The aim of the 2016 OERu implementation year is to transition from the 2013 soft-launch to the implementation of a minimum viable product of courses leading to an exit credential which models an “end-to-end” process to demonstrate the complete OERu scenario for partner institutions from concept design to credit award.
The objectives of this session are to:
- Take note of the evolving international landscape in providing more affordable education including:
- the Zero Cost Textbook Degree (Z-Degree) initiative
- the concept of a free first year of study (see for example Modern States’ “Freshman Year for Free” offered through Texas State University System though advanced placement and CLEP exams).
- The Thomas Edison State College open course option for the Associate in Science in Business Administration degree and Saylor Academy courses.
- Plan the development and delivery of a minimum viable curriculum product for the OERu 1st year of study leading to an exit credential for 2016.
- Delineate the minimum viable technology product for the 2016 OERu 1st year of study.
- Clarify the requirements for an OERu micro Open Online Course (mOOC).
- Prepare recommendations for an OERu decision regarding suggested time for completion of agreed course contributions
- Prepare recommendations for an OERu decision to recognise the range of potential contributions to the OERu network other than assembly and development of courses as part of the 0.2FTE for gold tier members.
|Achieving minimum viable product for the OERu 1st year of study
Facilitator: Wayne Mackintosh
|Decisions for action
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|Report back on decisions for action|
- Minimum viable product is the product with the highest return on investment versus risk. It contains the core features that allow the product to be deployed and no more. It is the version of a product which allows the OERu to collect the maximum amount of information about our learners, delivery model and market with the least amount of cost.
- David Porter has suggested that modelling the end-to-end process requires:
- 5 to 10 exemplar courses
- Completed by a target date (eg June 2016)
- Hosted on a common platform
- Available from one location (OERu.org)
- From which students can participate,
- And on completion could be directed to OERu institutions providing assessment
- Where they could achieve a credit-based assessment
- Towards transcript credit that would be awarded, badged and recognised towards an exit credential.