E.1 Expected impact of the project

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Please describe how the target groups (including participating institutions, stakeholders) will be reached and involved during the life of the project

To ensure a broad impact on all target groups, dissemination of the project results is organised through a layered approach:

  1. First involve the partner institutions (especially EDEN as a partner network)
  2. Then work via direct links to both HE Institutions and schools, and national governments. Many partners have good links to ministries through their involvement in national OER projects. WP 4 results will be directly targeted to the ministries involved. Policy advice has three versions for EU consumption:
    • advice for those overseeing networks of schools
    • advice for those overseeing networks of universities
    • advice for those overseeing networks of colleges
  3. Then the institutions and organisations with which the partners have direct links (including IAC members, but also the networks interested in OER and those that target policy makers and researchers (such as EADTU, EUN, and EUA) or students (ESU, etc).
  4. Finally - through publications, presentations, participation to EC-initiated activities, etc - the broader university, school and educational world inside and outside Europe.

Through the organisation of the stakeholder workshops defined in WP 6 Exploitation, POERUP seeks to address local, regional, national and European decision makers.

POERUP will have a very important short-term impact on the International Advisory Committee. The IAC will consist of about 25 European and non-European experts in the field of OER, each carefully selected on the basis of their experience and/or seniority. The members of the IAC will be directly targeted as they will be invited to attend three meetings to learn about and discuss the POERUP research in person. IAC members will also receive project bulletins in which we highlight our own research results, besides promoting other relevant projects, OER initiatives and international experts - and have access to the wiki. As IAC members will have first-hand information about the project they can easily disseminate the results within their own environment, in particular in their own research teams.

The IAC will be chaired by Fred Mulder from OUNL. Other members likely to be approached immediately if the project starts include: ((personal names omitted until they commit))

To increase the dissemination effect of the IAC and the project, the organisation of the IAC meetings will be closely linked to key e-learning conferences, in particular the EDEN Annual Conferences, Online Educa Berlin, and the ICDE World Conference 2013 if in Europe. Through the IAC we will also have direct contacts and discussions with senior representatives from OECD, EDEN, COL, ICDE, EADTU, EUN, etc as well as national agencies and expert centres. Experience from Re.ViCa shows how powerful and useful an IAC can be.

Please describe how the target groups (including participating institutions, stakeholders) will be reached after the project is finished

OER Communities are currently and will remain one of the core interests of many of the networks the partners are involved in (such as EDEN, EUA, EADTU etc.). New information on the topic will continuously be disseminated via these networks where the topic is among their core interests. The partners will also continuously use and build on the developed experience in OER in their own future projects.

In the longer term, project partners also envisage reaching future stakeholders. The POERUP team is building up relations with organisations who are creating complementary research and inventories in related fields to the POERUP wiki. In this respect, we believe the POERUP wiki has a unique selling point because it focuses on such a wide range and different types of OER initiatives. A number of organisations and projects have done country reviews as well, but few have this specific cross-sector OER focus or the ability to leverage so strongly on a strand of global research leading from OUNL work in mid 1990s to Re.ViCa and VISCED - and hopefully into POERUP.

Policymakers, education authorities, the e-learning industry, the research community and OER management, but also practitioners, will have a ready insight into what has been done in this area, together with a categorization of the different initiatives to have insight in the diverse list of providers.

Next to policymakers we also hope to provide education authorities, the e-learning industry, the research community and OER initiative management with trustworthy research results, in which feedback from all stakeholder groups has been incorporated and which can be used as standard literature.

The main indicator for the success and long-term impact of the POERUP project will be the application of its recommendations and guidelines concerning support actions for OER initiatives formulated within the review report (D4.2) and its impact on the European OER developments and success of the OER concept as a whole. Concrete steps will be taken to update and sustain the results.

Ultimately, it is the teachers and students who will enjoy an improved OER experience that will in future have been established using much sounder knowledge of what it takes to run successful OER initiatives. The improved sustainability that will follow from the more informed establishing of OER will offer students and teachers more stability and more life chances and, in the end, will give them more faith in, and value from, an open educational culture.