DevCSI OER Hack Day Report

I am woefully late in amplifying this, however Kirsty Pitkin has produced an excellent summary of the joint UKOLN CETIS DevCSI OER Hackday that took place in Manchester last month. The two day event drew a wide range of participants from the UK and US including delegates from the Universities of Leeds, Newcastle, Oxford, Bolton and Nottingham, East Riding College, Harper Adams University College, the Open University, the US Learning Registry Initiative, Open Michigan and ISKME, together with colleagues from JISC, CETIS and UKOLN.

Kirsty’s report includes video interviews with many of the hackday participants and also presents a comprehensive summary of the projects developed at the event. These included:

  • The Course Detective – a Google custom search engine to search over the undergraduate prospectus pages for all UK universities.
  • WordPress tools, hacks and workflows for OER
  • Generating Paradata from MediaWiki – how to contribute paradata back into the Learning Registry by building a simple data pump that mines MediaWiki and transforms it into a paradata envelope for the Learning Registry.
  • Sacreligious – an OER version of Delicious, built on Django.
  • Xpert / Learning Registry Connection – working with the Xpert search API to parse it and push it into the Learning Registry

You can read Kirsty’s full report here: OER Hack Day, and I can also recommend the OER Hack Day Social Summary