Open Education Week 2014
It is Open Education Week 2014 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.
About Open Education Week
Open Education Week is a series of events to increase awareness of open education movement. The third annual Open Education Week takes place from March 10-15, both online and offline around the world. Through the events and resources, we hope to reach out to more people to demonstrate what kind of opportunities open education has created and what we have to look forward to.
Below are online webinars for the week.
Monday, March 10th
10 AM (CST) – Possibilities and chances for Open Educational Resources @ Open KnowledgeWorker
Open Educational Resources are a new challenge for educational institutions, but also a great chance for all learners worldwide. However, within the last years, the focus has mainly been on making educational resources accessible worldwide and free of charge. The possibilities of “adaptation by a community of users”, which means that not only renowned academics, but all users may create, edit, share or translate educational material, are often disregarded. The webinar discusses the current upheaval in the creation, copying and distribution of learning materials, and in particular the problems with commercially prepared teaching aids. It gives a short insight into the recent developments of OER and finally presents Open Knowledge Worker as a free platform for the collaborative creation of eLearning content.
11 AM (CST) – Using Open Education Resources in Your Teaching Practice @ Memorial University
This hands-on session will provide instructors with an introduction to OERs, where to find them, how to use them effectively in their courses.
12 PM (CST) – Congressional E-Learning Caucus Briefing: Open Educational Resources @ U.S. Capitol
Please join leading open education experts and college campus leaders to discuss how America’s K-12 and higher education systems can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to reduce the cost of textbooks, improve student outcomes, and fuel the economy with a better educated workforce. Panelists:
· Dr. David Wiley, Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning; Scholar in Residence, University of Utah
· Samantha Zwerling, Student Body President, University of Maryland-College Park
· Dr. Daniel T. DeMarte, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer, Tidewater Community College
· Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC
3 PM (CST) – Cross-Institutional Open Education Week Initiative @ Manchester Metropolitan University
The North-West Open Educational Resources Network, UK (www.northwestoer.org) is offering an exciting opportunity to support individuals and groups to be involved in a 5-day open course to find out more about open education during Open Education Week 2014Who said that OER in the form of stand-alone courses or resources are not used or can’t be used? Well, we decided not to reinvent the wheel and will be using a fantastic course we found at p2pu to explore with you all if it is possible to use a ready-made course made available under a creative commons licence for a specific purpose.
Join us, if you are new to open education and would like to learn more about openness in education with colleagues from around the world and share ideas, opportunities and challenges of opening-up your practice and connecting learners beyond institutional walls. Join in and learn as part of the open education community.
Participation in the course is flexible and your journey through it is fully personalised by you! It is up to you how you participate, how much or how little you engage, and with which specific themes but also how you capture your learning. Pick your theme(s) and off you go! Put your own learning menu and path together learn what is important to you. A team of volunteer facilitators experienced in open educational practice will be there to support you on your journey during the week. There will be online discussions on the p2pu site, in the p2pu Open Ed 2014 Facebook community http://on.fb.me/1ol5hLY on Twitter (please use hashtag #nwoer), regular Tweetchats (hashtag #nwoerchat) and live stream /hangouts too. Feel free to create additional group spaces if you want to and invite others to join. So much more exciting to learn with others!
Tuesday, March 11th
7 AM (CST) – Symposium for Open and Online Education @ Muntebouw Utrecht, The Netherlands
Focal points will include the added value of open and online education, and a panel discussion on the impact on campus education.
11 AM (CST) Considering accessibility of OERs for diverse learners @ Open University, OCW Consortium
This webinar will provide a space for discussion of issues relating to accessibility of OERs for learners with diverse abilities. The discussion will focus on a number of questions such as: Is accessibility support in OERs ‘required’ or just ‘nice to have’? To what extent should OERs conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? How can we achieve full inclusion of OERs without stifling openness and innovation? We will outline what might happen in ‘an ideal world’ and discuss steps we could take towards that. This will be set in the wider environment such as legal context, pedagogic agendas, and technical issues.
