Two SlideWiki workshops have been recently delivered in two internationally renowned events: the 20th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL 2017) and the 13th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (JTELSS 2017). ICL 2017 took place on September 27-29 in Budapest, Hungary. This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the exchange of relevant trends and research results, as well as the presentation of practical experiences in the fields of Interactive Collaborative Learning and Engineering Pedagogy. JTELSS 2017 took place on October 9-13 in Aveiro, Portugal. This is an annual event, gathering PhD students from universities across Europe and providing them with opportunities to develop research skills, increase their knowledge base, collaborate with others in their own and complementary research areas, engage in debate, have access to experts in the field, and discuss their own work. Both events cover topics from a broad range of domains that contribute to advancing the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).
Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) delivered both SlideWiki workshops. These workshops are part of the project’s initiative in developing a collaborative open courseware authoring platform and collecting feedback from the online education community. Our hands-on workshops offered the opportunity to participants to get acquainted with the newly launched SlideWiki platform and its functionalities for collaborative authoring of open courseware, crowdsourced translation of educational content, as well as social networking.
In particular, we introduced the SlideWiki platform and its functionalities for collaborative authoring of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to the community. We showed the latest technological developments behind SlideWiki, regarding its integration with different educational platforms. Additionally, we gave participants the opportunity to try the SlideWiki platform and perform a range of OER-related tasks, including finding OERs, reusing existing OERs, as well as authoring new OERs in collaboration with other participants. Finally, we had a feedback discussion and the participants also completed a questionnaire evaluating SlideWiki in terms of its usefulness and usability.
Participants appreciated the capabilities of the SlideWiki platform in supporting the full lifecycle of OERs, as well as the collaborative features of the platform. Some participants suggested improving the import function of existing slides, especially those slides containing PowerPoint shapes, in order to minimise the effort required by authors of content. Additionally, participants would like to be able to invite their colleagues to collaborate on the platform via automated email invitations.