Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Version 1.0 of the OER Handbook is now available. A print version will be available for purchase in the next few weeks.
During the development of this handbook valuable discussions have taken place regarding what it means to develop OER. Hopefully these conversations will inform future handbooks, tutorials and other introductory material. The contributors to the handbook have created a "Lessons Learned" page.
Special thanks to the following:
- Wayne Mackintosh for providing tireless technical support and advice about "the wiki way."
- David Wiley for thorough editing as well as project management advice.
- Kim Tucker for edits, suggestions and general feedback.
- Sunshine Connelly for her excellent graphics.
- Karen Fasimpaur for filling in important gaps.
- Philipp Schmidt for his OER Toolkit document, which provided a significant foundation for the handbook.
A very special thanks to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their financial support.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Wayne Mackintosh of WikiEducator has suggested that the repository subsections (general, science, social science and humanities) in the Get section of the educator mini-handbook need to have more information about licensing. As the list of repositories has been compiled, it is clear there are significant differences in licensing, but they are not immediately apparent from reading the repository description. The mini-handbook should inform educators about these differences without overwhelming them. To do so, here are some possible solutions:
I would like to hear your opinion on how to display repository licensing information. Leave a comment or make a suggestion on the general repository talk page.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
As the educator mini-handbook takes shape it is time to add stories. This project needs stories in the following areas:
Finding OER: Which sources have you found particularly useful? Not helpful? Search engine strategies?
Creating OER: Software, practices and tips for creating an OER.
Localize and Remix OER: Stories of OER projects that involved remix, or why you localized a particular OER.
Licensing perspectives: Which license do you prefer to use and why? Would you recommend a different license for beginners?
Using OER: Stories of using OER, both in the classroom and online.
Publishing OER: Strategies for successful publishing and why you chose a particular method.
These stories do not have to be glowing reports of successful OER's, because newcomers can learn just as much from failures as they can successes. The stories do not have to be particularly long; a simple paragraph in most cases would be great. I've written a few starting statements and you're welcome use these ideas as a springboard for your own.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In order to get a sense for the progress on the mini-handbook I used an extremely helpful feature of WikiEducator - collections. In WikiEducator, a collection is a series of pages that you've specially marked. Creating a collection is easy; use the box below the search bar, located on the left side of any WikiEducator page. In this box you can add the current page to your collection or follow the link to your current collection.
Once you are viewing your current collection, you can modify/rearrange the order in which they appear. On the right side of the page you'll see the "Download PDF" button. The export takes a few seconds, so be patient. This feature opens up many possibilities for sharing and distribution.
Friday, February 22, 2008
In a previous post I indicated that we were having trouble deciding how to organize the handbook and the target audience of the handbook. After discussing the issue with several of the key contributors so far, we've decided that the best option is to create multiple mini-handbooks. The idea right now is to have three mini-handbooks.
- A handbook for educators
- A handbook for institution staff
- A handbook for policy-makers
Much of the material for the second handbook has already been written by Philipp Schmidt of UWC. I've taken some of his material, along with what I've written, and combined it into a an outline for the educator handbook. Each part has been broken down so that an individual section is generally no longer than 2,000 words. I believe that this will make it easier for people to make "drive-by" contributions, or in other words, edits that take less than five minutes. Please take a look at a section on the outline that interests you and let me know what you think.
Friday, February 8, 2008
This past Wednesday Wayne Mackintosh, Leigh Blackall, Teemu Leinonen and David Wiley as well as others meet virtually to discuss the direction of the handbook. The audio will be posted as soon as it's available. The current feeling is that dividing the project into multiple mini-handbooks might be appropriate. Therefore, we are beginning to experiment creating high-level outlines for these mini-handbooks. Once these new outlines have been agreed on, we'll look at making the sections at little more granular so it isn't quite as intimidating for potential volunteers.
In the meanwhile, certain sections that we know will make it into at least one of the mini-handbooks are beginning to be written. Feel free to take a look at these sections and make suggestions.
You'll also notice that Wayne added a project history and links to planning documents. These new pages should help visitors get oriented more quickly.
Update: Audio available at Internet Archive.