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Thursday, October 18 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Effective Strategies to Support Large-scale Government OER Programs: Case Studies from Commonwealth of Learning and U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Program

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Open Policy Strategies and Implementation in the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant Program

The unanimous adoption of the 2012 Paris OER Declaration at the UNESCO World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress heralds a profound change to how publicly funded educational resources may be openly licensed and shared in the coming years.

A small number of large-scale publicly funded OER projects are in process, many more are anticipated worldwide, and effective strategies for managing this policy shift are needed.  In this session we will examine two case studies to learn which strategies are currently being used to support publicly funded OER projects, and discuss what support will be needed to ensure the success of future large OER projects as more governments adopt open policies to require publicly funded resources be openly licensed resources.

Case Study 1:  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program to encourage community colleges to create open education and vocational programs for unemployed workers.  It represents one effort to introduce open policies into publicly funded projects by requiring that all materials created or modified with grant / public funds carry a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license to guarantee the resources can be reused, revised, remixed and redistributed.

Recognizing the need for grantees to fully understand these requirements, a private foundation is providing support for an OPEN Consortium (http://open4us.org) to provide consulting and direct technical assistance on open licensing, leveraging existing OER, universal design, accessibility, meta-data tagging, learning analytics, and developing open courseware. The TAConnecT program is another support mechanism that matches grantees with organizations that have expertise in many areas including faculty development of OER, measuring learning outcomes, developmental adult education, career workforce education, and open eLearning platforms.

Case Study 2: The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL has a decade-long history of helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training and the Open Schooling Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa represents a multi-country project to use OER and technology to implement universal access to secondary school education.

Using professional development workshops, educators and policymakers have received training on development and operation of open schools.   Topics have included OER development, instructional design, radio broadcasting, learner support including those with disabilities, eLearning, open school management, strategic planning and quality assurance for open schools.

Attendees will be asked to participate in a discussion of how successful the current support strategies have been and what additional support mechanisms for future large-scale publicly funded OER projects are needed. Feedback from case study leaders will be shared as available.


Una Daly

Director, Community College Outreach, OpenCourseWare Consortium
I am passionate about expanding access to education through the adoption of open textbooks and open educational resources. As the Community College Outreach Director at the Open Courseware Consortium, I work with faculty and staff at community colleges to create awareness and share... Read More →

Frances Ferreira

Education Specialist for Open Schooling Initiative at Commonwealth of Learning
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Cable Green

Director of Open Knowledge, Creative Commons

Thursday October 18, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT

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