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Interim Report For the period 11 December 2010 - 11 April 2011

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User highlights from December 2010 - April 2011

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openSpace repository website performance
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19,812
238.61% growth Podcast downloads

3,301 repository visits came from 99 countries/territories (up from 87 countries). 2,334 (70%) were new visitors ; 1,008 (30%) were returning visitors. Repository Visitors were predominantly English speaking, accounting for 91% of the overall visits, the % of English speakers remains relatively flat. On average, visitors spent 3.07 minutes (+), viewing 3.38 pages (-). 11% had visits of more than 6 minutes. 36.56% of traffic came via a direct link (+); 46.99% from referring sites (+) and 16.24% from search engine results (-) . 117 users have become members, accessing the full suite of features within the repository. New memberships has fallen by 62.38%. Traffic from OER Repositories (e.g. OER Commons) has largely driven traffic from North America (21%), followed by Northern Europe (14%); Eastern Europe (9%); and South East Asia (11%).

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5,319
803.06% growth Full play streaming multimedia

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Our podcast platform, along with our new YouTube channel, continues to overtake our OER repository and search engine results as a medium for accessing University College Falmouth’s open education resources. “Pushing”, in the form of our new YouTube Channel, has not had an effect on the traffic visiting our OER Repository. Users engage with the OERs in the online social spaces they discover, use, and share them on. There has been greater usage of the OERs hosted on our social media spaces (Podomatic, Facebook, Scribd and YouTube) with users in North America, the UK and now India. This has led to greater OER awareness and discoverability within the social networking sphere. Our Screenwriting OERs “went viral” in March 2011. During the first week of going viral, 1,000 people per day accessed the Screenwriting OERs. This figure rose to 1,700 within a week and peaked at 2,000+ views per day. The figure, at the time of reporting, has subsided to just over 700 views per day. This unit went viral after being discovered on YouTube and featured by filmmakeriq.com and Celtx - two very respected sources of information within the screenwriting community. Social network marketing to OER subject related industries, professionals, websites, bloggers, academics, etc has resulted in positive reviews and higher levels of access and use.

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11,713
788.02% growth Unique website visitors

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*Figures compared against 11 September 2010 - 10 December 2010

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Visits to http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk 11 December 2010 to 10 April 2011

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Visitors Overview
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Comparing to: Aug 11, 2010 - Dec 10, 2010
Previous: Visitors Visitors 300

Dec 11, 2010 - Apr 11, 2011

The day the Screenwriting Unit went viral via YouTube, Podomatic, Facebook & Twitter

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Country/Territory United Kingdom United States India Canada Australia Pakistan Argentina Brazil Philippines France Germany Ireland Russia

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Visits 2,049 458 83 68 65 57 45 40 27 26 23 22 22 20 17

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Pages/Visit 3.17 3.15 4.57 4.00 3.69 9.54 2.47 4.60 4.74 2.08 2.00 4.23 9.09 2.30 5.53

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% New Visits 69.30% 65.07% 78.31% 69.12% 63.08% 85.96% 13.33% 27.50% 70.37% 76.92% 91.30% 68.18% 90.91% 85.00% 47.06% Bounce Rate 69.89% 60.48% 51.81% 38.24% 47.69% 50.88% 66.67% 40.00% 51.85% 73.08% 65.22% 36.36% 22.73% 60.00% 41.18%

Avg. Time on Site 00:02:35 00:03:47 00:05:59 00:05:02 00:04:23 00:05:15 00:01:58 00:07:59 00:06:43 00:01:39 00:00:53 00:06:45 00:02:35 00:02:15 00:07:53

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Our OERs continue to be steadily accessed and used by the wider public, students and prospective students. Access is primarily through social media sites like YouTube and Podomatic rather than via the openSpace repository. There remains little evidence of use amongst academics and researchers. SEO and our market-led approach to meta data has resulted in a significant and positive engagement with our OERs by the general public.

