Ynternet.org is a Research and Education Institute promoting an efficient and ethical use of technology, while having a responsible behavior in the digital environment. Moreover Ynternet.org is one of the subcontracted partners for the external trials of the SlideWiki platform. In this interview, we feature Ynternet.org’s Director, researcher and HEG-GE lecturer, Athanasios Priftis, and we exchange on his experience with the SlideWiki trials and platform, as well as the plans of his Institute in terms of using OER, OCW and SlideWiki beyond the duration of the trials.
- SlideWiki, an EU-funded project, enables the collaborative creation of free teaching and learning materials. These include, for instance, slide sets, lecture notes and course content. What is special about this platform?
The SlideWiki platform emerges as a possible alternative to the GoogleDocs suite, particularly for creating open and collaborative courses / presentations. The fact that SlideWiki is proposing default – open content, with the use of an appropriate open license, is a clear step for people to share content and work together in selected areas.
- According to your opinion, which are the target groups that can best benefit from using the SlideWiki platform?
There is a huge variety of groups working on common projects or presentations. In our experience, such groups can be found in universities and schools (education), SMEs and large business (business), as well as, associations and other organizations (civil society). All these groups could have equal interest in SlideWiki and use is it an open repository for their work.
- How do you evaluate the importance of Open Course Ware and Open Educational Resources for all educational levels?
Open CourseWare and Open Educational Resources are the cornerstones of an open and inclusive EU educational system. We consider them as one of the fundamental criteria for the evaluation, support and funding of educational institutions. Open educational content, as a whole, provides a clear opportunity for cross-European collaboration in various EU sectors.
- How does your organization plan to use the SlideWiki platform beyond the duration of the project?
We have planned two waves of trials for the platform in collaboration of the University of Applied Sciences in Geneva (HEG). The first one is during the HEG Wikinomie 2018 course (March – July 2018), mainly with university students. The second one will take place between September and October 2018, proposing the use of SlideWiki in informal trainings for youth, job seekers or bottom-up entrepreneurship opportunities. Overall, we aim to create more than 20 online courses with several decks and presentation pages attached to them. This is a great collaborative project for us!