High Level Workshop on OpenupEd OER and MOOCs for the National Open University of Nigeria
The UNESCO OER Programme and the UNESCO Chair on OER at the Open University (the Netherlands) are conducting a High Level OpenupEd Workshop on 10 - 11 September 2014 at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Lagos. The purpose of the Workshop is to extensively assess six existing NOUN courses for transformation into fully-licensed Open Educational Resources (OERs) and to be delivered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The participants and NOUN will have a clear understanding of the challenges, time-frames, and required resources.
This is first step to NOUN’s roadmap of converting all of its 1800 courses to be completely OERized and MOOC formatted.
This workshop is a direct follow-up to the 1st Africa Workshop for the Globalizing OpenupEd Project that took place in June 2014.
The overall goal of the Globalizing OpenupEd Project is to reach out from the European OpenupEd MOOCs initiative to primarily open universities and their associations in other parts of the world, in order to inspire, explore, and support them to establish similar partnerships working in a global network of linked initiatives.
OpenupEd is the first and currently the only pan-European MOOC Initiative that has a number of distinctive features:
1. Embracing the ‘classical’ openness of the Open Universities world
2. Adopting an open licensing policy (which, however, is not yet in its full implementation)
3. Offering a self-paced instead of scheduled approach for part of its courses
4. Offering the option of formal credit for part of its courses (to be obtained from the providing university, and to be paid for)
5. Reflecting diversity in terms of language and cultural context (the current partnership spectrum is covering 11 countries and 12 languages)
6. Dedicated to high quality based on a long-standing record on open and online education.
The OpenupEd Project is coordinated by Professor Fred Mulder, UNESCO OER Chair. With support from the European Commission, UNESCO is globalizing the OpenupEd Project in Africa working with the Africa Council for Distance Education (ACDE), and in Asia working with the Asian Association for Open Universities (AAOU).