What is the Open Education Working Group?
The Open Education Working Group brings together people and groups interested in open education. Its goal is to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education.
Open Education Working Group has a number of communication channels:
- The Open Education Working Group blog
- The Open Education Working Group public mailing list where news items, newsletters and public discussion takes place
- The private Open Education Working Group Members list where discussion amongst Open Education Working Group Working Group members occurs
- The Open Education Working Group Twitter handle
Broadly speaking the Open Education Working Group is made up of three groups:
- A members group that collectively decides on the direction of the Working Group and its priorities. Working Group members are the key evangelists of the initiative and they focus on concrete actions that help to generate more openness within the domain.
- A larger group that gathers around the public discussion list to share information on events and news from and around the field. Open Knowledge Foundation working group mailing lists are open for anyone to join.
- An Advisory Board which contains high-profile Open Education advocates who are experts in the field. The Advisory Board provides thought leadership about the direction of the working group and help to raise the profile of the working group by talking about the group and their work at conferences and events.
How is membership to the Working Group defined?
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.
Privileges as well as responsibilities are conferred on Working Group Members and these are defined below:
Open Education Working Group Members must:
- Be registered on the Open Education Working Group public mailing list and members list
- Be publicly listed on the Open Education Working Group website as members with their contact details
- Attend monthly calls and if they can’t send an email to the members list saying why they’re unable to and provide an update about what they’ve been doing
Open Education Working Group Members are encouraged to:
- Contribute actively to the Open Education Working Group public discussion list and Open Education Working Group Members list
- Present open education and when relevant the Open Education Working Group at relevant events
- Advocate for open education within local institutions and encourage/help them to open their data and content
The Open Knowledge Foundation supports Members by:
- Supplying them with “swag” such as stickers and flyers
- Giving small travel bursaries for national travel
- Giving all Working Group Members the authority to give presentations and talks on behalf of the Open Knowledge Foundation
- Coordinating monthly calls
- Inducting new Members and give relevant account access
- Maintaining and hosting http://education.okfn.org
- Mentoring new Members to help them evangelise effectively about the value of open content and data in the open education space
- Communication training to better communicate the Open Education Working Group message and understand your audience
How can one become an Open Education Working Group Member?
- Open Education Working Group members can be nominated by current Working Group members by suggesting names of the Members List
- Decisions about new Open Education Working Group members are made at monthly meetings through consensus
Process of retiring from the Open Education Working Group
People’s time commitments change and as such some members will at some point have less time to dedicate to the Open Education Working Group and may as a result need to put down their responsibilities temporarily or permanently.
- Any member can retire at any point by simply sending an email to the Working Group members list at which point they will be taken off the Members list and their name removed from the website.
- Membership to the Open Education Working Group must be renewed once every 6 months. At 6 monthly intervals members will be sent an email to check all members want to continue in their posts. If membership is not renewed, then you will effectively retired.
Members Task Division
Volunteer members of working groups are often busy people happy to further openness in their field but often limited in the time they can realistically give. As such, we advise members to collectively decide on roles and activities individual members are responsible for.
Example Task Division:
- Organising working group meetings
- Planning Working Group Events for OKFestival 2014
- Documenting events and updates from the working group
- Coordinating specific projects or documents
- Blog editing and blog writing
- Tech/dev liaison
- Event organisation
- Designing publicity materials and logos etc.