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  • Small group 4 IDs Shared office Easy to keep up with ideas larger group 13 IDs Same room Hard to hear all conversations and keep up with information Tried various meetings to capture ideas - never worked TOPR Sloan Conf lunch - ID proposed idea of a database of strategies Team formed to discuss ideas struggled with underlying philosophy Today Search Available to IDs and faculty Use in consultation to provide ideas to facuty Faculty can search for ideas
  • Where are we today! Brief review of tool Mix of dynamic aspects of web 2.0 tools add in peer-review Web 2.0 View Contribute Stages of development Peer Review

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  • The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository: An Open Faculty Development Resource Dr. Kelvin Thompson Dr. Linda Futch Dr. Baiyun Chen University of Central Florida http://bit.ly/aln11_topr  
  • http://bit.ly/aln11_topr  
  • Agenda
    • Big Picture
    • Details
    • Your Involvement
    • Closing
  • Big Picture
  • What Is It?
    • a resource to support the curation of effective pedagogical practices in online and blended courses
    • individual entries include:
      • strategy description drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty 
      • artifacts depicting the strategy from actual courses
      • alignment with cited findings from research or professional practice literature
    • All released for reuse/remix under Creative Commons
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  • Demo: Finding Strategies
    •   http://www.screencast.com/t/TWD25GgQ
  • Origins
    • Happy collision of
      • My interest in articulating a "pattern language" (Alexander et al, 1977) for online courses (Thompson, 2005)
      • Desire by instructional designers for mechanism for documenting/disseminating good practices of online faculty
    • However...
      • Long time to get mindshare
      • A while to operationalize a platform and a process
  • "Bigger than a Breadbox"
    • Getting the granularity right
    • Pedagogical practice is 
      • Not a theory
      • Not an instructional model
      • Not a tool
      • Not a broad, sweeping concept
      • Not "here's what i did"
    • IS an impactful, replicable teaching practice/strategy
    • described, anchored to literature, illustrated in examples, and connected to other practices via keyword tags
  • Platform
    • MediaWiki
      • Backend customized by IT infrastructure manager
      • Template modified by part-time web developer
      • Testing server for feature experimentation
    • Benefits of Wiki
      • Built for collaboration/easy editability
      • De-emphasizes web design = keep focus on strategy
      • Tagging using "categories"
      • Draft mode v. public mode
    • Downsides
      • Wikitext isn't for everyone
  • Demo: Contribution Form
    • http://www.screencast.com/t/oQK9mId0xlp
  • Isn't This Like MERLOT?
    • MERLOT is primarily a collection of materials .
      • "learning exercises" are lessons associated with materials
      • eLIXR is a set of holistic faculty case studies on big themes
    • TOPR is a collection of teaching strategies
      • artifacts are illustrative
      • faculty testimonials are highly contextualized
  • Current Status
    • Emerging from beta
    • New entries being made/edited
    • Casual submissions and regular contributors welcomed
    • Establishing inaugural editorial board
    • Peer review process in the works
  • Details
  • Conceptual Framework
    • Strategy Description
      •   1-2 paragraphs
      • "blogs are not a practice but implementing public blogs for reflective writing in a community of practice might be"
    • Artifacts 
      • Preferably image/files uploaded into the repository
      • External links/images acceptable
    • Scholarly References
      • Research articles are great
      • "Professional practice literature" (journals, blogs, podcasts)
  • Theoretical Underpinning
    • Source of possible tags
      • Theory
      • Instructional Model
      • Concept
      • Sub-Concept
      • Tool
    • Loosely suggested tags (existing "categories")
  • How Does It Work? Past to Present
      • Small ID group - easy to share ideas
      • Larger ID group - periodic meetings
      • Quest for TOPR
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      • TOPR in Use
        • Entries used as faculty development content
        • Instructional designers
          • capture ideas
          • search for ideas
        • Instructional designers contribute directly
        • Faculty contribute by proxy (thus far)
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  • Development Process
    • Entries
      • Anyone can contribute an idea
      • Any registered user can create a new entry
      • Many "stubs" (Wikipedia) in backstage Draft area
    • Editing
      • Any registered user can edit or add additional material
      • Managing editors responsible for "keeping on the rails"
        • Edit with eye for consistency, conceptual framework
        • Possibly move an entry backstage if "just not ready"
        • May coach contributor(s)
    • Peer Review
  • Demo: Edits by Registered Contributor
    • http://www.screencast.com/t/pVZqUoUFaWQY 
  • New Scholarship Issues
    • "Perpetual beta" + peer review = strange bedfellows/mutation
      • Scholarly rigor in entries
      • Peer review process for improvement/validation
      • Wiki for on-going improvements/updates
    • Intellectual property complications
      • Creative Commons licensing for "remixing" 
      • Some faculty (and administrators) not sure about CC
      • Many individuals uncertain how to operationalize CC
  • Making It Work
    • Few, simple non-negotiables (conceptual framework)
    • Editorial Board being finalized now
      • Promoting TOPR
      • Feedback on processes
      • Recruit peer reviewers
    • Peer review process to follow
    • Issue: entry is peer-reviewed but on an ever-changing wiki
    • Possible answer: "oldid" function (used currently in citation)
    • Perhaps a "peer reviewed" graphic and a statement like: 
    • "a version of this entry was peer reviewed previously. see that version." Allows reader to compare versions for herself
  • Your Involvement
  • Your Thoughts?
    • Review the sample TOPR entry individually.
      • What do you like about the entry?
      • What improvements might you make?
    • Discuss in clusters:
      • How might this entry be used as is or modified for use at another institution?
      • What value (if any) do you seen in TOPR as a whole for your institution?
      • Can you envision yourself or colleagues contributing to TOPR?
    • Whole group sharing
  • Get Involved
    • Have the germ of an idea or a fully fleshed out entry you wish to share?
      • Contribution Form:  http://bit.ly/topr_contributionform
    • Do you wish to get more involved in contributing and editing ideas on a fairly frequent basis?  
      • Send email to [email_address] to request a login to TOPR
    • Want to become a peer reviewer for TOPR?
      • Send email to  [email_address]  for follow-up
  • Contact Us
    • http://topr.online.ucf.edu  
    • Dr. Kelvin Thompson     [email_address]
    • Dr. Linda Futch            [email_address]
    • Dr. Baiyun Chen           [email_address]
    http://bit.ly/aln11_topr  
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