A need for open policies for schools in countries like Poland is often amplified by large scale digital literacy or open textbooks projects. Those projects usually do not have enough resources to teach about copyright in classroom and how to use and what is becoming even more important, how to reuse and create new OER’s. Trainings and support for individual schools which want to adopt openness in their activities is time and resource intensive. With those problems in mind many OER initiatives (http://schools.leicester.gov.uk/ls/open-education/) and Creative Commons Affiliates (http://oerpolicy.eu/open-lesson-do-it-yourself-workshop-materials-on-open-education/) across the globe started working on easy to easy to scale up projects like modular scenarios on how to teach OER and how to implement open policies for one school or school networks. Such scenarios and tutorials for schools and school boards are already working in few countries with initial success. In the next step global OER community should adopt better way to share those experiences and best practices in order to help next OER initiatives create better action plans, identify policy and practical gaps and opportunities. Both national like Polish Digital School, city level and NGO based initiatives could benefit from knowledge on how help school boards, headmasters and most active teachers create OER friendly environments.
This presentation goal is to discuss a possible ways of development of bottom-up initiatives to create open policies in schools in terms of:
self-diagnosis models for OER interested schools
building OER plans and strategies for schools
embracing potential of open licensed content
creating OER school networks
how bottom-up open policies can help trade on national ICT, media literacy and e-textbooks programs
Projects and good practices discussed during the presentation are related to actions promoted by OER Strategy Towards a collaborative, coordinated strategy for OER implementation http://www.oerstrategy.org/.