Thanks Anil, Chris, Vincent and Randy for your comments.
A brief update and confirmation on how we will manage the term of office of nominated members.Term of office
First, its too soon to bid adieu or say farewell ;-).
The effective dates for the determination of the term of office of
members of the Council must be determined by Council resolution and
consequently the dates of our meetings. The term of office for nominated
members is 1 year -- however, the first was always going to be the
hardest in getting the cycle right and I suspect that we may have been
overly optimistic in what could realistically be achieved within a
WikiEducator continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, we successfully
administered a server migration of a top 100K site, implemented rich
text editing and established the core infrastructure for a new
non-profit entity. This was done with only 2 full-time staff members --
but thankfully huge donations in volunteer time from the community.
With apology from my desk, the preparations and scheduling for our
next Council meeting have been delayed and in terms of our workload - -I
don't see this happening before November. The inertia in setting up a
new non-profit Foundation and getting our recruitment drive in place has
been very rewarding --- but the downside has been very little time for
me to action the steps which are necessary for preparing for our next
With your permission, I request your patience and understanding to
continue the term of office of nominated members until our next meeting
when we can formerly take the necessary decisions. We also have three
vacancies and we will need to plan for elections and the appropriate
mechanisms to plan for continuity while balancing the need for rotation.
Vincent -- I couldn't agree more.
A face-to-face meeting would be amazing. Let's continue our funding
drives and seek sponsorship for bringing the Community Council together.
In the mean time we will need to refine our open and online meeting
OER Foundation & how you can help in recruiting members
OER Foundation is off to a great start. This is best reflected by the
continued growth of the WikiEducator family, exceeding predicted targets
based on historical growth projections. Consider, for example, that
WikiEducator today has more edits and legitimate content pages than the
English Wikiversity -- not that we are competing (frankly we need a
hundred Wikiverstiies and WikiEducators to succeed in providing open
education resources in support of all national curricula). Nonetheless
-- this growth is an indicator that the formal sector is not only
"sharing to learn" but we are helping educators in "learning to share"
through the WikiEducator model. We have exceeded our training targets by
100% -- that is, training more educators at the half-way point than we
targeted for our Hewlett Grant supporting this global training
If you haven't had chance to read the inaugural report of the OERF Board of Directors -- please download a copy.http://oerfoundation.org/files/OERF-Report_2009-Pre-Audit-version.pdf
At this time, our most important objective is to get the word out
and help recruit members -- this is where members of the Community
Council can play a significant role -- WE need your help in building
sustainable OER ecosystems.
Consider that it cost US$35 million to set up MIT OpenCourseWare and
more than US$11 million to establish OpenLearn at the British Open
University. MIT OCW indicates that it costs $3.5million per annum to run the project,
costs are beyond the reach of most institutions,
however, membership of the OER Foundation is an affordable strategy to
get the most from OER futures for many organisations. The Donor partner
level is $200. Moreover, the dollar value of the training services we
provide exceeds the cost of our most expensive membership category --
not too mention our international networking. You can help by getting
the word out -- all the information is available in the wiki. See for
Help spread the word and talk with organisations you interact with -- you can help us recruit contributing members.
The OER Foundation offers a unique value proposition – the ability
for individual institutions to launch their own scalable but affordable
institution-based OER initiatives. WE provide free training and support
for staff at these institutions to do this utilising economies-of-scale
derived from our large international community network to help these
institutions achieve their
objectives using OER. There is also
the FTE4Wikieducator model where we seek sponsorships for institutions
who may not be able to afford membership fees.
Progress so far has been slow but steady --
the following institutions have confirmed their membership so far:
Open Access Week 2010
- Athabasca University
- the Commonwealth of Learning
- Empire State College (State University of New York)
- Massey University (New Zealand)
- MSUglobal (Michigan State University)
- National University of Samoa
- Otago Polytechic and
- the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
The OER Foundation and
WikiEducator will be participating actively in this year's Open Access
Week activities. We've not publicised this on the lists yet -- just
waiting to get an autmated registration link working -- but an early
heads up that this is on the agenda. If there are any of our
international OER gurus who would like to schedule a webinar
presentation --- let me know. See:
OER Foundation is also planning the launch of WikiResearcher.org -- a
space for collaborative planning of research ideas and projects,
execution of collaborative research, and finally dissemination of
research findings through peer review channels in the open access and
open science communities. If we're lucky and ready, we can announce this
during open access week :-). We're keen to promote better collaboration
between the OER and OA communities.
Lots happening if you haven't been watching the recent changes list in WikiEducator.
-- Wayne Mackintosh
Director OER Foundation
Director, International Centre for Open Education,
Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
Founder and elected Community Council Member, Wikieducator
Mobile +64 21 2436 380
Twitter: OERFoundation, Mackiwg