Going Open - the challenge of change

The implementation of an open education policy will involve a significant culture change and over time it will be likely to provoke difficult questions. In particular you may expect to have discussions over intellectual property rights of individuals and the organisation, and for the possibility to be raised that some materials may not to be openly licensed as the contents have a marketable value. By using the present guidelines you will be able to anticipate that discussions will arise and treat these as opportunities to maintain the dialogue about openness in your community.

Answer the following questions, and find out, where your organisation or you as teacher and trainer stand with relation to "open education readiness". Your answer will lead you to our recommendations and practice examples to learn from and move on to the next level of openness.

Questions

Question 1
How much do you know about Open Educational Resources and Open Education?*
Recommendation: Get familiar with the terms in use in the Open Education domain. Link Understand the basics of copyright in education. Link
Recommendation: Get familiar with Creative Commons licenses:Link Establish a responsible for open licensing within the organisation.
Recommendation: Develop an open licensing policy for your institution Example Organize regular trainings for your staff/yourself to stay updated on developments in the OER world.
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 2
To what extend are you using and re-purposing OER in your organisation?*
Recommendation: Explore where to find OER on the web. Link
Recommendation: Learn about how to create, search and evaluate OER:Link LinkMotivate individual staff to develop and (re)-use OER.
Recommendation: Develop an OER policy for your institution, dealing also with metadata Example and with quality assurance Example 1, Example 2
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 3
Do you or your organisation have experience in using open teaching methods and tools (e.g. blogs, wikis, social networks, etc.)?*
Recommendation: Develop an understanding of what is meant by Open Educational Practices Link Get familiar with relevant terms and methods Link Find out about colleagues, or people from your networks who already work with open teaching and learning methods and tools, and profit from their experience.
Recommendation: Establish mechansims within the organisation to support teachers and trainers in the use of OER and in the development of OEP Example Example Support and encourage the use of digital tools for sharing and exchange about OEP Example Provide institutional dissemination of the individual initiative to produce OER. Support staff that is interested in this topic and provide time for them to get involved.
Recommendation: Provide incentives to stimulate the transformation of educational scenarios and resources into OEP. Provide incentives to stimulate the exchange of ideas, concerning innovative teaching architectures and tools. Make sure that you and the majority of your staff have knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully and appropriately create open learning architectures Example
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 4
Do you/ does your organisation facilitate idea/practices sharing and collaboration in teaching and learning?*
Recommendation: Develop an understanding of what is meant by Open Educational Practices Link Get familiar with relevant terms and methods Link Find out about colleagues, or people from your networks who already work with open teaching and learning methods and tools, and profit from their experience.
Recommendation: Establish mechansims within the organisation to support teachers and trainers in the use of OER and in the development of OEP Example Example Support and encourage the use of digital tools for sharing and exchange about OEP Example Provide institutional dissemination of the individual initiative to produce OER. Support staff that is interested in this topic and provide time for them to get involved.
Recommendation: Provide incentives to stimulate the transformation of educational scenarios and resources into OEP. Provide incentives to stimulate the exchange of ideas, concerning innovative teaching architectures and tools. Make sure that you and the majority of your staff have knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully and appropriately create open learning architectures Example
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 5
Does your organisation use open assessment methods (e.g. open badges, peer assessment, etc.)?*
Recommendation: Develop an understanding of what is meant by Open Educational Practices Link Get familiar with relevant terms and methods Link Find out about colleagues, or people from your networks who already work with open teaching and learning methods and tools, and profit from their experience.
Recommendation: Establish mechansims within the organisation to support teachers and trainers in the use of OER and in the development of OEP Example Example Support and encourage the use of digital tools for sharing and exchange about OEP Example Provide institutional dissemination of the individual initiative to produce OER. Support staff that is interested in this topic and provide time for them to get involved.
Recommendation: Provide incentives to stimulate the transformation of educational scenarios and resources into OEP. Provide incentives to stimulate the exchange of ideas, concerning innovative teaching architectures and tools. Make sure that you and the majority of your staff have knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully and appropriately create open learning architectures Example
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 6
Do you or your organisation have a vision on OER and Open Education? Is this vision incorporated in your strategy?*
Recommendation: Develop an understanding of what is meant by Open Educational Practices from a classroom but also a management percpective Link Link. Learn about what your business and institutional strategy could look like, when integrating OER and OEP Link. Read some examples of OER business and policy strategies Link
Recommendation: Gain an understanding of the debate around open approaches in education Link. Reflect on your business and institutional strategy, using the OER project canvas Link. Follow activities and debates of different networks and initiatives as a guest and identify interesting topics, players, relevant for your purpose Link. Define for yourself or discuss with your staff the potential and opportunities of openness and sharing in your and their daily work. Check out some examples Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
Formulate a mission statement including Open Education! Produce a policy and guidelines for open assessment and open learning architectures Example Embed OEP and OER in the organizations business model, making sure that use and re-use of educational resources and open learning environments are part of the general services and offerings Example Define your relevant partners and set up or join useful networks and relationships, using the OER project canvas Link
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link
Question 7
Are you involved in any partnerships or networks in relation to OER and Open Education*
Recommendation: Develop an understanding of what is meant by Open Educational Practices from a classroom but also a management percpective Link Link. Learn about what your business and institutional strategy could look like, when integrating OER and OEP Link. Read some examples of OER business and policy strategies Link
Recommendation: Gain an understanding of the debate around open approaches in education Link. Reflect on your business and institutional strategy, using the OER project canvas Link. Follow activities and debates of different networks and initiatives as a guest and identify interesting topics, players, relevant for your purpose Link. Define for yourself or discuss with your staff the potential and opportunities of openness and sharing in your and their daily work. Check out some examples Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
Formulate a mission statement including Open Education! Produce a policy and guidelines for open assessment and open learning architectures Example Embed OEP and OER in the organizations business model, making sure that use and re-use of educational resources and open learning environments are part of the general services and offerings Example Define your relevant partners and set up or join useful networks and relationships, using the OER project canvas Link
Recommendation: Join our Google+ Community and share your experiences Link