How One Company Plans On Accelerating The World’s Research

Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company’s mission is to accelerate the world’s research. Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. From Academia.edu we found a great paper “Collaborative creation of Open Educational Resources: Teachers in the Net Generation” published by Manuel Gentile, etc., from Italian National Research Council and Institute for Educational Technology.

This paper describes the approach followed by three European Founded projects in order to reduce the gap between teachers and Net Generation students. The students use the Web 2.0 environments to share, comment and tag different types of media collaboratively using social network sites. The evolution of the SLOOP project results in the following Tenegen and Sloop2desc projects leads teachers to produce, share, comment, tag and modify Open Learning Resources, as their students are used to do on the Web 2.0.

In fact, one of the most interesting challenges faced in the three projects was how to train teachers from traditional schools on the use of new tools and environments that support collaboration and sharing in a Web 2.0 perspective. The projects promote the use of social network activities with the aim of encouraging the collaborative production of learning objects thus developing collective intelligence.

The SLOOP(Sharing Learning Objet in an Open Perspective) project is to support teachers in production and sharing of their educational materials. During the project period, some important concepts emerged in the educational technology field : web2.0 paradigm; new generation of students so called “Net Generation”; the opportunities of open educational resource(OER) model.

The SLOOP coped with many ideas including the social ties amongst teachers as fundamental elements to elaborate educational materials cooperatively, and the involvement of the Net Generation – a student instead of tagging and downloading resources only would add their tags to those of teachers, a student would access resources not because of teachers’ instructions but because other students have tagged them as useful.

The result of the SLOOP project have been used to develop two new projects : Tenegen (Connect the TEachers to reach and teach the NEt GENeration), and Sloop2desc (Sharing Learning Objects in an Open Perspective to develop European skills and competences). Both are Transfer of Innovation(TOI) projects according EU policies terminology.

Although the number of repositories of digital educational contents has rapidly increased in the last several years, the obstacles and solutions to adopt digital contents by teachers are addressed here. The Learning Object(LO) model was adoped as the paradigm for the digital contents to be produced by teachers. The OpenLO model allows users to edit LOs created by different authors, and customize the LOs according to their own pedagogical needs; in addition, communities of educational professionals can work collaboratively on the same LO at content level. Besides Moodle LMS, teachers are encouraged to use web2.0 tools such as Skype, GoogleDocs and MindMap to communicate in resources developing phase.

At the end of this paper, it pointed out that teacher education and training is at the top of the European policy agenda. The insights and considerations shared in this paper can be valuable for creating open educational resources through teachers. Also I like to connect readers to this inspiring idea created by mathplourde : “OER as a catalyst for faculty development”(AttributionSome rights reserved). Isn’t it a new opportunity ?! OER as a catalyst for faculty development