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Minutes from 2nd Working Group Call

- March 13, 2014 in calls, communication, featured, workinggroups

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2nd Open Education Working Group Call! It was great to see some people returning.

We had 12 people in the Google Hangout but unfortunately a technical hitch means that we didn’t managed to record the session.

Attendees in ehterpad

Attendees in etherpad

During the meeting we used an Etherpad for the agenda and notes.

The main decisions outcomes were:

  • Advisory Board: An open call was made to the community for nominations for the advisory board, over 30 nominations were received. These were assessed by the Open Knowledge Foundation and the following people have now confirmed: Rayna Stamboliyska, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi, Karien Bezuidenhout, Lorna M. Campbell, Louis M Coiffait and Cable Green. Full details will be posted on the web site soon.
  • Membership: There are plans to create a mailing list for members. Members of the Open Education Working Group Working Group are publicly listed individuals who volunteer time to evangelise about open data, content and/or knowledge in the Open Education field. Members coordinate the activities of the Working Group with the support of the Open Knowledge Foundation community team.
  • Activities: Activities
    • LRMI– pre standardisation area – beyond metadata – we could maybe brainstorm current standards initiatives
    • Multilingual activity, translation of less used languages
    • Lobbying for change of mindset
    • Activity around language we use to describe open education (non-specialists) – issues and concepts – common language
    • Policy level collaboration (unesco) – large organisations working together – maybe something for advisory board – holistic perspective
  • Call structure: Now that the working group structure is in place it would be good to focus in on a couple of activity areas/issues. Suggested that next time we pick one or two of the activity areas above and that individuals can offer input statements (couple of minutes). Jan has offered to something on internationalisation. The next call will be scheduled at a time so the US can participate – probably 5pm GMT. The US influence has been noted and it would be good to have some new people participate. Marieke will circulate some Working Group Call dates so we can plan into future.

The next call date will be posted on the blog as soon as possible. If you are interested in being involved leave your details on the form below.

1st Working Group Call

- January 13, 2014 in calls, communication, featured, workinggroups

We now have a date for our first Open Education Working Group Call: Friday 24th January, 3pm GMT.

To join us go to the Google hangout to participate in discussion or the Google hangout on air to watch.

Although the timing won’t suit everyone we should be able to include people from all over the globe, though unfortunately we may be a little too early for Western America!

During the meeting we will be using an Etherpad for the agenda and notes.

We are hoping to hold the meeting in Google hangouts but would really appreciate your Skype addresses in case we have any problems. We are also likely to have an upper limit of 15 people for Google Hangouts – if we get a lot more interested people we will investigate other approaches. Please check out the hangouts spec in advance.

Please do keep a note of any suggestions/feedback/comments you have relating to the call and the call organisation and pass them on. This will be a learning experience for us so any help much appreciated!

Hope to see you there!


Working Group Stories

- September 15, 2013 in workinggroups

The Open Education Working Group was featured as part of Working Group Stories on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog. The blog post entitled Working Group Stories: Public Domain, Open Sustainability, Open Education highlighted our recent mini-booksprint and welcomed us to the Working Group clan! We are very happy to be a member!