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

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

  1. 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

  1. 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

Dr. Tel Amiel is Professor at the School of Education at the University of Brasília. He headed the UNESCO Chair in Open Education at the University of Campinas (2014-2018). He co-leads the Open Education Initiative in Brazil (aberta.org.br). He completed his PhD in instructional technology (University of Georgia) and was visiting fellow/researcher at the University of Wollongong, Stanford University and Utah State University. He is currently part of projects focused on data-based school improvement, understanding organizational barriers to new media use in schools, and promoting open resources and policies in higher education. He is engaged in production and management of educational resources at the Open University of Brazil and in academic production on OER in Portugese.
Dr. Tel Amiel is involved in organization of Annual Workshop on Open Educational Resources and in the project MITA: Map of open education initiatives as well as in the project on “The role and potential of the Open University municipal centers between the formal and non-formal”.
More detailed information is available at: https://educacaoaberta.org/en/pessoas/tel-amiel/