11:30 AM (CST) – Open Education: What does it mean to you, to us, to South Africa? @ Siyavula
If you have any of the following questions: What does open education mean to me, as a teacher, a lecturer, a parent, an interested member of the public? What is Creative Commons? What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? What’s the benefit of using, creating and sharing OER? How can I get involved and help make a difference to education in South Africa? Then, join us at Siyavula for an informal evening of talks, discussion and great company! We will look at what open education means, specifically to us in South Africa, a developing country. We will share some of our experiences and discuss how you could benefit from, or contribute to making, education open and accessible to all.
12 PM (CST) – Institute for Open Leadership @ Creative Commons
Come learn about the soon-to-be-launched Creative Commons Institute for Open Leadership. Creative Commons will develop an Institute for Open Leadership to train new leaders in education, science, and public policy fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. By training new leaders, connecting them to each other and helping them complete their first capstone open project in their institution, we will prepare them to guide emerging movements in open science, open education, open government, and open culture. These movements are using Creative Commons licenses to broaden public access to knowledge, data, culture, and research around the world, creating new opportunities for education, innovation, and creativity. The Institute for Open Leadership will select twenty applicants in year one and twenty applicants in year two, through a competitive application process, to participate in an intensive week-long training session with leading experts in open fields. Each participant will develop an outcomes-based plan for a capstone open project, and report on progress within one year. Through training and the project period, participants will develop the skills, relationships, and motivation to become leaders for openness in their institutions and fields.
12 PM (CST) – Making Web Content Accessible in 10 Steps or Less @ Memorial University
This presentation will outline and explain standards-based techniques for making web content accessible. Real examples will be used to demonstrate how content can be optimized for accessibility (with little effort). The presentation will also show some differences in how content is relayed when using a screen reader. You do not need to know how to code to understand the important concepts in this webinar.
2 PM (CST) – Creative Commons: Education Strategic Plan for 2014-2015 @ Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
This session is open to all open education enthusiasts who wish to drive Creative Commons Education strategy for 2014-2015. This session will begin with brief overviews of existing CC Education projects, though most of the time will be dedicated to reviewing, critiquing and improving CC’s Education strategy.
2 PM (CST) – Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Awareness of Open and Accessible Educational Resources @ OpenCourseWare Consortium
This webinar focuses on creating awareness of the need for open and accessible educational resources to improve learning outcomes for all students regardless of disabilities. Sharing the struggles that college students with disabilities face, efforts by the National Federation for the Blind, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), the California State University system, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium to enhance educational experiences for all learners will be highlighted. Learn about the range of accessibility issues that need to be addressed and the open educational services that can enable the OER community to provide more accessible educational resources and services. Presenters will invite the audience to join in an online community for sharing accessibility expertise and the discovery and delivery of open educational resources.
• Anne Taylor, Director of Access Technology, National Federation of the Blind, U.S.
• Gerry Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services, California State University system and Executive Director of MERLOT.
• Una Daly, Community College Outreach Director at the OpenCourseWare Consortium
3 PM (CST) – Opening Up Together: Forming an Open Educational Resources Collaborative @ SUNY Empire State College
Participate in a Blackboard Collaborate session to discuss how the open education community can form collaborations across colleges and universities. Amy McQuigge, SUNY Empire State College, Steve Phillips, Thomas Edison State College, and Kevin Corcoran, CT Distance Learning Consortium will share their experiences in an open consortium that meets monthly to discuss open education, MOOCs, alternative credentialing, and competency-based education. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences in finding other professionals, groups, etc. involved in open education.
9:30 PM (CST) – Open Educational Resources and Social Networks @ The Open University, UK
The open research network COLEARN explores different ways of reusing, recreating, remixing and redistributing OER. Its purpose is to investigate and illustrate how the collaborative production of research-based OER can contribute to enriching learning and teaching experiences in formal, non-formal and informal contexts. Our aim is to provide learners with new opportunities for enriching collaborative open learning (colearning) by constructing knowledge together through social networking and co-authorship. To this end, we have collectively organised and authored ‘Open Educational Resources and Social Networks’ (http://oer.kmi.open.ac.uk/), an open volume that, in its current form encompasses 39 contributions by research groups from across the globe.The rationale of the volume draws upon three key features of Cyberculture, which drive colearners and professionals headlong into an age of real-life communication, large-scale collaboration and collective production: participatory media (Rheingold, 2008), commons-based peer production (Benkler, 2006) and mass collaboration (Tapscott, 2006). Through open channels, colearners can convey their views by sharing questions, information, tools, practices, methods, productions and reflections. They can also rate, tag, review, comment and share others’ collaborations. All of these features and possibilities contribute to the development of new thoughts, research and innovation towards open collective knowledge.
