OTC 2013: Opening Up Learning with the Community College Consortium for OER Panel


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Openness is going mainstream, whether it's called open educational resources (OER), open textbooks, or massive open online courses (MOOCs). Attend this panel discussion to find out how California Community Colleges are leveraging open education to lower student costs and expand access. Topics will include adopting open textbooks, designing open online courses at community colleges, and integrating openness into professional development. You will also learn how your college can become involved in the open education movement and participate in a community of practice to share knowledge and find partners for collaboration.

Dr. Cynthia Alexander, Department Chair Educational Technology, Cerritos College and Kaleidoscope OER Project.
Una Daly, Community College Outreach Director, Open CourseWare Consortium
Katie Datko, Instructional Designer, Pasadena City College,
Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Professor Mathematics De Anza College, California Chancellor’s Office Basic Skills.
James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons, President of CCCOER Advisory

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  • Project Kaleidoscope was funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant. The purpose is to create a set of fully open general education courses across eight colleges serving predominantly at-risk students. The intent of the project was and is to dramatically reduce textbook costs and allow collaborative improvement of course design to improve student success.Kaleidoscope is a cross-institutional collaboration. The Kaleidoscope course designs are created by cross-institutional teams. Each course design is being developed by at least two partner institutions, and will be adopted by faculty members from other colleges.
  • The Kaleidoscope Project commits to use only open educational resources (OER) in its course designs. The belief is that OER will not only reduce the cost of textbooks, but will also create course designs that can be shared, evaluated and continually improved upon. The use of openly licensed content provides the project participantswith greater control and affords greater creativity in changing materials to match student needs and faculty preferences.However, problems have been encountered finding OER in some areas such as Humanities. Because of this, preferences for using OER were established:Whenever possible, use open educational resources with explicit open licenses. The preference is to download the materials and bring them directly into the course rather than linking to them.  Where the openly licensed content cannot be downloaded, it is to be linked to from within the course designs.Link to content that is not explicitly marked with an open license if the materials have been posted by the owner/creator using a delivery mechanism with the express purpose of open sharing of the material. Specific examples include YouTube videos, TED videos, and public blogs. This content will not be downloaded and embedded in the course designs without explicit permission from the content owner. only when other options are exhausted - Where copyrighted material is required for the course copyright clearance will be pursued from the content owner. If clearance cannot be obtained, the items will be purchased with a preference to permanently acquire the content rather than a time-based use.
  • Goals of Project Kaleidoscope:Eliminate textbook costs as an obstacle to student successIncrease student success through assessment-driven enhancement of an OER curriculum that addresses at-risk students’ learning needsCreate a community that will collaboratively evaluate and improve open course designs based on student learning results
  • Kaleidoscope Partners – Originally 8 campuses, grown currently to 14Cerritos College – Norwalk, CAChadron State CollegeCollege of the RedwoodsMercy CollegePalo Verde College – Blythe, CASanta Ana CollegeSantiago Canyon CollegeTomkins Cortland Community College---Central Community CollegeMarshallCochise CollegeTidewater Community CollegeTacoma Community CollegeWashtenaw Community CollegeMiddlesex Community CollegeAgreed to develop courses that are:Outcome-centered course designsWith common assessmentsDeliver, analyze, improve, shareUsing best of existing OERFull online delivery not required
  • The partner institutions were to complete initial Kaleidoscope course designs and pilot the courses in Fall 2011. Enhancements to these courses were to be implemented in Spring 2012.Courses available are:Beginning algebra (developmental)Intermediate algebra (developmental)Reading (developmental)Writing (developmental)English compositionCollege successMath faculty developers just finished their work so here are the KaleidoscopeMath Courses that will be available:Pre Aleg/Aritmatic courseBeg algebraInter algebraCollege algebraTrigCalc 1, 2, 3Stats
