Fred joins us on WebEx to present.
Windows, Mirrors, Gates – what’s in the window, what is reflected, are the gates open? This is a metaphor for OER at the moment – nobody really knows if this is ‘the revolution’.
Content for the K-12 environment.
“Silt happens” – There are many things that we cannot predict, but the issues that we are looking here are whether a K-12 community can get into cyber cafes, hold web conferences etc. despite the disasters. Creating a combination of high-tech, high-touch, high-teach blend.
At 59 million, teachers are the largest professionally-trained group in the world. Teachers without borders – A community of people who have gotten together who have got together to create a focus of activities so that they can make a difference in practical terms.
What members have created.
- Certificate of Teaching Mastery – Five free, demand-driven courses. Self paced and mentor supported. Multilingual subtitling, translation. Groups that surround content. Visual News that informs groups.
- TWB Toolset.
- Millenium Development Ambassadors.
- Community Evaluation. “I can rate and provide feedback on a restaurant, but how come I can’t rate or show impacts on projects in my community”.
- Emergency Education.
What does this have to do with OER?
- People: online and offline.
- Radio and CD.
- Booklets: 104,000 for teachers, 1.8 million for students.
- Translation, localization, excellent science, teaching for safety.
Conclusion: It’s too soon to tell whether OER will be successful, there are always ‘disasters’ that affect on the way.