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OER Collective Intelligence widgets: feedback invited

Summary: Part of the OLnet Project's mission is to investigate the socio-technical infrastructure that will assist the movement in pooling its "collective intelligence". We invite feedback from all members of the OER community on the design storyboard introduced below...

At next week's OER conference at Yale University, Hewlett Foundation grantees will be considering many of the big issues, which will be a valuable source of input into our emerging CI infrastructure.

During that event, I will run an informal 'birds of a feather' session to discuss the design concept we storyboard in the slides and movie below, but we invite feedback from all members of OER community via this page...

OER Collective Intelligence storyboard

Download the PDF of the slides from the menu button. Commentary on the slides in this movie...

Commentary on the slides...

...So, that's the idea. Working with you, OLnet develops some "widgets" (attractive little apps you can embed in your OER website), which enable us to crowdsource input from the community. These are channelled back to the OLnet website which pools the data, generates aggregate views, offers recommendations of related people and resources to your interests, etc.

What would these widgets do?

OLnet seeks to advance the movement's collective intelligence by pooling the many different layers of evidence that currently exist in disconnected forms. We are therefore considering widgets as one way to:

  • Invite your stories, informal feedback, or formal evaluation results concerning a particular OER (OER Impact)
  • Invite your inside knowledge of how the OER was designed (OER Design Methods)
  • Invite your experiences and insights on tackling major challenges facing the movement (OER Grand Challenges, e.g. Organisational Obstacles, Remixing, IP Clearance...)

Questions for you are therefore...

  1. What do you think of this design storyboard?
  2. What would make these widgets 'killer apps' for you? that you'd want to have these on your website, e.g. as an OER educator, learner, publisher, remixer, researcher, funder...? Depending on which hat(s) you wear, you might ask yourself:
    What would I like to know about an OER before deciding to use it to learn, or teach with?
    What would I like to know about the state of the art in a given debate, before deciding whether to enter it, or fund work on it?


Many thanks,

Simon Buckingham Shum & Anna De Liddo
OLnet CI Team, Knowledge Media Institute, Open University UK