One of the main aims of the TOUCANS project is to ascertain “the UK higher education view” on the OERu concept – which is basically the idea of institutions collaborating to offer assessment and accreditation services to informal learners who are studying from OERs, on a mass scale. One way of gathering data towards this end is a survey, which is open to anyone in higher education institutions around the world with an interest in open educational practices. The data from respondents in UK institutions will be filtered out for the purposes of the TOUCANS research. Data from all institutions will be included for the purposes of an evaluation of the OERu being carried out by Angela Murphy at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.
While the OERu is being used as a reference point for this survey, there are a number of similar initiatives under way globally, and within many UK HEIs, senior management is already discussing the possible advantages and disadvantages of participating in such partnerships. A benefit of doing the survey is that it will enable you to estimate a “compatibility” score for your institution with the OERu concept (i.e. the concept of providing at-cost assessment and accreditation services around OERs to a mass-scale audience). Once you have completed the survey, you will receive a PDF of your responses, which you will be able to map against a benchmarking tool that is being developed concurrently and will be sent to you shortly. Please remember to give your email at the end of the survey if you wish to be sent the PDF and the benchmarking tool.
The survey is at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/2ce8e34546a7 .