Text of OpenEd 2.0 Designing for participatory learning In open educational environments
1. openED 2.0 Designing for participatory learning In open educational environments Start: November 2009 Duration: 33 month Supported by: LifelongLearningProgramme, European Commission Prepared by: Andreas Meiszner
2. Objectives Objectives: 1) Develop experimental approaches for participatory learning and teaching within open educational environments 2) Implement and test those approaches by means of 3 consecutive pilots to promote continuity, community building and evolutionary growth 3) Develop a sustainability framework and revenue models, to be implemented and tested alongside the pilots, to assure financial self- sustainability for such scenarios 4) Analyze the results & benchmark them against initial assumptions 5) Evaluate the project, disseminate outcomes and take the results further to the wider community
3. What it is about and what it is not about It is about finding new ways on how to organize collaborative learning, sharing and knowledge production within a participatory web 2.0 world using technology for the sake of its usefulness and bringing together the various stakeholders It is not about designing complex socio-technological systems for the sake of technology hoping that it would become a killer application to revolutionize education as we know it The idea is to start simple, to see what works out and what not, and to develop it further step by step based on the experiences gathered
4. Workplan, Milestones & Deliverables
6. Milestones WP 2 Organizational framework in place March 2010 WP 8 Course Promotion & materials ready April 2010 WP 3 Course content in place June 2010 WP 4 Course environment in place June 2010 WP 5 Introduction training for course team June 2010 WP 7 Quality assurance strategy / assessment framework June 2010 WP 9 Sustainability framework & revenue models June 2010 WP 6 Pilots; 3 overlapping rounds July 2010 Feb. 2012 Review of 1st pilot round, evaluation & re-design ??? Review of 2nd pilot round, evaluation & re-design ??? Review of 3rd pilot round, evaluation & re-design March 2012 Note: Sustainability framework including revenue models (such as assessment & certification of free learners against fees) to be in place and piloted during the 3 pilot rounds.
7. Deliverables, Lead partner & Deadlines
8. Decissions to be taken during Kick-off meeting
9. Agreement must be found on: What is the precise focus group of the course? How will the course be organized in detail? Which tools / environments will be used? Which contents will be used? Link with original course or other educational provider? Sustainability framework legal clearance needed for ??? Internal collaboration spaces Virtual project meetings & timing Date for next meeting: forecast May/June 2010 in Athens, Greece Else?
10. Workpackages --- Objectives & Details
11. WP1 Project Management (SPI) Aims Effective management of the project warranting a good and active communication between all the partners and stakeholders in order to meet the project objectives; Establish adequate mechanisms to coordinate tasks, partners and stakeholders; Collaboration with and consideration of stakeholders feedback; Project coordination from a technical, pedagogical and administrative- financial point of view; Coordination during all the phases of negotiation, preparation, analysis, research, development of products, reports, or local workshops, to guarantee that all partners will have a clear idea of the tasks needed to be done during the relevant period of time and the effects that they need to produce; Controlling and monitoring projects activities and performance
12. WP2 - openEd organizational framework (SPI) Activities The framework will build on the structure of the current course in place. It will identify and outline needs for adjustments and changes to be given as a free/open course within cross cultural and multilingual settings. This includes ways of interaction, collaboration or interplay scenarios between the various stakeholders, between humans and technology, the integration of open access content sources as well as available free and open web based tools and spaces, or external and well established online communities. The framework will be revised and adapted after each pilot round to meet actual user expectations and draw on the lessons learnt.
13. WP2 - openEd organizational framework (SPI) Rationale This WP builds upon three key resources: the partners experience in educational provision; results of prior pilots, and previous research on such type of novel learning environments. The framework will introduce a hybrid approach that builds upon the way learning and knowledge creation at the participatory web takes place, in particular within the Open Source communities. This is to say that on the hand the openEd course environment will be open for participation of any individual interested at the subject (inviting in), and on the other hand it will make use of well established online communities and spaces at which students will engage as part of their project work (sending out). This combination of inviting in and sending out is what we like to call a hybrid approach. One objective of the hybrid approach is to provide the foundation required for an evolutionary growing learning ecosystem (to establish continuity) where learning processes and outcomes have the potential to become learning resources for future students and therefore connecting content to discourse; providing all stakeholders with a central meeting and collaboration point, yet promoting engagement within the wider virtual world.
14. WP3 openEd learning resource framework (The OU) Aim To provide instructional and learning materials that are freely available and of good quality. This will include the adaptation of currently used (instructional) materials and identification of new ones suitable for this course. Objective To adapt the course H809 to fit with the needs of the academic and enterprise partners and networks involved in the project. To localize content where appropriate (including freely available resources, or translations)
15. WP3 openEd learning resource framework (The OU) Activities Adapt instructional materials and translate them where appropriate Identify available content sources and integrate them into the openEd course environment in a pedagogically sound manner Develop supportive structures for existing learning resources and user generated content Adjust and restructure the content at the end of each pilot round so it corresponds to the organizational structure and development stage of the openEd environment and collaborative learning activities.
16. WP3 openEd learning resource framework (The OU) Rationale The web is rich in good quality sources, including open access journals and open educational resources. The objective is to identify and integrate an initial set of those sources into the course, which then would be enriched over time by further sources that learners bring into the course environment as part of their learning activities. Furthermore, learners discourse associated with the course resources and the outcomes of the learning activities have t