Barry Phillips, SERO Consulting
Conference Theme: Innovation
Abstract: The POERUP Consortium is a group of organisations across Europe and Canada interested in understanding how better to foster the uptake of OER by governments and groups of educational institutions. It consists of:
Two open universities (Open Universiteit and Athabasca University) Two campus universities, but both with capacity in distance education (University of Leicester – the Applicant – and Vidéoscop, Université Nancy 2 – the Evaluator) Two specialist e-learning consultancies (Sero – the Coordinator – and SCIENTER) One Europe-wide e-learning association (EDEN) Key outputs
Three EU-wide policy papers – for schools, for universities, and for colleges and other organised education providers – on how to foster OER uptake. Seven options brief packs for EU nations/regions:
UK (England, Wales and Scotland separately) Netherlands Italy Hungary France each in the national language with an Executive Summary in the national language and in English.
The POERUP Workplan has the usual components of Project Management, Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation.
Country studies on OER in Education
European Union: Belgium (Flanders), France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, UK Outside the EU: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United States Mini-studies under consideration on Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Russia, and Turkey; and outside Europe on Argentina, South Africa, and Korea volunteers welcome to help with these – to make it your study, not just ours Regional/linguistic studies on OER in Education
Dutch-speaking world community Francophone community Commonwealth of Nations (including Pacific nations and territories) Arab Middle East Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia “helicopter” summaries Research on OER communities
Social Network Analysis will be used to research ten case studies likely to include JISC, OpenLearn, Wikiwijs and OER u.
International Advisory Committee
In addition POERUP has an International Advisory Committee of renowned experts in Open Educational Resources both in Europe and further afield. This is under the chairmanship of Fred Mulder, former Rector of the Dutch Open University.