Last month, the Academy Squad started talking about different options for packaging and making the Fundamentals Academy material available. During our last two squad calls, a few things became clear:
- There is a variety of material that we can make available: slides, videos, formal curricula, etc.
- Different people use materials differently:
- new community members are looking for materials to help them learn and grow;
- implementers might be looking for the Fundamentals course so that they can deliver it in their setting;
- facilitators are looking for particular content to integrate into their course.
The bottom line: We need to package our materials in a smart way that makes it easy for people to find the materials that best suit their needs. A lot of great ideas came up during our squad meeting, which have come together into three options for two kinds of users (facilitators/implementers and individual learners):
Possible packages for facilitators/implementers
OpenMRS Fundamentals Academy.™ In terms of materials, this consists of Facilitator’s Guide/curriculum, slide deck, preparation checklist, and certificate signed by OpenMRS. The Fundamentals Academy is also about accessing the squad’s support tailoring the curriculum, engaging community subject matter experts and experienced facilitators (eventually certified ones?). The squad is already talking about developing and publishing a checklist to guide this process.
OpenMRS Training Material Library. Similar to Open Educational Resource Commons, the idea is to make basic slides, assignments, readings, videos available to facilitators, curriculum developers/instructional designers, and/or subject matter experts. Instead of organizing them into modules, guides, or curricula, we simply have folders on topics or themes where relevant materials and resources can be filed. Educators who want to include a particular topic (ie: OpenMRS quality assurance) but not a whole course have access to materials about that topic. We can encourage people who use these materials to upload any updated materials to help us keep the materials up to date and integrate real life examples.
Possible package for individual learners
OpenMRS Technical Pathways. This idea is inspired by the Google Tech Dev Guide and the work that @k.joseph @ibacher @mozzy and I have been doing to update our dev stages. The idea? We use our dev, community engagement, QA, and other stages to define competency areas, learning objectives, and then organize and gather readings, videos, assignments, practical activities, projects, etc to align with the right competency.
We want your feedback! Tell us what you think about these packages - and if they trigger any new ideas for us to consider.