, Strategies, & Policies in Open Education
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Sustainable OER
Session Format: Workshop
AbstractContext / goals:
Open has existing well defined legal and technical frameworks that have resulted in multiple, highly effective OER options for many courses taught in schools, colleges, and universities.
However, the social and human process for managing and sustaining those resources has not been well defined. We have succeeded in creating a large pool of open resources but have largely failed to realize that their ongoing value and usefulness is dependent on them being maintained and improved over time.
A social framework and set of processes for sustaining OER is needed to complement existing legal and technical frameworks.
Stewardship will play an essential role in any successful sustainability model.
To create such a social framework we need to consider:
Who creates all these OER? What is their motivation? Who manages the resulting OER? How are they curated? How will these OER be updated and improved, and by whom? What would motivate a person or organization to make a long-term commitment to updating and improving OER?
A viable sustainability model needs to consider the value proposition of the resource, the social good potential of the resource, the community of users / contributors who have a vested interest in the resource, and what their varied interests entail.
The successfully managing these OER will require a form of stewardship in the form of organization, defined processes, and human involvement. What does this stewardship social framework look like? For example, what proportion of the community who benefits from OER should participate directly in this stewardship?
Processes and social frameworks may differ dramatically depending on whether OER are considered public goods or common pool resources. Do we need to choose between these two forms of goods before we can develop a viable sustainability framework? Do we need multiple sustainability frameworks?
OER, social framework, motivation of creators, managing OER resources, process for updating and improving, stewardship, public goods, common pool resources, sustainability