Thoughts on developing a Digital Literacy open course

The DIAL project at UAL would be interested in creating or contributing to a Digital Literacy MOOC from user generated content and resources developed from its open content communities and DIAL projects on process.arts. We’d hope to experiment with independently developed and openly managed online learning pathways created and managed by interested groups and specialists. We aim to develop and design a pilot MOOC with specific pathways for bespoke training in particular Digital Literacy specialism e.g like Professional Online Identities http://process.arts.ac.uk/category/project-groups/professional-online-identities and including other project resources to support; such as open educational practices, digital presentation skills (presenting using video) and IPR/creative commons etc….

We aim to develop and integrate pathways similar to this DIAL project Prototype thing: (this is a library specific template example, the aim is to provide a resource that filters information with relevant focus) we would adapt it for more generic use on process.arts.

Open source tools for MOOCS

We have been using a few true open source tools at UAL (Drupal, Moodle and Mahara). We are looking at using process.arts for the MOOC pilot as this currently offers the functionality and environment we need and is easily adaptable for small changes. We have started a drupal/open source community of practice at UAL to support open source web development initiatives – http://process.arts.ac.uk/category/project-groups/drupal-ual .

Lots of students and staff have never heard of open source software development tools, so there can be a greater dependance on overpriced commercial alternatives, not sustainable in the long term.

The in-house open source/drupal community aims to empower web-users to become web-makers which supports sustainable and agile development of these new tools. We’ve been training/employing our staff and students as our drupal developers for process.arts (an experienced in-house developer is essential in this mix, fortunately we had one) – you can read more in this report – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/score-fellowship-final-report-chris-follows  

Servers are the primary contentious issue  in my opinion and seems to be the problem for most uk colleges that their in-house IT set ups are not really in tune with the technological innovation needs of those who are pushing the boundaries of the ‘institution’.

Examples of one experience can be seen here:

Process.arts overview and context – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/processarts-overview-and-context-1st-draft

Conflict and Media – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/nam-web-development-overview-and-update-30042012

Unless things change it may be best to look outside the institution in future, there are lots of commercial server setups to choose from, but ideally there is a lot to be gained from using in house server provision but the negatives far out way the positives at the moment, this could, in the long term, be a huge problem for universities who are so far behind the game that they have no other option than to use a commercial alternative/channels as primary instead of in-house as primary. This can be seen in rich media and community networks. I talk a bit more about this here – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/itunes-ual and here – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/have-we-right-balance-between-open-education-and-commercial-social-media   

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