Tales from the unexpected journey: Open Data as Open Educational Resources

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 13.56.17The process of developing this book titled Open Data as Open Educational Resources: Case studies of emerging practice was as brilliantly described by my fellow editor Leo Havemann as an unexpected journey, and as such we named our introduction, so I will explain you why:

Not so long ago, my friend Leo and I decided to start exploring the use of Open Data as teaching as learning resources, or in teaching and learning, but we couldn’t find much evidence on good practices, or examples, so we decided that maybe, we could start asking around, what we did not realised, is that we were opening big, a very big pandora box.

As information was playing hide and, well, hide with us, we thought that maybe, calling educators to share their practices and collect them as case studies could be a good solution, as we were sure that somewhere, someone was making pedagogic use of open data. So what it occurred to us was that, in case we managed to fish some cases out of the water, we could publish them as a book, as an openly licensed book.

We started asking for help (aka pestering some friends) to find / reach those who were using open data in teaching g and learning and, as magic happens sometimes, we were joined in the adventure of finding these practitioners and cases, and in developing the book by a group of colleagues and friends we respect and admire, and who did not called us crazy, but instead, supported us, guided us and encouraged us in our (evident) titanic idea of self publishing a book, without any fundings, and without having a publisher, because, Leo and I, as someone said once, are courageous people (maybe meant nuts, but we took it as a compliment).

First it was Marieke Guy,  who believed in us and in our idea (or maybe she said yes because I wouldn’t stop otherwise, will never know), then it came William Hammonds who joined us and helped us getting organised, and then Paul Bacsich and Elena Stojanovska, who, after joining the coordination of OKFN edu open education, were incredibly supportive and helped us in completing this project. 

Then we got a few supporting hands in helping us in sharing our preliminary findings, gathering more evidence or just provided us with good advice in editorial practices and project management, amongst them were Virginia RodésNelson PiedraAntonio MoneoGeraldine GarciaFabrizio ScrolliniEleni ZazaniElizabeth CharlesManuel Caeiro, Joana BarrosMehmet Izbudak and Lorna Campbell. Lately, some others joined what we called the scientific committee, so Anne-Christin Tannhäuser and Maria Perifanou helped us to select the cases and lately, supported the authors in developing their cases.

As we keep saying, we might be the luckiest people who ever attempted to publish a book independently, because every single one of the selected authors are a joy to work with, and understood that we were learning on the go. We had a nice bunch of international scholars showcasing their practices and projects, from Italy’s A Scuola de OpenCoesione we were joined by Chiara Ciociola and Luigi Reggi, then Tim Coughlan joined us from The Open University, followed by the Canada’s most international team Juan Pablo AlperinKatie Shamash and Alessandra Bordini from Simon Fraser University. Also, we were joined by Professor Alan Dix (Birmingham University) and Geoffrey Ellis (University of Konstanz) and by Virginia Power who is both a Graduate Tutor and PhD Student with the University of the West of England.

When the cases were ready, we were joined (and saved) by the real superhero of this story,  the only and the great Santiago Martín who played the key role of designer, organiser, and manager of the tons of files we never thought we could ever produce, and as the extraordinaire librarian he is, he organised the caos and then, designed what we think is  a very very beautiful book.

Before, during and at the end of this journey, there were some colleagues and friends that were there for us when we needed a bit of encouragement and advice (sometimes in liquid form, others in virtual form, and occasionally in the form of chocolate) in this our first experience as publishers, so many thanks and hugs to Bea de los Arcos, Mira VogelDavid Kernohan,Chrissi Nerantzi, Matt JennerSteve Rowett, Tim NeumannNatasa PerovicJo StroudJosé Raúl CanayCarlos Ruz, Janina Dewitz, Paulina OlivosAdriana FavieriMarita BalbiHassel FallasFlor CoelhoCarla BoninaMoira WrightCristian TimmermannPat Lockley and Yanna Nedelcheva and others that I might have to add later as don’t have much RAM left at the moment…

PS: Any typos, issues, conflicts or problems in this post are the minions’ fault, not mine, so please contact Stuart, Herb or Kevin in case you have a complaint, however for lovely messages you can use the comment box below .


Honest and reliable Open Access Journals in Open and Distance Education

OpenAccessWeekMost readers are aware that under the current publishing market model, the only organisations profiting from publishing scientific research are large corporations or predatory independent publishers that charge high rates to authors for Article Processing Charges (APCs) and/or that charge libraries high subscription fees to provide digital (not printed) access to articles, in order to make them somehow available to the readers (see the cost of academic publishing).