(which typically has a value within his/her respective industry and/or marketplace), as well as more general tags covering the institutional name, degree level plus keywords generated from the lesson itself (e.g. ”creating a character” or “ storytelling” are keywords that accompany “intro to screenwriting”) and the OER and JISC-related keywords. This understanding of how people search for content - and where they are most likely to search for our kind of content - brought the Screenwriting unit and its OERs to the attention of two prominent online screenwriting sources: Celtix and filmmakeriq.com. Both of these sources went beyond merely recommending the unit and the OERs - they hosted our YouTube videos, with links back to the original source material, on their sites. Subsequently, their fans/readers/supporters engaged in a flurry of Twitter activity spreading the word. They steadily promoted the course in a sustained and significant manner within the first two weeks of it appearing on the Celtx and filmmerakeriq.com sites. Other screewriting blogs embedded the YouTube videos and recommended them to the international screenwriting and film making community. This, in turn, led to a phenomenal increase in people discovering, accessing, engaging with and sharing the OERs. The interesting thing we noted is that no one thought of them as OERs, they never referred to them as OERs, everyone spoke about “this free online screenwriting course” and its “lectures”. The other main thread of conversation we noted on the various social media and social networking sites was “more universities and colleges should give their stuff away for free”. It would appear that users preferred to engage and use the OERs “in situ”, in other words, wherever they found them. The rise in using the OERs on social media and networking sites, and then sharing them, did not translate into a sustained level of online traffic to the openSpace repository. While there has been one detractor of note with regards to the unit’s pedagogy, the vast majority of comments about the Screenwiritng unit and the OERs has been very positive. The comments the public have provided - on blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Podomatic, etc - prove that OERs can have a value. And this value, we believe, has an important part to play in OER sustainability. This experience also supported one of our basic tenants with regards to UCF’s OERs - OERs need to be where people are likely to discover them. While it is time consuming to upload OERs to any number of social media and social networking sites, if OERs are in a format that enables this, the rewards of that effort can be staggering. “Be where your audience is.” It has been our experience that one cannot force people to visit repositories. While this approach may not lend itself to every subject, OERs need to be in the places that people are familiar with and enjoy using. And an understanding of how people actively search for information and content online si also an important element.
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Whilst it is important for our learning objects to be available within a number of open education repositories, it has been UCF’s approach from the start of its open education journey, to be public and market-led in the dissemination of its OERs. Its methodology has primarily been led by an understanding that, due to the specialist nature of its courses and subjects, there would be a wider appeal to the public. When compared to STEM subjects, there are few studio based or vocationallyled courses within higher education. By this measure, our OERs have a very specific academic audience. The number of global enthusiasts and practitioners within the fields taught by UCF is significant - hence our understanding that our OERs would receive a far wider take-up and engagement within a lifelong learning and CPD framework. This market-led approach in understanding who would be most likely to use and engage with our OERs led our online dissemination and meta data policy and practices. Rigorous SEO, high WC3 accessibility compliance and making our OERs available on some of the most popular social media and social networking sites made our OERs easily discoverable by the public. A public-focused approach - including an in-depth understanding of online activity (e.g. using the most popular social media and social networking sites, understanding how these sites work, how people search for online content, how they share online content and the practices that enhance content discoverability online) - increased the prospects of our OERs “going viral”, in other words, becoming widely accessed, discussed and shared online. This dissemination approach is one of the main reasons for lectures from one of our free online courses going viral. There are a few factors behind this success. When we placed our OERs on online social spaces such as the Podomatic, Facebook, YouTube, etc., the SEO process was rigorous. The accompanying/explanatory text is clear, concise and keyword rich. We used language that was jargon free. The links on each page are also SEO-friendly and keyword rich. The meta data for each file is also rich in keywords - name of the unit, name of the session, the tutor’s name

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openSpace is University College Falmouth’s platform for making teaching materials free to learners all over the world through Creative Commons. UCF has made available free lecture notes, assigments, and audio videos. Our screenwriting unit is designed to build your knowledge about story telling and focuses on the writing of TV, radio, short film and feature film scripts. Whilst primarily dealing with forms of dramatic fiction, you’ll also look at documentary and documentary drama. You’ll analyse different forms of script writing and screen writing, the elements they have in common and the specific tools that can help to deliver better scripts in each medium.

