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OER Sprints

A sprint is an effective strategy for developing OER. It involves a group of people (usually cross disciplinary) coming together to produce a resource. It ’s a great way to bring together the skills, energy, and enthusiasm of people to collaborate to achieve something they could not achieve on their own. 

Features of OER Sprints 

  • Short timelines and achievable goals
  • Time -boxed working sessions (usually two to three days, but can vary according to context and needs)
  • A defined outcome (i.e., textbook, resource) 
  • A planning process to develop the sprint process
  • Multiple perspectives and skill sets
  • Identified/agreed roles for participants
  • Collaborative rather than competitive development processes 

Sprint Process

  • Step 1: Plan. The sprint team determines the goals of the sprint, the sprint team, the logistics, and the venue.
  • Step 2: Prepare. The team explores the sprint content, process, technology, and collections open resources.
  • Step 3: Set up. The team sets up the venue and creates necessary style guides and templates.
  • Step 4: Deliver. The sprint facilitators leads the intensive sprint, emphasizing intensive content creation and collaboration.
  • Step 5: Debrief. The sprint team captures resources created and plans for the publication process. 

The Open Education Librarian and the Instructional Designers are available to facilitate OER sprints. Contact the Open Education Librarian for more information. 

Adapted from "Appendix 1: A Sprint Toolkit" by Lucas Wright and Krista Lambert is licensed under CC BY 4.0.