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Open Education:time to actNational Symposium on Open Education,November 2012
OER : A strategic choice forOtago Polytechnic• Is a sustainable educational practice, both at macro and micro levels. Macro: improves educational access and can lower system costs. Micro: avoids reinventing wheels and frees academic staff time• Lower costs Of development, through collaboration Of resources, e.g. open source texts, open source journals• Ability to adapt resources encourages innovation
OER : A strategic choice forOtago Polytechnic. Why?• And because we believe OER is a game changer.
Benefits of OER: individuals• Improved access – including to the world’s best quality learning resources• Lower costs – no tuition fees, lower text costs• Example: Three year business degree: – Tuition $6000 pa = $18,000 – Assessment (unsubsidised) $6,000 – Savings $12,000
Benefits of OER: providers• Lower costs through collaborative development and reusing existing resources• New markets and new revenue streams through assessment services• More diversified curriculum
Benefits of OER: educationsystem• Improved access through more affordable courses and programmes• Higher quality learning resources• Lower costs through lower support to learners and lower level of subsidies to providers• Lower costs of resources to compulsory sector eg open texts
Benefits of OER: educationsystem• Examples of system wide savings:1.Three year business degree: – Reduced subsidy to providers $6,000pa2.Average degree subsidy: – Reduced by $12,000paIf 1000 learners ( less than 1% ) shifted to OERbased learning savings of $12,000,000 pa couldaccrue, without taking into account learner financialsupport costs
Benefits of OER: educationsystemExamples of system wide savings:• If 5% of all tertiary learning shifted to OER learning $100m ( = 5% x $2b ) would be released for alternative use, not counting learner financial support. This may be reinvested in part in subsidies for assessment, or other forms of learning support
Case Study 1:OPs OpenCourseware Initiative• Ready to launch November 2012• Free on line learning, volunteer tutors, low cost assessment• Successful learners earn credits towards a recognised qualification• Those who complete their qualification can graduate alongside other learners• Initial focus is on introductory computing, business administration and foundation skills
Case Study 2: OERu• A comprehensive approach to free and open learning – a new model for the mainstream?• An international collaboration of universities and polytechnics, with Otago Polytechnic in a lead role through the OER Foundation, based at OP. Three other NZ polytechnics.