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This is an introduction to the reusable technology solutions developed by the rapid innovation projects of the UK OER Programme during 2012. Bidders were asked to address problems identified through the Programme, and 15 UK university-based projects were awarded between £13,000 and £25,000 each over 6 months. They have developed a range of solutions to enhance the digital infrastructure to support open content in an educational context. Projects worked in an open innovation way, blogging as they went, working with peers and users, and the outputs are all open source, documented and reusable. Links are provided to each project output.

Slides created by JISC: Programme Manager Amber Thomas, Programme Office Alicja Shah, Technical Advisory JISC Cetis particularly Martin Hawksey. Dandelion Clock sourced through flickr and attributed on the front slide.

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  • JISC http://www.jisc.ac.ukHEA http://www.heacademy.ac.uk OER Programme: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/oerOER Rapid Innovation Strand: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/ukoer3/rapidinnovation.aspx
  • CAMILOEAccess TTRB: http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/Visit Project Blog: http://www.ttrb3.org.uk/Watch a short video about the project: http://www.ttrb3.org.uk/camiloe-mike-blamires-talks-briefly-about-the-project/
  • MaxTractVisit project blog: http://researchblogs.cs.bham.ac.uk/math-access/category/maxtract/ Download MaxTract: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/groupings/reasoning/sdag/maxtract.php
  • Breaking down barriersVisit project blog: http://mimasgeoknowledge.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/breaking-down-barriers-grand-finale/
  • SupOERGlueVisit project blog: http://www.medev.ac.uk/blog/oer-rapid-innovation-supoerglue/
  • RedFeatherPreview software: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/10/31/deliverable-redfeather-core/ Visit project blog: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/category/redfeather-2/
  • BebopVisit project blog http://bebop.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/category/grandfinale/ Preview software: http://bebop.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/11/02/the-bebop-plugin-and-documentation/
  • Synote MobileAccess Synote: http://linkeddata.synote.org/synote/Visit project blog: http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/blog/synotemobile/2012/10/09/grande-finale-for-synote-mobile/
  • Linked Data Approaches to OERsWatch short videos: http://ensembleljmu.wordpress.com/category/videos/Preview the software: http://ensembleljmu.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/autokitty-app/Visit project blog: http://ensembleljmu.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/linked-data-approaches-to-oers-the-end/
  • SPINDLEPreview the software: http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/openspires/2012/09/11/spindle-project-outputs/Visit project blog: http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/openspires/2012/10/05/spindle-speech-to-text-to-keywords-to-captions-the-grand-finale/Watch a short video: http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/openspires/2012/10/05/spindle-speech-to-text-to-keywords-to-captions-the-grand-finale/
  • Attribute ImageUse the tool: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xpert/attribution/Visit project blog: http://comms.nottingham.ac.uk/learningtechnology/category/attribute-images/
  • RIDLRVisit project blog: http://www.medev.ac.uk/blog/oer-rapid-innovation-ridlr/Preview software: http://www.medev.ac.uk/blog/oer-rapid-innovation-ridlr/2012/oct/19/creating-resource-mashups-via-dynamic-learning-maps/
  • Portfolio CommonsView short video about Portfolio Commons: http://vimeo.com/51744685Visit project blog: http://portfoliocommons.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/10/10/102/
  • XenithVisit project blog: http://comms.nottingham.ac.uk/learningtechnology/2012/10/18/xenith-project-grand-finale/Preview the software: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/
  • TrackOERView short introductory video:http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/6568 View short slidecast about the technology: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/6568 Get code: http://track.olnet.org/
  • SPAWSVisit project blog: http://scottbw.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/sharing-usage-data-about-web-apps-between-stores/Get the code: https://github.com/scottbw/spaws
  • Strand Page: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/ukoer3/rapidinnovation.aspxOER-discuss list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/oer-discuss
  • OER Rapid Innovation

    1. 1. 15 REUSABLE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR OER developed by the UK Open Educational Resources Programme Phase Three: Rapid Innovation StrandSlides Amber Thomas, JISC. Acknowledgements:Alicja Shah, JISC for slide designMartin Hawksey, JISC Cetis for technical advisory Image: Nerdegutt http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdegutt/3584415133
    2. 2. problems to solvehow to create rich how to enrich andmachine-readable how to simply manage audio- resources that and cheaply host visual content contribute to the and display in an educational global content content? context? commons?how to bring OER content closer to the everyday life of academics?how to make use more visible to aid discovery and decision making?
