Interactive documents: using audio + visual together

After producing an audio file/”podcast” on how to read a type of university policy document called an “RRSDA” or records retention schedule, I distributed the audio to various folks and asked for feedback.

One frequent piece of feedback was that, for new users, it was simply too difficult to follow along without looking at a sample document. The audio alone was fine for people who have already seen policy documents of this type, but new folks needed to SEE and HEAR in order to figure out what I was talking about.

This led me to ThingLink, an educational tool that allows you to embed sound, video, and links into a static document to construct an interactive experience for the user. The result is below.

If this document is not interactive (i.e., nothing pops up as you mouse over the doc), access it instead on ThingLink.

Embedding videos and images from OTsummit

Last week the 3rd annual open textbook summit was held in Vancouver B.C.  There was an amazing turn out and it was clear that this initiative is picking up steam, from various institutions including the BC and Alberta provincial governments, faculty and students. This is an eg. of how media elements (video and pics) can be “embedded” from external sites such as youtube and flickr.

There was a graphic recording on site to augment the keynote, it had an immediate as well as a delayed impact, by design.

This image was created on from amazing keynote from Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani titled “An openness to openness: The terrifying and liberating process of disrupting higher education”.

 

An open textbook on Innovation by Design

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Whether you are wanting to learn more about wicked problems and design thinking, or you’re trying to move away from directing your learners to a pricey textbook for your course on design thinking, you will enjoy this new creative commons licensed open ebook titled ‘Innovation by Design’.

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This ‘living textbook’ was a collaboration between Dr. David Dunne and the EdMedia team at SFU. Enjoy!

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The interactive PDF is available now as a Dropbox downloadable file.

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This living text is also available through the iTunes App Store for your iOS / iPad media tablet!

 

 

Open Education Resources – Librarians, Leadership and Opportunity

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BC Campus is hosting an important OER event on Oct. 27 for librarians interested in Open Educational Resources. Come check it out!

Monday Oct 27, 2014, Noon – 4 pm
Douglas College, New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

BCcampus is pleased to sponsor a half day of professional development opportunity for librarians interested in the open education movement and Open Education Resources (OER).  This day will introduce librarians to how open education is changing post secondary education, how librarians are involved in these changes, and the role of librarians as leaders in OER innovation.  Join us for presentations and discussions that highlight how librarians support open education and OER initiatives and the opportunities for future collaborations.

Open Textbook Event @ SFU Library October 23

Coming up next month at the SFU Library, a special discussion on an innovative practice that is sure to impact the student learning experience, if not their pocketbooks as well.

Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production

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…In celebrating Open Access Week, SFU Library is delighted to bring together a range of perspectives on open textbooks. Students spend roughly $1,000 per year on textbooks, and are increasingly advocating for freely available textbooks. In this province, BCcampus has been overseeing the Open Textbook Project, which involves creating 40 open textbooks in a variety of disciplines, and many faculty members have started to adopt or adapt open textbooks for their courses. Join us for an interactive session featuring three speakers actively engaged in the production, adoption, and use of open textbooks. Bring your questions and comments to this open discussion.

As a common practice in the Edmedia team, we will be there to get the latest info.

OPEN UBC

BC Campus has been making a big push into open education these past few years, and it seems to be gaining steam. Last week they reviewed the Open Ed initiatives at UBC and as ever, it was inspiring to read that many of those programs and courses are beginning to mature.

One such course is very unique, on “Video Game Law” which makes available its course notes and video content online under a creative commons license. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Festinger at a recent World Cafe for a new joint social media program between BCIT and SFU, and his passion for sharing this material and employing social media in his courses was evident. Not only are the lectures captured and shared alongside the presentations, but the course discussions occur both in the comments on the blog, and via twitter. You can tweet Jon @jonfestinger or follow the course discussions @GameBizLaw.

This method of “teaching and learning in the open” will inspire a great deal of the discussion for our upcoming “Sharing and Caring for Open Educational Resources” module, (being published soon!) as part of the EMP program which will be launching in April. The hashtag for this module is #openedmedia.

A new open course on learning technologies

If you are looking for a way to expand your edtech skills, and experience a well designed open online course, this rich and detailed offering “Introduction to Learning Technologies” has been recently published by from Heather M. Ross from the University of Saskatchewan. You can follow along with the cohort beginning in January, or, as with most open online courses proceed through the material at your own pace. This looks like a great primer on educational technologies for the uninitiated, or provide some connections for those that are trying to “tie it all together” as so much of the open web can seem fragmented and disconnected. Of course, the beautifully designed site was put together using the open source software WordPress, which is also available at SFU in a variety of ways.

 

 

Open THIS.

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This post contains all teaching materials and outline for a the 90 minute workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER’s). All materials in this post were obtained freely on the open web, and similarly, all materials posted on this site, have been made freely available using a Creative Commons license.

Learning Objective: Identify potential sources of open educational resources (OER’s) well suited to your curriculum

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Open Educational Media

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This post contains all teaching materials and outline for a the 1 hr. workshop on Open Educational materials. All material in this post were obtained freely on the open web, and similarly, all materials posted on this site, have been made freely available using a Creative Commons license.

Learning Objective: Identify potential sources of open educational resources (OER’s) well suited to your curriculum

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