The OERu (Open Educational Resources University)
The WikiEducator site supports a community of people and institutions that collaborate on the planning, creation and distribution of Open Educational Resources. It is supported by the Open Education Resource Foundation, which is based at the Otago Polytechnic (next to the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand, where I work).
This evening, I received the following email from Wayne Mackintosh, the founder of WikiEducator and Director of the OER Foundation, about a meeting that will take place in Dunedin on 8-9 November to advance the plans for an Open Educational Resources University (OERu). Here is the text of the message (with links to relevant documents and sites).
Hi everyone,A personal word of welcome from my desk and the OER Foundation on joining the virtual participants for our landmark OER university meeting in November 2011. Over the past weekend, already 14 different countries have signed up for our virtual meeting!This meeting will go down in history as a milestone event towards providing free learning opportunities for all post-secondary students worldwide. We believe that we have achieved the critical mass of colleges and universities to implement the vision, and I thank you for your interest and support in helping us plan the future of the OER university.I invite you to collaborate in building more sustainable education futures:
- Please share the gift of knowledge with colleagues and friends and invite them to join this global initiative. I attach a poster which you are free to distribute electronically, cite in blog posts or print out and post on notice boards at your institution. You can direct people to this page for more information.
- Help us in refining the agenda for the OERu November meeting. You can contribute directly in the wiki.Earlier this year, I intimated that 2011 would be a quantum shift year in the mainstream adoption of OER in the formal sector. I think we are on track to realizing this vision. Exciting times . . .Glad to have you on board!Wayne