With two design team meetings held this past week, we have many new updates for the week ending October 18, 2015. Here is a summary of a some key decisions, reminders, and deadlines coming up for each team:

Design Teams

Adult Learning Zone Team:

  • Team Meetings:
  • OER Commons Updates:
    • As we discussed during our meeting, OER Commons looks like a good “fit” for our immediate needs. While we may (in the future) be ready to host our own branded platform to house resources, the ability to leverage the traffic and hosting capabilities of OER Commons is too compelling to pass up.
    • Joe made initial contact with OER Commons on what is needed to have either our own “group”, “hub”, or “microsite”, which will give us some degree of control over the look and feel of our space on OER Commons. In addition, I held a brief call with Joe’s contact to share additional details about Designers for Learning’s short and long-term goals, and how they may align with OER Commons. I’ll fill you in on the details during our meeting, but here is a recap of a few key points:
      • At present, it appears that “groups” will be our best option.
      • “Hubs” and “microsites” are more customized options that come at a cost. They will be options for us in the future as we pursue grant funding.
      • Our contact indicated that if we start as a “group”, it will be possible to migrate our content to a hub or microsite, if we pursue that option in the future.
    • In addition, I (Jen) discussed with our OER Commons contact the possibility of getting the CCR standards added to the space, which could be a deal breaker in our long term use of the repository. She is pursuing that option, but there is no guarantee at present that we would be able to align our resources to the CCR standards before February. That said, there are other tagging options we can use as an interim step.
  • MOOC Participant Deliverable Requirements / Style Guide:
    • Gilbert and Aaron agreed to tackle the deliverable style guide that the MOOC participants will use as they develop their instructor guides & instructional materials.
      • As mentioned previously, it will be important to a look at the way resources can be authored (i.e. Open Author within OER Commons) and presented in OER commons groups and other resource repositories to consider what we should be aiming for in terms of how the students develop their OER deliverables.
      • Style Guide Sample (Jen): I took a VERY preliminary stab and thinking through what content we may want to include as an instructor guide & the lesson content based on a template / style guide format that JR shared with us. Here is a VERY rough draft for consideration during our meeting next week.
      • If we are going to go down the Open Author path as the means used by MOOC participants to develop their deliverables (quite a compelling option – ease of use, ability to export, etc.) our style guide would be focused on how to use Open Author for the students’ final deliverables.
    • During my call with the OER Commons contact, we reviewed both Open Author, as well as another tool that is still in beta testing that could be an option for our students in the future. Let’s keep an eye open for that authoring tool to be released (may not be in time for our MOOC).
    • Our contact also indicated that OER Commons has a Canvas integration, which we should look into, as well. We didn’t spend much time discussing it. During our next meeting for this design team, let’s discuss the use of Open Author and the Canvas integration.
  • Logo / Web Presence: Gio has offered to help us design a logo for the Adult Learning Zone to brand our web presence (on OER Commons, social media sites, etc.). I (Jen) will be working with him on some ideas in the next week or so.

Open ABE Team:

  • Team Meetings:
  • Canvas Update:
    • Canvas.net Course Access: As a reminder, our contact at canvas.net (Hilary) set up our course shell … yay!!! See … CN-1935 Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience for Good.
    • Last week, I granted access to all members of the Open ABE design team, but please don’t add anything to the course shell as this will be our live course and anything we add now will need to be deleted or amended down the road. 
  • MOOC Template / Style Guide: JR has set up a Template / Style Guide (for ourselves) as a prototype for content we will eventually input into the canvas.net space (i.e. what & how the content will be presented in the canvas.net MOOC). The designers on the Open ABE team are asked to use this Style Guide as we develop content for the MOOC.
  • MOOC Deadlines: As a reminder, here is the design and implementation schedule that I committed to with the folks atCanvas.net:
    • December 7, 2015 – Canvas.net 1st course review (i.e. Hilary to review OUR design): Includes full set of orientation materials and Week 1 content as a proof of our design concept.
    • January 11, 2016 – Course listed on canvas.net (i.e. open for participant enrollment)
    • February 1, 2016 – Canvas.net 2nd (and final) course review (i.e. Hilary to review OUR design): Includes complete course with all materials uploaded to canvas.net for Hilary’s review and sign-off.
    • February 22 – May 15th, 2016 – 12 week MOOC Implementation

Subject Matter Experts

We would appreciate your input during our two upcoming design team meetings next week (see schedule for each team above). Please plan to join these two design team meetings (we shoot for about an hour for each meeting) as we are accumulating questions about the project that require input from a SME. Also, we discussed your input from the survey at several times during our prior meetings! Your input is truly helping to shape the design / development of our project, and we thank you for your continued participation.

Comments or Questions?

This has been an exciting week. Things are really starting to take shape! Please touch base with any comments or questions. Thank you!

Jennifer Maddrell