I love the concept of openness, because it’s all about sharing good practices, ideas and making research accessible for everyone everywhere, democratising access to knowledge and information. So, in order to celebrate Open Access Week, I compiled a very short list of journals that are fully open access and that do not charge the authors for publishing with them. This for me is key, as while I was doing my PhD I was able to publish my research in some of these journals without having to pay for APCs and to access all their articles without my having to pay (or my library having to pay) for subscription.

The list of journals I give below can make life much better for early-career researchers and for those researchers that do not work in academia, that want to get their research in open education published in high quality journals, and that want to conduct research where libraries cannot afford to pay for subscriptions. The list should also be of great help to the increasing number of independent researchers outside higher education institutions.

What is important to me are the editorial values of these journals: they are supported by international universities and organisations, they do not aim at profiting in any way, they have excellent editorial boards, they are well indexed and finally, they have speedy publishing times, which is beneficial both for authors and readers.

** JL4D recommended by Professor Alan Tait @AlanTait 

** JOLR & JOLT recommended by Robert Farrow @philosopher1978 from @OER_hub

Libros y manuales en acceso abierto sobre contenidos abiertos que pueden ser utilizados como materiales didácticos (datos, recursos y documentación)

En #condatos15 hemos hablado de datos abiertos y otros contenidos en abierto, y de la importancia que estos contenidos y recursos pueden tener en la formación de ciudadanos consientes con valores cívicos y con capacidades de comprender su entorno, por eso, decidí compilar una lista de libros y manuales en acceso abierto que pueden ayudar a construir modelos didácticos que incluyan datos, recursos o documentación en abiertos.

Nota mental: cuando tenga unos minutos libres debo actualizar esta lista en orden alfabético con la cita correcta en formato APA para que no me quiten el título de bibliotecóloga 

Open Data Handbook – Español http://opendatahandbook.org/guide/es/

Open Data Handbook http://opendatahandbook.org/guide

Manual de Periodismo de Datos Iberoamericano http://manual.periodismodedatos.org

The data journalism handbook http://datajournalismhandbook.org

Manual de periodismo de datos internacional en español http://t.co/zTSZSEAzTS #CONDATOS15

Open Innovation – A Handbook for Researchers http://innovationskontorvast.se/ikv/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IKV-Blue-Paper-Open-Innovation-1.0.pdf

Open Education Handbook http://education.okfn.org/handbook/

A basic guide to Open Educational Resources http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002158/215804e.pdf

Directrices para Políticas de Desarrollo y Promoción del Acceso Abierto http://www.unesco.org/new/es/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/full-list/policy-guidelines-for-the-development-and-promotion-of-open-access/

Acceso abierto a la producción de ciencias sociales de América Latina y el Caribe: bibliotecas virtuales, redes de bibliotecas virtuales y portales http://bibliotecavirtual.clacso.org.ar/ar/libros/secret/babini/Babini.pdf

Datos abiertos y ciudades inteligentes en América Latina: Estudio de casos http://www.cepal.org/es/publicaciones/37089-datos-abiertos-y-ciudades-inteligentes-en-america-latina-estudio-de-casos

Datos abiertos: un nuevo desafío para los gobiernos de la región http://www.cepal.org/es/publicaciones/7331-datos-abiertos-un-nuevo-desafio-para-los-gobiernos-de-la-region

La información y el conocimiento abierto en el contexto de la cooperación multilateral http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Montevideo/pdf/CDCI2-Aladi-ES.pdf 

Recursos Educacionais Abertos no Brazil http://www.cetic.br/media/docs/publicacoes/8/rea-andreia-inamorato.pdf

Open Government Data (The Book) https://opengovdata.io

Open Science and Research Handbook http://openscience.fi/handbook

Open access and the humanities http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9781316161012

Open education: A study in disruption https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/c04530ce-d16a-46ca-b359-a905195a76cb/1/.

Si conoces algún otro, me avisas por acá, o por Twitter @jatenas

Case Studies: Call for Participation: Open Data as Open Educational Resources

Some time ago, Leo Havemann, Ernesto Priego and yours truly wrote a column for OKFN Open Education Group discussing the need to start including open data in teaching and learning activities as embedding the use of open datasets provides to the students access to the same raw materials scientist and policy makers use in their professional activities.

