Roles: Director, Services Designer, Rebranding Lead
OER Commons is a dynamic digital content hub, offering a suite of Open Educational Resource (OER) implementation supports. From roadmaps to training to tools, OER Commons gets the right OER to students.
OER Commons transitioned from a philanthropically funded initiative to a hybrid grants and services model in 2011. I choreographed the transition, led our rebranding process, and served as lead product and service designer.
Preferences for Global Access
My roles: project lead, ISKME
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research awarded funding to ISKME for a project dedicated to helping people with disabilities personalize a “one-size-fits-one” approach to accessibility, removing barriers to access for users with sensory or physical limitations, cognitive constraints or other unique learning affordances. The PGA project being conducted in partnership with the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) team, including the Inclusive Design Research Center at OCAD, Raising the Floor International, WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media, IBM, and Inclusive Technologies. Dubbed “Profile Creation Support for Cloud-based Accessibility,” it seeks to harness global networks and cloud services, delivering appropriate solutions to users anywhere, anytime and on any device or platform.
My roles: web presence director, strategy, new media exposure, media lounge lead
Big Ideas Fest is a unique three-day immersion into collaboration and design with a focus on modeling cutting-edge thinking in K-20 education. Creative doers and thinkers from diverse levels of education gather to design the future of education. Breaking down silos and empowering champions, Big Ideas Fest places learning at the front and center of all that we do.
Roles: Product lead, technical director
Open Author is a cloud-based WYSIWYG editor that helps educators create, remix, license, publish and share Open Educational Resources (OER). It serves as a Github for learning resources. Teachers can use Open Author to create a copy of a resource instantly and edit it to suit their needs, build units and lessons using a template specially designed for modularized content, co-author with colleagues—and even see how others are remixing their work. Open Author supports Common Core tagging and embedded OER Quality Evaluation, and integrates with popular learning and content management systems (LMS).
Open Author incorporates best practices in universal design for learning and inclusive learning. OER produced in open author is accessible using screen readers, connected to crowdsource subtitling and translation support through Amara integration, and contains embedded supports for flexible content modification to support learners with access constraints.
My roles: project director (iskme), design lead
'Al-Masdar'means ‘The Source’ in Arabic.
In 2013, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) commissioned the launch of Al-Masdar, a comprehensive web-based portal that provides up-to-date, accessible, and useful information about instruction, resources, and opportunities relevant to Arabic language teachers, students of Arabic, designers and administrators of Arabic language programs, and the general public. The site was created in partnership with the Center for the Languages, Arts, & Societies of the Silk Road and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).
Al-Masdar is intended to serve as a virtual meeting place and material source for teachers and students of Arabic language throughout the world andis being developed as a one-stop shop for materials related to Arabic language education. The site acts as a clearinghouse for vetted and high-quality Arabic language education materials as well as a meeting point for teachers to share materials, comment and rate materials, and collaborate on the development of materials. The intended audiences include teachers and students of Arabic language.
The initial steps of this work took place at the iPD Discoverability Summit held April 1-2, 2013, in San Francisco, a collaboration between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ISKME, and a range of providers of next generation professional learning opportunities. The goal was to facilitate a unified approach to advancing discovery of relevant professional learning content across the participating organizations, and beyond.
Over the course of one and a half days, participants interviewed teachers, school administrators, and content developers around their practices and needs in discovering professional development materials. Attendees from across all education sectors then worked toward identifying high level categories for describing professional development resources and services.
My roles: summit designer and provocateur, project director
The Primary Source Project
The Primary Source Project is a timely effort being conducted by ISKME, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to collaboratively create a slim canon of openly accessible and contextualized primary sources on OER Commons for engaging K-12 teachers and students. Materials will include both currently open sources and materials that will become open through the advocacy work of the project. The project will develop a prototype to support K-12 curriculum needs related to finding and using a diverse set of primary source materials that support the teaching and learning of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math, as well as supporting literacy across the core disciplines and skills contained, for example, in the Next Generation Science Standards.
My role: project lead, strategic advisor
Open Science Resources
Roles: advising the consortium on cross network interoperability, metadata structures, open content policies in education, and quality assurance.
Open Science Resources (OSR) is an OPAL award-winning collaborative European Commission model project that aims to create a shared repository of learning resources currently dispersed in European science museums and science centers.
My roles: project director, technical lead, translation and localization workflow director
The Supreme Education Council (SEC) Commons, developed with support from the Qatar Foundation International, serves as an open educational resource portal to support next generation curriculum improvement in Qatar. The bi-lingual arabic and english network supports the exchange of resources between educators in the US and the MENA region.
Achieve OER Rubric Tool
To help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards, and to determine aspects of quality of OER, Achieve has developed eight rubrics in collaboration with leaders from the OER community. To allow users to apply these rubrics and evaluate the quality of instructional resources, Achieve partnered with OER Commons to develop an online evaluation tool.
Blue-ribbon report that presents a case for the establishment of research networks and curricular programs housed in information schools that will investigate critical connections between information, development, and social change. The report also identifies roles for iSchool graduates in social impact work that will develop out of these research programs and outlines shifts in training practices needed to develop the necessary skill sets. These roles will require new skill sets in information brokerage and information choreography across fields.
My roles: project director, author
Advisors: Dan Atkins, University of Michigan; Steven Jackson, Cornell
that illusive daily practice coming soon.
Aria, do you hear the birds? Yes mama, but do you hear the dirt?
In her hands I hold the sum of all tomorrows a fabric of sweet nothings grown infinite in the light