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The BC Open Textbook Project: More than Saving Students Money.
In the fall of 2012, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education announced funding to support the development of open textbooks. The primary goal of the project is to save post-secondary students money by promoting the adoption of free, open textbooks. But there are additional goals and benefits of the open textbook project that will benefit the post-secondary system in BC and beyond. In this presentation, Clint Lalonde from BCcampus will give an update on the BC Open Textbook project, and talk about some of the other open educational goals of the project that go beyond saving students money.

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  • 1. BeyondFree The BC Open Textbook Project Clint Lalonde Manager, Curriculum Services & Applied Research Uvic Open Access Week Oct 25, 2013 Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Feel free to use, modify or distribute any or all of this presentation with attribution. Page |
  • 2. “Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework” 1 2 3 Curriculum Services & Applied Research Collaborative Programs & Shared Services Student Services & Data Exchange 2 Page |
  • 3. “Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework” 1 Curriculum Services & Applied Research Support & promote the development & use of Open Educational Resources Support instructors who want to use technology in their teaching practice OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Unported 3.0 License Page | 3
  • 4. What are OER? ―OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.‖ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education-program/open-educational-resources Page | 4
  • 5. What are OER? ―Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.‖ UNESCO http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/open-educationalresources/what-are-open-educational-resources-oers/ Page | 5
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  • 7. Reusability Paradox The more context a learning object has, the more (and the more easily) a learner can learn from it. To make learning objects maximally reusable, learning objects should contain as little context as possible. The Reusability Paradox image by David Wiley used under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 3.0) Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m11898/latest/ Page | 7
  • 8. ―Therefore, pedagogical effectiveness and potential for reuse are completely at odds with one another, unless the end user is permitted to edit the learning object.‖ Source: The Reusability Paradox, David Wiley, Connexions. http://cnx.org/content/m11898/latest/ Page | 8
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  • 10. Some Rights Reserved Creative Commons logo by Creative Commons used under under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Page |
  • 11. Image from Copyright in Education & Internet in South African Law http://education-copyright.org/creative-commons/ Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 South Africa license Page | 11
  • 12. Beyond Free Benefit #1 Faculty have full legal control to customize & contextualize learning resources Page | 12
  • 13. Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) 2003-2012 $9 million invested 153 grants awarded 100% participation across system 83% partnerships 47 credentials developed in whole or part via OPDF 355 courses, 12 workshops, 19 web sites/tools and 396 course components (learning objects, labs, textbooks, manuals, videos) 100% open license for free & open sharing & reuse by all BC post-secondary 13 Page |
  • 14. solr.bccampus.ca 14 Page |
  • 15. What is an Open Textbook? A textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. Page |
  • 16. Where do they come from? Page |
  • 17. 40 free and open textbooks available for the highest enrolled 1st & 2nd year postsecondary subjects in BC First province in Canada Visual notes of John Yap announcement, Giulia Forsythe http://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8094691691/ Used under Creative Commons attribution share-alike license 17 Page |
  • 18. Why are we doing this project? To increase access to higher education by reducing student costs To improve student learning by removing barriers to resources To give faculty more control over their instructional resources Images from Oxfam.org CC-BY and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Daniel_Mietchen/Talks/World_Open_Educational_Resources_Congress_2012 /How_Open_Access_and_Open_Science_can_mutually_fertilize_with_Open_Educational_Resources CC-BY 18 Page |
  • 19. Students spend $1200/yr on textbooks 4x rate of inflation over past 20 years 70% students have not purchased textbook for a course because of price Page |
  • 20. Free is more than just a good deal 20 Page |
