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Fostering collaboration and enhancement through community-building


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Presentation from OER11 ( on our work in the UKOER Bioscience pilot project to foster sense of community and encourage collaboration amongst geographically-disparate project partners.

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Fostering collaboration and enhancement through community-building

  1. 1. Fostering collaboration and enhancement through community-building <ul><li>Chris Taylor and Terry McAndrew </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Follow me @chr1staylor </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>UK Centre for Bioscience logo © University of Leeds. All rights reserved. This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence except where explicitly exempted.
  2. 2. Subject Centre role <ul><li>One of the most important and valued aspects of the Subject Centres’ work is to build and establish networks of discipline-specific academics </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Bioscience pilot project background </li></ul><ul><li>Aims for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Use of RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Pipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed43 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partner profile pages </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>OeRBITAL </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bioscience OER pilot project <ul><li>Focus on resources to enhance practical and fieldwork in the Biosciences </li></ul><ul><li>To produce and upload to OER repository </li></ul><ul><ul><li>200+ resources uploaded </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To explore issues around creating and releasing openly-licensed content </li></ul><ul><li>Working with ten academic partners in ten institutions spread around the UK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each exploring same set of issues </li></ul></ul>
  5. 10. Aims for collaboration <ul><li>To build a community of geographically-disparate practitioners around a central theme – OER </li></ul><ul><li>To foster communication that would sustain without our direct intervention </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute positively through collaboration to the overall project goals </li></ul><ul><li>To remove barriers for partners </li></ul>
  6. 11. Blogs <ul><li>JISCInvolve – Wordpress-based </li></ul><ul><li>Main Centre </li></ul><ul><li>project blog </li></ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul><ul><li>partner blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7/10 blogged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regularly </li></ul></ul>
  7. 12. Blogs <ul><li>Very useful tool for reflection </li></ul><ul><li>To keep track of </li></ul><ul><li>and share issues </li></ul><ul><li>encountered </li></ul><ul><li>All encouraged to </li></ul><ul><li>follow and </li></ul><ul><li>comment on </li></ul><ul><li>RSS output... </li></ul>
  8. 13. Use of RSS <ul><li>Very powerful for automation </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed us to do a lot behind the scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Very little experience or awareness of amongst project partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use in blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With Yahoo Pipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With Feed43 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partner profile pages </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 14. YahooPipes <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted straight-forward way to collate project partners’ blog entries and other resource outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual and fairly user-friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Versatile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just scratched the surface </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of ways of exporting results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can produce size-customisable output window to embed in site/output through web2.0 in addition to standard further RSS feed output </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of my YahooPipes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>YahooPipes logo Copyright © 2011 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.
  10. 15. YahooPipes
  11. 16. YahooPipes
  12. 17. YahooPipes <ul><li>Not without its limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Restricted by content and quality of RSS feed input to it </li></ul><ul><li>Unable to draw out our specific project partner resources from Jorum due to lack of keywords field in RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not practical to repeat keywords in description body </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So, more challenging solution required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed43 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 18. Feed43 custom RSS <ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed43 is a free third-party custom RSS creator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scrapes contents of URLs offered to it and produces tailored RSS feed based on defined search parameters </li></ul></ul>Feed43 logo Copyright © 2006–2009 A.I.Studio. All rights reserved.
  14. 19. Feed43 custom RSS <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To resurface links to Jorum records in context within our own site for project partner profile pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>11 pages on our site required project’s OER content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central page and each of 10 project partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Update pages automatically when new resources added </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(allowed us to keep track of partners’ uploads ;) ) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 20. Emulating repository profile pages <ul><li>To reproduce their Jorum-held resources on each partner’s page on our own website, along with small biography, reasons for contributing to OER and Comments facility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To build context around resources provided by each partner </li></ul><ul><li>So those who might use the resources could associate them with their creator, and have a space to engage them in a dialogue (though not used) </li></ul><ul><li>To allow potential users to relate to creators and their motivations </li></ul>
  16. 21. Feed43 custom RSS <ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Run specific search query in JorumOpen for individual partners (Surname AND bioukoer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take resulting URL and input into Feed43 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set parameters on data to collect and output </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manipulate using ASP.NET* and display on website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*If easier you can of course feed resulting RSS into YahooPipes instead </li></ul>
  17. 22. Feed43 custom RSS
  18. 23. Feed43 custom RSS From this:
  19. 24. Feed43 custom RSS To this:
  20. 25. Risks <ul><li>Vulnerable to stability of third-party applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed43 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YahooPipes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reliant on Jorum not changing their search results URLs </li></ul>
  21. 26. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy (with minimal training) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Versatile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instant messenger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio (with multiple participants) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Screenshare </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 27. <ul><li>Supplied partners with headsets and webcams </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanged details of Skype IDs </li></ul><ul><li>Most had not used Skype before, but all found it useful </li></ul><ul><li>Able to carry out video interviews, with VodBurner </li></ul><ul><li>Partners all now have permanent contact details in their Skype profiles </li></ul>
  23. 28. <ul><li>10 months after project finished still have contact with partners, and amongst themselves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships have sustained </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The future for Skype...? </li></ul>
  24. 29. Interviews with project partners <ul><li>On bioukoer channel on YouTube: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  25. 30. Interviews with project partners <ul><li>Prof David Male, Open University: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The main advantage for me , so far, is the contacts that I’ve made. I’ve been in touch with a lot of people via the [Bioscience] OER project… I think it’s a good thing we’ve let this material go out, and hopefully is available and useful for people, but for me it’s the contacts I’ve made and the possibility of taking things forward for new open educational resources .” </li></ul>
  26. 31. OER phase 2: OeRBITAL <ul><li>Open educational Resources for Biologists Involved in Teaching And Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustaining OER, not creating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thematic Collections strand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To identify existing OER from multiple repositories and build subject-specific collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on reuse to provide sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  27. 32. OeRBITAL <ul><li>Building on experience from pilot project </li></ul><ul><li>Communal MediaWiki as collaborative development tool </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement of discussion areas for comment </li></ul><ul><li>Use of further collaborative spaces such as GoogleDocs… </li></ul>
  28. 33. Fostering collaboration and enhancement through community-building <ul><li>Chris Taylor and Terry McAndrew </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Follow me @chr1staylor </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>UK Centre for Bioscience logo © University of Leeds. All rights reserved. This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence except where explicitly exempted.