Erica Hargreave (StoryToGo / Ahimsa Media / BCIT / UBC), Lori Yearwood (StoryToGo / Ahimsa Media)
As innovative educators, we are living in exciting times as technology creates ever increasing opportunities for us to build and share open educational resources in different forms from immersive experiences (virtual reality / augmented reality / mixed reality) to digital video to transmedia to podcasting to games to mobile and e-learning ... and the list goes on. Creating these resources though, costs time and money.
In order to better understand both established and emerging funding / business models around the production and distribution of such open educational resources, our team of educators, storytellers, and technologists has been researching various funding models including the web monetization standard, grants / awards, foundation funding, crowdfunding, sponsorship / brand partners, traditional broadcast solutions, advertising, affiliate marketing, freemium models, and more to learn what makes open education, technology, and storytelling projects successful in each of these streams of funding. The team’s goal in doing this has been to create free and open resources in the form of vlogcasts and case studies with creators for other creators and educators to learn from, as they approach finding funding for their open educational resources.
The lessons learned from these interviews and case studies have been compiled into an open course exploring Sustainable Funding Models for Creatives and Educators, which shares the findings of our team’s research, including projects that have been successful and those that have not. This course examines what worked for these projects in their funding initiatives, and what did not; along with the rational of the creators in the decisions they made on which parts of their projects they made open, free, and / or accessible at a cost.
Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_129.pdf 📄
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