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Week 1: Screenwriting – Introduction to Screenwriting
Tutor: Jane Pugh Purpose / Aim of this session: Our first week’s work is two fold: In Part One: We will discuss what is scriptwriting, what does a scriptwriter do, and how do they do it? Finding ideas and choosing your subject, research and where inspiration comes from. In Part Two: You will begin to write and develop a portfolio of ideas. For this session you will need… - A note pad and pen. There are a total of four exercises we would like you to complete, one of which is ongoing. You can either listen to the lecture in full and then complete the exercises, or pause the lecture to complete the exercises as you go along. For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-1%E2%80%93-introduction-screenwriting

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CELTX Of interest to Philippine writers -- Karel Segers of The Story Department is leading upcoming screenwriting workshops ... Story Tour Asia 2011 English Film & Television Screenwriting Seminars storytourasia.com The premiere of the Story Tour Asia English Film and Television Screenwriting Seminars in the Philippines provides a unique opportunity for any aspiring creative writer, director and producer, screen industry or non-industry professionals to extend their knowledge of the craft of storytelling and to 14 March at 07:11 · Like · Comment CELTX University College Falmouth also offers free 'taster sessions' for different forms of professional writing http://bit.ly/gcQoE1 MA Professional Writing Taster Sessions | openSpace - Specialist Art, Design, Media and Performance. openspace.falmouth.ac.uk openSpace is University College Falmouth's platform for making teaching materials free to learners all over the world through Creative Commons. As far as possible, we have developed openSpace to reflect our approaches to teaching on our full time and part time courses. 11 March at 11:57 · Like · Comment Rick O'Shaughnessy, Toby Wallwork and Beatriz Plaza Garcia like this.

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19,812
238.61% growth RSS Feed subscribers

5,319
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This post kept changing as I wrote it. Originally it was going to be a collection of links to some different screenwriting resources, but over the past month or so I've been working on my own screenplay [aren't we all? - Ed 3. Free Online Screenwriting Course So there I was, with a 100 page screenplay that seemed so close to being finished; but I just couldn't seem to do it. Something just wasn't working; or it hadn't turned out how I'd envisaged it. But I couldn't figure out what to do to fix it. Then I came across the Screenwriting Unit by Jane Pugh at the OpenSpace Project at the University College Falmouth, UK. This is the complete course notes from a college screenwriting class, and it's online and free. It's free - did I mention that it's free? [I don't think you did - Ed.] You can read the class notes (and/or listen to the instructor read those same notes in the podcasts!) I listened to the second unit ("The Principles of Screenwriting ") and it was a revelation! Suddenly I knew what was wrong with my screenplay, and why it wasn't working for me (too many characters and too many story lines). Yes, I probably should have realized this myself, but as a neophyte, I think I really needed someone to hit me over the head with the solution. Pretty neat that. Now, I just have to see if I can fix it! But I definitely recommend taking a look at this material; and it's free! Falmouth: Screenwriting unit at Falmouth.uk

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As a budding writer myself, I have to say I once was perplexed by the form that is screenwriting. The formatting and minimalist use of language was something it took a while for me to get my head around, so when I managed to land a place on a screenwriting course as part of my University education, I was thrilled. I was taught a lot of things that otherwise would have passed me by. It’s amazing how little things can really change your writing style and your ability to tell stories. After all screenwriting is a form of storytelling which is different to the novel or short story. Screenwriting is a process of images, not words. There is only so much you can teach yourself, and believe me, I am a firm supporter of self taught creativity. Allowing for an external force to guide and structure your understanding of screenwriting can really improve yourself as a writer, which courses such as the UCF Open Space programme can offer. The UCF Open Space Programme at the University College of Falmouth’s Open Space course encourages writers to work independently on projects of their choice with the option of minimal tutoring and outside guidance. But what’s so special about this course it gives long distance learners an opportunity to learn and gain feedback on work. This is pioneering new scheme and well worth a look. Check out the free sessions you can access online:
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