A reflection from an instructional design perspective on the Open Educational Resources (OER) project undertaken by the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand from March 2006 to April 2007. The objective of the OER project is to develop courseware that is freely available to tertiary educational institutions in New Zealand. On the basis of a successful pilot, a further output of the project is to develop a model to initiate future collaborative courseware developments for the benefit of the education sector at a system-wide level. Developing Open Educational Resources came with additional instructional design challenges for our team who are used to designing courses as a whole. One of the outputs for every course is a 'model' course page (in Moodle); a showcase for how we would offer the sequence of developed, smaller (granular) resources. Working at course level and at granular resource level at the same time, we feel, meant that we sometimes had to go for the less exciting option of being more content-focused than activity-based. However, we developed a number of strategies to ensure we used best practice e-learning design strategies when specifically designing courses to be open.
Janssens-Bevernage, A., & Montgomery, D. (2007). Developing open educational resources for online courses: What does it mean for learning design? In eFest 2007, Wellington, New Zealand.