Course Site Challenge

Here is the link to my WordPress site for my course.

Really, I didn’t know what I made to publish my course in the cloud. I simply followed the instructions provided in our DS4OER course and it worked… I don’t know why. In this aspect, it has been easy. Anyway, I had two problems about the result:

  1. The title of my landing page is not its true title (“Landing page”) but “User:Grian”
  2. In the menu, you can see the names of the two learning pathways in my course outline, but not the sub-menus, I don’t know why

I’ve been looking for fix these problems, but I didn’t find the reason. In my first problem, maybe I could change the title of my landing page directly in WordPress, but I desisted because the warning in the instructions saying that all changes have to be done on the WikiEducator pages. So I’m waiting for suggestions. Thank you. 😀


Learning pathways challenge

Finally, I managed to finish this challenge. Details to bear in mind were many (too many!), especially on the instructions for the activities, where you have to think about all the possibilities that can occur, both in the way learners can interpret your instructions and in not leaving loose threads about what your learners should know.

This work was hard, and demanded great concentration. And, even yet, I feel there are a lot of things to improve and perfect, as well as details that should be reviewed. For example, asking blog posts of 500 words, if only one post per week, could be very difficult to supervise if you have 200 learners in your course. But how students can express their thoughts and their conclusions about complex subjects in a shorter text? This and many other aspects have to be reconsidered.

Moreover, the urgency and rush to finish the work in two days instead of one, as planned in the course, certainly should have taken me to make many spelling or grammar errors in the different texts. My English still needs to improve, of course.

Here you are the link to my Course outline.

Blogging au plein air, by Mike Licht, license CC BY in

Blogging au plein air, by Mike Licht, license CC BY in

OER Inventory Challenge

You can find my OER inventory here.

Given the nature of my course, “Another World Is Possible: Neoliberal Globalization and Social Change,” the reuse of OER designed by other educators was rather limited for this learning pathway. This course, aimed for adult learners and designed to develop critical thinking in the current social, economic and political worlds, largely seeks that learners navigate freely on the Internet looking for information. To do this, they are offered links to various materials, among which they must choose those that best fit their interests. After reading, listening or watching the resources selected, they must start their independent search on the net to expand their information according to their preferences.

To make an inventory of those first links, I sought educational materials related to the topics of this learning pathway —Collective intelligence, Cultural Creatives, The Empathic Civilization and the Economy for the Common Good—, but I must say that I almost did not find resources for possible use by hosting them in WikiEducator, since most of them had no CC BY nor CC BY-SA license. Anyway, I suppose I can use them as links to open access resources hosted on external sites.

In short, I’ve discovered the benefits of OER search through those sources offered by the DS4OER course in this field. They have opened me many doors for searching possible educational resources.

I’m including below one of the most striking resources that I’ve found, a slide presentation about The New Sharing Economy, by Mitya Voskresensky (under license CC BY-NC-ND, in SlideShare).

Pedagogical Template Challenge

Here you are the result of my Pedagogical Template Challenge.

This task has not been unduly complicated, since the screencast associated to this learning pathway explains all the details in a very clear way. Just a few small problems have arised during my work, all of them related to the wiki text characteristics. I’ve solved them just seeing the way in which this situations are written in wiki texts in other pages.

I’ve used my learning pathway 6 from my course “Another World Is Possible” (AWIP15) to expose the objectives of this session and a brief introduction on “Alternative Social Views”, which is the topic of this pathway.

I do not really have much to add, except perhaps to say that these templates can ease the work of web design for courses. This, after all, is a great advantage in a work which takes longer to prepare than to impart.

Image from Occupy Wall Street (New York, 2011) Photo by editrrix, licensed CC-BY 2.0, in

Image from Occupy Wall Street (New York, 2011) Photo by editrrix, licensed CC-BY 2.0, in

Video Remix Challenge

The task for this session of the DS4OER course has taken me a long time, even though I already had some knowledge of video editing. The problem is that I have a perfectionist slant and, just selecting videos, music and, above all, pictures, I have devoted several hours. However, I finished quite satisfied with my work, a video on the sociological phenomenon of Cultural Creatives, explained by the sociologist who made the discovery, Dr. Paul H. Ray. Moreover, now I have a new educational resource for my open online course “Another World Is Possible” (AWIP15).

The use of audiovisual materials as educational resources has for me more advantages than disadvantages. It is true that sometimes they can distract students from more important aspects of their learning, but it is also true that a good video can convey more information in less time than reading the equal amount of information through texts.

What has been new for me was the previous making of a storyboard for my video. I never made this before editing, and yet I found it very rewarding. On the other hand, the storyboarding has made easier for me the later editing work. I was able to make the assembly faster than in previous works. Here you have a pdf from my storyboard.

My only problem has been while trying to manage the Creative Commons license in YouTube. A message appeared saying that my video had a notification of third parties copyright, when all the elements that I have remixed in my video belong to Public Domain or have a CC-BY, attribution 2.0. Following the thread, I’ve finally found that the notification was about the music, but the music I used has a CC-BY 3.0, as you can see here. Finally, I challenged before YouTube their notification of copyright.

Anyway, here you are the result of my video remix challenge.