Using Open Educational Resources to Improve Affordability, Access and Student Success

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The cost of expensive commercial textbooks a growing barrier to students’ success. Many institutions are now turning to freely available open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) as a better alternative. Today, a growing number of colleges and universities are eliminating textbook costs in OER-based courses that give students free access to all course materials on the first day of class.

This presentation, prepared by open education innovator Dr. David Wiley and Center for Excellence in Distance Learning director Dr. Kim Long discusses what is OER, how to find and use OER, and the linkage between OER and improvements in student success, with a particular focus on minority-serving institutions.

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Using Open Educational Resources to Improve Affordability, Access and Student Success

  1. 1. www.lumenlearning.com Using Open Educational Resources to Improve Affordability, Access and Student Success Webinar April 29, 2014
  2. 2. 2 Today’s Presenters David Wiley CAO and co-founder, Lumen Learning Kim Cliett Long, Ed.D. Director Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College
  3. 3. 3 What is Lumen Learning? We provide support services for institutions using open educational resources (OER) effectively to: • Eliminate textbook cost as a barrier to learning • Improve student success • Broaden access to educational opportunity we are: • A company, partially owned by a charitable foundation • Formed in 2012 • Based in Portland, OR • Founded through a series of grant-funded projects • Educators • Innovators in OER adoption • Currently working with 35+ institutions • Educators
  4. 4. 4 What is the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College? We promote greater sharing of resources, experiences and best practices in distance learning among the HBCU community. We provide an affordable path to building online education programs for HBCUs. we are: • A non-profit membership organization • Formed in 2013 • Housed at Wiley College (Marshall, TX) • Three institutional partners (currently) • Support partner Lumen Learning • Seeking additional partners
  5. 5. 5 Today’s Discussion • The Textbook Problem • A Solution: Open Educational Resources (OER) • Finding and Using High Quality OER • Phenomenal Benefits of OER • Using OER at minority-serving institutions • Wiley College Experience  Boosting affordability, access, tuition revenue • OER and the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning • Q&A
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  7. 7. 7 $1200
  8. 8. 8 $0 $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 $1,200 $1,400 $1,600 $1,800 Tuition Textbooks Annual Costs $1288 $1666
  9. 9. 9 Textbook Pricing in Context Provider Cost Netflix – 20,000 Movies (and TV) $7.99 / month Hulu Plus – 45,000 TV (and Movies) $7.99 / month Spotify – 15M Songs $9.99 / month CourseSmart – 1 Biology Textbook $20.25 / month
  10. 10. 10 60% Sometimes 23% Regularly skip
  11. 11. 11 Open Educational Resources
  12. 12. 12 Open Educational Resources? Any kind of teaching materials – textbooks, syllabi, lesson plans, videos, readings, exams
  13. 13. 13 Open Educational Resources? 1. Free and unfettered access, and 2. Free permission to engage in the “5R activities”
  14. 14. 14 • Make and own copiesRetain • Use in a wide range of waysReuse • Adapt, modify, and improveRevise • Combine two or moreRemix • Share with othersRedistribute The 5Rs
  15. 15. 15 http://creativecommons.org/
  16. 16. 16 Finding and Using OER • Over 500M OER online  Google Advanced Search, discipline-specific collections • Using OER effectively in the classroom  What can you do differently when you can guarantee that all students have access to course materials?  What can you ask students to do differently when all course materials provide 5R permissions?
  17. 17. 23 Examples of OER: Math
  18. 18. 24 Examples of OER: Psychology
  19. 19. 25 Examples of OER: Marketing
  20. 20. OER Benefits: Two Stories
  21. 21. Developmental Math From textbook and MyMathLab ($170) To OER and MyOpenMath ($0)
  22. 22. 28 % Completing with C or Better 48.4% 60.2% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Spring 2011 No OER Spring 2013 All OER
  23. 23. Associates of Business “Z Degree” Graduate without ever buying a textbook World’s first “all-OER” degree
