School of Engineering and Management

Production of Educational Materials

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 teach students about the tools and mechanisms to develope the best possible open education materials that would fit user needs and requirements on one side and provide quality learning experience on the other.

Student will acquire the following competencies:

- Train authors to draw up educational materials upon a thorough undersdtanding of the intertwining of technollogical aspects with didactic, methodological and pedagogical aspects;

- Understand basic concepts, know specific tools and IT envioronments for production of educational materials;

- Produce open educational materials of good quality by mastering selected tools;

- Analyze and select the most appropraite tool for a concrete challenges of open learning.


Students should have the basic understanding of the concepts, staregies and didactical models of open education. They should be familiar with the basic tools and mechanisms that can be used in the process of creation learning experiences including content, communication, collaborative work, assesment and analytics and should be prepared to work in interdisciplinary teams.

Content (Syllabus outline)

During the course students will be learning about the basics of the open education material development. During the lectures they will ex-plore the theoretical background of methods being used in OE and OL, models, strategies, tools and approaches.

They will be exploring in detail tools and ap-proaches for content generation, collaborative work and learning, communication, assessment and learning management.

They will explore in detail various tools to han-dle different content modalities from texts, sound to videos, interactive materials and com-plete courses like MOOCs. Special attention will be given to tools and mechanisms to manage complete learning systems and provide person-alised learning experiences.

There will be a lot of emphasis on hands-on practice, so as to combine deep knowledge about essential topics on the instructional de-sign with developing actual skills of using them. The following topics will be explored in more detail:

1) Audience Participation

2) Audio / Sound Design / Podcast: Rec-ord/Edit

3) Course Reserve Technologies

4) Faculty Web Sites / Class Blogs

5) Geo Spatial Technology / Mashup

6) High Performance, Clustered Computing

7) Learning Management System

8) Lecture Capture / Blended Learning

9) Mobile Learning

10) Image Creation/Editing

11) Presentation

12) Create Voice Over Video or Screen cap-ture

13) Publish Streaming Video & Audio materi-als

14) Scanning / Optical Mark Recognition (OMR Grading)

15) On-Demand Technology Training for Fac-ulty & Students

16) Video Production: Record/Edit

17) Web 2.0 / Task & Collaboration Oriented Tools

18) Web Conferencing / Virtual Office / Re-mote Training / Live Webcast

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will:

  • Understand and master the landscape of the tools to develope and manage OE and OL
  • Be able to analyse and select the most appropriate tools and mechanisms for OE and OL
  • Be able to work with most of the tools and understand their prons and cons
  • Be able to distinguish between good and bad production of learning materials
  • Reflect on personal performance in terms of quality and attractivenes of the open education materials


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  • Interim presentations • Final presentation • Final Report

Lecturer's references

Tanja Arh is assistant professor in business informatics with more than 15 years of experiences in the field of e-learning and use of ICT in the education and business sectors. She worked 13 years as a researcher at Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks at Jožef Stefan Institute. The main research areas of her scientific work cover e-learning, use of ICT in the education, knowledge management and organizational learning. Her research work is still closely connected and per-formed mostly for European-wide research programmes. In the past, she was the project leader of several national and international projects in the field of e-learning, the use of ICT in higher education and the promotion of science, such as the project WeForYou (Meet and learn What Excellent science does For You and the society) from 7th EU Framework programme, projects e4VET Community Portal (Enhancing, Empowering and Emphasizing E-learning in Vocational Edu-cation and Training) and SELPRAF (Self-employment with e-Leaning based Practise Firms) from the Leonardo da Vinci programme. As a researcher she was also involved in the Network of excel-lence PROLEARN (Network of excellence in professional learning), iCamp project (Innovative, in-clusive, interactive & intercultural learning campus) from 6th EU Framework programme and iCo-per project (Interoperable Content for Performance in a Competency-driven Society) from eCon-tentplus programme. Tanja Arh is a course holder of E-business course at School of Engineering and Management at University of Nova Gorica, course holder of Internet Technologies and Appli-cations in Educational Processes and Internet Technologies in Business and Education courses at The Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS). She collaborates also with the Faculty of Education from University of Maribor and DOBA Business School, Maribor. She has been suc-cessfully integrated her knowledge and research results into her scientific contributions, which includes over 100 publications. She is member of Executive Board of Slovenian Project Manage-ment Association. She works as an CEO in her own company.

University course code: 2LOE14

Year of study: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 12 hours
  • Exercises: 18 hours
  • Individual work: 120 hours

Course type: compulsory elective

Languages: slovenian or english

Learning and teaching methods:
the course will be based on the combination of the physical lectures, hands-on, face-to-face consultation, online lectures and group discussion. the first part will be done by attending lectures at the univesrsity in order to set the stage and build common understanding between students. this will be and intensive course for a week or two weeks. students will understand the basic concepts, methodologies and tools taht can be used in various stages of the oe and ol materials development. this will be done remotely using online learning and online lectures combined with the mentoring and group discussion. studens will learn deeply about the tools pros and cons and explore the value of these tools through a series of hands-on. the main part of the course will be a series of hands-on lectures together with methors and experts in the field. the complete work will be done online. students will get weekly assigments and produce various materials by using tools. before the end of semester students will gather again at the university to synchronise, solve potential problems and talk face-to-face with various mentors. the idea of this gathering is to support students in the areas they feel they need additional suport and assistance. the final project will combine the theoretical knowledge and the practical work on producing adaptations of existing materials to fit a different scenario. 50 % will be done face-to-face, and 50 % will be online.