The Open Education Working Group and LinkedUp Project will be hosting the second Open Education Handbook booksprint in collaboration with Wikimedia Deutschland on Friday 22nd November 2013. The booksprint will be held at the at the Wikimedia Deutschland office, Berlin and we’d really like you to participate! During the booksprint participants will be involved in group discussions, constructing questions, building on chapter themes and negotiating with others on concepts!


The Open Education Handbook is a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large. It was started at an initial booksprint in September and has recently been moved to Booktype, an open source open source platform that assists groups to write and publish print and digital books. It’s now openly available for all to contribute to – we suggest you read our introduction if you’d like to start contributing.

The second booksprint will continue to move the content further along and will consider the questions the audience of the handbook will ask and whether what we have so far truly answers those questions. So for example: what are the real benefits of creating an Open Educational Resource (OER)? How can data about open education lead to changes in open education policy? Where have open badges been used effectively? We also hope to have a couple of speakers along from local organisations to help us frame the day.

Most booksprints aim to write a book in under 5 days! We’ll be taking a slightly less pressurised approach and will be drafting the handbook over a longer time period of time (delivering a final version for theLinkedUp Project next year).

If you are interested in being involved in the booksprint then please register on the EventBrite page. All those who take part in the handbook booksprints will given attribution (using names and affiliations) in the about section of the handbook. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Note that the handbook and the booksprint will be in English, though we are very interested in collaborating with people who would like to translate the handbook at a later stage.

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Marieke Guy is co-ordinator of the Open Education Working Group. She currently works on the PASTEUR4OA Project and Europeana Space.