We believe that if students are allowed and encouraged to collaborate researching both at quantitative and qualitative level  solving real problems using data provided openly by governments and by scientist, and learning activities are facilitated between students, academics, PhDs and postdoctoral researchers, their experience can be enhanced by reducing the friction between stakeholders as independent research, teamwork and critical digital and data analysis skills are developed and improved.

Please read the full column here http://education.okfn.org/the-21st-centurys-raw-material-using-open-data-as-open-educational-resources/

We are currently inviting educators who use open data for teaching and learning to participate in a call for case studies which will be published in a open e-book (CC_BY_NC_SA) hosted by Open Knowledge Foundation Open Education Group by mid September 2015. Please see the full call for case studies here

Please see the full call here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QQFu2jqPaJMLCa7XLOx87obWMucn-Qt5vqGWXO9BLww/viewform

Crowdsourcing Quality (Or, Why Openness Matters)

As usual, my partner in crime Leo Havemann and I decided that it could be a good idea to summarise our thoughts and research from the last few years in single post, and of course was not as simple as we thought because we have to dig deep in our minds and in our (not so well organised) archives to come with reasonable ideas, however, after weeks of dealing with how to structure this post, which aims at focusing in what we considerate crucial to improve open education Quality Assurance we came with some ideas, suggestions & critiques

Please see the full post here Crowdsourcing Quality (Or, Why Openness Matters), your ideas, comments, feedback and cake are always welcome

Use of Open Data in Higher Education – Uso de datos abiertos en la Educación Universitaria

Are you an academic? Have you used open data for your teaching? Can you please share your experience?
We (@leohavemann, @ErnestoPriego and myself, @jatenas) are conducting a mini “research” to understand which portals, tools or repositories academics use to retrieve open datasets and how this information is being used in teaching and learning in Higher Education.
If you have any questions, please contact me in Twitter (@jatenas), I will publish the results of this survey as a blog post as soon as possible.

To let us know how you use open data in your academic practice, please fill this 5 minute survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1usWcey78Yr1kiB5-g-IlBWOQIKu1h271WfMscgS4DJo/viewform

¿Eres académico/a? ¿Has utilizado datos abiertos en tu docencia? ¿Puedes por favor compartir tu experiencia?
Estamos (@leohavemann@ErnestoPriego and yo, @jatenas)  realizando un mini “investigación” para entender que portales, herramientas o repositorios se utilizan en la educación universitaria para recuperar conjuntos de datos abiertos y cómo esta información es utilizada por docentes universitarios.

Para contarnos como usas los datos abiertos en tu práctica docente, por favor contesta esta pequeña encuesta https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1usWcey78Yr1kiB5-g-IlBWOQIKu1h271WfMscgS4DJo/viewform

Si tienes alguna pregunta, por favor contáctate conmigo en Twitter (jatenas), publicaré los resultados de esta encuesta como una entrada en el blog tan pronto como sea posible.

Bibliography of OER, ROER et al. (PART 2) – other languages

As the Bibliography of OER, ROER and related subjects (PART 1) was becoming too long and difficult to manage, here is the second part. Thanks to Tel Amiel @edaberta for sharing this literature in Portuguese.

I will use this second page to add literature about OER in other languages apart from English, so if you know papers written in any language let me know (please add the references in the comments area  in APA only) and to avoid confusions please read the following notes

  • I’m sure I’m forgetting to add some super important references and key resources, or that there are some mistakes in this post, so, if you are twisting your head around and crawling on the ceiling like Linda Blair because I forgot to add THAT piece of research or because the reference is not correct, please forgive me.
  • Please send over only published – peer reviewed articles, as I cannot refer blog posts or other online materials, and make sure you add the link to retrieve the resource. I will give preference to the papers published in Open Access Journals as they are accessible to all…
  • If some of the links are broken, sorry for that, you can retrieve it by using to Google Scholar – or  your local library system as managing references is like having a leaking ceiling, you fix one hole and starts dripping somewhere else.
  • Finally, if you find a paper listed here chained to a paywall journal, first inhale and exhale a few times and contact the author(s) of the paper asking them why? (why, why, why?…) and maybe, ping the paper’s URL to the friends from the Open Access Button – @oa_button to raise awareness about the value of open access and also to highlight the open content / paywalled published contradiction…

Portuguese literature in OER

Abegg, I., Bastos, F. da P. de , Alberti, T. F., & Mallmann, E. M. (2013). MOOC mediado por REA : prática da liberdade nos programas de capacitação continuada no ensino superior. Retrieved from https://repositorioaberto.uab.pt/handle/10400.2/3076

