Evolution of Open at University of Michigan

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Open.Michigan overview presentation by Kathleen Omollo for the Health OER Tech Africa 2012 workshop.

Jan 10, 2013 - An updated version of this presentation is posted at http://openmi.ch/slides-aiti13.

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  • I'm here to talk to you about Open.Michigan, an initiative at the University of Michigan that publishes open educational resources and supports open teaching and learning practices at our University. I'll be sharing our story, about how we started, our goals and our engagement efforts over the last three and a half years.
  • Early on in our process, we saw the need for strong branding. You see it in the font we use, our color scheme and in the design of our website. Our branding spreads across all our media and collateral and we even have business cards for the Open.Michigan initiative. We were early adopters of blogging and videos to get our message out to our community about what we do.
  • Open.Michigan serves both as a model for other open education initiatives by developing and documenting support material as well as an initiative which supports open publication of U-M scholarly content. “ Earth” symbol by Francesco Paleari from the Noun Project (http://thenounproject.com/noun/earth/#icon-No1071)
  • Our first couple of years was about getting institutional buy in from key stakeholders, including the Medical School Dean, the dean of libraries, the Dean of the School of Information and others.   We worked closely with the General Counsel to develop open policies that were aligned with the sharing culture at U-M. For example, at U-M faculty generally own the copyright to their works and can choose how to share their work.   We also developed the dScribe process and tools. dScribe process relies on volunteers who receive training from our team. They partner with a content creator, usually a faculty member to gather, assess and clear educational resources to publish on the Open.Michigan collection.   During this phase of our project, we focused on creating campaigns geared at students to invite them to become dScribes and partner with faculty members to publish OER.   The initiative had to prove this proof of concept was an efficient and effective way of publishing OER that didn't rely on a large staff like MIT's and also incorporated the learning community into the process.   Additional Notes: U-M policy U-M very decentralized: created a participatory, distributed process for creating OER “ Leaders and Best”: wanted to be able to use/adapt OER in a way that didn’t just mimic MIT PD-Inel: worked with General Counsel at U-M to determine how to best classify scientific content (especially medical content) in terms of copyright based on factual representation. dScribe process for clearing content participatory and distributed focuses on student-faculty relationships 8 step process: connect, training, gather, license, assess and clear, edit, review, publish OERca is a web-based content clearing application that supports the dScribe process. upload content (e.g. powerpoint presentations) add metadata (e.g. source and license information) extract and replace third party copyrighted content re-assemble and publish with attribution information and disclaimer slides
  • At Open.Michigan, we have two major goals:   to sustain a thriving culture of sharing knowledge at U-M; and to provide comprehensive public access to U-M’s scholarly output.   We do a host of activities to support these goals.   As one of these goals is to sustain a culture of sharing, our engagement efforts are very important to the health of our initiative. “ SHARE” by Share Conference. CC: BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/shareconference/5422273956/
  • In order to support a culture of sharing, we have several objectives we aim to achieve and I'll talk more about how we do these things later in the presentation. We base our actions on participation and ground-up interest, so we have a lot of 1:1 contact with members of our community and we go to lots and lots of meetings with people across campus.
  • Our goal doesn't stop at publishing content.   We are also interested in making it easy for people to share by giving them tools and guidance for their own creation and publication of open content.   We've developed an open publishing platform based on Drupal called OERbit.   We've developed a participatory, volunteer driven process for collecting, assessing and re-publishing educational resources under open licenses called dScribe and we've developed a content and decision management tool to support the dScribe process called OERca. We try to make it easy to support open educational practices by providing lots of DIY resources and this is where our strong branding comes in handy.
  • In the past five years, we had to focus on different aspects of our goals and objectives.   Each phase had a slightly different focus in terms of community engagement and we've been consistently adding onto our models for engagement each year.   We have also established ourselves as a national model for OER production and alongside our local community engagement efforts, we've participated in conferences and other activities that support the development of open educational practices.   We're a sustaining member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium and former Open.Michigan team members have gone on to work for Creative Commons, manage ISKME's OER Commons and work for Microsoft Research.
  • Our second phase consisted of starting to identify the culture of sharing that already existed at U-M and making these projects more transparent on our website. We highlight open source tools like the Michigan Tailoring System and Open Access publications like Digital Culture Books on our site.   We started reaching out to new schools across U-M and continued to focus on dScribe training and campaigning.   This is essentially running a long course, with time dedicated to recruiting, training, supporting and graduating cohorts of dScribes.   At one semester we had 24 dScribes from the School of Information and all Open.Michigan team members dedicated their semester to keeping this cohort functioning.   We also started organizing community building events, like bringing in speakers, and partnering more deeply with the Library and their open access publishing units to promote open practices on campus.   An Open.Michigan team member during this time taught an online class at U-M Flint called "Open Pedagogy—A New Paradigm for Teaching and Learning" and another team member helped write the "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare" with MIT and the Center for Social Media.   Additional Information: Volunteers Built up dScribe program, especially in School of Information One term had 24 dScribes from the School of Information Awareness (events) Started organizing and hosting larger awareness raising events Open Everything, Fall 2009 https://open.umich.edu/blog/2009/10/08/open-everything/ CTO Nathan Yergler speaks at U-M Open.Michigan continues to report on open activities around campus Experimented with a book club Reached out to the Library system for deeper collaborations Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OCW, MIT, U-M, American http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ocw An Open.Michigan team member also taught an online class at U-M Flint: EDT 585: Open Pedagogy – A New Paradigm for Teaching and Learning more strategic engagement with MLibrary Publishing Expand publishing efforts beyond M1/M2 Reach out to central campus and other campuses (School of Ed, Nursing, LSA) N 536 - Utilization of Nursing Research in Advanced Practice Teaching Persuasive Writing http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432099/in/photostream/
  • Phase three was when we really started digging into the culture we'd identified at U-M.   We created the first Open Education Coordinator, a position dedicated to community engagement.   We started conducting more regular surveys of our community to identify needs, gaps and opportunities for open practices to support what is already happening on campus.   We developed communications plans and started actively and strategically using social media to reach out to and connect with our community.   We started partnering more with current projects, interests and activities on campus.   Instead of starting from "Open" we're starting with other people's passions, research interests and needs and blending "openness" into our support of these activities. We are staring to shift our outreach from “This is how you do open” to “How can I help you better achieve your goals?”   This has been really successful and we've seen an increase in the amount of people participating in our events and in the outcomes of the events.   You see a few examples on this slide of projects we're consulting on (MERLOT, Global Health Disparities, Emergency Health), committees we're a part of (eTextbooks, Digital Storytelling), and local conferences or events we've coordinated or presented at.  
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  •  Thanks for listening, I'm happy to answer any questions. Feel free to get in touch with me or the Open.Michigan team through any of these channels.
  • Evolution of Open at University of Michigan

