As an investigator on the Hewlett Foundation-funded Open Learning Network project (a collaboration between OU and CMU) [olnet.org], my specific interest is to investigate ways to weave a socio-technical infrastructure that will assist the movement in pooling its collective intelligence.
We’re inviting feedback from participants at this week’s OER Conference, and from all members of the OER community, on a design storyboard that goes like this. Working with you, OLnet develops some “widgets” (attractive little apps you can embed in your OER website), which enable us to crowdsource input from the community. These are channelled back to the OLnet website which pools the data, generates aggregate views, offers recommendations of related people and resources to your interests, etc.
Questions for you are therefore…
- What do you think of this design storyboard?
- What would make these widgets ‘killer apps’ for you?
…so that you’d want to have these on your website, e.g. as an OER educator, learner, publisher, remixer, researcher, funder…? Depending on which hat(s) you wear, you might ask yourself:
What would I like to know about an OER before deciding to use it to learn, or teach with?
What would I like to know about the state of the art in a given debate, before deciding whether to enter it, or fund work on it?