Almeida, Fernando José de , Silva, M. da G. M. da , & Franco, M. M. G. (2012). Materiais mediadores e abertos para construção de conhecimento. Retrieved from http://www.curriculosemfronteiras.org/vol12iss3articles/almeida-silva-franco.pdf

Coelho, D., Balula, A., & Ramos, F. (2014). O uso de recursos educacionais abertos no ensino superior: potencialidade, desafio e oportunidade. Retrieved from http://revistas.ua.pt/index.php/ID/article/view/2688/2544

Alencar, A., & Neto, J. M. (2012). Democratizando o Acesso à Vida e Obra de Paulo Freire: a experiência do Projeto Paulo Freire Memória e Presença. Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 1(1). Retrieved from http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1886

Almeida, L. B. de, Merkle, L. E., & Silva, E. A. (2012). Proposta de Fluxo de Trabalho para Organização de Repositórios Abertos de Maneira Colaborativa. Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 1(1). Retrieved from http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1885

Amiel, T. (2012). Educação aberta: configurando ambientes, práticas e recursos educacionais. In Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas (Vol. 1, pp. 17–34). São Paulo – SP; Salvador- BA. Retrieved from http://livrorea.net.br/livroREA-1edicao-mai2012.pdf

Amiel, T., Orey, M., & West, R. (2010). Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA): Modelos para localização e adaptação. ETD – Educação Temática Digital, 12(mar.), 112–125. Retrieved from http://www.fae.unicamp.br/revista/index.php/etd/article/view/2284

Amiel, T., & Santos, K. (2013). Uma análise dos termos de uso de repositórios de recursos educacionais digitais no Brasil. Trilha Digital, 1(1), 118–133. Retrieved from http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/TDig/article/view/5892

Arimoto, M. M., & Barbosa, E. F. (2012). Um conjunto preliminar de práticas para o desenvolvimento ágil de recursos educacionais abertos. Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 1(1). Retrieved from http://www.br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1888

Barin, C. S., Müller, L., & Ellensohn, R. M. (2012). Construção de significados e interação com, no e pelo computador: Estudos problematizados no AVEA Moodle sobre uso das tecnologias da informação e comunicação. RENOTE, 10(1). Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/renote/article/view/30881

Bassani, P. B. S., & Barbosa, D. N. F. (2012). Uma experiência envolvendo o desenvolvimento de recursos educacionais digitais sob a perspectiva da atividade. RENOTE, 10(3). Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/renote/article/view/36399

Brito, B. M. S. de. (2010). Propriedade intelectual nas escolas. In Anais do XXXIII Encontro da ANPED (p. 14). Caxambu, MG: 33. Retrieved from http://www.anped.org.br/33encontro/app/webroot/files/file/Trabalhos%20em%20PDF/GT16-6169–Int.pdf

Castro, J. B. de, Souza, M. de F. C. de, Luiz, A. G., & Filho, J. A. de C. (2012). Localização de Recursos Educacionais Digitais Americanos para o Ensino de Matemática no Contexto Brasileiro. Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 1(1). Retrieved from http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1891

Declaração da Cidade do Cabo. (2007). Declaração de cidade do cabo para educação aberta: Abrindo a promessa de recursos educativos abertos. Retrieved from http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/translations/portuguese-translation

Dutra, R. L. de S., & Tarouco, L. M. R. (2011). Recursos Educacionais Abertos (Open Educational Resources). RENOTE, 5(1). Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/renote/article/view/14171

Educação Aberta. (2011). Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA): Um caderno para professores. Campinas, SP: Educação Aberta. Retrieved from http://www.educacaoaberta.org/wiki

Ferreira, G. M. dos S. (2012). De conteúdo a recurso, prática e pedagogia: sobre o movimento REA e suas ramificações. Revista Educação e Cultura Contemporânea, 9(18), 20–37. Retrieved from http://periodicos.estacio.br/index.php/reeduc/article/view/432

Galvão, M. C. A., & Leite, L. S. (2011). Educopédia: uma experiência em construção. Retrieved from http://www.abed.org.br/congresso2011/cd/165.pdf

Gohn, D. M. (2012, September 3). Educação musical à distância: Propostas para ensino e aprendizagem de percussão (Tese de Doutorado). Retrieved from http://www.teses.usp.br/teses/disponiveis/27/27154/tde-13042010-225230/pt-br.php