  • The courses that are developed are fully OER and will be available to everyone. Still, there is an emphasis in the project on working with institutions to address many of the common systemic obstacles to OER adoption. As such, they are generally slow getting the open access versions of the courses posted. Instead, the focus ison working with faculty within the partner institutions to use the courses. Several of the existing courses are available on the project website. (http://www.project-kaleidoscope.org/courses/)
  • Based on its positive impact on student success, Kaleidoscope has received scaling funding to create new open course frameworks, and to engage with new institutional partners. Funding extends through 2013 and 2014. Board elected November 2012 – Phase II – governance is a requirement for Phase IIColleges are designating faculty for new courses.Next 20 (25 inc. Math sequence) CoursesRanking - Course Name1 - History - US History from 18652 - Mathematics - Arithmetic/Pre-Algebra3 - Mathematics - College Algebra4 - Business - Marketing5 - Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications - Introduction to Art Concepts/Art Appreciation6 - Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications - Speech Communication7 - Computer Science - Introduction to Information Systems8 - History - US History to 18659 - Natural Science - Introduction to Earth Science10 - Education - Introduction to Teaching11 - Success - Introduction to Online Learning12 - Written Composition - English Composition II13 - Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications - Music Appreciation14 - Mathematics - Pre-Calc/Trig15 - Social and Behavioral Science - Principles of Macro-economics16 - Social and Behavioral Science - Principles of Micro-economics17 - Social and Behavioral Science - Introduction to Sociology18 - Mathematics - Calculus I/II19 - Social and Behavioral Science - US Government and Politics20 - Social and Behavioral Science - Introduction to Political Science21 - Natural Science - Chemistry for majors22 - Business - Managerial Accounting23 - Business - Financial Accounting24 - Mathematics - Applied Calculus25 - Mathematics - Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • establish the California Open Education Resources Council under the administration of the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, or a successor group. The bill would specify that the council would have 9 members, including 3 faculty members from each of the public postsecondary segments, selected by the respective faculty senates of each segment. The bill would require the appointments to the council to be made no later than 90 days after the bill becomes operative.The bill would require the California Open Education Resources Council to determine a list of 50 lower division courses in the public postsecondary segments for which high-quality, affordable, digital open source textbooks and related materials would be developed or acquired, as specified, pursuant to the bill. The bill would also require the council to review and approve developed open source materials and to promote strategies for production, access, and use of open source textbooks to be placed on reserve at campus libraries in accordance with this section.The bill would require that the council regularly solicit and consider, from each of the statewide student associations of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, advice and guidance on open source education textbooks and related materials, as specified.The bill would require the council to establish a competitive request-for-proposal process in which faculty members, publishers, and other interested parties would apply for funds to produce, in 2013, 50 high-quality, affordable, digital open source textbooks and related materials, meeting specified requirements.The bill also would require the council to submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on the progress of the implementation of these provisions by no later than 6 months after the bill becomes operative and to submit a final report by January 1, 2016.
  • 66408.(a) The California Digital Open Source Library is hereby established, and shall be administered by the California State University, in coordination with the California Community Colleges, for the purpose of housing open source materials while providing an Internet Web-based way for students, faculty, and staff to easily find, adopt, utilize, or modify course materials for little or no cost. The California State University shall also act in coordination with the University of California in administering the California Digital Open Source Library if the regents act, by appropriate resolution, to authorize the university to participate in the administration of the library.(b) All material in the California Digital Open Source Library shall bear a creative commons attribution license that allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based upon the digital material while still allowing the authors or creators of the material to receive credit for their efforts.(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the public postsecondary educational segments assist and support faculty in choosing lower cost, more flexible, and dynamic alternatives such as open source textbooks and related teaching tools. Nothing in this section shall be construed to mandate faculty use of any particular textbook or related materials.