  • 21. There is a direct relationship between textbook costs and student success 60%+ do not purchase textbooks at some point due to cost 35% take fewer courses due to textbook cost 31% choose not to register for a course due to textbook cost            23% regularly go without textbooks due to cost 14% have dropped a course due to textbook cost 10% have withdrawn from a course due to textbook cost Source: 2012 student survey by Florida Virtual Campus Slide: CC-BY Cable Green, Creative Commons via http://www.projectkaleidoscope.org/ 21 Page |
  • 22. ―My textbook is… …back-ordered …in the mail …out of stock …the wrong edition …on hold until my student loan arrives‖ How often do students start the term without the resources they need? Page | 22
  • 23. What students think of textbooks ―The price of textbooks has influenced my decision to take classes. When the same class is offered by three different instructors, I check which book is the cheapest, and even though the professor might not be good, I’m forced to take that class because the textbook is the cheapest.‖ ―I was in lab one day and the guy sitting next to me had the PDF version of the book opened on his computer. And I was like, Oh, can I have a copy? And he sent it over to me.‖ ―I have a friend who actually didn’t spend any money last year for books because he went to the library at the beginning of the quarter, borrowed books, scanned everything, and had the PDF file.‖ ―My most expensive class was clinical psych, because she writes the textbook herself, and it has a new edition every semester or something ridiculous. So it was like almost $200. And the thing is that you can’t use the previous edition, because she changes it herself because she knows the textbooks sell well. It’s like so manipulative.‖ Students Get Savvier about Textbook Buying, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2013 http://chronicle.com/article/Students-Get-Savvier-About/136827 Page |
  • 24. Source: http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/usf-student-shows-his-peers-how-to-download-textbooks-online-for-free Page | 24
  • 25. Source: http://thesheaf.com/2013/10/20/an-open-textbook-policy-is-a-must/ Page | 25
  • 26. Beyond Free Benefit #2 Improved learning Day 1 access Customized resources Page | 26
  • 27. Virginia State University School of Business Open Textbooks in 9 courses (Flat World Knowledge FWK) “Students in courses that used FWK textbooks tended to have higher grades and lower failing and withdrawal rates than those in courses that did not use FWK texts.” Andrew Feldstein, Mirta Martin, Amy Hudson, John Hilton III, & David Wiley. Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes. Retrieved April 28, 2013, from http://www.eurodl.org/?p=current&article=533 Page | 27
  • 28. Utah Open Textbook Project 1 year pilot 2000 students 10 high school science teachers adapt CK12 textbooks Cost US $4.99/book printed & delivered (US $80) 5.9% gain in standardized test scores Source: http://bccampus.ca/2012/10/29/questions-and-answers-on-open-textbooks-part-1a/ http://utahopentextbooks.org/ Page | 28
  • 29. Houston Community College Psychology Department modifies an existing open textbook to create custom textbook “During the fall semester 2011, 690 students used this book. Compared with students using a traditional text in the spring of 2011, students who used the free online textbook scored higher on departmental final examinations, had higher grade point averages in the class and had higher retention rates. Source: One college’s use of an open psychology textbook, John Hilton III, Carol Laman, Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning Volume 27, Issue 3, 2012 Page | 29
  • 30. Beyond Free Benefit #3 Opportunities for Authentic Learning Page | 30
  • 31. launched in 2008 on a shoestring budget, now nets over 2 million visitors a month, making it the most visited domain among the university's websites. Delmar Larsen now offers extra credit to students who submit entries, occasionally holding pizza parties to bring in volunteers to write or review pages. He assigns a rating system to new articles based on the author's expertise and experience, with articles moving up as they are edited and vetted. ChemWiki recently received its first major funding — a grant of $250,000 from the National Science Foundation http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/ Source: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10748 Page | 31
  • 32. http://pm4id.org/ Page | 32
  • 33. Beyond Free Benefit #4 Collegial collaboration Page | 33
  • 34. HCC & Utah http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/robert.morecook/psyc-2301-student-supplements-for-stangor-text http://utahopentextbooks.org Page | 34
