Just got an email that my proposal for a short presentation at OER17 has been accepted:
This session will describe the process of evaluating an open online CPD course and to what extent the course had an impact on professional practice of the participants. The course was called the ‘12 Apps of Christmas’ and was run on Blackboard’s Open Education platform. The course fully embraced the concept of ‘openness’ and made all the content sharable using a Creative Commons licence. Each day over 12 days the course released a different app that could be used for teaching, learning or research. The app was accompanied with a ten minute activity and participants were encouraged to discuss how they used the apps within the course discussion boards and on social media.
The overall aim of this presentation will be two fold; to describe the mixed method research methodology and to discuss the findings of the research. The evaluation process used an adapted ‘open’ version of the Learning Environment, Learning Processes and Learning Outcomes (LEPO) framework (Phillips et.al. 2012). Three months after the course was completed an online survey was sent to participants asking them what impact the course had had on their professional practice as Lecturers, Librarians and Learning technologists working in Higher Education institutions. In addition to the survey 13 semi-structured interviews were conducted over a two months period. The transcripts of the interviews were coded and their findings along with the survey results will be presented in this talk.
The presentations will also address the limitations of the research and discuss the implications and recommendations for running similar open online CPD courses in the future.
Horton, A. and Rowell, C., (2015). The Twelve Apps of Christmas case study [accessed 21/11/2016]. Available from: http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk/ portfolio/casestudy-12aoc/
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LILAC, (2015). Credo Digital Award [accessed 21/11/2016]. Available from: http://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2016/awards/credo-digital-award
Phillips, R., McNaught, C. & Kennedy, G. 2012. Evaluating E-Learning: Guiding Research and Practice, Taylor & Francis.
Rowell, C. et al, (2016). The Twelve Apps of Christmas 2016 [accessed 21/11/2016].Available from: https://openeducation.blackboard.com/mooc-catalog/courseDetails/view?course_id=_811_1
The call for proposals to #OER17: The Politics of Open is now published at https://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/.
The 8th Annual Open Educational Resources Conference will be held on 5-6 April 2017 at Resource for London, UK.
The conference will be chaired by social and educational technologist and Wikimedia UK Trustee Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, co-founder and coordinator of Creative Commons Poland.
The conference themes this year are:
Local, national, and international policy and practice
Participation & social equality
The deadline for proposals: Midday GMT Wednesday, 16 November 2016. You can read the full call which includes session formats athttps://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/.
If you would like to help us promote this call a suggested tweet is included below:
If you are interested in #oer/#oep the call for proposals for #oer17: The Politics of Open is published https://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/
Call for proposals – open
Submission system – late Oct.
Call closes – 16th Nov.
Review decisions and bookings open – Dec.
We hope to see you in April!
Yey! just got my email from Marem Deepwell to join the Conference Committee for OER17. Here is a bit more about the conference:
“OER17 presents an opportunity for open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers to come together as a community to reflect on The Politics of Open. What are our current key challenges and strengths – locally, nationally, and internationally? What are our priorities – in terms of political governance, organisational and personal politics? What are the changes that we want to effect together? The conference will be chaired by social and educational technologist and Wikimedia UK Trustee Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, co-founder and coordinator of Creative Commons Poland”
Conference proposals are not open yet but this will happen soon – Nov/Dec this year.
One person I would like to see do a presentation is Lesley Gourlay based around her recent paper:
Gourlay, L. (2015). Open education as a ‘heterotopia of desire’. Learning, Media and Technology, 40 (3), 310-327.
I will be facilitating this week’s #LTHEchat on Open CPD…here is the blurb for the website:
Advances in learning technology in the last few years have meant that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and events can now be shared across and beyond the education sector. Recent examples with a vocational focus have been the ‘Blended Learning Essentials’ and the ‘Embedding Practice’ courses run by Leeds University in collaboration with UCL and ALT on the Futurelearn platform. There are other examples from the HE sector such as the BYOD course, The 10 Days of Twitter, The 12 Apps of Christmas and events like this one, the #LTHEchat.
The possibility that HEIs can open up their CPD courses/events has potential advantages to both the host institutions and the participant joining the CPD activity. ‘Bite sized’ CPD courses can be delivered online which enables busy lecturers to participate when they have the time and energy. Courses and events can also be adapted and reinvented to the needs of the specific institution if the content is shared using a Creative Commons licence. The breadth of experiences, insights and perspectives these open CPD courses/events generate enriches the conversation and discussion around education issues and has enabled collaborative learning communities across institutions, subjects and even geographical spaces.
This week’s Twitter chat will discuss how staff training can been done differently in an ‘open’ learning environment, exploring the pros and cons of open CPD and what impact this has on the student’s learning experience.
See you Wednesday, same time, same place – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat