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Thursday, November 19 • 11:00am - 11:30am
A Tale of Two OERu Courses: Investigating Pathways to Formal Credentialling

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, Canada is a Founding Anchor Partner of the Open Educational Resource universitas (OERu) which is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions with a philanthropic mission to provide high-quality, accessible and affordable online education to students worldwide. Unlike many current MOOC providers, OERu aims to provide flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit after successfully completing an OERu course. It is hoped that interested OERu students all over the world, who may not be able to access traditional educational opportunities for a variety of reasons, will be able to take courses for general interest or to gain credible credentials from participating OERu institutions. Assessment and credentialing services which ensure equivalence and high regard for qualifications gained from OERu are provided by participating institutions on a cost-recovery basis, or may be funded through other organizations.

TRU has pledged to contribute two open OER-based online courses towards the OERu's course offerings. ART 100: Art Appreciation and Techniques (a repurposed course which was one of the OERu prototypes) is TRU's first course offering to OERu and PSYC 2111: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (which uses an open BC Campus textbook) is TRU's second course offering. This presentation describes some of the discussions and steps taken while formulating two possible models to allow OERu students to receive TRU credits after successful completion of these two open courses. The role of TRU's Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Department and TRU's credit transfer and challenge exam protocols are described. The considerations informing an affordable fee structure for assessment services for financially disadvantaged learners all over the world will also be described. The presentation also outlines the role of faculty and other internal institutional champions in advocating for and supporting OER adoption and creation at an institution.

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Gail Morong

Instructional designer, Thompson Rivers University
Gail Morong is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Open Learning Division at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. Her interest in equity and diversity issues informs her instructional design focus on interculturalization, internationalization and Indigenization... Read More →

Thursday November 19, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am PST
BC Ballroom

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