10 November 2011

BPS2011 is over, assessment begins

Over the past 13 weeks, we've all been doing a unit of study together, in a way that is slightly different to normal. Keith and my goal was to modify the pre-existing unit outline enough so we could run an open, flexible, invitational learning event, where we could curate a guest lecture series, put everything online (not so much on university systems, but on real-world web sites), to make attendance intrinsically motivated, and to set assignments that were challenging and that would make a valuable contribution to wider, open knowledge communities like Wikiversity and Archive.org. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us through it, had a laugh, gave the assignments a solid go, and for giving us feedback.
  • We used UC's Moodle in a very basic stripped back form, making it open access, and providing a link out to the unit website, with a forum set up if anyone needed it
  • We set up a unit website on Blogger, which fed through to a Facebook page, and used these to document progress in the unit
  • We used Wikiversity to prepare the unit content, and develop and submit the assignments
  • There were three assignments: an essay on Wikiversity, an online presentation, and an "open book" exam, where open book meant the use of personal computers and the internet in the exam.

BPS2011 sitting the exam
The exam was a blast to watch. The room had a buzz about it as all 95 people filled the room, plugged their computers in, connected to the wireless, set up their communication channels, and awaited further instructions. At the end, everyone seemed to agree it was an intense, exciting, and very challenging exam!

All of the essays are in, as well as the presentations, and all of the exam responses. Now begins the marking! All 95 people in BPS2011 have really risen to the challenge. We have some fascinating essays and videos published, from pole dancing to rock climbing, all with copyrights (hopefully) cleared, some with open standard format videos embedded, one in Arabic, and many that have been peer reviewed by other each other. The full list of works are here on the BPS2011 category on Wikiversity.

We have gained some really nice feedback so far from three people, and we're hoping for more when the assessment is out of the way. We plan to produce a PediaPress printed book from some of the best essays, in combination with work from Ben Rattray's group working together on Wikibooks, producing a book of factsheets about disease and exercise.

It has been a pleasure to see this model for collaborative learning work so well, and we can only hope to see it scale more with other staff taking up the principles and practices here. We all engaged in productive, real world knowledge communities, using contemporary information and communications technology, to produce openly accessible information from our work, that will benefit future BPS participants, and many many others with an interest in our topics.

Thanks everyone, we'll be in touch in a couple of weeks once the assessment is all done.

Exam questions

Welcome to this Open Computer Exam.
You will find TEN questions in this document and you have 40 minutes to answer them. Insert your answer after each question.
The focus of this exam is your ability to discover and share information. You have the Web available to you to answer these questions and you have on-line communication tools to support you. Usehyperlinks to indicate any sources you use. You might consider acknowledging any colleagues who have worked with you. Transparent collaboration is welcomed.
We hope you enjoy the experience!
  1. Your boss wants to learn about Stephen Hodge’s work. Your brief is to say who Stephen Hodge is and how your boss could contact him.  (You met Stephen in Augusthttp://bps.ucniss.net/2011/08/chain-reactions-cycling-in-australia.html)
  2. You are preparing for an interview and have been told in advance that one of the questions you will be asked is about the ‘commodification’ of Australian sport.  Make four bullet points to help prepare for the question.  (A friend suggests you look at Wikipedia and check out this Google Scholar search if you have time.)
  3. In the same interview you will be asked about the articulation of sport and politics. Make four bullet points about your response (having checked out slides 10,11 and 12 in this presentationand contemplated an example from the Olympics in this presentation if you have time.)
  4. A friend calls you to ask you to compose a tweet (for Twitter). You have a maximum of 140 characters (including spaces between words) to promote orienteering in Australia (your friend knows you were at this talk). Your friend’s best shot at a tweet in 130 characters is: You do not know you are lost until you find yourself. Take up the orienteering challenge today, discover the real you #wayfinding.
  5. A colleague who is researching service-oriented businesses in Canberra has heard that you attended Alannah Magee’s talk in BPS2011. Can you provide your colleague with some information about the Sportsman’s Warehouse?
  6. Your old school hears that you have been following BPS2011 and wonders if you could give a talk about the role of sport in uniting communities. You say ‘yes’ and then think about what you will say! You decide to draft a short abstract (whatever you can write in 2 minutes) to help you clarify your thoughts. You include at least one hyperlink to add depth to the points you will make.
  7. An employer has heard about e-portfolios and wants to check with you about your on-line presence. You decide to tell the employer about Wikiversity and your page on it.
  8. Tony Naar came to talk with us in BPS2011. Who is he? What is his job? (A friend wondered if this link might help.)
  9. A friend has asked you to help with a sport photograph to illustrate an assignment.  Now that you are an expert in Creative Commons licensing you recommend a photograph from The Commonsand you paste it here.
  10. 10. You are at home for Christmas and your favourite aunty asks you ‘How did that exam go where you had to answer 10 questions in 40 minutes?’ Your answer (minus the expletives) …
On completion of this exam:
Please save as your file with your studentnumber.doc
Email your answer document to: Keith.Lyons@canberra.edu.au

02 November 2011

BPS2011 Re-View and feedback

This week's lecture, Keith will provide an overview of the unit and end with a practice for our open book exam next week. This is the Slidecast he will use for the presentation:


We've been getting some very helpful feedback on the unit, and thought it would be good to capture this on the BPS2011 Wiki discussion page. Now you all know how a MediaWiki works :) if you have comments, suggestions and general feedback to offer, please go to the BPS wiki, click the discussion tab, and type it up there. Don't forget to sign off with the four tildes, or anonymous is OK too.