The volume illustrates that Social Knowledge Media can be used for:
– bringing research groups together for co-authorship;
– discussing Openness Philosophy and co-designing of OER;
– reflecting and collaboratively describing technologies for co-creating content as OER;
– creating and publishing, collaboratively with co-learners, open multimedia resources;
– collecting open data to analyze and review participants’ contributions and productions;
– developing and disseminating OER research.
We invite academic institutions, educators, researchers and learners to participate in ‘Open Educational Resources and Social Networks’ by contributing new ideas, new design processes and, in particular, new open media resources.
Wednesday, March 12th
7:30 AM (CST) – Introduction to OER – Use and Reuse @ Southampton Solent University
In this session you can find out about Open Educational Resources (OER) use and reuse at Southampton Solent University.
The session will cover the following:
1) History and Introduction – Why OER
2) How to find them – repositories
3) Creative Commons licenses – metadata
4) OER Solent projects
10 AM (CST) – Inspiring Educators with Open Educational Ideas @ European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning
The main objective of the workshop is to discuss the concept of Open Educational Ideas as one answer to current barriers to OER use and re-use. During the session you:
-Get introduced to the concept of Open Educational Ideas as approach of earliest sharing
-Learn about a showcase of collaborative open course development
Furthermore, based on the experience of the participants we will discuss successful ways to involve educators at every step of an open educational lifecycle.
11 AM (CST) – Opening education through low-cost MOOCs and Competency Based Education @ Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
This is a webinar presentation of a paper (http://goo.gl/kiferw) being delivered at the Second European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit being held in Lausanne, Switzerland (10-12 Feb 2014). It will argue that once the hype over MOOCs has died down, the pressure towards extremely high production values will reduce, costs will come down and they will become quite commonplace. This allied with the increased availability of competency based challenge examinations will massively increase access to accredited higher education.
11:30 AM (CST) – Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand @ Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
With the support of our partners InternetNZ, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand is hosting three free introductory sessions to Creative Commons licensing in New Zealand schools.
1 PM (CST) – Creative Commons Version 4.0 for Educators and Education @ Creative Commons
Version 4.0 of the Creative Commons license suite is ready for you to use! But what does that mean, what’s new in 4.0, and how does that affect me as an educator or open education practitioner/advocate? Come learn about what’s been improved in the latest upgrade, and get your questions about their relevance to you answered. We will go over examples of use specific to education, and why you should use the 4.0 licenses for your educational content going forward!
1 PM (CST) – How to Use Open Resources in the Classroom @ Boundless
What are the best practices for implementing open resources to a classroom, and how can educators adopt open resources into their classrooms successfully? In this webinar, Ariel Diaz, CEO and founder of Boundless, will be joined by a university professor in a discussion about how to use open resources in the higher-ed classroom. Attendees will receive insight and recommendations on how to introduce or strengthen the existing use of open resources in the classroom, gain first-hand insight from a professor who has successfully implemented open resources at his educational institution, and learn about different strategies for execution of this technology on campus.
2 PM (CST) – How can you get an OER Degree? @ Thomas Edison State College
Participate in an Adobe Connect session to discuss using Open Educational Resources and Prior Learning Assessments to create affordable, self-directed degree pathways for students. Steve Phillips, Thomas Edison State College, and Devon Ritter, Saylor Foundation will talk about their experiences creating the new Open Course Option – Associates of Science Business Administration, and share their ideas to take this revolutionary new model to the next step. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and ideas in using OER to create new models and pathways in higher education.
