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Wednesday, October 26 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Discussing the evidence in favour and against some of the main claims for the OER field: Growing an OER Claims' Garden

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What claims the OER movement can confidently make?How can we share the evidence for those claims?Let?s try by growing an OER Claims? Garden


- What are the main claims that the Open Education community can confidently make after the first decade of research and practice has concluded?
- And what is the evidence for those claim?

To answer these questions we need a collective effort. We need answers that are built together by sharing, knowledge resources, stories and insights on Open Education research and practice. We need collective intelligence in action.

To cater for this in this session we propose to run a workshop in which participants will be involved in growing what we call an "OER Claims' Garden".
The Claims Garden is a garden in which each flower represent a claim the OER movement can make (or wish to make in the future) about OER research and practice (i.e. OER delivers equal or better quality resources at a lower cost). Flowers can have both green and red petals. Green petals represent arguments in favour and red petals arguments against a certain claim. Finally flowers' leafs represent the OER themes associated to the claim the flower represents (i.e. advocacy, access, etc)
Participants will be asked to populate the Claim's Garden by adding new claims (creating new flowers) or adding evidences and themes (petals and leafs to already existing flowers).
To do so participants will work with boards and cards. There will be four main types of cards: rounded flower bulb (for claims), green and red petals (for arguments in favour and against), and green leafs (for OER themes).
As a result the "Claims' Garden" will provide a picture of some of the claims for the OER field. Visual hints will attract and focus participants' attention on: i.e mature claims (flowers with many petals), contested claims (flowers with many greens and red petals), well supported claims (flowers with many green petals and no red petals) etc.
Moreover by using the flower metaphor, participants can collaboratively investigate the arguments subtending a claim, evaluate their soundness (are the arguments well backed up?) and explore their popularity  (i.e a claim with many red petals is likely to support an unpopular position within the OER landscape).

Within the workshop we will also present the Beta version of the CI-OLnet webtool (available at ci.olnet.org).
CI-OLnet is the Web tool though which results of the f2f  "Claims' Garden" exercise can be shared online and can be further integrated with other claims, evidences and resources that have been added by online users who already contributed to the website.
CI-OLnet aims to provide an environment to systematically interrogate the Open Education movement and ultimately will build an evidence hub which represents and maps the collective knowledge of the Open Education community.

The "Claims' Garden" workshop method has been previously tested for the first time at the OER11 conference. In order to further promote participation to the CI-OLnet Evidence Hub we propose to run a second workshop at Open-Ed11.

This work is developed within the Open Learning Network (OLnet) project, sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from the US.

Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:45pm - 3:15pm MDT
White Pine, Painted Horse, Arrowhead

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