Radical openness, incremental design: Maximising the reach of OER capacity development through open principles :sync:

Claire Goode (Otago Polytechnic), Wayne Mackintosh (OER Foundation), Simonne Wood (Otago Polytechnic)

In this presentation, we review how the OER Foundation’s award-winning ‘Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world’ micro-course has evolved and contributed to “building capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER” (UNESCO Recommendation on OER) since the course’s inception in 2011.

This free online course, itself constructed entirely from OER, has given more than 7,800 individuals around the world access to high quality, openly licensed resources, enabling them to advance their skills and knowledge in locating and using OER. At the same time, the pedagogy underpinning the course, embracing active learning and open educational practices, has promoted digital literacy skills by offering learners both a pathway towards independent learning through the internet, and encouragement to create their own openly licensed digital media.

While our focus in this presentation is on Action Area 1, our exploration of the ongoing evolution and adaptation of the course to meet different needs around the world also demonstrates how ‘openness’ - in resources, technology, processes, and practices - supports international cooperation and innovation in advancing the adoption of OER (Action Area 5). We give examples of local and international adaptations of the course, and explain how the Foundation’s commitment to free and open source software has facilitated re-use and remixing, demonstrating the value of a deep embedding of OER principles. The presentation also highlights how open approaches can facilitate an iterative development model with the agility to refine, improve, innovate, and grow - both pedagogically and technically - in a sustainable way.

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_109.pdf 📄

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