2 PM (CST) – Community College OER Project Showcases: Maricopa Millions district-wide OER Project, Kaleidoscope Project at Cerritos College, and Northern Virginia’s OER-based General Education Program @ Community Colleges at the OCW Consortium (CCCOER)
This webinar will showcase three innovative OER projects at U.S. community colleges in Arizona, California, and Virginia. Paul Golisch, Dean of Instructional Technology, Paradise Valley College will share the strategies and successes of the Maricopa Millions OER Project, a district-wide effort to promote faculty development and adoption of OER for the 10 highest-enrolled courses. Dr. Cynthia Alexander, Distance Education Coordinator and Educational Technology Department Chair will share the Kaleidoscope OER course development and adoption at Cerritos College. Natalie Clewell, Librarian at the Extended Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College will share the team-based approach of librarians, faculty, and instruction designers working together that was used to successfully launch the OER-based General Education Program in fall 2013.
3 PM (CST) – Community College OER Project Showcases: Scottsdale College’s OER Math Program and Tacoma College’s Liberate Project @ CCCOER
This webinar will showcase two innovative OER projects at U.S. community colleges in Arizona and Washington State. Dr. Donna Gaudet, Mathematics Department Chair at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona will share the three-year odyssey of developing and adopting OER for all the math curriculum from arithmetic through pre-calculus. Results presented will include the cost savings and feedback from students on using the new materials. Quill West, OER Project Director, has lead the Liberate Project at Tacoma Community College in Washington since 2011 promoting OER awareness and adoption among faculty and students. The project saved students an estimated $271,000 in textbook costs in the first nine months and encourages student advocacy in OER selection and adoption.
3:30 PM (CST) – Unlocking practice in the OER movement… @ Mauritius Institute of Education
The workshop aims at creating awareness of OERs and OEPs by showcasing best practices derived from engaging in OER Movement. It will be held on a face to face basis in the Frank Richard Lecture Theatre, MIE, address an audience of 120 pre-service primary school teachers. The workshop will firstly focus on introducing Open Educational Resources to pre service primary school teachers from the Mauritius Institute of Education. It will further illustrate how OERs from banks such as TESSA (Teacher Education for Sub Saharan Africa) have been used, adapted, and recreated by educators and learners in Mauritius and Rodrigues in real teaching and learning situations. It will highlight the pedagogical worth and community based learning generated form existing projects that have been done so far in close collaboration with educators and schools.
7:30 PM (CST) – Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language @ EFL OER
We will present what resources are available for ESL teachers.. Any one working in the industry will know, there are many free ESL teaching and learning materials available online; however, very few are openly licensed. Participants will be invited to submit works they know to be openly licensed, collaboratively creating a wikipedia-like pool of ESL teaching materials. We will also discuss creating and remixing materials. Included in this discussion will be best practices for contributors and translators.
9 PM (CST) – Teachers Teaching Teachers – Exploring Open in K-12 Education @ K12 Open Ed
In this informal web conversation, a group of us will be talking about open learning and open educational resources in K-12 education. We’ll talk about the new K-12 OER Community of Practice and how online spaces like this and others might be used to support educators in opening up their practice. Join us!
9:30 PM (CST) – Positioning e-learning in an open and global education arena @ Universitas Terbuka
Universitas Terbuka Indonesia (UT) will be organizing local event on a webinar entitled “Positioning e-learning in an open dan global education arena”. The speaker will be Prof. Robert Goowin (from University of Maryland University College who will be in his visit to UT). The webinar will be held involving the INHERENT Network (an intranet which connects all public universities and some reputable private universities in Indonesia).
