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A pathway in Open Teaching

A pathway in Open Teaching

Please cite as:

Barba, Lorena A. (2016): A pathway in Open Teaching. figshare.

This slide deck gives an overview of Prof. Barba's track record in open teaching: creating open educational resources for several years in many platforms.

Prof. Barba's collections on Boston University's iTunes U are consistently (and by a large margin) the top downloads of the channel. Her course videos on YouTube (on Computational Fluid Dynamics) have more than 400,000 views (checked January 2016).

She has created OER not only on iTunes U and YouTube, but also on TED-Ed and lately on GitHub, where her collections of IPython Notebooks (a.k.a., Jupyter) have many hundreds of users (as reflected by forks on GitHub).


Lorena A. Barba

September 20, 2016


  1. A pathway in Open Teaching Prof. Lorena A. Barba Mechanical

    and Aerospace Engineering The George Washington University January 2016
  2. http://lorenabarba.com

  3. Please visit the Barba group website. Teaching history: 2004–2008 University

    of Bristol, UK 2008–2013 Boston University, USA 2013—current: George Washington University, USA
  4. At BU, all courses taught by Prof. Barba produced OER

    collections on the university’s iTunesU channel.
  5. http://lorenabarba.com/news/bus-top-provider-of-educational-media/

  6. Barba’s course collections on iTunesU were “featured” by Apple, alongside

    courses from top US universities. They have also been the “top downloads” for Boston University since their upload >5 years ago!
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  9. This screenshot of the BU iTunesU admin page shows stats

    for the past 6 months. The first three of the top collections are Prof. Barba’s courses, summing more than 22,000 downloads. Her downloads add to almost 90% of all the downloads in the Top Collections of the university, 5 years after their creation!
  10. After using Boston University’s iTunesU channel (2010– 2011), Prof. Barba

    uploaded (revised) videos for the Computational Fluid Dynamics course to YouTube. She also shared lessons on TED-Ed, and used these OER for flipped-classroom teaching on campus. She blogged and gave talks extensively about the flipped classroom.
  11. Added views > 407,000 checked 01/26/2016

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  14. Flipped classroom — on Google Trends Jan. 2011 Jan. 2015

    Prof. Barba taught her first flipped class in Spring 2012, before the “buzz.”
  15. March 8, 2012

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  18. https://vimeo.com/62867080

  19. IPython Notebooks At the George Washington University, Prof. Barba initiated

    a new “genre” of OER, using collections of IPython Notebooks (a.k.a., Jupyter)—rich documents mixing text and computable content. (Shared under CC-BY on GitHub.)
  20. https://github.com/barbagroup/CFDPython

  21. One example … Each lesson contains text, figures, equations and

    executable Python code, providing an interactive learning experience. Students can change code and see the effects in the output.
  22. https://github.com/franktoffel/CFDPython-ES Now moved to:

  23. http://lorenabarba.com/blog/announcing-aeropython/

  24. Self-produced MOOC:
 “Practical Numerical Methods with Python” —Fall 2014

  25. http://openedx.seas.gwu.edu

  26. http://openedx.seas.gwu.edu/courses/GW/MAE6286/2014_fall/about

  27. The MOOC based on IPython Notebooks (a.k.a., Jupyter) has inspired

    others around the world to create similar OERs.
  28. https://github.com/pbstark/MX14 “Nonparametric Inference, Auditing, and Litigation” Short course at XXIX

    International Forum on Statistics
 29 September–3 October 2014 Philip B. Stark
  29. Prof. Juan Klopper, senior lecturer in surgery at the University

    of Cape Town. http://www.juanklopper.com
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  31. https://github.com/rlabbe/Kalman-and-Bayesian-Filters-in-Python

  32. Sharing OER via — iTunes U — YouTube — TED-Ed

    — GitHub — self-hosted Open edX site Disseminating via — Twitter & self-hosted blog http://lorenabarba.com