FINAL PROJECT REPORT

 

Table of content:

  1. Brief description of your project: objectives, activities, impact
  2. Relevance of the project for you and for your institution
  3. Main results of the project
  4. How these results will be used in your teaching
  5. How these results will be promoted within your university
  6. Conclusions, challenges encountered and lessons learnt

 

 

 

  1. Brief description of your project: objectives, activities, impact

 

As an instructor in the faculty of Architecture, Art and Design, I teach a course named FDP 201 “Basic Design” which is a course given to Advertising and Marketing students.

 

The objective of this course is to acquire a basic approach and get familiar with fundamental design topics and strategies that include: color, typography, illustration in order to create effective advertising.

After being involved in this OER project, I started to realize how important is the integration of the open education into teaching and learning. The incorporation of OER in my course would be a positive benefit and impact on both students, instructors, as well as for my institution.

 

As an activity, I thought to convert a PowerPoint presentation that covers the following subjects “ Elements and Principles of Design” which are the basics topics for the whole course into an Open presentation using cc materials.

  1. Relevance of the project for you and for your institution

As I already mentioned above, using OER in teaching will have impacts on both instructors by changing the resource use and students, as well as it will be such a benefit to my institution Notre Dame University.

In able to achieve my objective, I will ask students to present work could it be individual or group work by searching the net such as the site www.flikr.com on visuals related to the elements subject, than I will ask them to transform it and to build upon this visual in order to create a new visual and collaborate it with other sections or by adding it on a blog online and share it with the community.

 

  1. Main results of the project

– Use of resources without worrying about copyright terms. The resources are available flexible to use, reuse, remix, and build upon.

– Students will be able to further develop new visuals and enhance existing one, which is part of the learning process in this course.

– They will be investigating the different basic possibilities to execute and visually present an idea.

– Students will be active and not passive learners and more engaged in the course.

– Collaborative teaching and learning

– Students will then evaluate their own participation, process, and final outcome.

– It offers opportunities in new participatory and effective technologies.

– It will develop their creative skills, which is one of the most interests in this course.

 

  1. How these results will be used in your teaching

In my teaching strategy, I will adopt OER and OEP. These resources will innovate the learning process. By using these educational methods, these resources will help to facilitate collaborative and flexible learning that is the main goal in my course. It will also enhance technology and will raise the quality of education.

Moreover, They may involve students participating in online communities. It will innovate educational practices on an institutional, professional and individual level.

Students should be involved in a way that what they are doing will be successful and effective in order to develop new concepts and come up with new visual ideas. For that, I am going to use various online collaborative tools and most specifically I think that a Group work can be an effective method to motivate students, encourage active learning, and develop key critical-thinking, communication, and decision-making skills.

The online tools that they may also use in the classroom could be a PowerPoint lessons, media presentation such as in motion visuals, videos, animations and graphics. They can also participate in an online project, or even by creating there own blog, website, or a Facebook page for the course.

All of these technology integration strategies will have a positive impact on student learning,

 

PHASES OF THE PROJECT:

  1. Creating Groups
  2. First, I will arrange students in groups while taking into consideration that the group formed will be comfortable.
  3. I will take into consideration that the discussions within the groups will be successful while creating an inclusive environment.
  4. I will decide on the group size that will depend on the number and the diversity of students in the classroom.

 

  1. Group Activity Explanation Process
  2. Introducing the group activity trough a lecture and visuals.
  3. Determine what I want to achieve through the small group activity.
  4. Explain the task of each group clearly, telling students exactly what they have to do
  5. Explain what would be the final product of the group work look like.
  6. Set a deadline
  7. Let student ask questions about the activity.

 

Step 2: Correction and evolution

 

  1. Monitoring Group work
  2. Look at each group work, what they have achieved and what is the concept they are adopting
  3. Instructor contribution to the work done.
  4. Delivery of product

Step 3: Presentation and assessment

 

  1. End of group task

 

Second, I will Design the group activity while identifying the course objective and the knowledge of the topic. The activity will relate closely to the course objectives and class content and it will be designed to help students learn and will be effective.

I will also underline the following enquiries:

What is the objective of the activity?

How will the objective be extended by asking students to work in groups?

Is the activity challenging enough that it requires group work?

Will the project require true collaboration?

Is there any reason why the assignment should not be collaborative?

 

 

The aim of this presentation is to show students on how they can turn any material into an open one by searching the net, finding photos and text under creative common Licenses.

This Open PowerPoint presentation will also allow all the students and especially Advertising and Marketing ones to have an idea of the course before getting enrolled in.

 

As a result, anyone who is interested in such a subject will have the possibility to access the materials and benefit as if they were attending the class.

Moreover, this project will be a push for other instructor to benefit from such kind of open resources in their class and to make our Faculty involved in the Open Education World. It will give them the ability to customize course materials and create textbooks and other resources while maintain and controlling the quality of the course materials.

 

 

  1. How these results will be promoted within your university

Notre Dame University is involved in the Open Education, and has a strategic commitment to the integration of Openly-licensed educational resources in the teaching and learning process. The university has already worked on a draft policy regarding OER.

The university started to encourage initiatives from faculty members and students to expand the OER over campuses.

 

These results could be promoted in several ways within the university, and this is what happened exactly in our campus, OER started with a small focus group to evaluate the knowledge on OER then the circle has expanded to more members from different faculties across the campus.

Also beside the focus group a short online survey could be sent to all faculty members to have an idea of their knowledge of OER and their interests.

Each year the university celebrate the Open Education Week by hosting a series of open events, talks and workshops wich familiarize the community with ongoing efforts in the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the use of open licenses.
During this event, the library will also have a major role in promoting OER. For example, librarians would be available to clarify copyright and licensing for materials and they will help the community on how to find appropriate open resources.
For example, this year NDU Library staff will launch the new online, interactive map for the Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architectural Photographs Collection; a NDU Libraries Digital Humanities project making cultural knowledge openly accessible via creative commons licenses.

Finally, there is a will to implement Open Badges Strategy that will encourage student to acquire knowledge and skills to be reflected through the given badge.

 

  1. Conclusions, challenges encountered and lessons learnt

The first part of the adaptation was to plan, present, and evaluate the work

  • The first challenge was to know exactly what is the purpose of the presentation
  • The second challenge was to let faculty members response to such initiative
  • Lack of awareness of OER
  • Incent Faculty members to develop and share high-quality OER materials
  • Finding materials that are relevant to the course subject.
  • And of course search for materials that are flexible to use, remix, and build upon.

 

Sahar Nassar
Instructional Designer – Office of IT
E-Learning Department
Part Time Instructor – FAAD
Ramez G. Chaghoury
Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design
Notre Dame University-Louaizé
Lebanon