OCWC12 15 minute fast talk on Expanding the Ecosystem for Remixable OER


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This is my talk at the Open Course Ware Conference in Cambridge UK, April 2012. It is quite dense, since it was a 15 minute talk. It illustrates my work to make it easier to create remixable education content. To remix content it is helpful to have a format that emphasizes semantics and structure. We are starting to work on an open source editor that helps authors either create content from scratch or import and then add nice structure and semantics without undue pain.

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OCWC12 15 minute fast talk on Expanding the Ecosystem for Remixable OER

  1. 1. Expanding the Ecosystem for Remixable  OER Kathi Fletcher OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 April 16­18, 2012Photograph courtesy Joe Crawford (http://www.flickr.com/people/artlung/) under th Creative Commons Attribution License.
  2. 2. My backgroundKathi FletcherBackground : Connexions PM and Technical Director 4 YrsLessons: Do what you are best at and empower the community to build an ecosystem around you.Fellowship: An OER Roadmap for an Ecosystem of OER Technical plumbing for OER • concentrating on publishing
  3. 3. Web/Online Accessibility ToolsEPUB/E­Book PDF/Print Repositories Benefits of Remixability: Learn anywhereLibrary photograph courtesy Joe Crawford (http://www.flickr.com/people/artlung/) under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
  4. 4. Benefits of remixability: The community adds valueEdit / Remixable TransformTranslate. OER Learning & Practicing Publish, Compile, Accredit ToolsPhotograph courtesy Joe Crawford (http://www.flickr.com/people/artlung/) under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
  5. 5. What makes a repository  remixable?Modular : Reusable componentsPluggable : Editable, structured format (hard to do)Shareable : CC license, permission to reuseReliable : You can count on it being there
  6. 6. Pluggability is hard to support, thoughAuthoring remixable OER is too hard right nowMake it easier 1) Grow the developer community solving theproblem by providing APIs 2) Create an importer/editor that is as easy as Word.
  7. 7. OER APIs: Publishing  OERPub based on SWORD Simple Webservice Offering Repository Deposit OERPub / SWORD OERPub / OERPub / SWORD SWORDPhotograph courtesy Joe Crawford (http://www.flickr.com/people/artlung/) under th Creative Commons Attribution License.
  8. 8. Making Authoring Easier Transform open teaching materials to remixable format6/17/11
  9. 9. Connexions ImporterConvert, Preview, and Upload docs (word/oo/gdocs/blogs) to Connexions and more
  10. 10. Wherever the learning is – start there. Word → Remix6/17/11
  11. 11. Wherever the learning is – start there. Word → Remix6/17/11
  12. 12. Web → Remix6/17/11
  13. 13. Web → Remix6/17/11
  14. 14. Google Docs → Remix6/17/11
  15. 15. Google Docs → Remix6/17/11
  16. 16. The result – Biology Ch1.16/17/11
  17. 17. The result – Biology - Ch1.26/17/11
  18. 18. The result – Biology - Ch1.36/17/11
  19. 19. Next Steps – Build an editorEngage developer communityTarget HTML5Use just-in-time semantics and templates
  20. 20. Author Behaviors that Subvert SemanticsCut and paste – incredibly useful for authors, but tends to result in crazy formatting (ex: a table has a heading style)Actions that “do” rather than “describe” [Tab] for table/list “*”, “1” for bulleted or numbered list Bold for heading, term, Italics for foreign term, citation
  21. 21. Just-in-time Semantics Use authors looks-oriented actions to elicit meaning- oriented helpers. Example: author tabs –ask about paragraphvs. tablevs. listImage used with permission from P. Flynns study on usability of authoring structured documents (http://wiki.ucc.ie/structed/).
  22. 22. Templates – Provide Scaffolding and Consistency for AuthorsThis example is taken from American Mathematics Institutess Unsolved Problems List (aimpl.org)
  23. 23. Existing editors to target TinyMCE New Wikipedia visual editor Sigil EPUB editor Wordpress/Pressbooks Aloha Mercury WYM
  24. 24. Potential Collaborators : BooktypePossibilities:  Use Booktype as a book editor and publish to Connexions  Collaborate on TinyMCE as a structured editor  Create conversions between CNX and Booktype and other structured formats (DocBook perhaps)  Collaborate on tools to create HTML, EPUB, Mobi, PDF from single source Screenshot taken from http://booktype.org
  25. 25. Potential Collaborators : Siyavula Building tools for teachers to collaborate and create open textbooks. Image used with permission from Mark Horners presentations on Siyavula.com
  26. 26. Potential Collaborators : AIM American Institute of MathematicsCollaborative Authoring Tool (for Mathematics Textbooks) This image is taken from David Farmer of American Mathematics Institutess talk at a workshop on collaborative textbook authoring.
  27. 27. Potential Collaborators: Connexions Building a whole textbook with drag and drop Screenshot of a Connexions experimental adaptation of “Smallest Federated Wiki” https://github.com/WardCunningham/Smallest-Federated-Wiki.
  28. 28. Potential Collaborators: Folks here! Find Out More – Get Involved Kathi Fletcher – Email me kathi.fletcher@shuttleworthfoundation.org Blog and Mailing Lists: kefletcher@blogspot.com, oerpub- dev@googlegroups.com Project page: code.google.com/p/oer-roadmap
  29. 29. Misc Image AttributionsGold medal - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ksiom, CC-BY-SACoffee Table Book – By User:Mattis (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsPackage - By GNOME icon artists (GNOME SVN / GNOME FTP) [GPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsTranslation - By Jesse Burgheimer [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsMagnifying glass – By David Vignoni [LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsSchool room – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:MrHarman – CC-BY-SAIntelligent tutor – By Richard Wilson (died 1782) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsEditing pencil - By Everaldo Coelho (YellowIcon) [LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsBlackberry phone : By Ricmoo at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons