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Crossing the Chasm: A Bridge Between Content and Credential
 

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A presentation given by Excelsior College President John Ebersole at World OER Congress in Paris, France in June 2012 on how open educational resources can be used toward a degree by pairing it with ...

A presentation given by Excelsior College President John Ebersole at World OER Congress in Paris, France in June 2012 on how open educational resources can be used toward a degree by pairing it with assessments such as Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).

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    Crossing the Chasm: A Bridge Between Content and Credential Crossing the Chasm: A Bridge Between Content and Credential Presentation Transcript

    • CROSSING THE CHASM:A BRIDGE BETWEEN CONTENT AND CREDENTIAL A Presentation to The 2012 World OER Congress June 20 – 22, 2012 Presenter: John F. Ebersole President Excelsior College Albany, NY
    • AMERICA’S HIGHEREDUCATION PROBLEM Growing need Falling rates of completion Increasing cost Shifting focus
    • ONE RESPONSE Assess prior work Match accepted work against approved degree requirements Independent study using vetted OER materials Completion of nationally normed assessments Capstone online course
    • ELEMENTS OF QUALITY Faculty vetted OER Assessments created by a national board of subject matter experts and PhD psychometricians All assessments administered at secure facilities by a third-party Required completion of same capstone course as for instructional students (must display knowledge/skill expected of degree holder)
    • COST FACTOR All content = free Assessments = $150 - $200* (usually 3 units of credit) Annual fees which cover - Advising - Tutorial support - Library access Tuition for capstone (4 units) = approximately $1,500
    • COST COMPARISON Courses required for bachelors degree = 40 (x 3 units for each = 120) Tuition for Instructional Model = (120 x $355) or $42,600 Costs for Assessment Model (assumes no credit in transfer and a need for all 120 units to complete) = $10,000 or less
    • ROLE OF FACULTY Map existing assessments to vetted OER Create new assessments Present and evaluate capstone courses Monitor tutoring and tracking learning outcomes
    • FUTURE PLANS Introduce a bachelors of business (July) Develop assessments for the MIT curriculum in electrical engineering (Sept) Create interactive simulations to assess decision making and content integration