First, apologies for being somewhat missing over the last month. It’s been a hectic semester here at UMD, but it starts to end this week (after that gnarly task called grading is completed).
@bekka - we never followed up on me coming to a community call. After my semester ends, Thursdays should now work for me in the coming semester.
Couple of updates on Research Activities from our group at UMD:
----- Data Sharing — Discussion with Nadeem + @bekka stalled in September, about how to proceed with data sharing. However, my student Sarah went ahead and began to prepare some of the tables in the database from the September 2013 data dump to share publicly as CSV files (for now), which we felt were safe to share with the world. We outlined the 6 tables we’ve prepared so far here: http://casci.umd.edu/research-resource/data-resources/p2pu/
Please feel free @dirk and everyone in the community to let us know if we’re on the right track. And if there are other tables that we can whitelist, we can add them to our growing collection.
There continues to be voiced interest by other researchers in accessing open datasets from P2PU. @shaklev mentioned this during a talk I gave about open education research (if you’re curious, slides and video are here: http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/ahn2013/sessiondetails)… and Rosta Farzan, a researcher at PITT has recently requested the data from us; and she and our student Sarah are going to propose a project with this data at the Online Communities Hackathon at CSCW 2014 http://ocdata.umd.edu/.
Any progress we can make on this, and help from the P2PU community, would be excellent; particularly as P2PU shifts its strategy/focus (from what I gathered through personal conversation with Philipp @1L2P when he visited UMD), it would be nice to at least have a snapshop of P2PU that researchers can look at into the future.
----- Some analyses. Our group at UMD is focusing on one analysis right now: understanding what characteristics are correlated to active projects in P2PU and larger enrollment.
We’ll be testing whether (a) designing open training like https://p2pu.org/en/courses/445/how-do-i-make-a-p2pu-course/ + (b) the experience level of organizers + © affiliation with broader initiatives like being in an official school relate to having a good supply of courses in the platform
----- Brian Butler had taken the lead on the mMOOC data (the first 4 launches of it). Latest news is he told me he’d have time to look at it over our winter break, which will be over the next few weeks. I hope we can have something concrete to report asap, as I know you’ve had discussions about moving on with the mMOOC in some form.
Feel free to send any questions or suggestions!
Happy holidays everyone!