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The Open Education Handbook


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Presentation and demo given at Open Data in Education Seminar, St Petersburg, 10th March 2014:

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The Open Education Handbook

  1. 1. Open Data in Education Seminar, St Petersburg The Open Education Handbook: PRESENTED BY Marieke Guy
  2. 2. D4.6.1) Handbook on Open Data in Education: A collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large, describing project learnings around how best to use open data to meet educational needs and use cases, including tips and tricks for finding data and tools, using data and tools, and other areas as determined during the project.
  3. 3. Open Education Handbook Questions… ●  Should it just be about open data in education? ●  Who is it for? ●  What should it contain? Content? Concepts? Discussion? Casestudies? Definitions? Relationships ●  Who should write it? How should they write it? ●  Other handbooks: Open data handbook, data journalism handbook, openGLAM handbook ●  What should it look like? How should it be managed? ●  What is its future?
  4. 4. 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.”
  5. 5. Licence •  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
  6. 6. What’s a Booksprint 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
  7. 7. Elements of a Booksprint •  •  •  •  •  •  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): 1.  Concept Mapping 2.  Structuring 3.  Writing 4.  Composition 5.  Publication
  8. 8. Booksprint 1 •  3rd September in London •  17 attendees •  3 groups: data, resources and pedagogy •  Considerable content written •  Ideas for audience •  Illustrations
  9. 9. Booksprint 2 •  22nd November in Berlin •  Co-hosted with Creative Commons and WikimediaDE •  25 attendees •  Discussion on outline of handbook •  More ideas for audience
  10. 10. Booktype Platform for the handbook •  Open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital content •  Developed by Sourcefabric: offices in Berlin, Czech republic and Canada •  Also produce Newscoop, Airtime and Superdesk – services for journalists •  Collaborative working •  Have had some issues with software versions, html, versioning etc. •  Consideration of next steps..
  11. 11. Timeline Building •  24th October in London •  Co-located with MozFest •  Co-hosted with Creative Commons, FLOSS Manuals and OER hub •  Interactive timeline built using Timemapper
  12. 12. Manual de Educação Aberta Portuguese translation of Open Education HB ●  For Education Freedom day, January 2014 ●  Led by Raniere Silva (OKFBrazil), Tel Amiel (Educação Aberta research group) and Ricardo Panaggio (Mozilla Webmaker) ●  Exported from Booktype ●  Transifex used for management of process ●  Uploaded into Booktype and released in EPUB format
  13. 13. Collaborative slide authoring software •  WYSIWYG slide authoring and full revisioning and branching of slides and decks •  Multilingual decks / semi-automatic translation in 50+ languages •  Logical slide & deck representation •  PowerPoint/HTML import •  Source code highlighting •  Dynamic CSS themability •  E-Learning with self-assessment
  14. 14. Handbook Demo
  15. 15. Future Challenges For the handbook Moving away from UK/EU focus Ensuring a universal style to the handbook Adding a glossary to the handbook Further agreement on definitions and glossary items Backing up ideas with references and links Providing a flow through the handbook while still allowing separate sections to be read in isolation •  Identifying the synergies between different areas of work. This will require more high-level reflection. •  Front-end for handbook – different audiences •  •  •  •  •  • 
  16. 16. for Participating!