Thursday, March 13th
7:30 AM (CST) – Open Education in the ALT Community @ Open Education in the ALT Community
This free webinar will draw on the wide experience of ALT’s membership in develping open education. In particular the session will focus on:• ocTEL – ALT’s open course in technology enhanced learning, which will have its second run in summer 2014
• Research in Learning Technology – ALT’s open access journal
• ALT’s Open Education SIG – members of this Special Interest Group will talk about current activities including recent case study work
• OER14 – as an activity of ALT’s OE SIG, there will be a brief preview of what to expect from the conference which takes place in April 2014
8 AM (CST) – You can do it! Create and share your knowledge for free @ Open KnowledgeWorker
Jenny Weber will show you the community “Open KnowledgeWorker”, a collaborative online authoring platform for e-learning courses. This open platform enables everybody to not just share his/her knowledge as an educational resource in an interactive elearning course format: All contents are published under public copyright licenses (Creative Commons), so that the free reuse by the whole community is ensured. Users may also work together on courses and exchange tasks and comments via the system. Open KnowledgeWorker is free for everyone and accessible via a simple registration. All contents created must be published as Open Content – under an open license that enables reuse in other courses.
8 AM (CST) – Join the VM-Pass Living Lab @ EDEN
The concept of open learning recognition describes the act of certifying open learning, and allowing for the portability of those certifications between different types of educational institutions. The seminar serves as an opportunity for interested institutions to receive information on:
• open learning recognition as a concept;
• latest developments in recognition in HEIs;
• the Recognition Clearinghouse and the learning passport.
The event will give participants the chance to clarify any questions they have as to conditions for joining.
8:30 AM (CST) – Open Education Working Group Call @ Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Education Working Group has been established to bring together people and groups interested in open education. Its goal is to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education. The group is facilitated by the Open Knowledge Foundation and was launched in September 2013.This will be the 2nd Open Education Working Group Call. It is an opportunity for members to get to know each other. During the first half of the call people will be able to introduce themselves and give a brief overview of the open education related project and activities they are involved with (think of it as a quick lightning talk – so mega quick!) Secondly they will be a chance for us to get the group active. The second part of the call will allow us to get down to business and here we will discuss what we’d like the working group to be, future activities, ideas for events etc.
10 AM (CST) – Hurdle Race to Open and Online Education @ Open Universiteit (the Netherlands)
The Open Universiteit (OUNL) is one of the frontrunners in the Netherlands in the field of open education and open educational resources. During this webinar Robert Schuwer and Wilfred Rubens present the experiences of the OUNL in the development and deployment of open, online education. What was the reason the OUNL got started? What challenges were they facing during implementation? The OUNL considers massive open online courses as a form of open online education. What are the learning experiences of the OUNL with their massive open online course on e-learning that run in the fall of 2013?After this webinar, you will be better able to
• underpin proposals in the field of open education (including massive open online courses)
• utilize possibilities in exploiting open education (including massive open online courses) and avoid pitfalls in this area
11 AM (CST) – Exploring the Battle for Open @ The OER Research Hub at The Open University, UK
Openness in education has moved from a the periphery to mainstream practice. In terms of research, teaching, publication and scholarship, it’s hard to argue that the open approach hasn’t been successful over the last few years in establishing itself as a core approach in higher education. Increasingly, we can see that openness helps shape the identity not just of a particular university, but of higher education in general and its relationship to society. And yet at the same time there is tension and anxiety about the direction open education is taking.
This initial victory should be viewed as part of a larger battle around the nature of openness. It is at this point of victory that the real struggle begins. The current reality is that we have replaced open vs closed with a set of more complex, nuanced debates. In this webinar we explore this victory/battle dilemma from a number of perspectives, and we discuss a number of challenges for the open education movement as it enters its new stage.
1 PM (CST) – Knowledge for all: OCW and MOOC resources @ University Library
On March 13th, Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the Roman Hall of the Belgrade City Library, Adam Sofronijevic, Head of Development and System Administration, Digitization and Cultural Activities Department of the University Library, will present the concepts of open access education, open education ware and massive online open courses. Moreover, he will explain how all interested people can access high quality open online education which is offered by the prestigious world universities. After that, “Introduction to Ancient Greek History” a lecture by professor Donald Kagan with Serbian subtitles will be presented.
4 PM (CST) – Libraries Leading the Way on Open Educational Resources @ SPARC
SPARC is pleased to present this webcast about how academic and research libraries are leading the way on Open Educational Resources. The event will feature three librarians who have spearheaded OER projects on their campuses. Each will provide an overview of their work, discuss the impact achieved for students, and provide practical tips and advice for other campuses exploring OER initiatives. The webcast will last one hour, with time for questions and answers at the end.
