The University of Patras in Greece is one of the subcontracted partners for the external trials of the SlideWiki platform. In this interview, we feature Chris T. Panagiotakopoulos, Professor of Educational Technology at the Department of Primary Education and we exchange on his experience with the SlideWiki trials and platform, as well as the plans of his university 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 main characteristic of the platform is that the educational material is developed with interaction and cooperation between the users.
According to your opinion, which are the target groups that can best benefit from using the SlideWiki platform?
I think all educational levels. This is because nowadays, teachers are using more and more digital educational sources. The quality of the educational material is ensured by the cooperative way of the development.
How do you evaluate the importance of Open Course Ware and Open Educational Resources for all educational levels?
The importance of Open Course Ware and Open Educational Resources is obvious; studies with low cost for the students, reusability of the educational material which often means fully updated educational material, better material due to cooperation for its development, curb of the commodification of knowledge, action with an alternate way for providing education to all educational levels, sharing of best practices, wider audience, education for all, etc.
How does your organization plan to use the SlideWiki platform beyond the duration of the project?
In my University we could organize all, or a part of our lectures, with such a way which ensures high level of interaction between our students and the educational material. The mediator for this could be the SlideWiki platform.