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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 goo.gl/QmXkzV
  6. 6. Results See goo.gl/b7hXB8
  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 github.com – https://github.com/obonaventure/cnp3 – 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 goo.gl/M3GNMq
  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 – https://github.com/obonaventure/SystemesInformati ques • Slides are created just-in-time from the ebook
  13. 13. Systems course https://sites.uclouvain.be/SystInfo/index.html
  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 http://www.inginious.org
  18. 18. Creating content on INGINIOUS prototype for CS1
  19. 19. Creating content on INGINIOUS open exercises https://github.com/UCL-INGI/CS1-Java
  20. 20. Empowering students openweek.info.ucl.ac.be
  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…

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