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Open ed14 - Creativity with Control

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Short presentation about blending traditional and agile methodologies to delivery OER educational research projects

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Open ed14 - Creativity with Control

  1. 1. CC-BY 4.0 Bea de los Arcos Beck Pitt CC-BY
  2. 2. OpenEd14: Achieving the Potential of Open Creativity with Control: Improving the quality of open education research through a blended project management environment Gary Elliott-Cirigottis Claire Walker
  3. 3. How do you create the right project environment to • accommodate the CREATIVITY required to discover brilliance But • also provide the CONTROL that delivers what was requested?
  4. 4. Keyword Hypothesis Our Hypotheses Performance OER improve student performance/satisfaction Openness People use OER differently from other online materials Access OER widen participation in education Retention OER can help at-risk learners to finish their studies Reflection OER use leads educators to reflect on their practice Finance OER adoption brings financial benefits for students/institutions Indicators Informal learners use a variety of indicators when selecting OER Support Informal learners develop their own forms of study support Transition OER support informal learners in moving to formal study Policy OER use encourages institutions to change their policies Assessment Informal assessments motivate learners using OER
  5. 5. Project Management Challenge 1 This is research – you don’t know what you’re going to find Traditional waterfall/planned approach – assumes events are predictable and activities well-understood, follows sequential flow, phases once complete won’t be re-visited.
  6. 6. Project Co-PILOT
  7. 7. Project Management Challenge 2 • Distributed collaboration model • Researchers assigned to specific sector and collaborations • This nature of model had risk of lack of PM oversight of what project was delivering.
  8. 8. OER Impact Map http://oermap.org
  9. 9. Project Management Challenge 3 • Need for all researchers to work together to produce some of the project products and deliverables • Risk of project having multiple perspectives and voices rather than one voice for some of the overarching deliverables
  10. 10. Project Management Challenge 4 • Global Research Remit • Size, scope and open approach means possibility of researchers following tangential ideas putting coherence of research at risk
  11. 11. Blended Methodology Agile Principles Traditional Project Management Gary Elliott-Cirigottis CC-BY Gary Elliott-Cirigottis CC-BY
  12. 12. Agile = iterative, incremental approach, So what's learning Agile? from each cycle, dynamically adjusts to changing requirements.
  13. 13. 4 Principles of agile (Beck et al, 2001): 1. individuals and interactions over process and tools 2. working software over comprehensive documentation 3. customer collaboration over contract negotiation 4. responding to change over following a plan
  14. 14. Agile Scrum & Sprint Cycle Sprint Backlog Daily Scrum Meeting 24 Hours Product Backlog As prioritized by Product Owner 30 days Product Increment Backlog tasks Sprint Cycle
  15. 15. Claire Walker CC-BY
  16. 16. Claire Walker CC-BY
  17. 17. Initiation Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Project Close Traditional Project Management Methodology
  18. 18. Stage 1
  19. 19. So what did we learn?
  20. 20. • We need the foundation of the traditional method • Easier to change focus in agile • We delivered better quality via blended • Clearer perception of project status in agile
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. Thank you for Listening! http://oerresearchhub.org http://oermap.org Twitter: @OER_Hub
  23. 23. in service of The Open University
  24. 24. in service of The Open University

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