ROER4D weekly update – 2 June 2017

Study on Business Models for Open, Online, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced Learning
The Open, Online, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced Learning (OOFAT) Models study is being conducted on behalf of the International Council for Open & Distance Education by OER Hub at The Open University (UK) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS). The study covers the topics of content development, content delivery and recognition, and certification. It also asks about the overall business models being applied and attempts to understand this in terms of attitude towards openness. Results obtained so far have validated the concept, but more examples are needed to create a truly global study. Responses from the Global South are especially encouraged, and the survey is currently open. More about the business model analysis applied provides useful context for the survey.

Article exploring digital culture and open education
First Monday has just published an article authored by Giota Alevizou from The Open University UK entitled From digital commons to the data-fied urge: Theorising evolving trends in the intersections of digital culture and open education, which explores links between digital cultures and open education. The paper “aims to unravel the interlacing of learning theories and media theories in order to map out how the link between digital culture and open education has been argued in related research and scholarship. Taking into account evolving trends and trajectories in the fields of digital networked technology and education since the 1990s, it argues for the multiple articulations of mediation as a core component in competing discourses about competence formation”.

OER Policy Forum in progress
The 2nd OER Policy Forum is currently underway 1-2 June in Warsaw, Poland. The Forum provides an opportunity for exchange of information and ideas, and for in-depth discussions concerning creating better public policies for open education. The goal is to maximize opportunities for open policy experts to share with each other knowledge and experiences and to initiate international cooperation on projects furthering open education policies. Follow the #OERforum hashtag for tweets about the event.

Regional Consultations on OER: stakeholder survey open
Submissions are invited for an OER stakeholder survey. This stakeholder survey on Open Educational Resources (OER) is being conducted in the framework of the Regional Consultations for the 2nd World OER Congress. The objective of this survey is to understand the level of awareness and involvement of stakeholders in use and adaptation of OER. The findings of the survey will contribute to the Global OER Report, which will be made available at the 2nd World OER Congress in September 2017.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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