    3. 3. backgroundOER Rapid Innovation Strand is part of the JISC and Higher EducationAcademy UK Open Educational Resources Programme. The Strandran from March to October 2012.15 small and short projects (£10k - £25k each) were funded to producetechnical solutions supporting open content in education. The projectsall blogged their progress and have made their solutions reusable. open innovation + open source + open standards = reusable solutions OER Rapid OER Programme Innovation Programme Page
    4. 4. Introducing ...15 TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS
    5. 5. how to create rich machine-readable resources that contributes to the global content commons?
    6. 6. CAMILOE: Collection and Management of Intriguing Learning ObjectsThe Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB)was a web based resource that aimed to be aone-stop portal for education academics andprofessionals to gain evidence informedbriefings that areauthoritative, credible, relevant and timely. In2010 the materials were archived and weredifficult to access in any meaningful way. Theproject has begun to make the archiveavailable again using OER approaches.TTRB3 Engaging with the Evidence forTeaching and Learning comprises 250articles and case studies about Access Visit projecteducation, cleared under the UK Open TTRB3 blogGovernment Licence (compatible withCreative Commons Attribution), marked-up Watch a shortand tagged, available through a choice of videoRSS feeds, and ultimately with rich usagedata.
    7. 7. MaxTract Improving Accessibility to MathematicsMaxtract is a tool for converting PDF intoformats such as LaTeX, MathML and text.It provides translation services intostandard mathematical markup languagesand adds accessibility to mathematicaldocuments on multiple levels.Maxtract produces output compatible withweb browsers, screen readers and toolssuch as copy and paste, which is achievedby enriching the regular text withmathematical markup.The output can also be used directly, Download Visit projectwithin the limits of the presentation MaxTract blogMathML produced, as machine readablemathematical input to software systemssuch as Mathematica or Maple.
    8. 8. Breaking Down Barriers: Georesources and OEROpened up 8 courses in the Transferred the hosting of the ELOGeoLandmap Learning Zone through repository to Jorum from University ofCreative Commons BY-NC-SA and Nottingham ensuring the sustainability ofredesign the Learning Zone area of the ELOGeo Project outputs.the Landmap website, linking Visit projectthrough to the ELOGeo repository atJorum.. blog
    9. 9. SupOERGlue: supporting rich remixingOpen Tapestry is a web tool previouslyknown as OERGlue. Open Tapestrysupports LTI (Learning ToolsInteroperability) integration whichallows us to seamlessly link the.Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) systeminto it.If a user has an Open Tapestry accountthey can access their snippets fromOpen Tapestry and use them to createa mash-up resource in DLMs whichcould then be stored locally. This is Visit projectsimilar to how Open Tapestry interact blogwith Canvas LMS.
    10. 10. how to simply and cheaplyhost and display content?
    11. 11. Red FeatherRedFeather is a lightweight server-side script from the ePrints/Humbox family thatfosters best practice OER sharing without the overheads associated with theinstallation and use of a full-scale repository platform. By eliminating the need forcomplex server infrastructure and emphasizing a concise, simplified workflow,RedFeather provides an out-of-the-box solution for users wishing to quickly annotatetheir OER and make them available in a variety of formats (including HTML, RSS,RDF and JSON).. Red Feather is for: - The small project - The solo sharer Preview software Visit project blog
    12. 12. Bebop Plug-in to enhance BuddyPress profiles over hosted WordPress blogsThe Bebop project is an extended use of BuddyPress, which can be installed onto overhosted WordPress blogs. Bebop provides web developers with a flexible way for staff toupdate and maintain their professional profiles. By processing data from a number ofsources, web managers can re-presented it in a way that helps improve the corporatewebsite, helps validate and update existing data about staff, and mandates staff to use asocial networking tool in order to maintain their public, professional web presence.The Bebop plugin provides a way for.staff to link to teaching resourceswhich they are publishing on a numberof platforms and aggregate them intotheir staff profile, alongside informationabout their research and otherprofessional responsibilities. Preview Visit project software blog
    13. 13. how to enrich and manage audio-visual contentin an educational context?
    14. 14. Synote Mobile Imagine how difficult it would be to use a textbook if it had no contents page, index or page numbers. Synote provides the way to find or associate notes with a particular part of a recording,i.e. the media fragments. The project designed and developed the Synote web application suitable for mobile technologies. This provides users with the ability to access, search, manage and exploit video and audio OER whilst on the move. Learners, teachers and other users can create notes, bookmarks, tags, links, images and text captions synchronised to any part of a recording, such as a lecture. Access Visit projectBrowse Synote Recordings for a lecture Synote blog series
    15. 15. Linked Data Approaches to OERs This project takes a linked data approach to aggregation of OERs and other online content in order to improve the „usefulness‟ of online resources for education. „Autokitty‟ is an open-source application which uses linked data approaches to present a collection of pedagogically related resources, framed within a narrative created by either the teacher or the students. The „collections‟ or „narratives‟ created using the tool will be organised around playback of rich media, such as audio or video, and will be both flexible and scalable.Preview the Watch a software short video This tool extends the established SIMILE Exhibit web application framework and the tools developed collaboratively between the SIMILE Visit project team at MIT and the ESRC/EPSRC „Ensemble„ blog project in the UK.
