The aim of the 2017 implementation year is to launch the OERu 1st year of study as a minimum viable product[1] of courses leading to exit qualifications to model an “end-to-end” process demonstrating the complete OERu scenario for partner institutions from concept design to credit award[2].



The objectives of this session are to:

  1. Discuss the action items and decision proposals for implementing the OERu credit transfer and credit accumulation guidelines for MVP
  2. Prepare a due diligence activity list for launching MVP
  3. Review the marketing guidelines for OERu partners and recommend strategies for learner recruitment.

Time Details
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Implementing the OERu 1st year of study

Facilitator: Wayne Mackintosh
35 mins

  1. Overview of the TRU Certificate in General Studies – Brenda Thompson (6 mins) (Cert G-Studies pdf)
  2. Overview of the UHI CertHE – Andy Brown (6 mins)
  3. Assessment models used by OERu MVP courses – Wayne Mackintosh (5 mins)
  4. Learner identity validation – Report on AU’s ProctorU pilot – Cindy Ives (6 mins)
  5. Micro-credentials and Open Badges at OP – Becca Black (6 mins)
  6. Recruiting learners – Wayne Mackintosh

Webstream OERu Feed
Cert. Gen. Studies  |  OERu Credit Transfer Guidelines  |  MarComs Guidelines  |  MVP courses  |  ProctorU

Decisions for action

60 mins
Participants self-select to work in 3 breakout groups with a 4th virtual group:

  1. Group 1: Implementing the OERu credit transfer and credit accumulation guidelines for MVP – Brenda Thompson
  2. Group 2: Due diligence activity list for launching MVP – David Bull
  3. Group 3: Review of marketing guidelines for OERu partners and recommendations for learner recruitment – Wayne Mackintosh
  4. Virtual group – Irwin DeVries (Rapporteur)

Group 1  |  Group 2  |  Group 3  |  Virtual participant group  |  Issues4CEOs
Help for virtual participants

10:30AM11:00AM Tea / Coffee break

30 mins

Report back on decisions for action

Facilitator: Rhiannon Tinsley
30 mins
Group leaders report back on the key decisions for action.

Webstream OERu Feed


  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 2017)
    • 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.