  • OTC 2013: Opening Up Learning with the Community College Consortium for OER Panel

    1. 1. Cynthia Alexander, Cerritos CollegeKatie Datko, Pasadena City CollegeJames Glapa-Grossklag, College of the CanyonsDr. Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College & CCCCOUna Daly, OpenCourseWare ConsortiumOpening upLearning:Open Textbooks,Open Online Courses,OER RepositoriesCommunity College OER Panel
    2. 2. Welcome fromCommunity College Consortiumfor OER2Una Daly,Community College Outreach DirectorOCW ConsortiumJames Glapa-GrossklageDean, College of the CanyonsPresident CCCOER Advisory Board
    3. 3. Agenda• Community College Consortium• Pasadena City College, IntegratingOER• College of the Canyons OER Projects• Cerritos College Kaleidoscope Project• Chancellor’s Office and Open Textbooksat De Anza College• Q & A
    4. 4. What are Open EducationalResources?U.S. Dept. of Education– Teaching, learning, and researchresources that reside in the publicdomain or have been released under anintellectual property license that permitstheir free use or repurposing by others.4cc-by donkyhotey/flickradapted from Judy Baker cc-by license
    5. 5. ExamplesIncludes –• Course materials• Lesson Plans• Modules or lessons• OpenCourseWare (OCW)• Open textbooks• Videos• Images• Tests• Software• Any other tools, materials, or techniques usedto support ready access to knowledge5adapted from Judy Baker’s ELI 2011 OER Workshop cc-by license
    6. 6. Community College Consortiumfor OERDr. Martha KanterU.S. Undersecretary ofEducation• Founded at Foothill-De AnzaCollege District in 2007• Joined OCW Consortium2011• Growth to 200+ colleges inNorth AmericaFunded by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
    7. 7. CCCOER Mission• Promote adoption of OER to enhanceteaching and learning–Expand access to education–Support professional development–Advance community college missionFunded by the William & FloraHewlett Foundation
    8. 8. 200+ Community & Technical Colleges12 States & 1 Province
    9. 9. IntegratingOER from the Ground upKatie DatkoInstructional DesignerFaculty Development
    10. 10. Katie DatkoPasadena City College
    11. 11.  Developed by individualfaculty Often ‘stand-alone’ courses(not a pathway or degree) Reliant on publisher content Perception: ease of use (‘plug-and-play’) Fully built for online environment Free for faculty but littleawareness of total additional costto studentPreviously DE courses were:
    12. 12.  Developed with DE Department Pathway or degree programs Faculty training options: 4 @One courses Semester-long in-house Institute (cohort model) Facilitator training (cohort model) PCC retains rights to content Goal  Make available under Creative Commons license‘Model’ DE Courses
    13. 13.  Limited exposure to and understanding of OER Perception of what constitutes ‘academic’ text No campus-wide plan/policy for OER adoption
    14. 14. 1. Vet, review & compile OER resources for faculty(http://online.pasadena.edu/faculty/coursecontent/)2. ‘De-incentivize’ use of Publisher Packs Model Courses being developed for the College can only use a limitedpercentage of ePublisher Content3. Require the integration of original instructor-content, PCClibrary-supported materials and/or OER in Model Courses (SB1052: California Open Education Resources Council; SB 1053:California Digital Open Source Library)4. Actively network with the OER Community & participate inawareness-raising activities across campus such as OpenEducation Week
    15. 15.  Showcase faculty currently using OER or developing openlylicensed content Use shared governance to create recommendations for OERadoption Ideal: Textbook Zero model for online/hybrid PCC GE Pathwaycourses Real: Supplemental course content is OER Work with key stakeholders to develop comprehensive plan forCollege-wide OER adoptionPresentation Images: Guilia Forsythe
    16. 16. OER at College of CanyonsJames Glapa-GrossklagDean, Distance LearningOCWC Board MemberPresident of CCCOER Advisory Board
    17. 17. • Playlists• Open Textbooks• Local repository
    18. 18. OER PlaylistsWe gratefully acknowledge thesupport of a U.S. Department ofEducation FIPSE (Fund forImprovement of Post SecondaryEducation) Special Focus grant
    19. 19. What is aPlaylist?Introductorytext, learningoutcomes, unitobjectives, etc.Websitewithtext/articlesMediaTransition textAnotherwebsitearticle/textTransition text
    20. 20. Open Textbooks• Water Technology• Sociology• Statistics115 classes = $400,000student savings per year
    21. 21. Local Repository• 0  520 objects in 3 years• Pros• Cons
    22. 22. Lessons Learned
    23. 23. Kaleidoscope ProjectDr. Cynthia AlexanderEducational Technology ProfessorDepartment Chair
    24. 24. Cerritos College Involvementwith Kaleidoscope Project
    25. 25. Open ContentThe Kaleidoscope Project commits to use onlyopen educational resources (OER) in its coursedesigns.
