Michigan Student Leads School of Open Challenge

On a cold and dreary Friday afternoon in Ann Arbor Michigan, University of Michigan School of Information student Victoria Lungu led an engaged group of U-M students and staff through a School of Open challenge. The School of Open is a Peer 2 Peer University school focused on teaching the world about open licenses, open culture, and open teaching and learning practices, through the use of challenges.

The challenge that the group focused on, Get CC Savvy, walks participants through the ins and outs of Creative Commons licenses. The challenge inspired conversations about copyright, philosophies of sharing, and evolution. Together, the participants watched Creative Commons related videos and answered questions included within the challenge. It was obvious that the participants enjoyed the event and that they gained a better understanding of copyright and the use of Creative Commons licenses. Read more about the event on Victoria’s blog.

Victoria Lungu Leading a School of Open Challenge. CC BY Open.Michigan

The School of Open is being developed at a time when Universities are starting to think more about how they can leverage online platforms (Coursera, Udacity, edX, etc) to share teaching and learning experiences openly, with people from all over the world. For better or worse, copyright is a major component of sharing educational resources and experiences online. The School of Open may be just what the sharers at these Universities need to gain a better understanding of the open teaching and learning ecosystem. It’s still very new, but the more people that participate, the better — we encourage you to join and become a part of an engaged community of peers that can help with your copyright and sharing questions!

Also check out this School of Open challenge, still under development, that walks participants through peer-production of open educational resources.

Heads up! Lightning Talks Kickoff U-M Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week provides an opportunity to explore the benefits of open access to scientific research for both the academic community and the greater good of society. The open access movement advocates for free online access to scholarly work in the service of advancing scholarship worldwide (CC:BY-NC University of Michigan Library).

To get things started, the MLibrary Open Access Week Committee hosted a series of 10 lightning talks on topics ranging from an introduction to Open.Michigan, Wikipedia loving libraries, and thoughts on access to digital cultural materials. There were also great talks on open data, convincing unimpressed folks that Open Access is good for them, MERLOT, and more!

Check out these photos of the event.

Here’s a schedule of other events taking place at U-M for Open Access Week:

What’s in it for You?
The U-M Copyright Policy (Standard Practice Guide 601.28)
Tuesday, October 23
9:30 – 10:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, MPublishing
Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel

Your scholarly work is important and worthy of long-term preservation. The U-M’s new copyright policy – recently updated for the first time in many years – charges the university with that preservation responsibility. Learn how the new policy affects your publishing, and why it serves as a foundation for a campus-wide open access policy.

Using HathiTrust for Education and Research
Tuesday, October 23
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Angelina Zaytsev, Project Librarian for HathiTrust

Interested in learning how to use HathiTrust in your research and class work? Topics include an overview of content, search, collection building, understanding copyright statements and usage restrictions, text mining and data analysis, and upcoming initiatives of the HathiTrust Research Center.

Extending Your Reach: New Tools for Sharing Your Research & Teaching
Wednesday, October 24
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Faculty Exploratory, 206 Hatcher Graduate Library

By using Open Access, Creative Commons licensing, open educational resources, or other tools for sharing, you can take a new approach to distributing your research and teaching. After attending this session, participants will understand how to retain their rights to published research and teaching materials, how to increase the impact of their publications, and how to share their work as widely as possible. This session will be most relevant for students and faculty actively engaged in creating teaching materials or publishing research findings.

School of Open at Fun Fridays
Friday, October 26
Begins around 1:00 pm
North Quad’s 2435 space

SI student Victoria Lungu will be leading participants through the School of Open’s “Get CC Savvy” challenge. Not only is this a great opportunity to learn about CC Licenses, attendees will also get an introduction to using the School of Open and P2PU.

So do your part to support Open Access Week by promoting and attending an Open Access Week event near you!

Wikipedia Education Program at U-M

We say it often, Open.Michigan encourages a thriving culture of sharing at the University of Michigan by promoting and supporting open teaching and learning practices. These practices can be activities that are transparent, participatory, and collaborative, such as co-authoring a travel guide, contributing to an interactive syllabus, or adding content to a wiki. So we were excited to learn about the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program and U-M’s previous participation in the program via Cheryl Moy and Prof. Anne McNeil.

The Wikipedia Education Program is an initiative designed to support faculty who are interested in integrating Wikipedia based assignments into their syllabi. Wikipedia based assignments include creating new articles, creating new media (photographs, illustrations, animations) for articles, editing articles, and comparing and contrasting Wikipedia articles with traditional academic sources. Previously, Cheryl and Prof. McNeil worked with Chemistry students to create and edit new articles relevant to upper level Chemistry courses.

Recently, Open.Michigan and MLibrary hosted a Wikimedia Foundation sponsored information session and workshop that provided an opportunity for the U-M community to learn more about the Wikipedia Education Program. The information session and workshop were led by Jami Mathewson, an Education Program Associate at Wikimedia Foundation who focuses on coordinating volunteer initiatives and activities in support of the Wikipedia Education Program.

Jami discussing Wikipedia in Education Workshop
Wikipedia in Education Information Session CC BY Open.Michigan. Jami Mathewson discussing the Wikipedia Education Program.

A mix of 35+ faculty, students, and staff attended the information session and about 16 stayed for the interactive workshop.

For the information session, Jami introduced Wikipedia, addressed questions about the integrity of the site and its content, discussed the benefits and challenges of using Wikipedia as a teaching tool, and detailed how the Wikipedia Education Program can support interested faculty members through online/offline help materials and Wikipedia campus ambassadors. Campus ambassadors are trained volunteers that can assist students and faculty members with writing and editing on Wikipedia. Cheryl was the original U-M campus ambassador, but before her departure she trained staff from MLibrary and Open.Michigan to provide ambassador support moving forward.

During the workshop, participants explored examples of Wikipedia based assignments in more detail, and followed an editing demo led by Michael Barera, a Michigan Wikipedean. The Michigan Wikipedians are a student group that meets once a week to work on their own Wikipedia based projects.

Wikipedia in Education Workshop CC BY Open.Michigan. A Michigan Wikipedian teaches participants how to edit Wikipedia.

Open.Michigan and MLibrary are excited about our collaborative effort towards supporting this open teaching and learning practice. Check out these links to learn more about bringing Wikipedia into your classroom:

Contact Dave Malicke (dmalicke@umich.edu) and Ye Li (liye@umich.edu) to learn more about Wikipedia in Education at U-M.