OLnet’s Tina Wilson and TERG’s Giselle Ferreira have successfully bid to the HEA Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences to develop a new project entitled: Using Open Educational Resources and Web 2.0 Tools to support Ethical Reasoning in ICS Project-Based Learning.
The project aims to investigate the potential of Web 2.0 tools and Open Educational Resources (OER) to support students engaged in project-based learning in ICS. Capitalising on existing online environments and tools, this project will explore the potential of these openly and freely accessible resources to provide a space where students can be encouraged to identify, engage with and discuss ethical issues that arise in their project work. In particular, the work will involve repurposing and reusing the recently published Introducing Ethics in Information and Computer Sciences OER created by Giselle and John Monk and freely available on OpenLearn.
The availability of Web 2.0 tools and OER affords the emergence of novel learning spaces. Ongoing debate on these innovations, however, has predominantly emphasised technical, production and copyright -related issues. This project proposes to look beyond these issues by focusing on pedagogy. By taking into account the ways in which lecturers and students view social networking tools, the researchers will seek to shed some light on the potential of such arenas for formal, informal and, perhaps, new and less fragmented models of, learning. As such, it is envisaged that knowledge gained from this project will inform further developments of the Ethics OER as well as the ongoing research developed by OLnet.
The project starts on the 1st December 2009.