Dr. Robert Farrow, The Open University
Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence & Narrative
#oerrhub / #RSConline13
Evidence of OER Impact
Background
Rationale
Design
Implementation
Data Visualization
Future Iteration
Call for Evidence / ...
Background
About me
• Philosopher & Educational Technologist
• Based at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) Open University...
About the Project
• Funded by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation for two years
• Two professors lead four researchers amon...
Collaboration Model
Collaboration Model
Rationale: why evidence of
OER impact?
Filtering data according to sector,
hypothesis & polarity
Framework for comparing disparate
evidence types
Collaborative r...
Keyword Hypothesis
Performance OER improve student performance/satisfaction
Openness People use OER differently from other...
Methodological Challenges
Incommensurability Granularity
Previous Initiatives
UNESCO Mapping Project (2012)
http://unescochair.athabascau.ca/oer-mapping-exercise
• Mapping to raise awareness of OER
• ...
OLnet Evidence Hub Data Model
Designing a new evidence model
DesignFiltering /
navigation
Diverse,
fragmentary
evidence
Encouraging
contribution
Metadata
specification
Mapping
locatio...
Information Architecture
•Text
Title
•Text / HTML
•Supports embedding of multimedia contentCopy
•Association of evidence with hypothesis
Hypothesis...
Evidence FLOW
Case
Study
Anecdotes
Case
Study
Institute
Metrics
Survey
Data
YouTube
Interview
Academic
Papers
Implementation
http://oerresearchhub.org/2013/10/04/building-an-evidence-hub-plugin-for-wordpress/
Technical Development
•Popular OS plat...
tinyurl.com/oerimpact
Sample Entries
Flexible
Granular
Support comments, sharing
Citations field
Visualizing the Data
Sankey Diagrams track the flow of evidence
Global Evidence Map
See summaries by country with click-through to evidence
Detailed map view
Explore Projects
Filter evidence (College evidence in USA)
Summaries of evidence gathered for each hypothesis
Future Iteration
Explore Survey
Data
Policy Map
Machine
curation
API Integration:
SurveyMonkey,
Google, etc.
Data
Visualizations
Human cura...
Call for Evidence / Feedback
We want your feedback!
… and your data!
tinyurl.com/opened13
Thanks for listening!
oerresearchhub.org
rob.farrow@open.ac.uk
@philosopher1978
Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence & Narrative
Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence & Narrative
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This session critically evaluates attempts that have been made to support communication and collaboration through ‘mapping’ OER focussing on The Open Learning Network (OLnet) Evidence Hub which used the concept of ‘Contested Collective Intelligence’ and The UNESCO OER Mapping Project which set out some quite specific protocols for metadata.

There will be a demonstration of the new Evidence Hub being developed as part of the OER Research Hub (OERRH) project. This hub is designed to overcome some of the issues that manifested themselves in these earlier projects, a range of different data sources, the importance of data visualization, and account for how different types of evidence might be flexibly accommodated.

There will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the idea of ‘mapping’ the OER evidence base and what the OER community might want from such services.

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Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence & Narrative

  1. 1. Dr. Robert Farrow, The Open University Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence & Narrative #oerrhub / #RSConline13
  2. 2. Evidence of OER Impact Background Rationale Design Implementation Data Visualization Future Iteration Call for Evidence / Feedback
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. About me • Philosopher & Educational Technologist • Based at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) Open University UK • Research Associate (OER Research Hub) • http://flavors.me/philosopher1978 • Twitter @philosopher1978 About The Open University • Europe’s largest distance learning university • Access: foremost provider to mature, disabled and working students • A world leader in technology-enhanced pedagogy • Head of the FutureLearn MOOC consortium
  5. 5. About the Project • Funded by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation for two years • Two professors lead four researchers among a team of ten • Tasked with building the most comprehensive picture of OER impact • Organised by eleven research hypotheses • Working across different educational sectors • Collaboration model • Global reach but with a USA focus • http://oerresearchhub.org
  6. 6. Collaboration Model
  7. 7. Collaboration Model
  8. 8. Rationale: why evidence of OER impact?
  9. 9. Filtering data according to sector, hypothesis & polarity Framework for comparing disparate evidence types Collaborative research, analysis & dissemination Openness in action: openly licensed research instruments, data Effective evidence- based decision- making and advocacy
  10. 10. Keyword Hypothesis 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 Research Hypotheses
  11. 11. Methodological Challenges Incommensurability Granularity
  12. 12. Previous Initiatives
  13. 13. UNESCO Mapping Project (2012) http://unescochair.athabascau.ca/oer-mapping-exercise • Mapping to raise awareness of OER • Tracking complexity, identifying major players & actions • Community building, communication and advocacy • Localised data with centralised quality control OLnet Evidence Hub (2011-2012) http://ci.olnet.org/ • Explore and debate key challenges for OER movement • Collective intelligence: raise questions, propose solutions • Sharing relevant web resources
  14. 14. OLnet Evidence Hub Data Model
  15. 15. Designing a new evidence model
  16. 16. DesignFiltering / navigation Diverse, fragmentary evidence Encouraging contribution Metadata specification Mapping locations UI / Accessibility Polarity (+ve/-ve) K.I.S.S.
  17. 17. Information Architecture
  18. 18. •Text Title •Text / HTML •Supports embedding of multimedia contentCopy •Association of evidence with hypothesis Hypothesis •Evidence is either +ve/-ve in relation to a hypothesis Polarity •Geotagging / GPS Location •School (K12) / College / Higher Education / Informal Sector •Academic citation •Hyperlink / URLCitation
  19. 19. Evidence FLOW Case Study Anecdotes Case Study Institute Metrics Survey Data YouTube Interview Academic Papers
  20. 20. Implementation
  21. 21. http://oerresearchhub.org/2013/10/04/building-an-evidence-hub-plugin-for-wordpress/ Technical Development •Popular OS platform •Easy to customize •Over 27,000 existing plugins Wordpress •CSV importer •Location plugin •JSON Customization •Project code available on GitHub •Easy to link, share and engage Openness
  22. 22. tinyurl.com/oerimpact
  23. 23. Sample Entries
  24. 24. Flexible Granular Support comments, sharing Citations field
  25. 25. Visualizing the Data
  26. 26. Sankey Diagrams track the flow of evidence
  27. 27. Global Evidence Map
  28. 28. See summaries by country with click-through to evidence
  29. 29. Detailed map view
  30. 30. Explore Projects
  31. 31. Filter evidence (College evidence in USA)
  32. 32. Summaries of evidence gathered for each hypothesis
  33. 33. Future Iteration
  34. 34. Explore Survey Data Policy Map Machine curation API Integration: SurveyMonkey, Google, etc. Data Visualizations Human curation bookmarklet Data mashups using open data Exporting data sets under open license Argumentation analysis
  35. 35. Call for Evidence / Feedback
  36. 36. We want your feedback! … and your data! tinyurl.com/opened13
  37. 37. Thanks for listening! oerresearchhub.org rob.farrow@open.ac.uk @philosopher1978

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