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Wednesday, November 19 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Towards a Reference Model for Open Education

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Attention for open and online higher education in the Netherlands has grown tremendously in the last decade. Programs and initiatives were initiated on institutional level, supra-institutional level and on national level.

On institutional level open courseware, weblectures, and short video clips on specific subjects were published under an open license. The OER-program (see: http://www.surf.nl/en/themes/learning-and-testing/open-educational-resources/index.html) initiated by SURF, the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch higher education and research, is an example of an initiative on supra-institutional level. This OER-program aimed at collecting, disseminating and sharing knowledge and best practices on OER on behalf of all institutions for higher education in the Netherlands. On national level, the Dutch Ministry of Education initiated and financed the Wikiwijs program, an open, internet-based platform aimed at finding, sharing, and developing open educational resources (http://openserviceblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/110815-wikiwijs-program-plan-2011-2013-def.pdf). The rise of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), starting in 2012, which also gained a lot of attention in the Netherlands, resulted in increased attention for open and online education at the level of the Board of Directors of Dutch universities.

All these initiatives have led to a vast amount of information on OER: research papers, white papers, an OER Toolkit, (conference) presentations, master classes, seminars, webinars are few of the formats used to disseminate the available information. SURF maintains a website (in Dutch) to curate this information (http://www.surf.nl/kennis-en-innovative/kennisbank). More and more it became apparent though that the main actors in this area, the teachers, felt hardly called upon. A gap between the information available (in particular its level of abstraction) and the practical usefulness for teachers was felt.

To tackle this problem, the SURF Special Interest Group Open Education (https://www.surfspace.nl/sig/5-open-education/) started developing a reference model for open education, targeted to all stakeholders, with an initial focus on teachers. The aim for this model is:
* to categorize, label, and organize the available information,
* demanded by a teacher to start searching/finding Open Education and OER related products and resources, to start reusing, designing and developing, and, last but not least, publishing Open Education and OER related products or getting informed and involved in other means of open and online education developments
* at the right level of detail for the user.

The reference model will be used to offer Open Education and OER related information, based on a profile of the user. The profile of the user indicates the level of expertise in the field of open education (e.g. experienced or novice) and the role of the user (e.g. teacher, member of a curriculum development group, instructional/learner product designer, multi-media support specialist, OER-expert etc.). Depending on the specific profiles, information will be accessible to the user, whereby it can occur that the user is referred to an expert for more information or support.

In the presentation we will present the initial version of the reference model and the first experiences in using the model for access to a portal with Open Education and OER related information.

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Bert Frissen

Sr Consultant Learning & ICT / Digital Services (Avans Learning and InnovationCentre, LIC), Avans University
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Pierre Gorissen

Senior Consultant / Researcher, Fontys Hogescholen
I am a senior consultant and researcher at the Educational Development and Research department of Fontys University. Responsible for a diverse range of IT and Educational related projects, with a main focus on Open Education / Web 2.0 / Weblectures / Media Literacy / eBooks / Social... Read More →

Robert Schuwer

Professor, Open Universiteit/Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Wednesday November 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

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