I’m sure all of these authors and their work get frequent mentions in the Formal degrees and programs in Open Education. What’s not so obvious to me is where do we discuss their work more broadly outside formal institutions? Is there a “space” where they all meet?
First off, I have not look deeply into this idea, is there really a degree out there in Open Education for librarians who already have a MS? It would be nice to take a series of classes that reflect a transcript.
I can’t say for sure, Susan, but others, especially librarians hopefully can chime in (maybe @Paola). There are some relevant links in the topic Alex linked to which was a request for formal degree programs in Open Education.
Good question on librarian-specific professional development. It sounds like most programs are either interdisciplinary or oriented more towards administrators and learning pros?
If we’re talking about work done after the MLIS or equivalent, an option is just plain graduate research. @catherinelachaine might have insight to share about this.
And there might be something to discuss in terms of recognition and certification. Possibly as part of OEG membership. Some of it can be formal, backed by institutions. Eventually, those could become specializations in existing degrees. @cogdog’s point about OER librarians is an important one, since this role is taken by an increasing number of people. Surely, there’s a school out there which could support a program based on OERs. If not in Library/Information Science, at least in Pedagogy/Learning Science?
Then again, interdisciplinary programs are likely to prove quite impactful on the Open Education movement.
I learned a couple of weeks ago during pay equity meeting, my institution looks at transcripts and not professional development . On top of that courses need to be in a terminating degree. Although I’ve taken part in many PD on OER it will not affect my pay equity.
Oh! Does sound restrictive. Maybe not that unusual, though.
In that case, some of the formal programs listed in that thread probably do make sense for you. Especially if your institution allows you to spend the time required to do the work for those courses.
Would a research-focused degree work, in your case? An advantage, there, is that they can come from a variety of institutions. You’d focus the research project on Open Education. Again, something @catherinelachaine has been doing.