Greetings from New Zealand
As UNESCO, COL & ICDE Chair in OER working in the Edinburgh of the South (Dunedin) – I wish to compliment our Scottish colleagues on an outstanding open declaration. Great to see that you haven’t forgotten to apply an open license as in the case of other initiatives in this space 😉
I was particularly pleased to see the use of “open education” as an umbrella concept incorporating aspects like OER, OEP and Open Access.
Well done team Scotland !
Where do I sign the declaration? … can’t wait to see the final product.
Many thanks for your support and encouragement. While we fully support the Paris OER Declaration, we thought it would be beneficial to extend the Scottish declaration to encompass “open education” in the widest sense. It remains to be seen whether we can get institutional senior managers, the funding council and the Government to support this declaration, but we hope at the very least this will raise the profile of open education in Scotland and help to engage the community.
This version of the declaration is still a draft but if you’d like to sign it, you can add your name in a comment on paragraph 17.
Very best wishes
Dear Colleagues, congratulations to your great initiative, which I hope will become a huge success! I would like to make two general comments:First I personally would love to see a library participating as well! Libraries can contribute to the OER movement by providing high quality metadata for OER and hosting OER repositories. They therefore should be considered as an important stakeholder and an essential component of every OER-ecosystem.Secondly, my dear hbz-colleague Adrian Pohl wrote a „Library empowerment manifesto“ which I like very much. It might be interesting for you to have a look at it, since it takes a quite different approach than the Open Scotland Declaration, so it might be worth comparing both of them. All the bestJan
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April 13, 2018 at 10:43 pm
Suggest you go further to include “virtuous circle” Open Education Practices in partnership with external bodies and sectors such as those explored by R. Macintyre and OU Scotland with the renewable energy sector.
Apologies if this seems obvious, but it’s crucial to get beyond an educational institution-centric view of openness. And to get beyond resources to include knowledge and practice; a broader perspective on what “education” means.
By the wya, thanks for the bog post that led me to this valuable document:
Changing Perspectives on OER
See in context
April 13, 2018 at 10:17 pm
I submit that “open assessment and accreditation practices” should also include “open recognition practices” to make for a more equitable power structure. Not just institutions or organisations, but individuals, should have the power to recognise.
In this regard, please see the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration, launched in Bologna of all places at ePIC 2016.
We recognise that Scotland is a leader in open educational practices and we would welcome representative participation at ePIC 2018 in Paris in October (epic.openrecognition.org).
July 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Thanks Lorna. That would be an improvement. It might be useful to go a bit further and try to elicit the fact that assessment is ancillary to certain forms of recognition and that accreditation is only one of the many modalities of ‘formal’ recognition. Opening recognition goes beyond formal recognition and includes ‘informal recognition.’ To be really open, educational institutions should facilitate and ‘recognise’ informal recognition.
July 18, 2017 at 10:10 am
Hi Serge, thank you got your comment. The Declaration already makes reference to “open assessment and accreditation practices” (para 17 & 12). If we update the Declaration we could change this to “open recognition, accreditation and assessment practices.”
July 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm
Interesting declaration. My suggestion would be to add a paragraph related to Open Recognition (http://www.openrecognition.org) as it is a key component to education itself, employment and social inclusion. Without open recognition, can we say that there is real open learning?
April 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm
April 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm
This declaration is undated. When was it released?
September 10, 2015 at 9:54 am
April 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Practitioners should be able to validate OERs against available advice and guidance to ensure that the resources they release/share are as accessible as reasonably possible beyond their own typical cohorts. Some level of accessibility audit (e.g. self-check questionnaire against common issues)should be supported by the repository network before a resource is accepted.
November 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm
The Scottish Open Education Declaration 0.1 was endorsed by:
Lee Ballantyne, Senior Learning Technologist, City of Glasgow College.
Lorna M. Campbell, Assistant Director, Cetis.
Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager, Jisc RSC Scotland.
Linda Creanor, Professor of Learning Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Wilbert Kraan, Assistant Director, Cetis.
Ronald Macintyre, Learning and Teaching Coordinator, The Open University in Scotland.
Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation & UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER.
Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Celeste McLaughlin, Advisor, Jisc RSC Scotland.
Ian Stuart, Educator seconded to the Scottish Government
Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and Harvard Open Access Project.
Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures, Scottish Qualifications Authority
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