[Open-education] Fwd: School of Open: What we did in 2013

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Thu Jan 2 08:50:37 UTC 2014

Happy New Year to you all!

I think some of you might be interested in what the School of Open did 
in 2013 - see forwarded email below. It would be great for the Open 
Education Working Group to work with them more in 2014.



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Subject: 	School of Open: What we did in 2013
Date: 	Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:15:40 -0700
From: 	Cable Green <cable at CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG>
Reply-To: 	Open Education Special Interest Group <OPENEDSIG at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>

Sharing Jane's excellent School of Open 2013 review (see below).

Happy New Year!



*/Full blog post at: https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/41423/*

Here’s another end of year list: all the awesome things 
<http://creativecommons.org/tag/school-of-open> the School of Open 
community accomplished in 2013. Last year, we highlighted 
<https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/36078> the work we put into 
materializing School of Open as a concrete entity with goals and people 
involved. This year, we actually launched the School 
<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/37179> with a full set of 
online courses and kick-off events around the world!

But we didn’t stop there. All year long, our volunteers have been 
contributing in so many fantastic and unexpected ways that it’s been 
hard to wrap our brains around all the activity. So here’s my attempt at 
collecting and distilling everything here, as a teaser for the new 
School of Open landing page that will happen in 2014.

SOO breakdown

The biggest thing you should note about the School of Open is that it is 
*no longer just a set of online courses sitting on the P2PU platform*. 
It is a global community and movement of volunteers developing and 
running online or hybrid *courses*, *face-to-face workshops*, and *real 
world training programs* — all with the purpose of helping people /do 
what they already do/ *better* with the aid of open resources and tools.

      In 2013, we

  * Launched 12 stand-alone courses
    <https://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-open/#stand-alone> for anyone
    to take at any time, with or without others.
  * Ran a total of 11 facilitated courses
    <https://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-open/#facilitated> on topics
    such as: Copyright 4 Educators, Designing Collaborative Workshops,
    Open Science, CC licensing, Writing Wikipedia Articles, and Why Open?
  * Conducted initial research on the impact of some of these courses
    and completed a research residency
    <https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/40393> with the OER
    Research Hub in Milton Keynes, England
  * Hosted multiple workshops, course sprints, and other events across 5
    continents (in countries like England, Germany, Kenya, China, Sudan,
    Argentina, South Africa, the U.S.)
  * Started School of Open Kenya <http://teamopen.cc/kasyoka/>, an after
    school program for high school students teaching about open
    educational resources, CC licenses, and the open culture that they
  * Put on an engineering and design challenge
    <https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/39057> incorporating open
    source and CC licensing education for university students in China
  * Ran a two-week OER summer camp for kids on Luxi island, an island in
    rural China (more info to follow in a guest blog post)

    oer summer camp <http://creativecommons.net.cn/2013/07/11/2013-7-11/>
    OER summer camp on Luxi island (ZHU Renkai / CC BY

  * Launched WikiProject Open
    <https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/40105>, a community of new
    and experienced Wikipedians, dedicated to improving Wikipedia’s
    coverage of all things “open” and to using openly licensed content
    to improve Wikipedia articles in general
  * Got the School of Open’s Writing Wikipedia Articles course adopted
    as part of a formal university course
    <https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/40460> (the University of
    Mississippi’s “Open Educational Resources and Practices”)
  * Piloted P2PU badges <http://badges.p2pu.org/> for 7 of our
    facilitated courses! For examples, check out this Remix OER badge
    <http://badges.p2pu.org/en/badge/view/119/> and this Intro to Open
    Science Open Access badge <http://badges.p2pu.org/en/badge/view/110/>
  * Built a human timeline of the open education space
    Which we want anyone and everyone to contribute to
  * Helped turn a “collaborations across the open space” session at
    Mozfest into a funded part-time position that will help coordinate
    our open communities! (more info at this pad
  * Developed support resources
    <http://info.p2pu.org/get-involved/create-a-course/> for course
    facilitators, including this comprehensive tip sheet
    <https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/40184> by a facilitator
    with a 95% retention rate
  * Created a couple videos for online conferences, like this one for
    K-12 educators <https://vimeo.com/76496537> and this one for Open Ed
    Week <https://vimeo.com/60035152>
  * Showcased School of Open projects by CC affiliates
    at the Creative Commons Global Summit in Buenos Aires…

…and more, all of which you can check out in detail on the CC blog at 

      In 2014, we will

  * Launch our third round of facilitated courses in March. Sign up to
    be notified <http://groups.google.com/group/school-of-open-announce>
    when registration opens
  * Revamp the School of Open landing page <http://schoolofopen.org/> to
    better reflect our multi-layered activity
  * Build out courses in different languages. So far volunteers have
    expressed interest in translating courses into Spanish, Romanian,
    Hindi, Swedish, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, French, Arabic, German,
    Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew… yes, we’ve got our work cut out
    for us!
  * Expand current training programs to other regions; for example, we
    hope to have similar programs to School of Open Kenya in place in
    Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania
  * Start new courses and training programs in South Africa, Colombia,
    Uruguay, El Salvador, Argentina, and more!
  * Collaborate with our fellow open organizations such as OKFN,
    Mozilla, Wikimedia, P2PU, and more!
  * Do more research! And completing a report of our findings with the
    OER Research Hub
  * Get more SOO courses adopted as part of formal university courses
  * Secure professional development credit for teachers/librarians
    taking Copyright 4 Educators in Australia (and elsewhere)
  * Collaborate with the California School Librarians Association (CSLA)
    to increase CC and OER education in K-12 schools!

    /Fireworks/ / Jack-Benny / CC BY-SA

  * Run more workshops, especially one for SOO volunteers to get
    together and grow their respective projects
  * Take more pictures. We didn’t have enough this year!

And I could go on, but I’ll stop there. On behalf of the School of Open 
community, we wish you a Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

If you would like to join us in our endeavors to provide free education 
opportunities on all things open, introduce yourself at the School of 
Open Google Group <https://groups.google.com/group/school-of-open> 
(separate from this announcement list) and check out a course 
<http://schoolofopen.org/> (or two or three).


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons
@cgreen <http://twitter.com/cgreen>
/reuse, revise, remix & redistribute/

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