During 2020, members created the OER Policy Pop-up Discussion Group as part of the Australasian OEPSIG, to focus specifically on matters relating to policy and OER guidelines in higher education.
Purpose of group:
The OER Policy Pop-up Discussion Group aims to:
Inform the OER community of OER policy and trends;
Consolidate resources and our understanding of the state of OER policy within Australia;
Generate recommendations on OER policy/guidelines; and
Provide feedback into OEP Australian community.
Who can attend the group?
The discussion group is open to representatives from tertiary institutions across Australasia.
Every 6 weeks
|Meeting Date||Topic / agenda||Meeting Facilitator|
|Strategies for overcoming OER policy barriers & examples to model on – discussion Forum||Steven Chang|
|Understanding IP policy – discussion Forum||Steven Chang|
|Planning for future sessions||Janet Chelliah / Katya Henry / Ross Pearson / Steven Chang|
|Discuss the OpenOz Overview research on Australasian OER policy Run poll for subsequent meetings and topics||Janet Chelliah|
|Working “around” policy – discussion |
We will explore how to support OER initiatives in and around policy, or “policy by stealth”. In an environment where an explicit OER policy may not be present or active, how can we generate activity and practices that can build the foundations for informing future policy (or vice versa!) or guidelines. This event is held in the lead-up to the World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) Open Textbook Summit event on the 17th November To receive an invite, please contact Steven on firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible future topics:
· Writing policy clause updates;
· Policy review cycles – how do they work and when do we intervene?;
· Influencing policy stakeholders (December 2020 / February 2021)
· Working “around” policy e.g. via OEP “mechanisms” (November 2020)
· Effectively implementing policy;
· Conducting research and benchmarking of policies ;
· ANU folk to speak about development and release of Open Policy (early 2021)
Proposed meeting approach:
· Agree who will take meeting minutes;
· Discuss agenda items;
· Record and reference or useful links into reference table;
· Agree on agenda and facilitators for subsequent meetings (and update the schedule below);
· Provide a summary of the discussion along with this document to Adrian Stagg – Co-convenor of the OEP-SIG (Adrian Stagg <Adrian.Stagg@usq.edu.au>) by way of update;
· Email the distribution list at the end of this email with the next meeting details;
· To encourage open and frank discussion, from October 2020 onwards we will take general notes on key questions and themes, but will make an effort to not mention specific names or institutions