YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN A NUMBER OF WAYS
1. LEARNING ABOUT OSDE
The briefing document will give you the basic information about the methodology (practical guidelines and theoretical principles) and if you are already working within the conceptual frameworks presented, you should not have any problems. However, we highly reccommend that you take one of the OSDE training sessions offered by CSSGJ and other institutions. OSDE level 1 will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the basics of creating and facilitating spaces. OSDE level 2 will give you some practice in training other facilitators and OSDE level 3 was designed as a formal (more academic) induction to theory and research developments. The idea behind these courses was to provide an appropriate level of support to your choice of involvement.
2. BECOMING A PARTNER
Partners are individuals or institutions that are formally connected to this initiative. You decide what is the right level of involvement for you. By taking part in any of the activities below you are already part of the OSDE network. If you want to strengthen your connection to it by establishing a formal partnership, you will be working more closely with us in the development and organisation of projects and activities related to this initiative (e.g. research projects, seminars, publications, etc.)
3.PILOTING OR ADOPTING THE METHODOLOGY IN YOUR CONTEXT
If you are an educator, you can adapt the methodology to the context where you work. You can use the sample units available to create and adapt the content. The project briefing and the guidelines for material design will help you in this process.
Some partners have embedded the methodology as an integral part of their courses or modules.You can make this an action research project and ask participants to keep a reflection journal as they go along (don't forget to keep one yourself).
Briefing workshops and induction seminars can be organised to support institutions that want to pilot or adopt the methodology. Let us know what your needs are and we will check what the team can do for you.
Please inform us about your plans and outcomes. ANY feedback or evaluation is more than welcome and helps keep this initiative 'alive'!
4. CREATING CONTEXTS WHERE THE METHODOLOGY CAN BE PILOTED
If you cannot adapt the methodology in the contexts that you work in, an alternative is to create a context. A community or faith group, an informal group of co-workers or a group of friends can be a great way to experiment! Again, we are very interested in your plans and feedback!
5. DEVELOPING MATERIALS
If you have developed any materials using the OSDE set of procedures (or if you have adapted something you already had to fit the model) and you would like to make it available on the site to share with others, please send those to us. Some partners have started with piloting and then involved participants in material design and it has worked really well! We advise you to read the project briefing, the theory booklet and the guidelines for material design to guide you through the process. When you submit materials, an editorial board will be in contact with you to share suggestions and comments about your work before it is published on the site.
6. CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEORETICAL DIMENSION
This project is grounded on a theoretical framework based on various schools of thought and it aims to keep a close relationship between theory and practice. If you think that your work is in line with what is proposed here (even if you use different names to describe it) or if you think that it isn't in line but you still want to engage with the theory, please let us know. Partners who are interested in the the theory are constantly discussing issues that arise from applying it. They also revise related documents and units, and write articles connected to the project.
7. TAKING PART IN THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Partners who are part of the educational research agree to pilot the methodology for at least 10 hours and collect data using a research diary (provided) and recorded focus groups (script also provided). The data generated in this process is going to be analysed collaboratively and a case-studies will be developed for each context. The results will be presented at a conference in 2009 and published in a special volumeof an academic journal.
8. STARTING A NEW PROJECT USING THE METHODOLOGY
If you have an idea for a project that incorporates the methodology, we would like to discuss that with you in order to support your initiative or do something collaborativelly.
9. SPREADING THE WORD
From talking to your colleagues about the project - or the outcomes of your involvement with it - to organising seminars or presenting papers at conferences, spreading the word makes the network grow and adds (invaluable) value and strength to this initiative.
9. LETTING US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
Any feedback you can provide is highly valued. Your assessment of potentials, challenges and limitations, helps us to continue to reflect and transform it. It also helps potential and current funders assess whether they should support it.
10. FUNDING RELATED PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
If you are part of an organisation that can fund projects and activities and you think this initive is consistent with what it is willing to support or promote, don't hesitate to get in touch.