A World Map of Open Educational Resources Initiatives

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A world map of Open Educational Resources initiatives: Can the global OER community design and build it together?

 First, an International discussion 12 – 30 November 2012 *

Next, local discussions – organized locally An international online conversation –

The objective is to explore whether the OER community worldwide could work together to design and build an OER world map – starting with institutional initiatives and basic information.

 A definition – Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. They may be full courses or course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).

 Now a decade of development – a global movement with more and more OER initiatives, in more and more countries. The vision of increasing access to the world’s knowledge through making resources open and accessible is beginning to be realized.

 But we still have a problem – we do not have a comprehensive overview of OER projects in the world – how do I know what is going on in my own country? And how do I find contacts in other countries, or contacts working in my own language? An OER world map – A map would give us the big picture of the global OER movement. It would help us communicate the story of OER. Furthermore, it could be enhanced with information such as OER initiatives by language, and with links to other maps. And it would help us connect.

 Community collaboration – Working together the OER community could design and build the map, and then regularly update it. With time, energy and collaboration, the map could become a door to the OER world, helping us communicate with stakeholders and connect with each other.

 Outline of the international discussion
 Week 1: What could an OER world map look like? – 12-16 November

  • Why map the OER landscape 
  • Essential information and visual presentation 

Week 2: Could a world map be built collaboratively? – 19-23 November

  • Organizational approach for collaboration 
  • Ensuring the quality of the information 

 Week 3: Reflection and next steps – 26-30 November

  • Design of an “OER World Map”
  • Organization Resources available/needed 
  • Next steps 

Join the International Conversation 
Send an email to oer-community-request@athabascau.ca and type subscribe in the subject line.

Share this announcement with your colleagues and networks.

Plan a parallel or follow up discussion in your own language and network and give your feedback for the final report of all the discussions.

 For more information or questions, contact Susan D’Antoni at oermapping@gmail.com

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