Outcomes

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Outcomes specified in project proposal

  • To expand understanding of the OER trend and impacts for Australia;
  • To enhance institutional understanding of the issues, barriers, opportunities and successes of OERs internationally through further collation of international experience and the analysis of national data;
  • To inform institutional and government policies and practices for OERs within HE in Australia, and
  • To develop a Feasibility Protocol for considering how OERs might bridge the gap between non-formal, informal and formal learning through their adoption, management and use in any higher education setting in Australia. The Feasibility Protocol will contain a set of guiding principles with information on:
    • policy recommendations for higher education institutions in Australia regarding adoption, use and management of OERs;
    • what OERs are and the reasons why higher education institutions have adopted them;
    • the issues and barriers involved with the adopting of OERs, for example, copyright, intellectual property, licensing and other legal issues;
    • factors related to the use and management of OERs such as scope, purpose, strategic directions, institutional culture and resource allocation;
    • short case studies with examples from institutions that have adopted OERs (Who has adopted OERs and how have they used and managed them? What are the lessons learned?), and
    • the impacts on learning and teaching in higher education, as well as on informal and non-formal education.

Issues and reflections

Inputs -- Definition of output components

  • Define and/or specify what the project means by "understanding of the OER trend" -- what constitutes understanding? --Wayne Mackintosh 00:24, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Define what constitutes "institutional understanding" -- --Wayne Mackintosh 00:25, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Define non-formal, informal and formal learning in the context of the project. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:30, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Define what the project means by management. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:31, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Define / specify what the project means by "use" of OER. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:32, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Define / specify what an OER impact on teaching and learning is? What is the output? --Wayne Mackintosh 00:40, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Issues for clarification

  • Is the feasibility protocol a required input for the National Symposium or an outcome of the research project, or both? --Wayne Mackintosh 00:37, 20 November 2010 (UTC). The feasibility protocol is an input for the symposium as well as output of the project. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:02, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Appears that the "measurement" of impact of OER on the HE system would be a long-term impact rather than output for this project. Clarify. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:41, 20 November 2010 (UTC)