U.OPENLAB METHODOLOGY: A CONCEPTUAL MODEL AND FLOWCHART FOR THE DYNAMIC CO-PRODUCTION AND (RE)USE OF DIGITAL CONTENTS
Project-based learning offers a student centered pedagogy and a dynamic approach which promotes a deeper knowledge through real-world challenges and problems solving.
The U.Openlab concept is developed at the University of Porto (U.Porto) in the context of the teaching/learning process and is assumed to be an interaction facilitator platform between real-world needs and practical works topics. The aim is to provide innovative answers and the effective use of assessment results, the credits recognition for future professional or scientific careers and a sustainable process oriented for, among others, universities heritage services' needs.
The pilot-project in course at the University of Porto, focusing on the U.Porto Digital Museum, includes a technological infrastructure with three main components: several collections, an information and services management platform, with its corresponding digital repository; the U.Porto community contributions management platform (UPorto.OpenLab); and an adaptive framework that will support various interface applications with non-specific audiences.
The U.Porto OpenLab considers two main areas: the bidding management area / calls for contributions and a contributions personal management area. The professor, the student and the “client” are the actors in the process. As for main tasks we point out the reception, selection and distribution of real needs/problems. Having concluded the assessment process, results were selected and an online publication was submitted. The inherent credits are recorded in a contributors' digital portfolio management and in the professional social networks profiles.
The methodology will be presented and discussed as well as the process along with the obstacles and other factors contributing to the success and future replication of this experience.