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OERu anchor partner and stakeholder meeting; prototype courses in 2012

Inaugural open planning meeting of the founding anchor partners and stakeholders of OER Tertiary Education Network (OERTen) for OER university was held at the Council Room of the Open Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand on 9th and 10th November, 2011. There was also global virtual participation (both synchronous and asynchronous) supported by online streaming (funded by UNESCO), ether pad (provided by BCcampus - Canada) and back channels like identi.ca and twitter.
There were 22 face to face participants at the Council Room, who represented University of South Africa, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - New Zealand, Southern New Hampshire University - USA, Commonwealth of Learning (Intergovernmental organization) - Canada, Otago Polytechnic - New Zealand, University of Canterbury - New Zealand, Thompson Rivers University - Canada, OER Foundation (International Organization) - New Zealand, Athabasca University - Canada, Empire State College (SUNY) - USA, Thompson Rivers Unive…

Guidelines for OER in Higher Education by UNESCO and COL

Yesterday (Nov 1, 2011) UNESCO and COL together have brought out the ‘Guidelines for OER in Higher Education’ at the UNESCO General Conference at Paris Headquarters. It is also a natural outcome for UNESCO as it had coined the "OER" phrase in 2002.  Perhaps an ideal memento to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the phrase - which has been working as a catalyst in converging and strengthening the efforts for open and inclusive higher education system all over the world. The UNESCO Open Educational Resources Platform was also launched in the same function. The platform offers selected UNESCO publications as open educational resources.
The introduction to the guidelines clearly states its purpose as “...to encourage decision makers in governments and institutions to invest in the systematic production, adaptation and use of OER and to bring them into the mainstream of higher education in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and to reduce costs.”
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Living in a 10 billion plus world

A UN press release dated May 3, 2011 says: "The current world population of close to 7 billion is projected to reach 10.1 billion in the next ninety years, reaching 9.3 billion by the middle of this century, according to the medium variant of the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects, the official United Nations population projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs..." 
(See full text at http://esa.un.org/wpp/Other-Information/Press_Release_WPP2010.pdf)

We officially touched the 7 billion mark yesterday (31/10/2011), and likely to touch 10 billion mark as predicted. In this context, a thought comes to my mind is: “What will be the greatest challenge before the 22nd century people?"
I think that living among ten billion plus population will be the greatest challenge before 22nd cy people. Therefore, it is high time we started to teach ourselves and our children to live in large crowds. Because it will take at …