Open Education Practices: A User Guide for Organisations

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Preface | Download or order book | Introduction | Foreword | Cape Town Declaration | Video: OER at OP | Literature Review | Resources and Practices | Development | Intellectual Property Policy | Educational Development | Models of Open Education | Measuring Open Education | Recommendations | Incentives and Rewards | A word on ICT | Libraries are critical | Marketing | Responses | Credits

This is a guide for educational developers, teachers and coordinators, with interest in open educational resources and practices, and the use of popular social media in education and research. It draws on documentation and analysis of experiences at Otago Polytechnic - it being the first Polytechnic in New Zealand to officially engage in open education resources and practices in the period 2006 - 2009, and some work conducted at The University of Canberra in 2009 - 2010.

NB: If you have documented experiences of open educational development from other institutions that might fit into this book, please get it touch, we'd love to add it.

The guide is separated into three main sections: 1. Introduction; 2. Development; and 3. Recommendations. Each section contains information about significant developments at Otago Polytechnic, case studies of open educational developments, return on investment calculations, a research study on changing staff attitudes and values, and course outcome comparisons. The recommendations for educational organisations are extracted from this information, and the guide concludes with a responses from executive staff from some of the institutions included here.

We hope you find this guide interesting, informative and inspiring, and most importantly that you are able to use it to assist you and your organisation to take the next steps in developing open education and research practices, and to improve access and flexibility for people seeking learning and certification.