During the few weeks ahead of OpenEd13, in preparation for my talk, I spent time interviewing K12 teachers in the US about their use of open educational resources (OER) in the classroom. As part of my work with the OER Research Hub Project I’m … Continue reading
Do OER prompt critical reflection by educators who use them, resulting in improved practice? Part 3 of my blog series on reflection moves from abstract theorisation to concrete evidence around OER Research Hub (OERRH) hypothesis E, which raises this very question. JISC … Continue reading
The OLDS MOOC (Open Learning Design Studio MOOC) evaluation report by Simon Cross has just been published and I thought it was worth a quick look. OLDS MOOC, based at The Open University, was a learning design MOOC that ran … Continue reading
Astronomer and writer Dr Carl Sagan is probably mis-credited as saying that ‘somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known’, though the sentence did feature in a 1977 interview with him in Newsweek magazine. Irrespective of whether Sagan or a magazine reporter made this … Continue reading
In Plato’s dialogue Theaetetus (173-174), Socrates talks about the philosopher whose mind is not in the city, where his body is, but is instead ‘in the heights above the heaven’, far away from ‘what lies near at hand’. Socrates’ observation on the … Continue reading
The structure for the research for OER Reserach Hub is built around 11 hypotheses that we are testing through our work with collaborating organisations, fellowships and background studies. We are now at a stage where the collaborations are well underway and surveys are producing data and we want to bring together the views from the team around the hypotheses and reflecting on our research.
On an away day at the beginning of June we took some lessons from Agile Programming to become Agile Researchers and carried out an Hypothesis Sprint, involving Sprint Boards, T-shirt sized tasks, burndown velocity and mini-scrums!
Guided by Martin we picked one of our hypotheses and focused in on achievable tasks, reporting quick progress and then getting a reasonable result all in one morning. The method appears to work well and if it does give us more of what we need then expect we will expand on that and how we manage to sustain it in future posts. (If you cannot wait then a search for Agile Programming or eXtreme Programming will generate plenty of starting points to look at the approach.)
The product is the true test of effectiveness. At the end of the morning we had a shared document with examples from half-a-dozen different areas plus a list of further sources to explore on our Sprint backlog. We have refined this a bit as a team to develop a shared document that offers items that support (or question) the statement: OER improves student performance/satisfaction. This will be coming soon as the first entry in a new hypothesis section on the website. We then plan to sprint through the other hypotheses as a way to help meet our deliverable target of a report reflecting on our research findings for release in September.
In my view the Sprint was a great success for us as a team. We think it would also work as a way to bring in other voices so with a bit more practice we should be ready for some open-sprinting :-).
I’m at #oer13 today and tomorrow and I’ve been doing a bit of live-blogging and monitoring Twitter activity. A pretty interesting resource just cam around on Twitter and I thought I should share it here for the benefit of the … Continue reading
Picture this: you are a Chemistry teacher in a school in Colorado; it’s Friday and you give kids a test; some kid fails, what do you do on Monday? You move on –“I’m sorry kid, I hope you can figure … Continue reading