Proposal – Preliminary Action Plan

To start development of a collaborative educational network, we propose these actions (act now and commit to fine-tuning and midcourse corrections as we go):

  • Networking stage
    • Inform all potential stakeholders about this plan and invite them to participate.
      Potential stakeholders are veterinary schools, AAVMC, NAVMEC, veterinary associations (AVMA, AAHA +) worldwide.
    • Gather development team: We need experts to cover all aspects of this project and at least one highly respected/influential eLearning experienced expert.
    • Summarize tools and know-how  all potential stakeholders have.
  • Administrative stage:
    • Infrastructures and equipment. Find a Moodle hosting solution. Moodle can be hosted ‘in house’ or a commercial Moodle hosting solution can be used.
    • Install and customize a Moodle community hub.
    • Create an example of a  course that can be shared.
    • Training. Initiate a teacher/trainer training program. Great programs already exist, so we can start with one pre-existing program.
    • Design Personal Learning/Working environment – to ease collaboration and training.
    • Prepare fundraising plan (sponsors, fees, advertising).
    • Create manuals for administrators.
  • Progressive stage:
    • Promote idea through social media: start a Facebook group, describe project at Wikipedia, tweet about it . . .
    • Contact all potential partners and organizations leaders as an Open Courseware Consortium to gather all knowledge and support we can.
    • Prepare more detailed strategic plan (mission, vision, structure, hosting, consulting, training and support . . .).
    • Present the detailed plan publicly in at least a blog and wiki format and invite all relevant experts to participate in the development. Ask for, propose and promote new ideas.
    • Organize support services.
  • Transformative stage:
    • Propose a list of desired features for each course that will be shared through the Consortium.
    • Organize an official conference where the plan will be presented and discussed as soon as the framework is defined.
    • Collect all available online courses and share them.
    • Benchmark.
  • Continuous development with motto: act now and commit to fine-tuning and midcourse corrections as we go – as noted in The National Educational Technology Plan 2010 (Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, 2010)

Action research – Map

Action research is a progressive and reflective problem-solving process led by individuals working with others in teams. It combines collaborative problem-solving with data-driven collaborative analysis or research. Action research provides a better understanding of underlying causes enabling better management of personal and organizational changes. We propose this action research map:

Action plan