4 PM (CST) – The US Department of Labor TAACCCT program – Large Scale OER @ Creative Commons
The $2 billion US Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) requires all community college grantees to share everything they develop using a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This is the largest OER initiative to be undertaken so far. The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) made up of Creative Commons, Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, Stanford University, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, through a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, are providing free support and technical assistance to all grantees.
This webinar will showcase the Department of Labor’s open policy requirements for grantees, the OER design and development work underway, the impact this work is having, and future directions.
Friday, March 14th
6 AM (CST) – A Pedagogical Look at MOOCs @ Athabasca University
As the number and variety of free online courses and MOOCs increases, it becomes more important to be aware of their differing pedagogical approaches. After initial attempts to categorise MOOCs as cMOOCs and xMOOCs (roughly, C for connectivist and X for EdX –style), it began to be clear that more nuanced categorisation was needed, and especially when considering the course’s primary learning approaches. Taking Conole’s 12-dimensional MOOC classification (Conole, 2013) and choosing 5 learning approaches often used in elearning (Mayes & De Freitas, 2004) (Bird & Conole, 2013), we categorise 5 MOOCs as an exploratory exercise for this webinar. Does this exercise display clues to the direction of MOOCs and free online courses in general? Are there any warning signals which we as educators should note? In the context of the eMundus project, does this classification help quality officers make decisions in open educational practice, for example about accepting credit for a completed MOOC?
6 AM (CST) – Knowledge for all: OCW and MOOC resources @ University Library
On March 14th, Friday, at 6 p.m., at the hall of the branch of the Library Milutin Bojic in Borca, there will be a public discussion about the opportunities provided by open education. In addition to that, there will be a presentation of the lecture “Introduction to Ancient Greek History” by professor Donald Kagan with Serbian subtitles.
8 AM (CST) – Investigating OER for Grades 10-12 @ Highland Falls – Fort Montgomery CSD
As the Highland Falls – Fort Montgomery CSD moves towards enacting a 1-1 initiative for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors using android devices for the 2014-15 school, teachers are encouraged to investigate how OER can be used to support student learning. Dr. Andrea Tejedor will facilitate a day of learning.
8 AM (CST) – Open and online: Connections, community, and reality @ University of Sussex
Speakers: Catherine Cronin, Academic Coordinator of online IT programmes, Lecturer in Information Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway and Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer, Blended Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University.
This webinar will explore the notions of open education, online identities, networks, communities and connections. Based on her current PhD research, Catherine will provide an overview of some of the ways educators and students in higher education construct and negotiate their identities (social, pedagogical, civic, professional) in open online spaces in which they interact. Sheila will reflect on and share her own experience of the power of network connections in a professional context, and her changing patterns of interaction with open education and open informal, professional networks.
9 AM (CST) – Collaborative Learning: Some experiences @ Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
This event, under the umbrella of the eMadrid network of excellence which is composed of six of the public universities of Madrid, will have three invited speakers on collaborative learning. Isidoro Hernán will talk about “Educational social tool for collaborative learning through videos”, Jesús M. González-Barahona about “Peer learning: making notes in collaboration” and Julián Martin about “Collaborative learning experiences via multiuser educational videogames”.
9 AM (CST) – edX Hackathon @ Delft University of Technology
Students and staff are challenged to develop a concept and make a prototype of a new or improved functionality of the Open Source MOOC platform of edX. The edX platform has already served as the delivery platform for countless MOOCs, reaching hundreds of thousands of students. Inspired by success stories, inspiring students and pizza, students will start programming what could be the next killer feature of the edX platform.
The hackathon (March 14th) is the start of the challenge. Kicked off by Willem van Valkenburg (TU Delft), the attending hackers willl be offered more information about edX platform, technical details, etc, followed by inspirational sessions provided by TU Delft IDE students. During the Hackathon you will get the opportunity to ask questions and think about what killer feature you are going to develop, and get started realiseing your idea.
