Notes for Free Culture Presentation - dScribe: working together to create Open Educational Resources


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Notes for the dScribe presentation given at Free Culture Conference in Washington DC.

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Notes for Free Culture Presentation - dScribe: working together to create Open Educational Resources

  1. 1. Introduction: - here to talk about dScribe – a collaborative model of for creating OER. - Before I do, situate his model in the context of where I work. - Open.Michigan o we are an open scholarship initiative at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to help faculty, enrolled students, staff, and other self-motivated learners maximize the impact that their creative and academic work can have by making it open and accessible to people worldwide. o We work to raise awareness on campus about Open, we showcase the work of our open community on our website, we help build partnerships and facilitate collaboration inside and outside the University around Open, and generally serve as the group of people who after lectures, presentations, and other events ask you to share your stuff. o At the largest level, we’re interested in what open means for a university and interested in exploring the role that openness plays in new and innovative forms of teaching and learning. o A large focus of our initiative is to help people on campus and around the world create OER. We do this by providing resources on our website that help people “do-it-themselves.” we offer advising services to people to talk to us about their projects and goals, we give presentations and hold workshops on creating OER and, what I’m here to talk to you about today, which is to facilitate people to work together to create open content through a model we call dScribe. dScribe model - what it is: o dScribe is a participatory and collaborative model for creating open content. It brings together enrolled students, faculty, staff, and self- motivated learners to work together toward the common goal of creating content that is openly licensed and freely available to people throughout the world. o It stands for distributed and digital Scribes – building on the idea that by "distributing" tasks across a variety of interested people and using “digital” tools and resources we can potentially lower the cost, time, and overall effort required to create OER. How dScribe works: - Connect - Learn the Basics - Gather & License your resources - Assess and Recommend actions o Keep, Replace, Create, Remove and Annotate o OERca interlude - Clear Copyright and other issues - Edit Resources
  2. 2. - Review Resources - Publish Resources Benefits to faculty, staff, and students - Faculty: have the desire to do open, but often don’t have the time or the know- how - Staff: increase departmental visibility; use other talents; build new relationships - Students: meet new friends; a way to engage with faculty, staff, and classmates; gain real world experience; something to put on your resume Benefits to the Institution - Potentially reduce the cost of OER production - Rapid, scalable production of OER - Not just courses, but other interesting material. - Meaningful experiences for professional and educational development - Encourage new methods of teaching and learning o dScribe supports a participatory approach to teaching and learning where students are not simply seen as passive recipients of knowledge, faculty as the purveyors of it, and staff as intermediaries between the parties. o Instead, dScribe supports a pedagogical approach that leverages the talents and expertise of a variety of individuals to engage in new and innovative forms of collaboration and resource creation. o It’s an approach that supports the argument of scholars, like John Seeley Brown and Richard Adler, who say that knowledge is not a substance that is transferred; but instead knowledge and understanding are “socially constructed”. o It’s about how we learn, not necessarily about what we learn. dScribe in Action - U-M o Architecture, LSA, Medical School, Public Policy, E, Education, SI, Nursing - Internationally o Ghana, South Africa, IAPSS - Featured o Architecture - Peter Von Buelow and his GSIs: videos, lecture materials, projects, quizzes o Public Policy – Bryce Pilz and Kathleen Ludewig: lecture materials, student assignments o KNUST – a variety of collaborators: training modules for doctors and others. Our Start: - I want to talk about this because a number of you are probably asking the same questions that we asked when we first started. - A group of us at SI heard that there were some people exploring the idea of OCW
  3. 3. on campus – namely Joseph Hardin. - Formed an independent study around the idea. Decided that we to want to work together and started working and talking with others. We talked to people (MIT, OCWC), did some research, learned more about copyright, spent some time in pubs, in conference rooms, cooking dinner, and talking a lot. - We eventually built a process - we deemed it as a student centric process – an alternative to the staff centered model of MIT OCW – and called it dScribe. - Built some software, and found that by offering food our friends and strangers would help us out. - We had fun, got some money from people in the University so that we could offer more food. o We piloted our model on graduate courses at SI, at the medical school, and other departments. - Had so much fun that Pieter and I decided to graduate early and join the medical school to see if we could implement the model there. o Two years in, we keep having fun with the dScribe model and have a great office of people (including former dScribes) exploring these issues and building cool things. Our Goal: - Where are we going? o As an initiative, our goal at Open.Michigan is an open university  where the default is to think about and engage in the process of sharing, using, remixing resources for use by people outside the university.  We want to change the way that people see content – as something that has life beyond the classroom.  Where we continue to find people excited about collaboration, doing interesting work, and willing to engage in the process of working with their current - How we get there is important. o Get people to use open content. o The institution making a commitment to openness o Developers building software and using openly licensed software. o Engage in new models of teaching and learning. - - OER is a way o Staff can do it for faculty. o Students can also take up the reigns. o Faculty can do it themselves.  All viable models. o But a promising way is to work together and that’s what dScribe makes possible.
  4. 4. _ Other Thoughts: - What does this look like where you are? - Do you already do something similar at your institution? - Where is content being developed? - How do we encourage people who are already working together to go one step further and share the tasks of making that content open? - How do we get people together to raise awareness of OER and create it? - The viral aspect of this – we don’t want to have to be in the middle. A social networking component of this. - Facilitate producer / consumer network - Encourage adaptation of resources and strengthening the re-mix culture. - We want this to be autonomous where people can use tools and continue to produce with out a central resource. - What motivates students to be involved in these sort of activities? What events might we create to get more people involved to see this as important?