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Supporting innovation ineducational technology by enabling   open educational practices                  Michael Paskevici...
AgendaThe case for open education in Southern AfricaOpen education at the University of Cape TownUnintended benefits, unfo...
Global Science Research Outputs (2001)   http://www.worldmapper.org   2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark N...
“There’s been no significant break in relationsof knowledge production between the colonialand post-colonial eras. African...
What’s different about Africa now?• 100x improvements in both  international and national  bandwidth• TENET/SANREN bandwid...
Mobile revolution                                                                          The penetration of mobile phone...
What can be done with this onslaught of bandwidth and access to knowledge?                             CC-BY Eve Gray:    ...
University of Cape Town : from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cape_TownInformal Settlement : from - http://w...
Open access/education projects at UCT
http://www.capetowndeclaration.org
OER UCT Project• Funded by Shuttleworth Foundation from March 2009 –  February 2010, total value R800,000 ($97,000 CAD)• A...
Strategy 1: Small part-time team• Employ a part-time project manager &  graduate assistants• Use existing staff members of...
Strategy 2: Resource-based OERIncludes:• entire courses• individual  resources  –   e-books  –   Manuals  –   Presentation...
Strategy 3: Referatory of OER• Reduce duplication and maximise the use  of existing infrastructure• Directory allows  – Le...
Strategy 4: Use OSS - Drupal                      • Use Open Source Software +                        Drupal modules custo...
Strategy 5: Academic agency• Decentralised uploading  – Individuals academics upload    and maintain their resources    di...
Strategy 6: Metadata standardUsers add Dublin Coremetadata which increasesthe discoverability of aresource                ...
Strategy 7: Project incorporated      into existing portfolio• To ensure the sustainability of the UCT OpenContent  direct...
Strategy 8: Marketing•   Seminars & workshops•   Blog – OER@UCT•   Facebook / Twitter•   Social events•   Button on UCT ho...
Strategy 9: Innovation grants            • 9 small grants in 2011            • £800 ($1,200 CAD) each            • Health ...
Strategy 10: Open.UCT• Aims to make freely available scholarly resources  which can be shared, including research, teachin...
0              50                   100                                                                150                ...
Measuring influence: Alternative metrics
by ryancrWHY GO OPEN? WHAT ARETHE POSSIBILITIES?
Computer Literacy in the CommunityIEEE UCT chapter use the openly licensed computerliteracy guides to support training in ...
Studying at University: A guide for              first year students  • Used by Venda University and the University of the...
OpenContent becomes a Journal Article• Materials published as OER on OpenContent  selected for publishing in the Journal o...
OTHER INTERESTING OPENEDUCATION INITIATIVES INSOUTH AFRICA
http://www.fundamaths.com/
http://projects.siyavula.com/
Collecting OER in Africa: OER Africa                         http://www.oerafrica.org/
Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius michael.paskevicus@gmail.com OpenUCT http://openuct.uct.ac.za/ OpenContent Directory: htt...
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Delivered at the Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) Spring Workshop 2012 with the theme “Innovation: What’s on Your Horizon?”

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Supporting innovation in educational technology by enabling open educational practices

  1. 1. Supporting innovation ineducational technology by enabling open educational practices Michael Paskevicius Reporting from: Centre for Educational Technology University of Cape Town
  2. 2. AgendaThe case for open education in Southern AfricaOpen education at the University of Cape TownUnintended benefits, unforeseenconsequencesOther interesting open initiatives in the South
  3. 3. Global Science Research Outputs (2001) http://www.worldmapper.org 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  4. 4. “There’s been no significant break in relationsof knowledge production between the colonialand post-colonial eras. African universities areessentially consumers of knowledge producedin developed countries.”Blade Nzimande, Minister for HigherEducation and TrainingUNESCO World Conference on HigherEducation 2009 CC-BY Eve Gray: http://www.slideshare.net/evegray/open-access-week-2009-university-of-the-western-cape
  5. 5. What’s different about Africa now?• 100x improvements in both international and national bandwidth• TENET/SANREN bandwidth 10Gbps (coming soon)• Enables new possibilities, especially for audio, video and rich media• Africa coming online CC- BY Steve Song http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/
  6. 6. Mobile revolution The penetration of mobile phone networks in many low and middle-income countries surpasses other infrastructure such as paved roads and electricity, and dwarfs fixed Internet deployment. http://www.who.int/goe/publications/goe_mhealth_web.pdfDid You Know - Mobile Stats for Africa 2011, Compiled by Praekelt Foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kamlf-uAHU
