School of Engineering and Management

Team Project

This course is part of the programme:
Master in Leadership in Open Education (Second Level)

Objectives and competences

The aim of this course is to develop students’ capacity to work in interdisciplinary project teams, and to upgrade in practice their knowledge and skills needed for open education design.

Students will acquire the following competences:

 Ability to assess the adequacy of existing educational materials, identify gaps and prepare new open educational resources of good quality with the use of traditional and advanced ICT and in cooperation with field experts and teachers;

 Ability to find missing information and to develop specific expertise needed for OE design in a context, of a concrete project task;

 Ability of solving real interdisciplinary OE design problems in a team,

 Ability to present their project in a written form and orally, and to discuss about the project and OE topics with international audience.

Intended learning outcomes:

After the end of the course, students will have

  • Knowledge about the complete process of developing OL – from OL demand, specification and development to implementation;
  • Skills required for creative design of OL
  • Knowledge about basic principles of project management, and know how to act as a responsible member of a team;
  • Knowledge about group dynamics within the project team;
  • Ability to communicate about open issues in an efficient and assertive way;
  • Enhanced ability to critically evaluate their personal contribution to the results of the team.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge obtained from the courses Introduction to Open Educatin, Open Education Design and Effective Didactical Practices in Open Education. Students should be able to use tools for computer-supported collaborative work, and should be prepared to work in teams.

Content (Syllabus outline)

During the course students will be solving a specific problem in the field of open education design. Through the practical work, students will learn about the principles of project man-agement and project group work. The problem will be complex enough to require an interdis-ciplinary approach and teamwork. Every year, a new project task will be carefully selected on the basis of real problems of open education and will require concrete solutions with practi-cal value.

Study process will consist of the following phases:

1 Introduction

  • Presentation of course objectives
  • Instructions for project work

2 Project set-up

  • Project task presentation
  • Project team organization

3 Content design

  • OL Curriculum development
  • Content selection

4. Detailed project work plan

  • Project coordination and means of work
  • The division of work
  • Determination of the phases of the project
  • Time Plan
  • Discussion and Consultations

5. Teamwork

  • OL development and coordination
  • Regular (online) meetings with presentation of intermediate results
  • Discussion and Consultations

6 Final report

  • Preparation of a written report
  • Preparing for a public presentation
  • Consultations
  • Public presentation

7 Final analysis of the project

  • Critical evaluation of project results
  • Evaluation of the workflow
  • Summary of experience – Lessons learned

Intended learning outcomes

After the end of the course, students will have

  • Knowledge about the complete process of developing OL – from OL demand, specification and development to implementation;
  • Skills required for creative design of OL
  • Knowledge about basic principles of project management, and know how to act as a responsible member of a team;
  • Knowledge about group dynamics within the project team;
  • Ability to communicate about open issues in an efficient and assertive way;
  • Enhanced ability to critically evaluate their personal contribution to the results of the team.

Readings

To prepare for the project work:

R. Newton: The Theory and Practice of Project Management: Creating Value Thorough Change. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. ISBN 978‐0‐230‐53667‐8

Due to the nature of the subject other literature is not prescribed in advance. It is determined each year and for each group according to the contents of selected projects by mentors. Addition-al sources are found by students with a help of their mentors as a part of the study process.

Assessment

  • Monitoring of project developments and deliverables, including capabili-ties for project communication and management of group dynamics, with elements of peer- and self-evaluation (20 %) • Interim presentations (20 %) • Final presentation of project results with discussion (60 %)

Lecturer's references

Tanja Urbančič is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica where she is a researcher and full professor in the field of computer science. She is also a part-time research fellow at the Department of Knowledge Technologies at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. Her main research and teaching activities are in the field of knowledge management and knowledge technologies with applications in biomedicine and education. She contributed to the development of new methods for modelling of human skill and for knowledge discovery with literature mining. She co-authored several book chapters and journal papers in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering Review, and others. She has over twenty years of experience with the design and implementation of study programmes and with the introduction of new teaching approaches into practice. She chairs the stirring committee for e-learning at the University of Nova Gorica and is one of the founding members of the Opening up Slovenia initiative. With Mitja Jermol, she developed and launched an international on-line mentoring program Open Education for a Better World in which expert guidance is provided to developers of open educational resources from the whole world. She has also experience from other international and national projects related to knowledge technologies and knowledge management, such as Sol-Eu-Net, ConCreTe and ExplorEdu. At the Master’s study program Engineering and Management she coordinates interdisciplinary student team projects for more than 10 years.

University course code: 2LOE06

Year of study: 1

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 12

Workload:

  • Lectures: 15 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 180 hours

Course type: compulsory

Languages: slovenian or english

Learning and teaching methods:
• learning-by-doing: theoretical introduction will be limited to the basic principles of the ol design and project work. then students will be acquainted with the project objectives that will have to be fulfilled by them working together as a team. the project task and the method of work will provide as much as possible an authentic experience of developing ol in an interdisciplinary team; • studying examples of best practices; • group research and project work; • group consultations (discussion, additional explanation, questions and answers, handling specific questions); • remote collaboration by using contemporary it; • students’ progress will be regularly followed by the mentors, external consultants will be engaged if needed; • 33 % of contact hours will be done face-to-face at the location of the university, and 67 % will be online.