Notepad:OERu Notes

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Decision proposals arising from the 15.10 partner's meeting

  1. Achieve minimum viable product (MVP) for the OERu 1st year of study as delineated during the partners meeting
    • Complete programme specification document for the OERu 1st year of study based on the action steps recommended by the partners meeting.
    • 10 courses completed and delivered leading to an appropriate exit credential. Courses to be hosted on a common platform and available from
    • Adopt an expression of interest model where partners are invited to nominate and assemble courses to complete the MVP.

with emphasis on some "core courses" like English, math, etc...

    • Establish a programme director role and corresponding funding proposals to support the role.

Sense that this person would have a more directed "hands on" project management approach Try to pull in-kind, funds from existing members, or possibly a grant proposal via Athabasca (Rory) Rory states strong concern that minimum viable courses need to be posted on a tighter timeline than is currently discussed

    • Identify stream co-ordinators to provide oversight in ensuring completion of MVP. Stream coordinators will liaise with the curriculum and programme of study working group.

  1. Approve the OERu Credit Transfer and Credit Accumulation Scheme guidelines with recommendation for the Standing Committee for Credit Transfer to initiate consultative development of supporting processes and implementation guidelines.


  1. Endorse process for approval of 2016 operational priorities and KPIs
    • Note: OERu Strategic Plan 2015 -2017 was approved at November 2014 CEOs meeting
    • Task the Strategic Planning working group to refine priorities and KPIs recommended during the 2015.10 partner's meeting.
    • Distribute revised plan to OERu primary focal points and copy to CEOs for comment.
    • Task the CEOs executive committee to approve the 2016 priorities and KPIs.


  1. Refinements to the institutional action plan (IAP) process
    • Improve briefing process for the IAP call taking institutional readiness into account
    • Design process so that the OERu IAP call is made from the executive
    • Include option in the IAP for collaboration with network partners
  2. Open business model dissemination
    • Prepare 1-page cover sheet and distribute OERF and OERu partner business models as a resource for partners to increase return on investment from the OERu partner network.
  3. Recommendations to minimise barriers of participation. The top three barriers to engagement identified by the Input evaluation survey in order of priority are:
    1. Competing demands on time and resources to maintain OERu project momentum.
    2. Lack of exemplars of OERu courses which demonstrate the end-to-end process from course nomination, through to design, delivery and awarding of credit.
    3. Varying levels of expertise and experience in OER, cooperative design models and designing materials for mobile devices.