DS4OER design sprint

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  • What: Two-day hands-on design sprint to assemble and publish a learning sequence from OER. The design sprint is a compressed face-to-face experience based on the OERu's DS4OER course.
  • Who: Educators and learning designers wanting to improve digital skills for open design using open education approaches
  • Where: Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. Room 317, D Block on Harbour Terrace, Dunedin (see Google maps).
  • Time: 9.30 am to 4.00pm (both days).
  • When: 9 & 10 June 2015 (Participants can opt in for a one day session.)
  • What to bring: Wireless enabled laptop (tablets are not ideal for authoring OER), good ideas and willingness to explore open design concepts.
  • Cost Free (with acknowledgement to the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO for sponsoring the design sprint). Light lunch and refreshments will be provided for registered participants.
  • Registration: Please register your attendance online here
  • Participants: List of confirmed participants
  • Resources: Agenda  |  Resource links

Inspired by code sprints[1] from the open source software development world, the goal of an open design sprint is to design and develop an OER learning pathway from scratch in a very short time frame, usually one or two days.

Participants will learn from each other with the support of experienced OER developers and the UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic and the OER Foundation. The focus is not on instruction, but rather to create and publish a working learning pathway which you can use in your own own teaching. The emphasis is on cooperation and implementation of open design approaches. The DS4OER design sprint is a face-to-face experience to augment the OERu's Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development (DS4OER) open course.

What you will learn

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Sprint outcomes

During this open design sprint you will:

  1. Refine your wiki editing skills for cooperative development of OER
  2. Develop a storyboard for your OER learning pathway
  3. Refine and improve your digital skills to adapt, remix and legally share OER including images, rich media and other content resources
  4. Design and create your own learning pathway incorporating pedagogical elements into your materials.
  5. Publish your learning pathway using your own course website on the open web.


  1. What is a code sprint, Drupal.