Access2OER:WelcomeMessage

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The original OERWIKI seems to be offline (December 2012). The Access2OER discussion pages are preserved here for reference! The final report in pdf is available here: Access2OER_Report,


The report:
Contents
Introduction
Introduction to the report
Part 1 - Issues
What is access?
Issues and classification
SuperOER
Part 2 - Solutions
Solutions
Solutions criteria
Stories and solutions
Case studies
Part 3 - Proposals
Proposals
Conclusion
Conclusion and next steps
Appendix
Links
Blogs
Additional sections:
Introduction
Welcome
Invitation
Solutions
Stories 1
Stories 2
Stories 3
Case studies v1
Access initiatives v1
Proposals
OER Training proposal
Open Educational Resource Centres
OER exchange infrastructure
OER exchange infrastructure diagrams
Additional materials
Access2OER:Additional Considerations
HowTos
Index
Wiki only
Contents
Welcome
Invitation
Some technical notes
Discussion Log and Quotes:
Contents
Contents
Discussion Week 1
Issues
Classification
Comments on SuperOER
Overview of week 1 activities
Discussion Week 2
Discussion related to solutions put forward
Snippets from the general discussion
Overview of week 2 activities
Discussion Week 3
general discussion
OER training discussion
resource centre discussion
oer exchange discussion
stories discussion
All discussion on one page.
Additional pages
OER
Glossary
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Welcome message from Susan d'Antoni

Dear Colleagues,

Today we are launching the discussion of the topic, Access to OER. But first I would like to refer to the initial informal discussion of the issue (on the wiki), then outline the proposed organization for the exploration of the issue, and finally introduce our moderator for the session of the next three weeks.

THE ISSUE

The important issue of access was raised at the end of our community discussion in June. OER is seen as having the potential to extend access to knowledge worldwide, but there exist certain barriers to its achieving this objective. Access is one potential barrier – and a crucial challenge.

Although our initial interaction on the issue started with the consideration of limited or no connectivity, lack of electricity was identified as an even more basic barrier to access to OER. However, there are many other potential barriers or constraints and it will be useful to identify the range of them, for there are emerging solutions or approaches that would mitigate the problems. Developers of OER will benefit from having these in mind – donors and other agencies may be able to contribute to addressing them.

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION

In this brief session, let us take up the issue of access to OER and explore the challenges and some of the potential solutions at hand. This is an opportunity to share creative responses from different situations.

A simple organization is proposed for the exploration of the topic:

Week 1: Identification and description of the main problems associated with access, and an initial development of a classification scheme.

Weeks 2 and 3: Reflection upon and exploration of solutions and approaches and their potential for the various types of barriers identified.

OUTPUT

At the end of this discussion we should aim to have an overview of the various types of constraints that limit access to OER, as well as some tested or proposed solutions or approaches. A summary report will be prepared documenting these.

The challenges raised by problems related to access may justify further exploration and follow up action. This will depend upon the OER Community.

OUR MODERATOR

Bjoern Hassler will act as discussion moderator, introducing the issue, guiding the discussion and preparing a report of the deliberations.

For those of you who do not already know Bjoern, he is senior research associate at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he works on multi-media, and Open Educational Resources. He has worked extensively with Aptivate (a UK NGO, based in Cambridge), focusing on access issues, particularly for bandwidth-intensive resources. http://www.sciencemedianetwork.org

During the discussion, we will also hear from a number of experts who generously contributed to the planning of this session.

Now I turn the floor over to Bjoern,

Looking forward to an active discussion,

Susan