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).
A pathway in Open Teaching
Prof. Lorena A. Barba
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The George Washington University
Please visit the Barba group website.
2004–2008 University of Bristol, UK
2008–2013 Boston University, USA
2013—current: George Washington University, USA
At BU, all courses taught by Prof. Barba
produced OER collections on the university’s
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!
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!
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.
Added views > 407,000 checked 01/26/2016
Flipped classroom — on Google Trends
Jan. 2011 Jan. 2015
Prof. Barba taught her ﬁrst ﬂipped class in Spring 2012, before the “buzz.”
March 8, 2012
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
One example …
Each lesson contains
text, ﬁgures, equations
and executable Python
code, providing an
Students can change
code and see the eﬀects
in the output.
Now moved to:
“Practical Numerical Methods with Python”
The MOOC based on IPython Notebooks (a.k.a., Jupyter)
has inspired others around the world to create similar
Auditing, and Litigation”
Short course at XXIX International
Forum on Statistics
29 September–3 October 2014
Philip B. Stark
Prof. Juan Klopper, senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Cape Town.
Sharing OER via
— iTunes U
— self-hosted Open edX site
— Twitter & self-hosted blog