This week is sprint time again. 🙂 In the last months we switched to a sprint-logic to organize the further development of the OER world map (oerworldmap.org). All results of our work is of course available as Open Source (see our github project repository). The main development is done by Felix Ostrowski and Daniel Doblado in Berlin, while Jan Neumann coordinates the project efforts at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Center (hbz) in Cologne (with a little support by myself, Matthias Andrasch). Thanks to everyone providing us with valuable feedback and using the OER World Map!
This week we address the issue that our login interface is not very accessible, so we would like to integrate keycloak (Open Source Identity and Access Management) into the OER World Map.
Also we addressed a lot of user interface related improvements, we redesigned the sidebar for example. Most importantly we introduced a new Pin Switch to let you, the users, navigate in countries and regions more easily:
I’m also very excited for a new feature idea, which is currently in development: Live events
And if you haven’t noticed yet: You can check out what is happening on the OER World Map with the Activity Feed
We hope you’ll like the new features and additions!
In cooperation with the OER19 conference team and the Centrum Cyfrowe, the OER World Map project organizes the first OER POLICY Lab. The event will take place one day before the start of the official OER19 conference:
Develop a global network of OE Policy Experts who want to cooperate in order to facilitate global mainstreaming of Open Education
Invited are experienced and soon-to-be experts on OER and Policy Making who are willing to devote a day of practical working. We have limited funds available to support travelling and accomodation. So in case you think you can contribute to the event but need additional support, please contact us at email@example.com.
As previously announced Creative Commons and the OER World Map project are currently working on the relaunch of the OER Policy Registry. An initial version, which already includes the data of the former registry, is already available.
The redesign of the registry was intensively discussed by a group of dedicated OER Policy specialists at the third OE Policy Forum, which took place in Warsaw last October. The following post summarizes the discussion, specifies important new functionality and points out remaining open questions.
We try to develop the new OER Policy Registry as open and transparent as possible and everybody is invited to participate! In order to do so, please share your ideas for cool new features with us, either replying on our blog, commenting directly on github or sending us a mail. You can also support the project by adding missing policies to the new registry!
Creative Commons defines OER policies “as legislation, institutional policies, and/or funder mandates that lead to the creation, increased use, and/or support for improving OER”. OER policy making has been of major concern within the global open education movement, since policies – at their best – can be powerful top-down-instruments which can support the mainstreaming of OER on national, provincial / state and institutional levels.
To support the development and implementation of effective OER policies, Creative Commons provides the Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Registry, a database of current and proposed open education policies from around the world. The registry allows anybody to easily share, update, and browse open education policies and legislation. It also hosts supporting policy resources such as case studies and guides.
Our third team meeting for 2018 from the 27th to the 28th September again took place at Cologne at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Centre (hbz), where four people of the OER World Map team are working. Rob Farrow from the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, and our four colleagues from Berlin joined us. The two days were filled with lively discussions on our plans for future collaborations. On the second day also a lot of practical work was done. Continue reading “Third Team Meeting 2018 in Cologne”→
To mark the first day of ALT-C, the UK’s foremost conference for educational technologists, we are happy to share with you a UK version of the OER World Map and invite you to authenticate and improve the data.
The OER World Map collects and visualizes data on actors and activities in the field of open education worldwide. The goal is to accelerate the evolution of the global OER ecosystem by providing a comprehensive and responsive picture of the OER movement.
There are now more than 200 entries recorded in the system for the UK – a combination of people, events, stories, tools, projects and institutions making up the world of open education (beginning with the JISC OER project). We hope you find it useful and maybe it will even enable you to make a new connection or two.
We’re really keen to capture even more of what’s going on in 2018 and beyond. To add data about yourself or your activity you can follow the instructions at https://oerworldmap.org/contribute.
If you want to embed your own version of the UK map you can do so using the following code: