This is how we plan to go about our OER project:
Phase 1: preparation and consultation (April-June)
In the first instance the team will create a rough proof-of-concept demonstrator using non-subject specific materials. This will be available here, in ‘video’ or ‘demonstrator’ categories. They will be used as the focus of the first participatory design workshops which will be carried out before staff and students disperse for the summer vacation. These activities, and the paper prototypes produced during them, will inform subsequent design and development activities. Investigation into digital literacies and reuse issues raised in the workshops will begin, and will be reported here too.
Phase 2: development (July-August)
During the development phase the team will use the information provided by the design workshop to develop working prototypes. Again, this will be available here, categorised as ‘videos’ or ‘demonstrators’. Regular contact will be maintained with academic staff contacts for their continued feedback on system developments, with participants being encouraged to try out the tool with the resource collections suggested in this workshop. To support these developments, we will begin work on metadata functions of the tool, and liaise with David Karger to ensure integration of the finished tool with the existing Exhibit framework. A pilot system will be ready for use in the third face-to-face workshop at the start of term.
Phase 3: evaluation and dissemination (August-September)
In September academic staff contacts will meet for a final testing and evaluation workshop in order to make trial ‘presentations’ based on their course materials and to discuss how issues of reusing digital content have been addressed in the tool. Their final recommendations for changes and their feedback on trials of earlier prototypes over the summer will inform a final consultation with David Karger, which will ensure full compatibility of the tool with Exhibit. Supporting documentation will be produced during this phase. We anticipate having the tool and documentation ready for use by teachers and students by the end of September.