    1. 1. Evolution of the Initiative InitiativeDescription Kathleen Omollo University of Michigan Medical School October 2012, Health OER Tech Africa Except where otherwise noted, this work is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. 1   Copyright 2012 The Regents of the University of Michigan
    2. 2. CC  BY  open.umich.edu   2  
    3. 3. “Open.Michigan enables University of Michigan faculty, students, staff and others to share theireducational resources and research with the world.” 3  
    4. 4. Phase One Build processes, tools, policy 4  
    5. 5. Process:  dScribe    CC  BY    Open.umich.edu/dScribe   5  
    6. 6. Open  source  tool:  OERca    CC  BY  Open.umich.edu 6  
    7. 7. Goals1culture of sharing 2comprehensive public access 7  
    8. 8. 1culture of sharing•  Build partnerships and communities of sharing•  Make visible the community and support it needs•  Increase support for OER production 8  
    9. 9. 2comprehensive public access Make it easy to create and use open content •  Build tools, processes, increase visibility of content •  Consult, educate, train 9  
    10. 10. Phase Three Build community, evaluate, strategize Phase Two Refine processes, identify culture Phase OneBuild processes,tools, policy 10  
    11. 11. Phase Two Refine processes, identify culture Policy dScribe volunteers Publishing Expand OER Community Events   11  
    12. 12. Open  Source  Tool:  OERbit    CC  BY  open.umich.edu/oerbit   12  
    13. 13. Partners:  Students    CC  BY  open.umich.edu/blog/2011/12/16/student-­‐work/   13  
    14. 14. Phase Three Build community, evaluate, strategizeCatalyze Medical Textbook of the Future, Diagnosecommunity This, A2DataDiveinterests •  EvaluationConnect with Digital storytelling, eTextbooks, U-M •  Strategicother initiatives Wikipedians, HASTAC Planning •  AnalyticsConsult on MERLOT, Global Health Disparities,new projects Emergency Health 14  
    15. 15. Partners:  Library  •  ©  Educa2on    •  Public  domain   collec2ons    •  Open  access   journals    •  Metadata   Structure  and   Aggrega2on    •  Reference   Services  for  OER    •  Print  on  Demand  •  CC  BY   open.umich.edu/ connect/projects   15  
    16. 16. Using Interactive Media as a Scaffolding Between Knowledge Acquisition & Clinical TrainingPartner:  InstrucIonal  and   Lecture   Key   Interac2ve  Module  MulImedia  Design   Peer  Physical  Examina2on  CC  BY  SA  UMich;  URL  coming  soon   Pa2ent  Physical  Examina2on   Standardized  Test  (mul2ple  choice)   The  Leaning  Program  /  MSIS  
    17. 17. Partners:  Students  for  Free  Culture    CC  BY  Freeculture.org   17  
    18. 18. Partners:  Coursera  CC  BY  open.umich.edu/educaIon/si/coursera-­‐ihts/summer2012   18  
    19. 19. Partners:  Wikipedia    CC  BY  open.umich.edu/blog/2012/10/01/wikipedia-­‐educaIon-­‐program-­‐at-­‐u-­‐m/   19  
    20. 20. RecogniIon:  Badges    CC  BY  open.umich.edu/connect/badges   20  
    21. 21. Monitoring  usage    Openmi.ch/-­‐board   21  
    22. 22. Partners:  P2PU  School  of  Open  CC  BY    open.umich.edu/share/pracIce   22  
    23. 23. Partners:  P2PU    CC  BY  SA  p2pu.org/en/groups/dscribe-­‐peer-­‐produced-­‐open-­‐educaIonal-­‐resources/   23  
    24. 24. Event:  A2DataDive  CC  BY  open.umich.edu/educaIon/si/resources/datadive/winter2012   24  
    25. 25. Partners  in  Progress:  P2PU  School  of  Data    CC  BY  SA  Schoolofdata.org   25  
    26. 26. Open  source  tool  in  progress:  Case  Builder    URL  coming  soon   26  
    27. 27. Remix   Example:   From  This  AdaptaIons   Remix    •  From  laptop  to  mobile   Example:  •  Close  cap2ons  for  videos   To  This  •  Translate-­‐a-­‐thon  (in  progress)   27  
    28. 28. RecogniIon    CC  BY  Open.umich.edu/blog   28  
    29. 29. RecogniIon    CC  BY  Open.umich.edu/blog   29  
    30. 30. This presentation is based on previous Open.Michigan presentations by: Emily Puckett Rodgers David Malicke Pieter Kleymeer Susan Topol Ted Hanss 30  

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