A major obstacle to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of education is the lack of widely available, accessible, multilingual, timely, engaging and high-quality educational material (i.e. OpenCourseWare). The creation of comprehensive OpenCourseWare (OCW) is tedious, time-consuming and expensive with the effect that often courseware employed by teachers, instructors and professors is incomplete, outdated, inaccessible to those with disabilities and dull.
With the open-source SlideWiki platform, the effort of the creation, translation and evolution of highly-structured remixable OCW can be widely shared (i.e. crowdsourced). Similarly to Wikipedia for encyclopaedic content, SlideWiki allows to collaboratively create comprehensive OCW (curricula, slide presentations, self-assessment tests, illustrations etc.) online in a crowdsourcing manner. The SlideWiki platform has won the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Excellence Award and is used by hundreds of educators and thousands of learners. Several hundred comprehensive course materials are available on SlideWiki in dozens of languages.
The proposed workshop will introduce participants to the SlideWiki platform and its functionalities for collaborative authoring of OCW. Participants will also be introduced to the latest technological developments behind SlideWiki, regarding its integration with different educational platforms. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to try the SlideWiki platform and perform a range of OCW-related tasks, including finding OCW, reusing existing OCW, as well as authoring new OCW in collaboration with other participants. Participants will be able to offer their feedback via a plenary discussion and complete a questionnaire evaluating SlideWiki in terms of its usefulness and usability.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
The proposed workshop is part of the SlideWiki project’s initiative for introducing the SlideWiki platform to the open education community and collecting feedback. The feedback received from participants of the workshop via the discussions and questionnaire will be used by the project consortium in order to shape the project’s priorities and strategies accordingly. In particular, the project consortium will use the collected feedback to prioritise the development of new features and improvements of existing ones in the SlideWiki platform. Participants will also be able to join the SlideWiki community in order to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of collaborative OCW authoring.
Auer, Sö.; Khalili, A. & Tarasowa, D. (2013), Crowd-sourced Open Courseware Authoring with SlideWiki.org, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) 8 (1).
Khalili, A.; Auer, Sö.; Tarasowa, D. & Ermilov, I. (2012), SlideWiki: Elicitation and Sharing of Corporate Knowledge using Presentations, in Proceedings of the EKAW 2012.
Resources for participants
The SlideWiki platform: https://slidewiki.org