Apologies for the slightly provocative title but I do believe that there are serious difficulties in collaboration that often make it easier not to do so. It is often easier to do something yourself than to get a group together to collaborate on it. This idea has influenced my work in the past and now it rears its (ugly?) head in relation to a project I’d like to do with members of the OERu. We teach a lot of online distance learning courses and i have been recently working on low-cost production methods for MOOCs. I know that we have the staff and skills here in IT Sligo to build a complete free 2-year post secondary programme in Electronic Engineering and we plan to do just that. However, I think it would be better if we collaborated with others, particularly members of the OERu. However, this will make it much more difficult as we will have to agree on curricula/syllabii, credits to be awarded, recommended hours of student effort and so on. It would actually be easier for us to build everything and accredit it ourselves, and then to open it up to anyone else who wished to use it.
Am I overestimating the difficulties?
Do the potential benefits outweigh the difficulties?
Would any, more experienced, members be able to help me with the accreditation/articulation challenge?
And while I’m here, would anyone like to contribute courses?
Any advice appreciated.