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.

1 comment:

  1. Well done Leigh, Keith and 95 students. Please keep sharing your learning on what was most significant.