  7. 7. What can be done with this onslaught of bandwidth and access to knowledge? CC-BY Eve Gray: http://www.slideshare.net/evegray/scholarl
  8. 8. University of Cape Town : from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cape_TownInformal Settlement : from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/54357435@N00/1093665713 Author: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA
  9. 9. Open access/education projects at UCT
  10. 10. http://www.capetowndeclaration.org
  11. 11. OER UCT Project• Funded by Shuttleworth Foundation from March 2009 – February 2010, total value R800,000 ($97,000 CAD)• Activities: – Survey existing teaching & learning resources with potential to be OERs – Provide support to OER creators – Facilitate the publication of 5 exemplar OERs – Create an OER Directory for UCT – Document the OER UCT process as a case study• Encourage and support the production and sharing of South African open educational resources
  12. 12. Strategy 1: Small part-time team• Employ a part-time project manager & graduate assistants• Use existing staff members of CET – Academic in CET – Project Director – Co-ordinator of the CET Learning Technologies -technical manager – Student volunteers
  13. 13. Strategy 2: Resource-based OERIncludes:• entire courses• individual resources – e-books – Manuals – Presentations – Podcasts – Lecture notes – Animations
  14. 14. Strategy 3: Referatory of OER• Reduce duplication and maximise the use of existing infrastructure• Directory allows – Lecturers to upload or remove resources – Lecturers to capture metadata – Search, browse and discover resources by category or keywords
  15. 15. Strategy 4: Use OSS - Drupal • Use Open Source Software + Drupal modules customised by CET team • Specialist programming and theming done by consulting company • Uses same authentication as http://drupal.org other UCT sites
  16. 16. Strategy 5: Academic agency• Decentralised uploading – Individuals academics upload and maintain their resources directly• Pride of authorship – Quality assurance with the individual not the system – Quality assurance part of broader teaching and learning systems, not separate• Minimal moderation – Copyright compliance only
  17. 17. Strategy 6: Metadata standardUsers add Dublin Coremetadata which increasesthe discoverability of aresource This particular resource is hosted in the LMS, but described and shared in OpenContent
  18. 18. Strategy 7: Project incorporated into existing portfolio• To ensure the sustainability of the UCT OpenContent directory, the management of the OER initiative would become part of the portfolio of the Curriculum Development Officer in the Centre for Educational Technology (CET)
  19. 19. Strategy 8: Marketing• Seminars & workshops• Blog – OER@UCT• Facebook / Twitter• Social events• Button on UCT homepage
  20. 20. Strategy 9: Innovation grants • 9 small grants in 2011 • £800 ($1,200 CAD) each • Health Science, Engineering, Law, CHED, Science • To create and/or adapt OER • From entire curriculum to small media intensive teaching and learning resources
  21. 21. Strategy 10: Open.UCT• Aims to make freely available scholarly resources which can be shared, including research, teaching and other scholarly resources• Engage the UCT community in open education and open scholarship issues in the broader sense• Participate in global open education and open scholarship discussions from a developing country perspective
  22. 22. 0 50 100 150 200 25001-201002-201003-201004-201006-201007-201008-201009-201010-201011-201012-201001-201102-201103-201105-201106-201107-201108-201109-201110-201111-201112-201101-201202-201203-2012 monthly Growth of OER at UCT Resources added Growth of total content
  23. 23. Measuring influence: Alternative metrics
  24. 24. by ryancrWHY GO OPEN? WHAT ARETHE POSSIBILITIES?
  25. 25. Computer Literacy in the CommunityIEEE UCT chapter use the openly licensed computerliteracy guides to support training in a computer labdonated to a local high school http://www.ebe.uct.ac.za/usr/ebe/staff/april2010.pdf
  26. 26. Studying at University: A guide for first year students • Used by Venda University and the University of the Western Cape with new students • Stellenbosch University uses some of the illustrations • The guide has been accessed over 3800 times via the directory and over 600 physical printed guides have been sold!http://opencontent.uct.ac.za/Centre-for-Higher-Education-Development/Studying-at-University-A-guide-for-first-yea
  27. 27. OpenContent becomes a Journal Article• Materials published as OER on OpenContent selected for publishing in the Journal of Occupational Therapy of Galicia, an open access journal for occupational therapists in the Spanish speaking world http://blogs.uct.ac.za/blog/oer-uct/2010/12/06/sharing-knowledge-leads-to-opportunities
  28. 28. OTHER INTERESTING OPENEDUCATION INITIATIVES INSOUTH AFRICA
  29. 29. http://www.fundamaths.com/
  30. 30. http://projects.siyavula.com/
  31. 31. Collecting OER in Africa: OER Africa http://www.oerafrica.org/
  32. 32. Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius michael.paskevicus@gmail.com OpenUCT http://openuct.uct.ac.za/ OpenContent Directory: http://opencontent.uct.ac.za Follow me: http://twitter.com/mpaskevi Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/za/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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