This session will cover the ‘business and sustainability’ of open using real cases from our open courses. Open would not be possible in our institution without these five things:
– Collaboration with other institutions or organizations
– Passionate, action-oriented, creative thinkers
– Government support and strategic direction
– Open technology/platforms
– Open education champions
This session will describe how a new approach (or business model) emerged from a combination of those listed above. Although as a public institution we do not consider ourselves a ‘business’ we are still in the business of ‘teaching and learning’ and are required to remain sustainable to serve the community we find ourselves in. The session will provide an opportunity to share our approach to open starting with how it all began – a collaboration opportunity in research that set the stage for what was possible (Tomason et al. 2014). Some, but not all open projects at our institution are funded by government and/or grants which means we have to be creative and especially cost-conscious when embarking on projects. This session will highlight what we have been able to achieve without that financial support and what the challenges have been. We have experience firsthand what happens when the grants and funding run out. Funding may be available for content creation but other solutions are needed to continue to support the work (Stacey, P. & Hinchliff Pearson, S. 2017, p26).
The session will highlight some key examples of approaches to open at our institution and how these examples were developed with relatively low investment of time, money or resources but resulted in large gains or value for learners. Participants will discuss how small gains and additions to more traditional or closed types of learning can be enhanced to create buy-in and support on an organizational level. Participants will hear about specific tools/technology that have enabled our institution to create a model for open that is both sustainable and can grow (ie. basic WordPress resource site to microlearn platform).
The goal of the session will be for participants to share their own approaches to creating sustainable OER that is not simply born from ‘free-labour’. Each of the five points above will be discussed either in small groups or as a larger group as they relate to their own organizations/institutions (remote learners can send comments/questions via Twitter).
The session will close with a short online/mobile friendly evaluation.
Tomason, J.R., Martin Ginis, K. A., Pulkkien, W. & Krassioukov, A. (2014). The “ABC’s of AD”: A Pilot test of an online educational module to increase use of the autonomic dysreflexia clinical practice guidelines among paramedic and nurse trainees. Journal of Spinal Cord Med. 37(5), p598-607. doi: 10.1179/2045772314Y.0000000253
Stacey, P. & Hinchliff Person, S. (2017). Made with Creative Commons. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC BY-SA), version 4.0