Gonsales, P. (2012). Aberturas e rupturas na formação de professores. In Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas (Vol. 1, pp. 143–152). São Paulo – SP; Salvador- BA. Retrieved from http://livrorea.net.br/livroREA-1edicao-mai2012.pdf

Gonzalez, C., & Rossini, C. (2012). REA: o debate em política pública e as oportunidades para o mercado. In Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas (Vol. 1, pp. 35–70). São Paulo – SP; Salvador- BA. Retrieved from http://livrorea.net.br/livroREA-1edicao-mai2012.pdf

Gosciola, V., & Versuti, A. (2012). Narrativa transmídia e sua potencialidade na educação aberta. In A. Okada (Ed.), Recursos educacionais abertos e redes sociais: Co-aprendizagem e desenvolvimento profissional. Londred: CoLearn/Open University. Retrieved from http://oer.kmi.open.ac.uk/?page_id=428ID  – 8

Hinckel, N. C. (2011). Os recursos educacionais abertos e materialização do sujeito leitor aprendente no projeto openlearn da Open University. Retrieved from http://aplicacoes.unisul.br/pergamum/pdf/103821_Nagila.pdf

Jordão, T. C. (2009). Recursos digitais de aprendizagem . Retrieved from http://tecnologiasnaeducacao.pro.br/revista/a1n1/art11.pdf

Laaser, W., Rodrigues, R. S., & Fachin, G. R. B. (2012). Educação a distância e Recursos Abertos. Retrieved from Almeida, Leandro Batista de, Luis Ernesto Merkle, and EdsonArmando Silva. 2012. “Proposta de Fluxo de Trabalho para Organização de Repositórios Abertos de Maneira Colaborativa.” Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação 1(1). Retrieved April 1, 2013 (http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1885).

Mallmann, Elena Maria et al. 2013. “Potencial dos Recursos Educacionais Abertos para integração das tecnologias e convergência entre as modalidades na UFSM.” Retrieved (http://www.reveduc.ufscar.br/index.php/reveduc/article/viewFile/742/274).

Mesquita, Ofélia Alencar de, and José Aires de Castro Filho. 2012. “A construção de conteúdos Educacionais Digitais 2.0 sob enfoque da múltipla autoria.” Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação 1(1). Retrieved April 1, 2013 (http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1890).

Moon, Bob. 2008. “O papel das novas tecnologias da comunicação e da educação a distância para responder à crise global na oferta e formação de professores: uma análise da experiência de pesquisa e desenvolvimento.” Educação & Sociedade 29(104):791–814. Retrieved May 16, 2013 (http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0101-73302008000300008&lng=pt&nrm=iso).

Starobinas, Lilian. 2012. “REA na educação básica: a colaborção como estratégia de enriquecimento dos processos de ensino-aprendizagem.” Pp. 121–32 in Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas, vol. 1. São Paulo – SP; Salvador- BA. Retrieved (http://livrorea.net.br/livroREA-1edicao-mai2012.pdf).http://www.rieoei.org/deloslectores/2879.pdf

Silva, M. A. G. (2012, December 6). LOD: Uma abordagem para desenvolvimento de objetos de aprendizagem multimídia e interativos (Tese de Doutorado). Retrieved from http://www.teses.usp.br/teses/disponiveis/55/55134/tde-06122012-162839/pt-br.php

Simon, I., & Vieira, M. S. (2008). O rossio não-rival. In Além das redes de colaboração: internet, diversidade cultural e tecnologias do poder (pp. 15–30). Salvador, Bahia: UFBA. Retrieved from http://books.scielo.org/id/22qtc

Souza, M. de F. C. de. (2012). Customização Guiada: uma estratégia orientada a modelos para produção de objetos de aprendizagem. Retrieved from http://capesdw.capes.gov.br/capesdw/resumo.html?idtese=20121222001018048P5

Souza, M. de F., Filho, J. A. de C., & Andrade, R. (2012). Ampliando a Autonomia Docente com o Uso de Objetos de Aprendizagem Customizáveis. Anais dos Workshops do Congresso Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 1(1). Retrieved from http://br-ie.org/pub/index.php/wcbie/article/view/1897

Tarouco, L. M. R., Schmitt, M. A. R., Rodrigues, A. P., & Viccari, R. M. (2010). Gestão colaborativa de conteúdo educacional. RENOTE, 7(1). Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/renote/article/view/13975