  24. 24. 30 % Dropping in Fall 2013 8.2% 2.3% 0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% Traditional Sections Z Degree Sections
  25. 25. When a student drops, it.. Slows down their graduation Costs the institution (refunded) tuition dollars
  26. 26. 32 OER and Minority-Serving Institutions OER can help us address unique challenges our students face: • Affordability • Access to educational materials • Cultural relevance • Differentiated learning styles and needs • Information / technology literacy
  27. 27. 33 Wiley College’s Experience • Our Challenges  Lack of resources and expertise to develop robust online courses and programs  Students don’t purchase textbooks  Commercial courseware and educational content isn’t always the best fit for our students  Need to teach technology and information literacy to our students
  28. 28. 34 Wiley College’s Experience • Goal: Build out distance learning programs designed with HBCU students in mind • Faculty initially started building courses using open educational resources (OER) in 2011-2012 • Joined Kaleidoscope Project for faculty training, professional development, collaboration opportunities using OER • Founded Center for Excellence in Distance Learning to broaden HBCU collaboration
  29. 29. 35 Wiley College Results to Date • Online courses. Collaborative development of courses using high quality OER aligned to learning outcomes • Cost Savings. Eliminate cost of expensive commercial textbooks • Access. Every student has free access to educational materials from the first day of class • Flexibility. Ability to add, modify, excerpt, remix and/or rearrange materials to:  Better align with learning outcomes  Better address students’ learning needs  Incorporate elements that encourage student success
  30. 30. 36 Wiley College Results to Date Area Results Online Courses 40+ courses have been redesigned to use only OER; more are under development for summer 2014 Course Design Courses and content align closely to learning outcomes, making it easier for students to engage, learn and persist Affordability Zero textbook cost in all OER-based courses Access Students have free access to all course materials on the first day of class Student Receptivity Students are enthusiastic about free textbooks and materials Student Engagement With free access to courseware on day 1, students are more engaged in course content, more quickly. Learning Outcomes Anecdotal: Students are doing better Data: Currently being evaluated
  31. 31. 37 Using OER-based Courses to Boost Revenue and Expedite Completion • Distance Learning Program Initiative  Apply textbook cost savings to pay for online courses  Discounted tuition for summer term • Anticipated Results:  Wiley College captures net new revenue from students who leave during summer  Attending year-round, students can earn a year’s worth of credits and graduate earlier than planned
  32. 32. 38 Consider Joining Us The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College An HBCU collaborative for effective, open online education programs and practices Lumen Learning Dr. Kim Long, Director Wiley College Institutional Partners Respective Strengths and Contributions • Administration and management • Strategic planning • Accreditation • Faculty recruiting • Relationships • Distance learning policy, politics • OER training, expertise • Collaborative process • Open courses, resources • Faculty support • Enhancements • Links to innovation hubs • Students • Faculty • Priorities • Resources • Experience • Expertise
  33. 33. 39 The Center’s Work to Date • Educators Training and Support • Faculty training in personal online learning • Training in OER • Guidance finding and mapping high quality content • Licensing and attribution • Instructional design • Enhancements to improve student success Collaborative Process • Identify priorities • Connect faculty • Map learning outcomes • Evaluate open content • Design courses • Peer review • Publish courses and resources • Teach • Refine and enhance over time Outcomes • Shared repository of courses, resources • OER-based courses in high-demand subjects • Textbook cost savings over 90% • Enthusiastic faculty • Grateful students • Quicker path to degree completion
  34. 34. 40 We Invite You to Learn More Websites: • Center for Excellence in Distance Learning: www.cexdl.org • Lumen Learning: www.lumenlearning.com Contact: • Kim Long (klong@wileyc.edu) • David Wiley (david.wiley@lumenlearning.com)
  35. 35. www.lumenlearning.com Q&A Thank you!

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