The aim of the 2016 OERu implementation year is to transition from the 2013 soft-launch to the implementation of a minimum viable product[1] 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[2].



The objectives of this session are to:

  1. Take note of the evolving international landscape in providing more affordable education including:
  2. 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.
  3. Delineate the minimum viable technology product for the 2016 OERu 1st year of study.
  4. Clarify the requirements for an OERu micro Open Online Course (mOOC).
  5. Prepare recommendations for an OERu decision regarding suggested time for completion of agreed course contributions
  6. 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.

Time Details
Achieving minimum viable product for the OERu 1st year of study

Facilitator: Wayne Mackintosh
30 mins

  1. Z-degree and Texas free freshman year – Rory McGreal (5 mins)
  2. Open course option for Associate in Science in Business Administration degree at TESC – Marc Singer (5 mins)
  3. Programme specification for the OERu 1st year of study – David Bull (5 mins)
  4. Minimum viable technology product and the OERu mOOC – Wayne Mackintosh (5 mins)
  5. Executive decisions to promote OERu product development – Wayne Mackintosh (5 mins)

Webstream OERu Feed
Z-Degree  |  Texas free 1st year  |  TESC open course ASBA degree  |  OERu 1st year

Decisions for action

60 mins
Participants self-select to work in 2 breakout groups with a 3rd virtual group:

  1. Group 1: Executive decisions to promote product development and attainment of strategic goals – Phil Ker
  2. Group 2: Operational decisions to progress the OERu 1st year of study – Rory McGreal
  3. Virtual group – Brian Lamb (Rapporteur)

Group 1  |  Group 2  |  Virtual participant group  |  Issues4CEOs
Help for virtual participants

10:30AM11:00AM Tea / Coffee break

30 mins

Report back on decisions for action

Facilitator: Irwin DeVries
30 mins
Group leaders report back on the key decisions for action.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 (
    • 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.