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#LearnHack 5.0 Open Education [creator track]

This practical and interactive #LearnHack session draws together staff and students – across academic levels and disciplines – to collaboratively explore ideas and solutions to how Open Education practice is embedded across UCL. The session provides an alternative information- and participation-based approach to advancing Open Education, and we encourage practitioners and participants interested in new forms of interactive learning to attend. 

  • You don’t need to know anything about Open Education prior to the event, and anyone can come along! 
  • You don’t have to find the answer to a problem – we’re interested in seeing how you approach a problem, what resources might be needed to investigate further, what suggestions or recommendations you can make based on what others are doing or what you’ve found out, etc. 
  • What’s important is your engagement with the topic, regardless of how small you think your contribution is – even if that means crossing off the list an avenue of exploration! 
  • Create! Posters, templates, guidance forms, tools, and infrastructure which will support UCL’s delivery of OE across the globe. 

This event is different to the #LearnHack 5.5 Open Education [tech track] which will take place in February 2019. Contact us if you'd like more information about that. 

This hackathon does not include any sleepovers!

Event Communications

Twitter - hashtag #LearnHack / @OpenUCL
Slack - https://learnhack.slack.com for general event communications
Project uploads - TBC


These challenges are just examples – you can think of your own, or we can help you think of others! If you have an idea for a challenge, email oer@ucl.ac.uk to check you can follow it through – our only requirement is that it relates to a real-world Open Education issue. You don’t need to be technically-minded to explore these!

How does Open Education tie in with other UCL initiatives, i.e. the Connected Curriculum, the Education Strategy, etc.
  • Why is it important?
  • How would you engage colleagues?
  • What would be the key messages?

Create guidance documents, templates, posters, for others to re-use
  • How to make OER?
  • How to turn existing teaching material/data/research into OER?
  • How would you easily explain (open) licensing/copyright to someone?
  • Re-use open teaching materials
    • Using open resources to create lessons
    • Find an open (research) data set and plan a lesson or activity around it
    • Find an existing OER and re-purpose and re-publish it
    • Use an OA research publication for an activity

Challenges for students, teaching staff, librarians, etc. on embedding OE practice into UCL
  • What are the barriers to Openness?
  • Why is Open Education important to librarians?
  • How can the library support teaching staff to create OER?
  • Why do you think OE is important for students?
  • Can you suggest ways for students to get involved with, or gauge their interest in, Open Education?

System requirements for a successful Open Education/OER repository
  • Research and identify system requirements for UCL’s OER repository
  • What other UCL systems would UCL need to integrate/work with?
  • What external systems would benefit from interoperability with the UCL OER repository
  • Compare with other repositories and systems like GitHub, Open Software Framework, etc. – and consider the pros and cons of uploading OER with each

The importance of metrics in understanding and analysing the re/use and impact of OER
  • What is “impact”?
  • What are the definitions?
  • Why is it important?
  • How can you measure impact of an OER?
  • Related issues/difficulties

What do I need to bring to the event?

This will largely depend on what you are planning to work on. Basic stationery items, such as pens, paper and scissors will be provided. 

You should definitely bring:
  • a laptop or tablet or smartphone: even if you are not coding things yourself, it'll be useful if you can find resources, build your team presentation, help other people test their solutions, ...
  • charger(s), dongles/adaptors for all the devices you are bringing along 
  • comfortable clothing: layers work best (this will allow you to adjust to warm/cool conditions)
  • craft materials if you are planning to build something physical (cardboard, markers, glue, wire, string, ...)

What else do I need to know about the event?

We welcome all ideas and skill levels. All that's required is an open mind and a willingness to get involved in some way. 
That said, Hackathons can be quite intense. If you feel a little lost or overwhelmed, don't worry, it's perfectly normal to feel that way at some point during the weekend. Stick with it! The #LearnHack team are pretty experienced event facilitators, and we will do our best to support you through the ups and potential downs.