Setup for the Live Presentation:
Collaborate (from Blackboard) was again the conferencing software. One different element this time was that the program popped up an offer for participants to download the slides for the presentation. There were some annoying sound issues from the presenter, probably because of his location which seemed to suffer from a low bandwidth connection.
My summary of the contents of this presentation will be done a little differently this time. The first seven slides summarize McGreal’s presentation, while the remaining slides provide some examples of OER and also some challenges to the movement.
This presentation was not quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a presentation on Open Educational Resources (OER) and there was a section that did treat the importance of using material licensed for open use. However the thrust of the presentation concerned OERu, that is Open Educational Resources University. Essentially this is the granting of credentials from consortium of accredited institutions without a person being required to take specific classes. This movement can certainly be understood as a possibly disruptive threat and some reaction will be negative as the role of faculty will undergo great change. But innovative approaches like this will be required to meet the growing demand for post-secondary education throughout the world.