ACODE (The Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning) Workshop
by Gordon Suddaby
The President of ACODE, Associate professor Gordon Suddaby from Massey University said that this was the first time Massey has hosted ACODE and that the event was extremely successful. He acknowledged and thanks Ako Aotearoa for sponsoring the two keynote speakers.
More than 40 people attended the ACODE workshop held in Palmerston North at Massey University in November. ACODE (The Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning) is the peak body for Universities across Australia and New Zealand. All NZ Universities and all but two Australian Universities are members of this organisation and representatives from 30 different universities attended.
The workshop was on the theme of open Educational resources and the central Hub sponsored two of the keynote speakers; Dr Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the Open Education Resources (OER) Foundation based at Otago polytechnic and Professor Jim Taylor, a distinguished scholar and researcher from the University of Southern Queensland. The event was extremely successful and participants identified several key areas of interest for further action.
Professor Taylor initiated discussion and further action on the possibility of creating opportunities to gain academic credit through open scholarship. This has since evolved into the ‘OER for Assessment and Credit for Students Project’, with the OER Foundation partnering with the University of Southern Queensland to host a strategic planning meeting on 23 February 2011 in Dunedin for the next phase of planning for the implementation of the concept outlined at eh ACODE 54 workshop.
A second initiative arose out of a discussion exploring the options and potential barriers for mainstreaming Open Source Software initiatives. Subsequently a working group has been established and is in the process of initiating a project around the issue of sustainability of open software.