2014 e learning innovations conference chao mbogo open education resources panel presentation

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2014 e learning innovations conference chao mbogo open education resources panel presentation

  1. 1. Open Education Resources and Opportunities for Research By Chao Charity Mbogo Panel Presentation at e-learning innovations conference, Nairobi.
  2. 2. A bit of my background • Bsc Mathematics & Computer Science – KeMU. • Msc Computer Science - University of Oxford. • Head of Department, Computer Information Systems, KeMU. • PhD Computer Science - University of Cape Town (Grad 2015). • Google Anita Award Winner – Europe, Middle East and Africa (2014).
  3. 3. Current research Scaffolding new learners of Java programming to write programs on a mobile phone
  4. 4. What is OER? OER describes any educational resource that is openly (freely) available for use and permits re-use by educators and learners.
  5. 5. Examples of OER • Learning content: MIT Open Courseware • Tools: Open Source Software • Implementation Resources: Intellectual property licenses promoting free publishing.
  6. 6. Why get involved in OER? • ‘What you give, you get back improved.’ • Can be used as PR to attract new students. • Lowering education cost. • Generate revenue through Ads.
  7. 7. Challenges of OER 1. Compromise on quality.
  8. 8. Opportunities for research: Quality • Opportunity 1: Develop /Use Plagiarism detection systems at our institutions. • Opportunity 2: Study the impact on use of current plagiarism detection systems. • Opportunity 3: Devise internal quality checks that can be documented and published.
  9. 9. Opportunities for research: Quality • Opportunity 4: User evaluation •
  10. 10. Opportunities for research: Quality • Opportunity 5: Peer review systems. • I would wish to see full paper submissions in future eLearning innovations conferences. • Indexed access to Google Scholar etc.
  11. 11. Challenges of OER 2. Sustainability • How useful is your resource? • Interoperabilty • Funding
  12. 12. Opportunities for research: Sustainability • User-Driven research. • From design to evaluation
  13. 13. Opportunities for research: Sustainability • Good research is one that kicks the door open for another researcher to go through. • Originality is the only kick hard enough to open the door for further research.
  14. 14. Opportunities for research: Sustainability • Writing grant proposals • Involve learners to design payment models: For example, the conversion model. • Follow the community model (involving targeted stakeholders).
  15. 15. Conclusion • OER provides numerous research opportunities. • ELearning is the right platform to be involved in OER. • Let us not compromise on quality for quantity. • Users, Users, Users.
  16. 16. Thank you! @evangelinechao chaombogho@gmail.com

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