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Some lessons learned developing OERs over a decade


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These slides describe some of the Open Education Resources that I have developed with many students and colleagues over a decade. It provides pointers to some of these ressources.

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Some lessons learned developing OERs over a decade

  1. 1. Some lessons learned developing OERs over a decade Olivier Bonaventure, UCL Nov 9th, 2017
  2. 2. Background • While still a student – Managed bulletin board systems, Fidonet – promoted Internet/open-source RTFM • 1992 : Engineer in Computer Science (ULg) – Specialisation : Internet and computer networks • 1998 : CS Professor at UNamur – Cours en ligne initiative • 2002 : CS Professor at UCL – Managed to develop OERs for 3 Bachelor courses
  3. 3. First experience in Namur
  4. 4. Cours en ligne
  5. 5. Technology behind cours-en-ligne See
  6. 6. Results See
  7. 7. Midlife crisis • Like many professors, I used (too many) slides when teaching to students • Cours-en-ligne encouraged me to provide more and more details on the slides, but – Students where changing – I was getting more and more frustrated in explaining the same stuff with detailed slides • Applied for a sabbatical in … Louvain-la-Neuve
  8. 8. An open-source networking ebook
  9. 9. The various meanings of open • Anyone can access the content – Available online in HTML and pdf formats • Anyone can modify the content – Creative Commons License – All source code hosted on – – Uses restructured text and open-source software to rebuild the entire ebook • Received various contributions
  10. 10. Top contributors • Eduardo Grosclaude – Started a Spanish translation • Graphics and figures – Pierre Reinbold, Nipaul Long • Students – Matthieu Baerts, Matthieu Jadin, Benoit Legat, Joris Vanherck, Alexis Nootens, … • Teaching Assistants – Laurent Vanbever, Olivier Tilmans, Juan Cordero, Virginie Van den Schrieck, Damien Saucez, Mickael Hoerdt, ...
  11. 11. Be prepared for the unexpected
  12. 12. Third opportunity • Bachelor 2, reorganise the systems course – Unix, programming with C language • Start by writing the course ebook with two teaching assistants – Gregory Detal, Christoph Paasch – ques • Slides are created just-in-time from the ebook
  13. 13. Systems course
  14. 14. Encouraging student contributions
  15. 15. Contributors • Students – Quentin Deconinck, Adrien Scheuer, David Sarkozi, Simon Hardy, Benoît Legat, Nicolas Houtain, Maxime Demol, Kilian Verhetsel, … • Teaching Assistants – Gregory Detal, Christoph Paasch, Fabien Duchene, Antoine Caillau, David Lebrun, …
  16. 16. CS1 : last attempt • First Computer Science course for students in – Engineering – Computer Science – Mathematics – … • 650+ students this year • How to help them learn better ?
  17. 17. INGINIOUS • Started as a student project, trying to build spinoff company
  18. 18. Creating content on INGINIOUS prototype for CS1
  19. 19. Creating content on INGINIOUS open exercises
  20. 20. Empowering students
  21. 21. Next generation of OER producers
  22. 22. Summary • Benefits of Open Education Resources – Resource is easy to reuse, first by yourself – Encourage others to contribute • Don't forget that students can contribute as well – Puts a framework to organise the resource • Advice to create OER content – Put yourself in a situation where you have to create it • Tell others that you will be developing this content – Becomes your top priority for some period of time • Caveat – Don't expect that everybody will find your OER because it is open and online. – You might need to spend time to promote it…