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Open Education Handbook Booksprint


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The LinkedUp Project will be creating an Open Education Handbook as one of its deliverables. The first step in this process is a one-day (10am – 4pm) booksprint to be held at C4CC, London on Tuesday 3rd September. During the booksprint participants will be involved in group discussions, constructing the table of contents, agreeing on chapter themes, negotiating with others on concepts and hopefully coming up with some agreement on basic definitions!

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Open Education Handbook Booksprint

  2. 2. •  FP7 coordination and support action running from 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2014 LinkedUp Project “Pushes forward the exploitation and adoption of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational organisations and institutions”
  3. 3. Project Partners •  Web site: •  Twitter: @linkedupproject •  Hashtag: #linkedupproject •  Facebook:
  4. 4. •  A series of three competitions promoting the innovative use of linked and open data in an educational context •  About finding ways to link and mash up educational and cross-domain linked and open data to provide novel applications and services for open and distance education •  Looking for educationally relevant demos, protoypes and tools which use open or linked data •  Can use any open data (not just what is in the LinkedUp catalogue) and open to all! •  Benefits: cash prizes; showcase ideas; networking opportunities, develop for real world settings; kudos, work with real data sets; data and development support •  Veni shortlist just announced LinkedUp Challenge
  5. 5. Available Datasets The Linked Education Cloud is a repository/catalogue of Web datasets relevant to educational applications. It is provided according to the standard of the Web of Data, and is constructed based on input from the LinkedUp Community.
  6. 6. Open Education Working Group
  7. 7. •  Part of the sustainability of the LinkedUp project •  Want to “catalyse an active, diverse and well connected community of content producers, metadata experts, technologists and others in academia, data management communities, publishing...” •  The working group is incubating ( •  Includes a mailing list •  To be launched at OKCon at the open education panel session •  Writing of the Open Education Handbook is one of the first activities WG
  8. 8. So what is open? “A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.” `
  9. 9. •  The Open Education Handbook will be licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution (Unported) v3.0 (Attribution CC BY) •  This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials Licence
  10. 10. A Book Sprint brings together a group to produce a book in 3-5 days. There is no pre-production and the group is guided by a facilitator from zero to published book. There are three important outcomes from Book Sprints: •  Producing a book •  Sharing knowledge •  Team/community building What’s a Booksprint
  11. 11. •  Importance of real space collaboration and face-to-face working •  Encouraging discussion and brainstorming •  Begin with no preconceived ideas about what the book should be •  All voices are valid – try and avoid domination by individuals •  You should have ownership of the book •  Session to be strongly facilitated There are five main parts of a Book Sprint (Dr D. Berry and M. Dieter): Elements of a Booksprint 1.  Concept Mapping 2.  Structuring 3.  Writing 4.  Composition 5.  Publication
  12. 12. Timetable 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee and registration 10:30 - 10:40 Introduction to booksprints, LinkedUp and the Open Education Handbook 10:40 - 11:00 Introduction to open education (Phil Barker, CETIS) 11:00 - 11:15 Warm up activity 11:00 - 12:30 Group work - brainstorming 12:30 - 12:40 Recap from morning. Group sentences. 12:40 - 1:00 Grab lunch! Walkround! 1:00 - 2:30 Group work – writing, content 2:30 - 3:45 Individual writing 3:45 - 4:00 Conclusions, feedback, next steps
  13. 13. We will cover: 1.  Concept Mapping: development of themes, concepts, ideas, developing ownership, what’s in and what isn’t in, audience, definitions, etc. 2.  Structuring: creating chapter headings, dividing the work, scoping the book, adding in further links/related resources etc. 3.  Writing: distributing sections/chapters, writing and discussion, but mostly writing. 4.  Taking things forward – next steps Our Mini Booksprint!
  14. 14. We have split you into 3 topic teams: •  Data •  Resources •  Pedagogy Topic areas
  15. 15. Ideological confrontation
  16. 16. And remember… “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” Dr Seusstry!” There are no failures today
  17. 17. •  Write down a controversial statement that you either agree or disagree with on a post-it note •  We’ll choose one statement •  You need to stand on the ‘invisible’ line: one end stands for “I agree completely”, the other end for “I disagree completely” •  Explain to the person next to you why you feel this way •  Have you changed your mind? Share Warm up activity: spectogram
  18. 18. •  First 45 minutes: In your allocated groups write down ideas on post-it notes: o  Audience for this topic o  Content for this topic o  Definitions needed o  Questions to be answered o  Challenges – what needs to change? o  Opportunities – what can be achieved •  1 point per post-it note •  Second 30 minutes: Add these to the wall sheets •  Adjust , cluster and group post-it notes •  Write your 2 line sentence on your topic Group work - morning
  19. 19. •  In Google Docs start fleshing out the chapter/topic you’ve been working on •  Think about: o  Other resources and projects o  Links o  Groups of people or individuals in this area o  Who could own sections? Group work - afternoon Pedagogy Resources Data
  20. 20. •  Individual or pair writing on the chapter you have been assigned in Google docs •  Editing Individual work - afternoon
  21. 21. •  How did you feel the day went? •  How far along have you got with writing in your topic area? •  What do you feel would be the best next steps? Conclusions & next steps
  22. 22. •  A big thank you to Adam Hyde at for his words of wisdom! •  Another thank you to our colleague Lucy Chambers at the Open Knowledge Foundation for her feedback on the day’s agenda Acknowledgements
  23. 23. •  For updates on the Open Education Handbook join the Open Education Mailing list ( •  Marieke Guy – •  Michelle Brook – A big thank you to you!!