    16. 16. SPINDLE: speech > text > keywords > captionsThe project used speech-to-text technologies toautomatically create transcripts of lectures in order togenerate keywords which will help with the indexing,description and discovery of the lectures.SPINDLE created a program that automatically filters theuncorrected transcript to a set of statistically interestingkeywords. The program analyses the lecturer‟s words andcompares them with the British National Corpus of SpokenWords. Better keywords improve the discoverability of opencontent !SPINDLE created a “captioning” toolset to help mediaproducers deal with cataloguing media. With this toolkit, amedia service can now:- batch process recordings to create transcriptsautomatically (using the free toolset CMU Sphinx) Preview the Visit project- generate keywords software blog- correct any transcript errors while listening to the media- and export into time-coded captioning and archive formats Watcha short video
    17. 17. Attribute ImageThe Attribute Images project has extended the Xpert Attribution service by creating anew tool that allows users to upload images and have a Creative Commons attributionstatement embedded. This removes the reliance on images stored in Flickr, and putsthe power to attribute specific images into the hands of the user.Automatically embedding open licences simplifies content development, removesbarriers to repurposing and publishing OER, and substantially increases the usability ofopen content. Automating licence attribution also enhances digital literacy around theuse of third-party images, as the tool enables best practice in relation to attribution tobe followed.The tool is available as part of the Xpert site, providing access to an immediate andestablished user group. It also has an API allowing developers to make use of theservice in other sites. Use the tool Visit project (beta) blog
    18. 18. how to bring OER content closerto the everyday life of academics?
    19. 19. RIDLR: paradata for curriculum maps In RIDLR tests the release of contextually rich paradata via the JLeRN Experiment to the Learning Registry and harvest back paradata about prescribed and additional. personally collected resources used within and to augment the MBBS curriculum, via the Dynamic Learning Maps system, to enhance the experience of teachers and learners. Preview Visit project software blog
    20. 20. Portfolio CommonsStudents and staff at the University of the Arts London who use the e-Portfolio system(based on Mahara) will be able to select content from their personal portfolio collectionattach Creative Commons licences to that content and then publish to the open webusing 2 different repository systems as publishing platforms:• Jorum (http://www.jorum.ac.uk/)• Filestore (http://alto.arts.ac.uk/filestore/)They will be able to do this without leavingtheir e-Portfolio..This means the content they publish in thismanner will be retained in the long-term afterthey leave the UAL and their e-Portfoliosystem is closed.. Because the content hasbeen deposited in institutional and nationalrepository services users will be able toreference the content in the future in theirCVs for professional purposes. View short Visit project video blog
    21. 21. Xenith: adding html5 export to the Xerte tool suite Developers of rich, interactive learning materials are increasingly challenged to deliver content to a wide range of devices. The project has added HTML5 delivery capability to Xerte Online Toolkits with significant benefits for its user community.. Content developers will be able to exploit emerging pedagogies for a variety of devices. Xerte Online Toolkits facilitates simple publication and licensing of content via the Xpert repository. HTML5 will help improve discoverability. Preview software Visit project blog
    22. 22. how to make use more visibleto aid discovery and decision making?
    23. 23. Track OER Track OER has developed ways to help keep track of Open Educational Resources. OER have the challenge of being in the open and so actually what happens to content can become a bit of a mystery –- if content is trackable then we can improve what we know about use, help increase the evidence base and make it easier for those who want to reuse content to do the right thing. The project has produced:. •A transferable tracking system combining the Cut and Paste “CaPRéT” software built by MIT in a previous JISC project •A way to add tracking code to downloads so that we can see where new copies are being used and served •Tools to help apply tracking. View short info View short Get the code video slidecast
    24. 24. SPAWS: sharing paradata across web stores. Visit project Building on the Learning Registry and Activity Streams SPAWS blog connected together several web app stores aimed at sharing web widgets and gadgets. Each time a user visits a store and writes a review about a particular widget/gadget, or rates it, or embeds it, Get the code that information is syndicated to other stores in the network.
    25. 25. 15 REUSABLE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR OERhttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/ ukoer3/rapidinnovationWe would love to hear about you using these tools and recipes! Let us know:Join our discussion listoer-discuss@jiscmail.ac.uk