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Talk given at Open Knowledge Community session, 11th December 2014 http://education.okfn.org/community-session-open-education-handbook/

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  1. 1. Presenting the Open Education Marieke Guy Marieke.guy@okfn.org Community Session, 11th December 2014 Handbook
  2. 2. OPEN EDUCATION WORKING GROUP
  3. 3. • Lobbying Transparency • Open Transport • Open Sustainability • Open Spending • Open Science • Personal Data and Privacy • Public Domain • Open Bibliography • Open Humanities • Open Access • Open GLAM • Open Design and Hardware • Open Linguistics • Open Government Data • Open Definition • Open Archaeology • Open Economics • Open Development • Open Product Data • Open Education Working Groups
  4. 4. Why a Working Group? Reasons for development of the group ● We wanted to see open data in education pulled into the wider debate around open education ● Opportunity to bring together silos of activity: content and OER, OEP, open policy, licensing, data, tools… ● Allow us to collaborate with people across sectors and globally – get the bigger picture ● Where can open data in education lead? All possibilities still exist ● Community building compliments what we are doing
  5. 5. • Open data that comes out of education institutions • Open data that can be exploited/used by education institutions • Open research data Open Education Data
  6. 6. …established to bring together people and groups interested in open education. Its goal is to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education. Open Education Working Group
  7. 7. http://education.okfn.org
  8. 8. Open Education WG People, projects and initiatives ● Brings together people and groups interested in open education ● Wants to initiate cross-sector, cross-domain, global activity that encompasses the various facets of open education ● Active mailing list and Twitter feed, activities are co-ordinated through bimonthly working group calls ● Includes open data in education, open educational content, open learning and teaching practices and open accreditation ● Just released ePub, PDF and online version of Open Education Handbook http://education.okfn.org/
  9. 9. Transparent Working “Eat your own dog food” ● Website/blog ● Twitter feed ● Mailing list ● Working Group calls ● Membership charter ● Discussions on group mission
  10. 10. …established to bring together people and groups interested in open education. Its goal is to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education. Open Education Working Group
  11. 11. Advisory Board
  12. 12. Open Education Around the World Series of posts • Greenland • Japan • United Kingdom • Scotland • Tanzania • India • South Africa • Rwanda • Holland …
  13. 13. General Activities Areas of interest and ideas ● Community building – making contact ● OKFestival, July, Berlin – Open Education Smorgasboard ● Support for LMRI initiatives, standards, platform for Open Standards work ● OER and small languages and cultures (multilingualism) ● Open Education language – making it appropriate for all ● Support for member activities e.g. Open Data Ireland booksprint ● Connections with local groups: Belgium, Finland, Brazil
  14. 14. OPEN EDUCATION HANDBOOK: SOME HISTORY…
  15. 15. Background How the handbook came about… ● LinkedUp Project: Handbook on Open Data in Education ● “Living document to reflect project learnings and findings, which will help others, both during the project and beyond it” ● “Collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large” ● Focus broadened to ‘Open Education’ ● Looked to Open Data handbook http://opendatahandbook.org/; the Data Journalism Handbook http://datajournalismhandbook.org/; materials from School of Data; OpenGLAM handbook
  16. 16. Booksprint: London http://education.okfn.org/open-education-handbook-booksprint/
  17. 17. Booksprint: Berlin https://okfn.org/
  18. 18. Google docs > Booktype http://booktype.okfn.org/
  19. 19. Translation to Portuguese http://education.okfn.org/manual-de-educacao-aberta/
  20. 20. Slidewiki http://slidewiki.org/deck/10559_open-education-handbook
  21. 21. Friday Chats https://pad.okfn.org/p/Open_Education_Working_Friday_Chats http://education.okfn.org/mailing-list/
  22. 22. Editing… ● September – October 2014 – Rob Farrow ● Typos and poor writing ● Universal style ● Fact spotting ● Citations and links ● Glossary and definitions ● 'What, Why, How' sections when relevant ● Scenarios when relevant ● Intro for target audiences when relevant Also gains a cover! October 2014
  23. 23. The Handbook Today http://education.okfn.org/handbook/
  24. 24. THE LATEST VERSION
  25. 25. What is in it? By Rob Farrow ● Overview of content ● Reasons for current outline ● Possible improvements ● Ideas for the future
  26. 26. WHERE NEXT?
  27. 27. What can we do with… The Open Education Handbook ● Reuse – chunk it up – share it out ● Continue to build on it – missing areas ● Create an annual update ● Embed within curriculum, MOOC or online course? ● Resurface content – new front end – search facility ● Tagging content ● Improve graphics & look of handbook ● How can it be maintained?
  28. 28. Discussions with… Ideas on the boil… ● Wikimedia ● Wikibooks ● Floss manuals ● Any one else we should be talking to?!
  29. 29. Marieke Guy Marieke.guy@okfn.org Twitter @mariekeguy

Editor's Notes

  • Pundit
  • Karien Bezuidenhout, Chief Operating Officer at the Shuttleworth Foundation
    Lorna M. Campbell, Assistant Director of the Centre for Education, Technology and Interoperability Standards
    Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons
    Joonas Mäkinen, Finnish maths teacher carrying out exciting open text book work
    Bernard Nkuyubwatsi, initiator of the Open Education Rwanda Network
    Rayna Stamboliyska, founder of RS Strategy and OpenMENA
  • The Open Education Handbook was initiated at a booksprint held in central London in September 2013 and open education experts from many different sectors (commercial, academic, government, not-for profit) were invited to attend.

    The initial booksprint was held in London on 3rd September 2013 and the handbook was formed in three Google docs.
  • A second booksprint took place in Berlin on Friday 22nd November 2013 and was organised in collaboration with Wikimedia Deutschland. During this event the handbook was ‘chunked up’ into a number of question areas and discussion took place over the direction of the handbook.
  • The handbook was moved to Booktype, an open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital books developed by SourceFabric. It has continued to be written in Booktype and the software has been found to be a suitable platform in which to house a collaboratively written handbook
  • On January 20th, as part of Education Freedom Day, the Open Education Handbook was translated and adapted to Portuguese. There was a call for participation. The Portuguese version of the handbook was released on Booktype and in EPUB format.
  • An Open Education Mailing list Friday Chat is initiated to encourage discussion on the mailing list and provide the handbook with well-thought out content. - See more at: http://education.okfn.org/handbook/#sthash.3gF5UU8R.dpuf
  • It is also edited by Rob Farrow of Open University to ensure it is ready to be delivered as a LinkedUp Deliverable. A new version of the handbook entitled Open Education Handbook 2014 is created on Booktype. The old version is archived.
  • The handbook is now a comprehensive and intelligent overview of the current situation with regard to Open Education and Open Education data. However to realise its full potential such a resource needs to be allowed to continue to evolve and be built upon. The writing of the handbook has been very much embedded within the Open Education Working Group throughout the LinkedUp Project lifecycle, and it is here that it will continue to stay until a more appropriate place is found. Discussions have already taken place around the future of the handbook and possible ideas include moving it to Wiki books, embedding it within Wikipedia and building a front-end for it to use with Booktype. It is hoped that these ideas can be developed further in discussion with the community.
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