FIZ Karlsruhe is one of the subcontracted partners for the external trials of the SlideWiki platform. In this interview, we feature Ms. Tabea Tietz, Research Assistant at FIZ Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (AIFB) and we exchange on her experience with the SlideWiki trials and platform, as well as the plans of her university in terms of using OER, OCW and SlideWiki beyond the duration of the trials.
1.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?
SlideWiki is an open source platform that allows teachers and learners to collaboratively create content as well as consume and discuss learning materials all at once. Content can also be reused via the Fork feature, which can be quite helpful. Having all of these features in one platform is what makes SlideWiki special in my opinion.
2.According to your opinion, which are the target groups that can best benefit from using the SlideWiki platform?
Smaller to medium sized learning groups meeting regularly in High School or University courses are probably the best target groups for SlideWiki. They can create and share their content among course members, and discuss the content in class and online using the platform. For this purpose, it would be helpful to have more elaborate commenting and discussion options on the slides and decks.
3.How do you evaluate the importance of Open Course Ware and Open Educational Resources for all educational levels?
Personally, I highly value the openness of course ware and educational material. In our previous MOOC courses at openHPI we already made good experiences with open learning content, as it enables to include even more learners actively into the course content and helps to bring together students from a variety of fields.
4. How does your organization plan to use the SlideWiki platform beyond the duration of the project?
The idea of the entire platform is great and is a promising effort for E-Learning experiences in classrooms worldwide. However, there are also many technical difficulties and usability issues, which still have to be solved to ensure a fluent integration of the platform into classrooms. When these issues are solved we would be glad to use SlideWiki for seminars and lectures at the University.