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1 1 A Wiki-based approach to Open Educational Resources: TRUE Dr Martin Poulter, The Economics Network Professor Rebecca Taylor, Nottingham Business School

2 2 Uses of OERs by economists Syllabi/module handbooks/ reading lists –Informal benchmarking Lecture slides/ handouts –“Bread and butter” –Idiosyncratic / new ideas –Alternative perspectives Assessment materials

3 3 Other resource types Classroom experiments Data tables and graphs Case studies Jokes!

4 4

5 5 Wikipedia: the big gamble

6 6 The wiki balancing act Enough freedom for individual authors to express creativity Enough structure to have a good end product

7 7 Strengths of the wiki approach Collaboration –Non-hierarchical –Natural division of labour Ownership (Personal and group) Immediacy

8 8 Weaknesses of the wiki approach Unstructured content –Inconsistency of style and navigation –Duplication User frustration Initial skills hurdle

9 9 Academic tribes

10 10 Health Economics education Grew out of a research community Initially run on PBWiki free wiki service Mostly one academic, one techie No formal budget Yielded 59 learning resources

11 11 Health Economics education althhttp://economicsnetwork.ac.uk/he alth

12 12 Co-opetition Appeal to co-operative ethos of academic community And simultaneously to the competition between departments, schools of thought or courses

13 13 TRUE Teaching Resources for Undergraduate Economics Fourteen subject wikis Each led by a senior academic in that field Personal visit to acquaint them with wiki software and issues

14 14 Call goes out… resources come in

15 15 Under the bonnet Drupal –Free, open source –Very customisable –Sophisticated system of users and roles –Document-based or data-based –Download from Drupal.org JORUM.ac.uk

16 16 So far 400 resources uploaded Other materials linked

17 17 From an exam “You will be matched with 4 other students. Tell me how much of a bonus you would like on the exam in percentage terms. Please write down a number between 0 and 100 (fractions permitted). “I will give the bonus to the student with the lowest request. Ties will be broken randomly.” Todd Kaplan, Example exam for Markets, Games and Strategic Behaviour

18 18 From a syllabus “You can sleep in class all you want. Be my guest. Really: I don’t mind. And bring any friend, parent, child, dog you want. No problem: no need to ask. But you cannot read, talk, eat, slouch insultingly [guys: listen up], pass notes, pick your nose, look bored (being bored is another matter: these rules are about externals that hurt your classmates, demoralizing them and me), dress inappropriately, do homework, chew gum, come late, leave early, or more generally act like a high-schooler. […] Think of the class as a business meeting, with Deirdre as your boss.” Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago, syllabus for Principles of Microeconomics

19 19 Lessons learned Need other community-building efforts in parallel with the wiki. Foot-of-page comments: a mixed blessing, probably not worth having over all. Perhaps be more prescriptive: have a template site and publicity that co-ordinators work from?


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