OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology (2017-2018)

Background

OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation) is a partnership between Duke University and Red Hat that is jointly housed in Duke’s Social Science Research Institute and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Integrating open source principles and methodologies into teaching and learning, communicating and creating within and beyond educational institutions, OSPRI Lab is building a 21st-century open learning ecosystem. The vision for the OSPRI Lab is to pilot this innovative pedagogical model while developing open source education technology focused on social, adaptive and customizable learning.

Project Description

This Bass Connections project addresses the gap between how learning occurs outside and inside academic settings—between the participatory, social, crowdsourced, self-organized learning students authentically engage in beyond the classroom and the industrial-era, one-to-many, hierarchical-driven teaching occurring in many classrooms.

The project team will pilot a viable, scalable and replicable open source pedagogical model, and develop a beta version of open source education technology focused on social, adaptive and customizable learning. Depending on students’ interests and team composition, team members will write and submit an article to an open access publication; design and publish open education resources and a website; and submit an application to participate in at least one academic conference to present the pedagogical prototype and their education technology product

The project has the potential to make a significant impact on the critical societal issue of preparing students for 21st-century learning. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning defines these skills as creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration. The Lab has the potential to serve as a prototype for future broad-based infrastructure and curricular innovations at Duke and other universities.

Anticipated Outcomes

Open source pedagogical model piloted; beta version of open source education technology produced; article submitted to an open access publication; open education resources and website produced; presentation at an academic conference

Timing

Summer 2017 (optional) – Spring 2018

Team meetings will take place on Mondays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

  • Summer 2017: Team leaders complete project guide and design key assignments; research assistants conduct literature reviews of social, adaptive and customizable student-centered learning theories and case studies of the education technology landscape. Students may serve as research assistants over the summer but are not required to join the team until Fall 2017.

  • Fall 2017: Develop theoretical understanding of open knowledge, open access to information, key 21st century skills and learning competencies, student-centered learning theories; gain familiarity with peer-to-peer education technology landscape, design thinking and iterative methodologies, survey and focus group methodologies; design and complete case studies, surveys and focus groups; design education technology prototype
  • Spring 2018: Build, test, iterate education technology; share knowledge at an academic conference; publish open education resources; complete article for submission to an open access publication

This Team in the News

New Course Explores Open Source Principles

Open Project Collaboration from Elementary to University Classrooms

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Aria Chernik, Social Science Research Institute*
Robert Duvall, Trinity - Computer Science*
Michael Faber, Innovation Co-Lab; OIT
Shawn Miller, Center for Instructional Technology
Kristen Stephens, Trinity - Program in Education
Susan Wynn, Trinity - Program in Education

Undergraduate Team Members

Min Chul (Mitchell) Kim, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Statistical Science (AB2)
Cam-Ha Nguyen, Public Policy Studies (AB), Asian & Mid East Studies (AB2)
Sharon Peng

Community Team Members

Multiple Contributors, Creative Commons
Multiple Contributors, Google (potential)
Multiple Contributors, Red Hat
Multiple Contributors, Facebook (potential)
Keith Sawyer, UNC - Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

* denotes team leader

Status

Active