After the Hackathon, you will have little over a month to develop your own prototype. The deadline for submitting your idea is the 1st of May 2014. The best three proposals will be nominated and invited to present at the Global EdX Consortium meeting on Friday 6th of June in Delft.
11:30 AM (CST) – Open Educational Resources and Social Networks @ The Open University, UK
The open research network COLEARN explores different ways of reusing, recreating, remixing and redistributing OER. Its purpose is to investigate and illustrate how the collaborative production of research-based OER can contribute to enriching learning and teaching experiences in formal, non-formal and informal contexts. Our aim is to provide learners with new opportunities for enriching collaborative open learning (colearning) by constructing knowledge together through social networking and co-authorship. To this end, we have collectively organised and authored ‘Open Educational Resources and Social Networks’ (http://oer.kmi.open.ac.uk/), an open volume that, in its current form encompasses 39 contributions by research groups from across the globe. The rationale of the volume draws upon three key features of Cyberculture, which drive colearners and professionals headlong into an age of real-life communication, large-scale collaboration and collective production: participatory media (Rheingold, 2008), commons-based peer production (Benkler, 2006) and mass collaboration (Tapscott, 2006). Through open channels, colearners can convey their views by sharing questions, information, tools, practices, methods, productions and reflections. They can also rate, tag, review, comment and share others’ collaborations. All of these features and possibilities contribute to the development of new thoughts, research and innovation towards open collective knowledge. The volume illustrates that Social Knowledge Media can be used for:
– bringing research groups together for co-authorship;
– discussing Openness Philosophy and co-designing of OER;
– reflecting and collaboratively describing technologies for co-creating content as OER;
– creating and publishing, collaboratively with co-learners, open multimedia resources;
– collecting open data to analyze and review participants’ contributions and productions;
– developing and disseminating OER research. We invite academic institutions, educators, researchers and learners to participate in ‘Open Educational Resources and Social Networks’ by contributing new ideas, new design processes and, in particular, new open media resources.
2 PM (CST) – LatIn – Latin American Open Textbooks Initiative @ LATIn Project – Latin American Open Textbooks Initiative
Among the most important barriers for accessing and succeeding in the Latin American Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are the costs of being a university student. Even if there is not tuition to be paid, as in the case of most public HEIs in the region, or through scholarship from the government in private HEIs, other often overlooked costs, most notably the cost of textbooks, are real impediments for low-income prospective and actual students.
This problem has been traditionally addressed through the existence of university libraries that lend copies of the textbooks for free to the students. However, university libraries do not have the budget to meet the demand from low-income student as the costs for acquiring the material is too high for the purchasing power of most families.
One of the roots of the high cost of the textbooks is that most of them are produced outside the region. This root problem is not related with the lack of production capacity, but with the difficulty that local professors/authors have to publish and distribute their books. The problem with the origin of the textbooks have several additional consequences beside their cost: most textbooks are not tailored to the context of Latin American Higher Education, the most current versions are not available in a language in which most professors and students are fluent and it creates the harmful perception among students that knowledge always comes from outside the region.
This project address the problem of high cost of textbooks for Higher Education in Latin America. The main actions are the creation and dissemination of a Collaborative Open Textbook Initiative for Higher Education tailored specifically for the region.
This initiative encourages and supports local professors and authors to contribute with individual sections or chapters that could be assembled into customized books by the whole community. The created books will be freely available to the students in an electronic format or could be legally printed at low cost because there is no license or fees to be paid for their distribution. This solution will also contribute to the creation of customized textbooks where each professor could select the sections appropriate for their courses or could freely adapt existing sections to their needs. Also, the local professors will be the sink and source of the knowledge, contextualized to the Latin American Higher Education system.
Professors and academic authors will be the main users of the proposed solution, however the low-income students will be the main beneficiaries of the freely available textbooks produced by the initiative. During pilot implementation of the initiative that is one of the proposed actions of this project, it is expected that the solution will help 144 courses in 9 different universities, with at total benefited population of more than 4.500 students in 6 months. The created textbooks will remain freely available to reuse, translate, adapt and remix.