Thanks for those who have given feedback last week and in the past. Taking all of that into account, we propose the following lightweight process and potential future features.
First, some background: Currently, the School organizer must manually add a course to the School of Open for it to be featured or otherwise show up on the landing page at http://schoolofopen.org
. Anything after "Featured" is also manually handled, eg. draft course and those in-development.
Second, the proposed process:
1) School of Open organizer can still manually add a course, but at least two organizers must review and approve the course before it is added. Since the School of Open is a joint initiative being coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, one organizer from each party must review a course before it is featured on the landing page. CC-side, that is currently me. P2PU-side, that can be staff or community volunteer that is designated as an organizer of the School. Additional parties, such as content or domain experts, may be pulled into review a course on a case by case basis. This process does not apply to draft or in-development courses which are clearly noted as such on the School page.
2) The landing page will make clear that School of Open courses are created by the community and not all endorsed or owned by any one organization. This will be aided by:
- clear explanation and descriptive text
- the ability for any School of Open course to be "branded" as created/vetted/or
associated with a specific organization on the School of Open landing page. For example, any course CC creates will be visibly shown as being created by CC while any course Open.Michigan creates will be visibly shown as being created by Open.Michigan.
- the landing page will make clear that there are
courses created by individuals that are not associated with any
3) We will integrate any community review process that is integrated at P2PU as a whole, eg. community rating or badge award system for good courses, mentoring platform, etc. The key point is that we intend to explore this with what P2PU is already doing in this direction, and not doing something that is distinctive to School of Open itself. Community review and mentorship will not be required for a course to be featured on the SOO page, but will be essential for continued improvement of the course and community participation.
Some things to note:
* Of course, outside of SOO, anyone can still create and publish a course at P2PU at anytime. All P2PU terms and community norms still apply to anything on their site/platform.
* Right now, only 1) is immediately implementable. 2) and 3) will require future work, which School of Open will have a hand in shaping.
* All of the above, once agreed on by
this community, will be documented as clear steps to take for course organizers who want to create a course as part of the School of Open. Clear steps will include reference to our guidelines: http://pad.p2pu.org/p/school-of-open-guidelines
So what do you guys think? Please let's discuss and share any feedback on this thread by the end of the week!
Jane ParkProject Manager