As we are all fully aware, promoting open educational practices at a given institution can be approached in a variety of ways and involve countless activities and stakeholders. It can also seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve been exposed to the myriad strategies applied at institutions across the world to grow and sustain their open education initiatives. There are unique strategies for faculty outreach, securing administrative support, empowering student voice, collaborating within and beyond the institution, providing professional development, establishing measurable goals… well, the list goes on.
Of course, you could just load a wagon up with a bunch of open textbooks and roll on over to the faculty offices and start knocking on doors–and, who knows, that might work–but maybe it’s meaningful to consider your institutional initiative’s unique context and develop a strategic plan.
With this in mind, we are asking you to consider this general question for July’s discussion topic: How can strategic planning be done effectively to support your institution’s specific goals related to open education?
Join the conversation live 2022-07-18T19:00:00Z with moderator Matthew Bloom
- Vision, Mission, and Goals: This chapter from Mastering Strategic Management (BC Campus, 1st Canadian Ed.) explores these terms from a business perspective. Particularly helpful may be the section on “Pursuing the Vision and Mission through SMART Goals.”
- Regional Leaders of Open Education (RLOE) Strategic Plan Template: This template, developed by the leadership team of the RLOE group, contains sections for a vision statement, key people, resources, activities, short term goals, long term goals, and evaluation and assessment. Each section is pre-filled with possibilities and guiding instructions.
- Open Education Strategic Plan Examples: The open education strategic plan drafts produced by RLOE participants between 2021 and 2022 are publicly available on the RLOE website and provide a variety of examples.
- Resources for Strategic Planning: What other resources have you found helpful in your work with open education strategic planning?
- Crafting a Clear and Balanced Vision: How do we articulate a vision statement that is focused on an institution’s specific context while not being so exclusive that it unnecessarily limits the scope of our work? What terminology should we employ so that our vision statements accurately reflect what we want to do?
- Considering Your Institution: What goals and values in your institution’s general strategic plan align with those you envision for your open education initiative? How might your open education strategic plan be crafted to go beyond affordability and support other goals like student success and retention, faculty development, or quality of instruction?
- Lessons Learned: If you’ve dabbled in open education strategic planning, or strategic planning in general, what experiences or advice do you have to share with others who may be embarking on drafting or revising strategic plans?