WP6 Exploitation

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(These Deliverables are mainly of interest to other LLP projects)


This WP is led by Sero. An Exploitation Working Group will establish an all-inclusive exploitation plan (D6.1). This will prepare and structure the exploitable assets of the project. The plan will be consolidated following an intermediate report. A final exploitation report (D6.2) will form the basis for future research strategies and exploitation of project resources. Post-project, an Exploitation Agreement will be signed.

To ensure a broad impact the WP will take a layered approach: first involving the partners in the network and their contact links with national OER initiatives like WikiWijs in Netherlands, Digital Universities in France, etc - then those to whom the partners have direct links (including IAC, agencies, ministries, European networks etc) and finally, to the broader educational world across Europe - and beyond.

This "field" aspects of this WP consist of 3 main tasks:

  1. Local workshops (UK, Netherlands, Italy) with National Programmes with close links with the project partners: The POERUP outputs will be discussed and evaluated with national/regional OER initiative coordinators to ensure the uptake of the results after the project has ended.
  2. Global discussion: An International Advisory Committee will be set up, consisting of around 25 European and non-European OER experts, who will be invited to comment on the findings of the POERUP research. The members of this IAC will be carefully selected on the basis of their experience. (Partners have links to all the key players in the world of OER.) The IAC will be involved at key moments (Online Educa and EDEN conferences especially) to advise and share their know-how. Thus POERUP gains an outsider's perspective on Europe, and hence insight into methods and solutions that have been developed in another context that may be adaptable to Europe. We shall also invite the IAC members to translate POERUP results to their own educational and national contexts, and report on their experiences.
  3. Discussion with decision makers: This task is responsible for the exploitation to the relevant stakeholder groups and the gathering of feedback from these groups. First, half a day of discussion at Online Educa 2012 will be set aside for the discussion of a draft version of the review (D2.3) written in WP2. Their recommendations are then included in the final version of this. Second, this work package will contact several major networks and will organize presentations and discussions at key events. The preliminary results of these discussions of the review will be presented at EDEN in summer 2013. Lastly, political decision makers are invited to give feedback on the review report, including a session at Online Educa late in 2013. Discussions will also be organized at European, national and regional level at meetings with the European Commission, the Council of Ministers of Education and ministries of education in key partner countries.

Third Country Partner (Athabasca)

Recommend names for International Advisory Committee especially from outside Europe.

Each of the two Athabasca key project staff to attend one IAC workshop.

Liaison with decision-makers and policy-makers in Alberta province and Canada at the federal level.

Provide input and comment to Exploitation Working Group.

Attend IAC Workshop 3 at Online Educa. (This could also allow Athabasca to present at Online Educa itself.)

Please explain how the overall project management will be implemented

The Exploitation Planning process will be managed hands-on by Sero in a typical committee way with an active Chair.

Most other tasks (IAC workshops, national consultations, 1:1 meetings) will be devolved to key partners but within a budgetary framework and with a central secretariat to assist and maintain continuity.

Explanation of work package expenditures


base indicative tariffs are as below - some adjustments made for difficulty and prior experience: • member of EWG = fixed days Cat 2 • organisation of an IAC = fixed days Cat 2 + fixed Cat 4 • national OER workshop = fixed days Cat 2

The Chair of the International Advisory Committee is envisaged as being Fred Mulder, UNESCO OER Chairholder at the Open Universiteit Nederland. The staffing budget has been created on the assumption that he is the Chair of IAC and thus his time at IAC (around 3 days) is a legitimate charge to the POERUP project. Other than that, the time of any other members of IAC is not a charge on the project.

Travel costs:

1 from WP leader (Sero) or alternate (ULE) and 1 from local organiser travel to each IAC workshop

Other costs:

  • Budget for IAC members costs: 3 meetings x 20 delegates charging
  • Meeting room bookings for IAC: 3 meetings
  • Hospitality for 3 national OER delegation meetings