A world map of Open Educational Resources initiatives: Can the global OER community design and build it together?

Athabasca University would like to invite the international OER community to take part in one more online conversation.   The objective of this conversation is to consider together whether the global OER community could design and build a world map of OER institutional initiatives.  (download the invitation letter)

Over the past decade, there have been more and more initiatives in more and more countries.  It has become difficult to have a sense of the global OER landscape.  Athabasca  seeks to communicate with stakeholders, as they seek to connect with potential partners and to learn from the experience of others, to create a picture of the OER world – a global map of institutional and perhaps national initiatives as a starting point.  Over time, an “OER World Map” could be enhanced as the community wished and found feasible.

Maps can be effective in communicating a message visually.   There are already several global maps that have been created for specific OER groups, such as, the Open CourseWare Consortium and the Open University OLnet project in the United Kingdom.

As many remember, the former IIEP OER community showed enormous energy in its interaction.  And importantly, the community showed a capacity to self-organize.  A number of groups came together to translate the report of the group’s consensus on priorities to advance the OER movement.  If mapping the OER world were seen to be useful, perhaps the worldwide OER community could self-organize to build and maintain an OER world map together.

Practical info

The conversation is scheduled to take place online over a three-week period from 12 – 30 November.   At the conclusion of the discussion a draft report will be sent to everyone for review and comment. 

In addition to this international discussion in English, some groups have already decided to hold similar interactions in their own languages for their own communities or networks.  Their input will be shared with the international group, and incorporated into the final report of our collective deliberation and conclusions.

Join the international conversation organised by Athabasca University

If you are interested in participating in this event, then send an email to oer-community-request@athabascau.ca  and type subscribe in the subject line.  This event is organised by Susan D’Antoni from Athabasca University, who was involved in the OPAL project as EFQUEL ambassador for OER.  Contact her directly at oermapping @ gmail.com