Become a partner
OpenupEd partnership is open to any institution as long as it will meet the (quality) criteria and conditions satisfactorily. This also include possible private partners (referring to funding mechanism) and goes beyond the European borders to other parts of the world. There are no restrictions in countries where EADTU has a member already.
Basic conditions for becoming an OpenupEd partner are
- Only those HE-institutions can become partner of OpenupEd which are part of the formal HE structure of the country of origin, fulfilling all national requirements of quality assurance and accreditation.
- The MOOCs offered within the OpenupEd partnership should be approved by their host institution and evidence must be provided that a QA system is in operation for the MOOCs offering.
- The institution should endorse the eight common features of OpenupEd provision and give evidence of how those eight features are applied in its MOOCs. All MOOCs offered must comply with the features 'openness to learners' and 'digital openness'.
- The institution must obtain the OpenupEd label at entry (which is derived from a more general EADTU quality instrument in operation, i.e. E-xcellence label). This will be renewed periodically. The quality procedure will be based on a self-assessment and a review.
- The institution must evaluate and monitor its MOOCs offering at least in terms of participation, appreciation, and completion, as well as regarding equity, quality, and diversity. The data and results must be made available to the OpenupEd partnership on request in order to facilitate their cumulation and overall presentation and publication.
- Payment of an annual fee of €2.500 is required (on the basis of the operation to be run).
Please note that becoming an OpenupEd partners does NOT imply membership of EADTU. On the other hand EADTU members can be partner of OpenupEd. New applicants for OpenupEd partnership are asked to contact Darco Jansen, coordinator of OpenupEd.
Part of the admission process of becoming an OpenupEd partner is that your institution must obtain the OpenupEd label upon entry. The OpenupEd label was finalised on 25 January 2014 after a peer review period. The following procedure for obtaining the OpenupEd label applies:
- Use the published OpenupEd label to make an initial assessment on the level of achievement for each benchmark. Note that it is not expected that every benchmark will be achieved by every HEI and a diversity of approaches is welcomed.
- After this initial assessment, you should proceed with a self-evaluation including assessment on the level of achievement supported by brief evidence for each benchmark. In addition a roadmap of improvement actions should be prepared.
- The self-evaluation and improvement roadmap will form the basis for a review and discussion with (two) external experts.
The OpenupEd label will be awarded on the outcome of this final review and the partner agreement for OpenupEd can be signed.