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eLU 2015 Mallinson - Moving from Literacy to Fluency

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It is recognised that more than ‘literacy’ is needed in today’s HE academic environment in order to take full advantage of the affordances of using ICTs for the full range of teaching and learning, research, and administrative duties and blended modes of provision. In order to address this issue, OUT, in collaboration with Saide’s OER Africa initiative, has conceptualised a course on ‘Digital Fluency’ to be provided as an Open Educational Resource (OER) and made available for OdeL provision.

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eLU 2015 Mallinson - Moving from Literacy to Fluency

  1. 1. Moving from Literacy to Fluency – an Academic approach BRENDA MALLINSON 8th eLearning Update Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng 5-7 August 2015
  2. 2. Problem Identification  OER Africa support for Open University Tanzania (OUT)  Aug 2013: took stock of progress & identified current needs  Participatory Action Research Study - Hewlett Grant  Question: How can OER practices support transformation in teaching and learning?  Areas requiring support identified: 1. Review and update of a variety of OUT OER-related policies 2. Further enhancement of the OUT Digital Library Portal 3. Address challenges for academic staff in moving from print based to digital culture with the ODL context
  3. 3. Solution Objectives Guidance / Capacity Development for Academic Staff  Advancing General Digital Competencies  Developing Specific Digital Competencies in a range of areas to be identified In order to facilitate:  Guidance to students to access and use supplementary materials  Enhancement of blended and online teaching and learning  Promotion of student engagement and interaction in the Distance Education context  Efficiencies in working with the new OUT administrative paperless environment  Working with Open Educational Resources to change pedagogical practices
  4. 4. Design and Development Artefact to be produced:  ‘Digital Fluency’ course for Academics How?  Model shared educational beliefs in conceptualising, designing, developing, piloting and implementing the course  Used Learning Design 7C’s OERs (UL & OU UK) to workshop the modules’ design  Participatory process
  5. 5. Mod 1: Digital Fundamentals  Basic Computer Concepts  Digital Editing  Internet Fundamentals  Virtual Learning Environments  Multimedia Fundamentals
  6. 6. Mod 2: Working with OER  OER Concepts  Creative Commons Licensing  Mixing, Adapting and Reusing OER  OER Production
  7. 7. Mod 3: Learning Design & Development for Online Provision  Models, Frameworks and Processes  Learning Design  Learning Development  Modes of Delivery  Learning Analytics
  8. 8. Mod 4: Academic Integrity in a Digital Age  Introduction to Academic Integrity  Intellectual Property  Promoting Academic Integrity  Data and Information Privacy
  9. 9. Mod 5: Storage and Access of Digital Resources  The Nature of Digital Resources  Storage of Digital Resources  Access to Digital Resources  Content management Systems
  10. 10. Demonstration Wider propagation Regional Dissemination Internal to OUT Academics Internal to IEMT
  11. 11. Evaluation of:  Establish needs of academics  Developers experience  Lessons so far:  Time to produce an OER should not be underestimated.  Various iterative reviews required.  The content, nature, and deployment environment of the OER is important. Process Modules  Feedback after viewing from:  Participants  Facilitators  Revision in response to feedback Next steps: Communication & Dissemination  Pilot in region  Further review & revision  Publish as OER  Possible ACDE MOOC
  12. 12. Current Status  Modules open for viewing by ACDE member institutions  Quality improvement process ongoing  By end 2015:  Publication of revised modules as an OER under CC license.  Provide a course for African academics to enhance ICT skills  Encourage further OER use by African institutions OER will be reused if they are deemed to be contextually relevant Take ownership of OER Adoption in Africa
  13. 13. Thank You BRENDA MALLINSON SlideShare: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.