- Was the sustainability model for each OER initiative apparent?
- Did Wiley’s models cover all approaches or did you think a different model was operating for one or more of them?
Tabel with the OER projects in Wiley's models
I found it difficult to find all the information to place the four OER projects in Wileys model.
Change Mooc is the most difficult to fit in the model, because it a very small scale OER provider compared to MIT, USU and Rice.
The three facilitators of Change Mooc are in total control over the content (who will be their video guest of the week). They put all of their production on the web, like MIT, but you can't compared them to such a big scale project.
No information about salary to the professors or researchers that introduce their central contribution to the field. Nor to the facilitators themselves.
Coursera doesn't produce courses but provide them. We do not know the average price of the courses they're providing.
Jorum provides a system to share OERs. They don't produce any courses. And they do not control the courses on their platform. They didn't give any information about the average price per OER.
Open Learn is a part of Open University and provides some of their courses like USU. I didn't find a price per course.
Due to lack of time I do not write an entire text for activity 10. I just post my notes below.
Source: Wiley (2007), On the Sustainability of Open Educational Resource Initiatives in Higher Education. (Page 5):
"Many of the open educational resource projects currently underway receive targeted external funding in support of their work. Specifically, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has put millions of dollars into university-based open educational resource projects around the world. Given the current budget climate for education, a concern naturally arises about the future of the university-based open educational resource projects. What will happen when the targeted external dollars dry up? Will the initiatives themselves also dry up? How are these initiatives to sustain themselves over time?
"In order to answer these questions we must understand at a minimum (1) the different types of open educational resource initiatives underway in higher education and (2) the different costs associated with supporting these different types of projects. We will then be prepared to consider the long-term sustainability of these different projects."
"Sustainability might be defined as the ability of a project to continue its operations. So the definition of sustainability should include the idea of accomplishing goals in addition to ideas related to longevity. Hereafter, sustainability will be defined as an open educational resource project’s ongoing ability to meet its goals."
Funding: (Foundation model.)
- "As part of the investment round, John Doerr, partner at KPCB and education reform advocate, and Scott Sandell, General Partner at NEA, have joined Coursera's Board of Directors."http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/coursera-secures-16m-from-kleiner-perkins-caufield-byers-new-enterprise-associates-bring-1645322.htm (April 18, 2012, John Doer, Scott Sandell, directory board)
- $ 16 M raised:http://pandodaily.com/news/coursera-raises-16-million/ (John Doer)
- more than $ 22 million raised:
- How to make a future profit:
Couseras funders accept it will take time before they start to earn money on the project. Right now they have several ideas of how to make a profit on Cousera.
The have a team of 38 persons to take care of engineering, design, course operations, business development, administration and recruitment.
Coursera has welldefined goals and realistic (I think) economic visions to continue in the future.
Cousera has a high sustainability.
"This course will introduce participants to the major contributions being made to the field of instructional technology by researchers today. Each week, a new professor or researcher will introduce his or her central contribution to the field."
I think the facilitators do this mooc for free. They use free online tools:
"Through out this "course" participants will use a variety of technologies, for example, blogs, Second Life, RSS Readers, UStream, etc. Course resources will be provided using gRSShopper and online seminars delivered using Elluminate."
Several of the links are dead. It can be a result of nobody with the responsibility to maintain the OER.
- MP3 Audio: The requested URL /files/audio/change11_16May2012.mp3 was not found on this server.
- Resource Unavailable. ( http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/149/708.
- 404 Not FoundThe resource requested could not be found on this server! (http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/getfile.cfm?volID=9&IssueID=29&ArticleID=146. )
I find the sustainability for Change Mooc very low due to the lack of maintenance / accessibility.
Ressource: Learning and teaching
Goals: http://www.jorum.ac.uk/about-us, http://www.jorum.ac.uk/powered
"Jorum is a Jisc funded Service in Development in UK Further and Higher Education, to collect and share learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing. "
"We have been working closely with our community to understand their requirements beyond those met by the Jorum core offer. Across the education sector there is a demand at a local level to manage, share or promote OER and Jorum has the capability to support these needs, using the existing Jorum infrastructure to create new services. In essence, we can help your community or organisation to manage, share and promote its OER, minimising the hassle and the cost to you, enabling you to focus on building your content and community."Funding: (Foundation model)
- "This free online repository service forms a key part of the Jisc Information Environment, and is intended to become part of the wider landscape of repositories being developed institutionally, locally, regionally or across subject areas." http://www.jorum.ac.uk/about-us