OER Summit 2013

October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently presented at the OER Summit, sponsored by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, UMassOnline, University of Massachusetts and Mass Colleges Online. Hosted by Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons, the panel included: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian, UMass Amherst; Paul Dobbs, Library Director, Mass College of Art; Karin Moyano Camihort, Dean of Online Learning & Academic Initiatives, Holyoke Community College, and; Jonathon Sweetin, NCLOR System Administrator, Learning Technology Systems, NCCCS System Office.

My Abstract:

The opportunities and advantages of educational resources developed by open communities of practice have been touted both for individual campuses and for education as a whole. Openness enables co-creation, free distribution, peer review, and more, all promising to increase quality while reducing costs. With the interest and acceptance of open methods, many are creating new projects rather than joining existing efforts: this reduces the effectiveness and benefits of open development models. Those interested in collaboration should understand not all “open” initiatives offer the same advantages to contributors and collaborators. Further, not all campuses may have the capacity to distinguish and leverage the affordances offered by different communities. Mr. Masson will offer advice, examples and resources to help those interested in open initiatives understand the value of collaboration versus initiation, as well as approaches to assess existing communities of practice.

The Slides


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