OpenLearn Works to OpenLearn Create
One of the World Cafe sessions at the #OEPSforum3 on 5 November 2015 featured the open platform which the OEPS project is helping develop further. This is a brief summary of redesign and further development planned for the open platform:
OpenLearn Works (OLW) http://www.open.edu/openlearnworks/ draws on the Open University’s expertise to facilitate good online pedagogy and open educational practice. OLW is a Moodle platform that allows the creation and delivery of educational content for free. The guiding principles are:
- That content is available openly and for free to all users (learners and creators) of the platform (unless it is hosted in the closed VLE sections of the site, where other criteria may apply).
- That the site provides space for users to publish, reuse and repurpose content and comprehensive guidance on how to do this.
- That content published on OLW should be released under a Creative Commons licence.
- That the site should promote and share good open pedagogical practices to support users creating OER and learners using OER as a service to users.
- There is no advertising on the site.
OpenLearn Works enables capacity building for those developing and delivering free and publically available digitally enhanced learning. The site is both a place to:
- Develop capacity (academy, toolkit & repository) and to
- Deliver product (courses, resources, product library sub portals)
The site provides free OER hosting facilities for those who don’t have access to an appropriate VLE for their courses, so is ideal for experimenting with ideas and creating courses across institutions or organisations.
The following hosting options are currently available:
- spaces for users to set up their own open courses,
- project spaces which can either be set up by external users (basic functionality) or by the OU (with enhanced features such as badges and OU structured content)
- a portal facility (which requires design and some IT development to reuse the basic template for new portals)
The following additional hosting options are planned and are currently being piloted:
- closed spaces for password enrolment for closed cohorts administered by OU or external organisations who need VLE space for their or OU content which is adapted for their CPD purposes
Users can create open courses on OpenLearn Works which can include textual content, images, embedded or linked video and quizzes using core Moodle. The platform has tools for collaboration when creating a draft course (editing, curating and contextualizing materials). There are tools for learners to collaborate with each other when studying a live course such as blogs, forums, interactive glossaries and polls. The platform supports Open Badging which are Mozilla compatible and mirrors the facility on OpenLearn for issuing badges automatically via course completion criteria.
OpenLearn Works will become OpenLearn Create (OLC) to more accurately reflect the open course creation facilities it offers. It is proposed that the redesigned OpenLearn Create will have the following enhancements and improvements to existing features:
- Mobile responsive design
- Easier to use interface for creating and updating courses which have a logical flow and navigational structure
- Improved routes and guidance for remixing and re-versioning OER content found both on OLC and on other OER sites
- A choice of Creative Commons licence options for publishing content (currently only one open licence option or all rights reserved are the only choices)
- An improved user profile encompassing course creator and learner elements
- Course user statistics and data dashboard for reports and analytics
- Digital badging configuration by the course creator (currently digital badges are set up by OpenLearn Works managers) and Statement of Participation template for course creator’s own branding
- Improved OER search facilities
- Exportable formats (for those wishing to study a course offline) or to export to another VLE platform
- Generate alternative formats (for accessibility purposes) from material uploaded to OpenLearn Create
- Further configuration of multiple language support for administration menus and correct text alignment
- Further configuration of the peer assessment module
- RSS/XML feeds of collections of course materials for display on other websites
- Plugin additional appropriate tools and resources
We are seeking views on the proposed developments for OpenLearn Create at the #oepsforum3 and welcome comments on this blog post about the platform.