Lindsay Jordan: Designing a MA/PGCert unit on Open Educational Practice (proposal)
Developing an MA/PGCert unit in Open Educational Practice
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11 January 2013
I'm developing and delivering a new unit within our MA in CPD (Academic Practice) framework. Most participants will be University of the Arts London teaching staff who are taking the unit as an elective for their PG Cert.
We have a small but passionate and motivated team contributing to the unit, with a considerable amount of expertise in Open Practice and OER use/production. My own expertise is more on the Open Reflective Practice side; I've dabbled in the production & use of OERs but I'm definitely not an expert in them. The teaching team - and their very approximate specialisms (oh, I really need to find out more about what they do... curses) will be:
Myself (Open Practice in Teaching)
John Casey (OER management)
Chris Follows (OER use & production: logistics & standards)
John Jackson (OER production: tools)
We have around 10 participants signed up to take the unit in February. We have the benefit of our own fantastic OER database for arts education (Process Arts), and a management team that supports innovation and gives us the autonomy we need to experiment with different approaches and environments. Our main challenge is - as always - finding enough time to do these things well...!
The change I would like to see (challenge)
In the next few weeks (ok, lets be realistic - the next two weeks - I need to have developed my plans for this course beyond the handbook and assignment briefs, and to have fleshed out the details of the learning activities that participants will complete, the environments in which they do them, and the content we will ask them to engage with. If I don't do this in a timely manner, the course won't be very good. I need participants to feel confident that we (ok, I) know what we're talking about and can advise and support them effectively in their projects.
How I might go about realising that change
In terms of the development of the OEP unit in the context of this course, I'm going to start by presenting the current handbook, scheme of work and assignment briefs, and the feedback given to me so far by the other three members of the team. They have given some great suggestions for tweaks that might be needed, additions to the reading lists and topics that might need to be included in the face-to-face sessions. I think bringing all of this into one place will be a good start... and I'll take it from there!
In terms of the pedagogic approach itself... It's going to be quite problem-based; as with this course, participants will be asked to identify a project of their own quite early on, and base their assignments on this. The pre-course research activity and the first workshop day will be focused on getting participants engaged with some key issues and tools associated with Open Practice and the production of OERs.
Comments and additions from the teaching team (January 2013):
Re: 'Content' - resources, readings etc
Hilaire Graham (our Senior Educational Developer) recommended this online teaching manifesto (from the MSc eLearning at the University of Edinburgh) as a useful resource for participants: http://onlineteachingmanifesto.wordpress.com/the-text/. In rediscovering this I then found a link to Jesse Stommel's manifesto for online learning, which also raises some fantastic points about openness in education generally. Jesse (@Jessifer on twitter) is currently leading #moocmooc (a mooc about moocs). (at this point I am wondering about the distinction between Open Education and Online Education...whether there *is* a distinction, and whether one needs to be made...)
Chris suggested the following book: Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy -And all these - http://www.open.ac.uk/score/publications
John Casey suggested the following: A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) by Asha Kanwar (COL) (Editor), Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO) (Editor), Neil Butcher (Author) Publishers: COL, UNESCO (July 2011)
And Creative Commons Licences – are they right for you? By John Casey, Published in the Arts Libraries Journal vol.37 No.22012
Both John Jackson and Chris highlighted the need for an introduction to 'basic tools and processes' at the start of the course. I'm in agreement... but having cut my teeth on 'technical inductions' for PG Cert cohorts in the past I know how important it is to pitch this right, and - most importantly - make it interactive. Maybe I should get on the case and book a computer room for a couple of hours for February 25th...
Chris recommended the creation of a specific project group within Process Arts for the OEP projects, as we did for last year's Teaching Development Projects.
Chris also raised the question of an open platform space for the course; I presume he means *instead* of Moodle.. although as I understand it we can enable guest access to Moodle courses. This wouldn't allow guests the same degree of interaction, but they could follow links out to participants' blogs and to our Process Arts area for sure. I think the long-term plan (perhaps for 2014) is to move towards more open delivery of the course itself, although too much 'meta' ness can make things more complex than they need to be...
John Casey raised the following point about AE3, which I will definitely take on board - and may actually put in the opening paragraph of the handbook!
If people are expected to upload a final report to Process.arts it would be good to highlight this in the course introduction I.e. Something like 'As part of the course you will be expected to share your final report openly with the world as an OER under a Creative Commons Licence' This alerts them to the fact early on and might also give us something to discuss with them.
16:56 on 11 January 2013 (Edited 17:02 on 11 January 2013)