Hewlett: Closing session
March 13, 2008
We then had an open discussion with issues from the floor:
- UNESCO trying to reach the world and keep
- Communicate the good news – make more visible
- How do people find our stuff
- Ecology of the user experience – by working together
- Plug our own project – OER Recommender (David Wiley)
- What does search
- Also find help on how to use as well as just find
- Vijay Kumar: Draw on experience with how best to get information to MIT faculty – want real voices. About the movement as well as the content.
- Need to also look at exciting leaps forward as well as steps – research is needed
- Content will be free – services provided on top.
- Philosophy at Hewlett is cheap is not free
- CC-by needed to open up all content for services
- Need to keep teachers on board
- What is the next small step to take – guidance, planning to bring OERs into teacher training.
- Challenge to not fall into traps and genuinely help – for Africa that means that there is local involvement in producing OERs before take up of those from others.
- Transplanting sophisticated approaches (e.g. OUUK) that depend on educators who know how to help people learn, otherwise it will get turned into transmission.
- Work with the Social aspects of the web
- Work with institutions – providing infrastructure to create own content, did help working with provided content and for OCW to come along later.
- Find key people and then help them get their message across
- Africa – need to ensure Africans are full collaborators in the activity (also true for any area of the world need co-collaboration).