LIBR 559L: Open Access Class – Assignment

LIBR 559L:  Open Access Class – Assignment

Weight:  70%

Due:  June 7, 2011

Brief description:  Subject guide or tutorial on open-access related topic for web delivery, e.g. website, blog, podcast, Open Access Directory page. To hand in your assignment, e-mail your URL to Students are encouraged to develop work for the open web (the URL can look good on a resume!), however an offline alternative will be considered on request.

Examples of work from the 2008 class can be found here:

~ Special suggestions for 2011 ~

2-minute video entry for Sparky Awards (note the Awards deadline is May 26)

Brief description: STUDENTS: Tell the world the way it should be. Is open sharing of ideas and information important to you? Form a team or go it alone and make a video to demonstrate the value of information sharing as you see it.

More details, information about how to enter the contest and prizes can be found at:

Open Access Directory page

Peter Suber, long-time editor of the Open Access News blog, has a number of lists ready to go into the Open Access Directory. This assignment involves registering with OAD and working within the wiki structure to add one of these new lists, and writing a brief web piece on the venue of your choice (blog, wiki, webpage, etc.), announcing the new list and explaining the purpose and value of the content. The page will be made public and available for other collaborators after marking. This assignment is suitable for students with patience for the picky details of copyediting involved in wiki work, as the list needs to be in the standard format of OAD.  This assignment can be handed in in two stages if desired: the OAD page per se should be handed in as soon as it is complete. If you are interested in this option, please contact Heather Morrison at who will coordinate list assignment with Peter Suber.

Create a free brief screencast tutorial for an open access related resource or topic using screenr

Other thoughts? Why not share other possible approaches with fellow students via the class wiki ~ a great way to earn marks for participation!

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