    26. 26. Project Goals• Eliminate textbook costs as an obstacle tostudent success• Increase student success through assessment-driven enhancement of an OER curriculum thataddresses at-risk students’ learning needs• Create a community that will collaborativelyevaluate and improve open course designs basedon student learning results
    27. 27. Faculty Deliverables• Outcome-centered course designs• With common assessments• Deliver, analyze, improve, share• Using best of existing OER
    28. 28. Phase I• Pilot Fall 2011/Enhancements implemented Spring 2012– Cerritos – Writing, Business Management, Geography (Adopt-Reading)– Chadron – Reading, Writing, English Comp (Adopt - Chemistryand Geography)– Mercy – Reading (Adopt - Math and Writing)– Palo Verde – Business Management, Geography (Adopt –Engineering)– Santa Ana – English Comp– Santiago College – Math, Biology– College of the Redwoods – Reading, Math, Chemistry, Biology,Psychology– Tomkins Cortland – Math, Biology, Psychology
    29. 29. 0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%Business Biology Geography Beg Algebra InterAlgebraPsychology Dev.ReadingDev. Writing EnglishCompStudent Success ResultsHistorical Success Fall 2011 Spring 2012+14%+16%+49%+164%+33%+95%+35%
    30. 30. Course Availability• Courses developed – fully OER• Available to everyone• http://www.project-kaleidoscope.org/courses/
    31. 31. Phase II• 20 additional courses (25 including mathsequence courses)– History– Fine Arts– Earth Science– English Composition– Economics– Teaching– Computer Science
    32. 32. California OER InitiativesDr. Barbara IllowskyMath Instructor and open textbook co-authorCCCCO Basic Skills & OER
    33. 33. California Open TextbookLaws (2012)Joint responsibility:33
    34. 34. Open Educational ResourcesCouncil (SB 1052)• Establish the California Open EducationResources Council under ICAS• Determine list of 50 lower divisioncourses• Establish a competitive request-for-proposal processhttp://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB105234
    35. 35. Digital Open Source Library(SB 1053)Creates the California Digital OpenSource Library to serve as a statewiderepository for high-quality digital opensource textbooks and related materialshttp://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB105335
    36. 36. OER EnhancesAcademic Freedom• Provides faculty with more choices fortheir courses• Allows for permission-free editing andadaptation• Promotes customization• Eliminates forced revisions
    37. 37. OER: Saves $$$Amazon $171.25 hardcopy Web - $0POD - $26.20 + SHWiley & Sons Connexions
    38. 38. De Anza Collegestudent savings…One course, one OER text, onecollege*:Estimated student savings of over$1,000,000•Elementary Statistics using Collaborative Statistics atDe Anza College since 2008-09 academic year
    39. 39. Return on Investment• Cost savings to students• Provides faculty with opportunities to shareand remix learning content for customizedand localized use• Supports low-cost crowd-sourcing of contenttranslation to other languages• Fast feedback loop on quality and relevanceof learning content• Supports continual and improvement and rapiddevelopment• Supports greater diversity of peer reviewers
    40. 40. Opportunities for Teachers andLearners - Use Tailored content Students and teachers asco-creators of knowledge Enhanced engagement andinteraction with materials Increased student-student,teacher-teacher, andteacher-studentcommunication aroundcurriculum Navigate and viewcontent with ease Modify, mix and remixcontent to meet individualand classroom needs Communicate with peersaround content Join workgroups with peersaround content
    41. 41. Join Community Colleges atOCW Consortium• Information: Stay in the loop onissues in open education.• Collaboration: Participate incommunity, attend webinars, join our advisoryboard.• Collective Visibility: Gain global exposurethrough OCWC’s website and shared media• Direction: Provide direct input to OCWC’sfocus on community colleges.
    42. 42. Stay in the Loop• Upcoming Conferences- Open Education Conference (Nov 6-8)• CCCOER Advisory group meets monthly– http://oerconsortium.org• Monthly Free PD Webinars– Archived for later viewing
    43. 43. Questions and CommentsContact InformationUna Daly, unatdaly@ocwconsortium.orgJames Glapa-Grossklag, James.Glapa-Grossklag@canyons.eduBarbara Illowsky, illowskybarbara@deanza.eduKatie Datko, cadatko@pasadena.eduCynthia Alexander, calexander@Cerritos.edu