On Monday March 6th we will begin an informal examination of the main issues identified by the group as important.
This stage of open informal discussion on a number of specific topics will continue until July, with one topic per month. In September, we will have another structured forum which will focus on the draft report of the OECD study on OER undertaken by the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI).
The first month will actually be an exercise to reflect on research needs and to create a research agenda for OER. Peter Bateman of the African Virtual University and Kim Tucker of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will act as facilitators during the discussion and will assemble the results of the deliberation into a document at the end of the discussion.
Not all of you may be interested in actively following the discussion on all topics so we suggest two options.
Option 1 – you can remain in the group and receive and send messages.
Option 2 – you may request to be taken temporarily off the list for the discussion of a specific topic. But at the end of the session, we will send you a copy of all documents produced, and you will be invited to link back with the group for the discussion of the next topic.
This approach will ensure that you remain a member of the Community of Interest on OER, but only take active part when you are interested or able to devote the time. You will always receive all reports or documents produced.
Participation in the March discussion of building a research agenda
If you do NOT want to take active part in the discussion and only want the summary report, please reply to this message right away and ask to be temporarily removed from the list.
A point of clarification
Further to my message of yesterday…anyone you know who would like to know more about our OER Community of Interest or join, can write to this address, firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to try to balance developed and developing country participation.
Tomorrow we will send out a reminder about how the discussion list operates, and how to access the archives.