[open-development] Aid data training curriculum draft- what do you think?
zara.rahman at okfn.org
Tue Apr 1 08:13:56 UTC 2014
Thanks all so much for your feedback, both on and off-list, really helpful!
I was thinking actually about ways to structure the courses that
wouldn't be so text heavy, but perhaps making more use of screencasts (a
method which has just beentried out
so it's good to hear that this comes to other peoples' minds as well. If
anyone has examples of how this has been done well in other courses, I'd
love to see some examples to learn from.
Rachel; yes, I've been looking at the budget/aid curriculum sent over by
DI - I'll follow up with you on that separately, but yes I'm definitely
planning on point towards/building upon existing resources as building
blocks within the curriculum. And, making it clear what technical
pre-requisites might be needed is a great idea, Tim!
Interesting to hear that almost everyone who has been in touch has
mentioned the importance of understanding the limitations of aid data;
clearly this is on a lot of people's minds...
I'll share the curriculum via a hackpad or similar to make it easier for
comments, if that would help, and share this once I've updated/iterated
after the feedback that you've all kindly given.
Thank you again, hope you're all having a lovely start to the week!
On 31/03/2014 01:16, Tim Davies wrote:
> Hello Zara,
> Thanks for sharing this list. Is there a possibility of using a
> platform other than the Wiki - as the sign-in requirement is a bit of
> barrier to adding things there?
> Two quick reflections/questions:
> - I wonder if for some of the questions/course topics there whether
> there are existing resources that people can be signposted to - or
> which can be embedded in a small wrapper to contextualise them,
> without needing new content to be created;
> - Is the school of data course format always going to be the best one
> for these modules? If find it to be quite text-heavy - whereas for
> some of these themes I wonder if more slide-show based and
> audio-visual approaches would be better (albeit with the greater
> complexity of translating video materials).
> On a more specific note about prioritisation, I would suggest higher
> priority to:
> * *The limitations of aid data thus far* - there are already many
> people aware of the main players, but without a good understanding
> of the capability and limitations of current aid data. Starting
> from this would fill a gap in the knowledge environment: no-one
> else is addressing it. Whereas giving information on the main
> players is not as much as of a dev-toolkit niche.
> On a related note - it might be worth thinking about which general
> School of Data courses act a pre-requisites for working with
> particular aid data sources. E.g. if you want to work with IATI data
> through the data store CSV export, but you know nothing about data and
> data structures, which couple of course should you take to get up to
> Hope these reflections are useful,
> All the best
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM, Zara Rahman <zara.rahman at okfn.org
> <mailto:zara.rahman at okfn.org>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> A little toolkit update for you: we've put up a first iteration of
> an Aid Data curriculum up online:
> http://wiki.okfn.org/Projects/Open_Dev_Toolkit/Training/Plan -
> and, a little request for feedback, if you have a couple of
> minutes ;-)
> Due to funding and time restrictions, we'll probably only have
> time to write 6 or so modules in this curriculum within the next
> couple of months, though there is a fairly comprehensive list
> compiled here; *do you think the ones marked 'Priority 1' are the
> right ones to prioritise? And are we missing anything critical in
> these 6 modules? *It's up on a wiki to encourage your comments and
> feedback so please go ahead :-) *
> *We wanted to include all of the modules that came to mind for
> completeness, hoping that in the future there will be more
> resources to write these modules too. They'll be written in the
> style of School of Data courses, which you cansee online here.
> There's also some more information about the Toolkit and other
> ways to get involved on the Project page on the wiki, here:
> Thanks all for any feedback and thoughts on this (and of course,
> any contributions of people wanting to join in writing the
> courses, share materials, or test out modules once they're
> written, are all very much welcome!)
> Zara Rahman
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