Below are the minutes for the April 9, 2008 meeting of WSIC to discuss open educational resources. It was held 7:00-9:30pm in MC 3001 (Comfy Lounge).
- We need an "attack plan"
- Migration to uw-ace continues to happen.
- uwace sucks, but that's maybe not relevant to opening courseware
- if the courseware _license_ changes to allow redistribution, then uwace doesn't matter; we can replace it ourselves, externally.
- We can't just universally change the license of courseware, under profs' noses
- but something like uwace could have a license agreement that makes any new submitted courseware under a more Free license
(Discussion about a survey for professors about their courseware)
Things we want (1-4 from John Ladan's e-mail):
- course info, assignments, etc. not on uwace
- reasonable quality course notes, or use of a free textbook
- online submission available for all assignments (environmentalism)
- a better, more efficient service than uwace for online quizzes, marks, etc. (note: course goals, summary, etc. should be available to everyone. However, maybe whole course notes should have reduced availability.)
- (Biggs) course materials must be made available in open formats
(Discussion about encouraging individual professors to relicense their courseware, vs. a department or even University-wide initiative)
- need to define "open formats"
- what formats, what alternatives exist to what formats are used in practice
- do we get professors to switch simultaneously while we lobby the UW admin?
- maybe just get them on-board with our lobbying initiative
- theoretically, everyone has access to MS office via on-campus computing environment, presumably. we'll need to fight this.
- lobby everyone at the same time, and use whatever traction we can get?
- use accessibility concerns to gain traction! Office for Persons with Disabilities, etc.
- we should talk directly to them to see what their needs are, and how they get things done currently
We need to consider what arguments we will be given by departments and admin. (This may apply to both "Open formats" and "Which license to promote?".)
Which license to promote?
What do we want out of a courseware license?
- freely available online
- to all students / UW community members
- to everyone
- in open formats
- in _source_ formats
- editable formats, so we can fix errors, make modifications, etc.
- redistribution rights
- modification rights (ex. translation)
- public performance rights, it seems
(long discussion about copyright, public performances, etc.)
Course of action
Where do we go from here?
- make an open courseware movement a (the) major function of the WSIC for summer term
- get the survey ball rolling, over the summer
- Denver suggests: talk to faculty heads too, not just profs
- talk to Office for Persons with Disabilities
- research the various parts of UW policy concerning copyright, etc.
- talk to profs, whoever we are friendly with, ex. Prabhakar Ragde