  • 35. The HoTT book ―We are a group of two dozen mathematicians who wrote a 600 page book in less than half a year. This is quite amazing, since mathematicians do not normally work together in large groups. ― ―..the spirit of collaboration that pervaded our group at the Institute for Advanced Study was truly amazing. We did not fragment. We talked, shared ideas, explained things to each other, and completely forgot who did what. If we can get mathematicians to share half-baked ideas, not to worry who contributed what to a paper, or even who the authors are, then we will reach a new and unimagined level of productivity. Progress is made by those who dear (sic) the break rules.‖ Andrej Bauer, University of Ljubljana Source: The HoTT book, Mathematics and Computation http://math.andrej.com/2013/06/20/the-hott-book/ Page | 35
  • 36. ―Rather than working as employees on by-the-piece rates for global companies like Pearson, faculty members can assume the role of publishers. Using free content-management systems like Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress in conjunction with inexpensive web hosting packages, we can build communities around our educational materials.‖ ―We need to realize our power as authors and publishers. Working collaboratively, we can create dynamic teaching and learning environments.‖ Joe Moxley, University of South Florida, http://writingcommons.org/ Source: Open Textbook Publishing, Joe Moxley, World.edu http://world.edu/open-textbook-publishing/ Page | 36
  • 37. Beyond Free Benefits 1. Faculty have full legal control to customize & contextualize learning resources 2. Improved learning: Day 1 access & customized resources 3. Opportunities for Authentic Learning 4. Collegial collaboration Page | 37
  • 38. open.bccampus.ca 38 Page |
  • 39. Project Phases 1 2 3 Phase One: Launch (March -August 2013) Phase Two: Adapt (Sept 2013-Sept 2014 underway) Phase Three: Create (January 2014-Sept 2014) 39 Page |
  • 40. Image: Don’t reinvent it by Andrea Hernendez used under CC-NC-SA license Page | 40
  • 41. Available in many formats www, ePub, PDF and print Small, curated collection Locally peer reviewed 41 Page |
  • 42. 1 Phase One: Launch (March -August 2013) Identify Top 40 Subjects Environmental scan of existing OTB: goal 10 BC Faculty reviews of 10 OTB System Outreach Early Adopter 42 Page |
  • 43. http://bccampus.ca/top-40-courses Source: BC CDW & BC Research Institutions Page | 43
  • 44. 1 Phase One: Launch (March -August 2013) Example of BC reviews of Collaborative Stats book Page | 44
  • 45. 1 Phase One: Launch (March -August 2013) Early Adopter: Dr. Takashi Sato Physics KPU Students: 60 Previous Textbook: $187 OpenStax Textbook: $0 Student savings: $11,200 College Physics textbook cover image by OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. 45 Page |
  • 46. 1 Phase One: Launch (March -August 2013) Early Adopter: Dr. Takashi Sato Physics KPU Students: 60 Previous Textbook: $187 OpenStax Textbook: $0 Student savings: $11,200 1 class 1 institution 1 term College Physics textbook cover image by OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. 46 Page |
  • 47. 2 Phase Two: Adapt (Sept 2013-Sept 2014 underway) Adaptations – 2 types: Existing & New More textbooks (13 new) More reviews More outreach: Libraries & Bookstores Technology (PoD, PressBooks, Connexions) Page |
  • 48. 2 Phase Two: Adapt (Sept 2013-Sept 2014 underway) Type 1: New Suggest a textbook & modifications for a subject area we have not found existing textbooks. Anthropology Applied Science Commerce Criminology Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science Geography History Kinetics/Kinesiology Political Science Visual Arts, Media & Design 48 Page |
  • 49. 2 Phase Two: Adapt (Sept 2013-Sept 2014 underway) Type 2: Existing Introduction to Psychology The faculty who reviewed this text felt that it needed to be adapted to reflect a Canadian context, that it required the addition of a chapter on stress, health, and coping, and an overview of all the major psychological perspectives in the first chapter of the text. The BC Open Textbook project will fund a subject matter expert $7500 to complete this work. Technical support and editing services will be provided. Introduction to Sociology This book received a good overall rating, however the faculty who reviewed it felt that it required adaptation to reflect a Canadian context and the insertion of content about Feminist Theory. The BC Open Textbook project will fund a subject matter expert $7500 to complete this work. Technical support and editing services will be provided. Introduction to Chemistry Reviewers of this text found it was missing content about Kinetic-Molecular Theory and Thermodynamics. In addition it is lacking a glossary. The BC Open Textbook project will fund a subject matter expert $5000 to add the additional content and create a glossary. 49 Page |
  • 50. 3 Phase Three: Create (January 2014-Sept 2014) Produce as few textbooks as possible from scratch Create 1 exemplar e-textbook 50 Page |
  • 51. Thank you! Clint Lalonde clalonde@bccampus.ca @clintlalonde @bccampus http://open.bccampus.ca Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. 51 Page |