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Sloan c merlot panel july 12

Sloan c merlot panel july 12



Open Textbook Adopter Communities of Practice

Open Textbook Adopter Communities of Practice



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  • scope and applicability of content quality of content maintenance, currency availability of ancillaries Availability of different formats The project set out to create and maintain author-adopter communities that enhance and maintain individual open textbooks and create ancillaries that can be shared by all adopters as well as collaborating on how to teach with that textbook. The goals of the project include the following: Form or continue six communities that include the textbook adopters and potential adopters and, in some cases, the textbook author and other creators (photographers, illustrators, technologists, etc.). Choose collaboration and repository tools for each community Attract qualified people to join and participate and remain in the group. Compare methodologies for marketing, tools, and leadership with the criteria for success being sustainability, scalability, textbook adoptions, and cooperation.
  • Source: John Spooner (CC-BY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/2199685678/sizes/o/in/photostream/
  • Photo Credits: Logos are properties of respective institutions. Teacher at Blackboard: http://frank.itlab.us/photo_essays/learning.php CC-BY; Graduate CC-BY Clarissa Mata.
  • Think about what your students would need: The same things will apply to this community. Students need structure, clear assignments, clear deadlines, things to keep them engaged etc. You are the chef: People won’t automatically take charge in a community. They need a leader to take control, set deadlines, and push things forward. “ Tried to stay out of it as the author in the beginning. Hoping to create a “ class ” – Nobody did anything without her involvement. ” Spoon Feeding: Create scaffold of small tasks to do and a regular schedule so people can get into routine. Assign tasks that are concrete. For example: “look at first part of book, on sentences” – if you have comment/ change/ exercise to offer – do that. NOT, “Look at this chapter and give me feedback.” Regular feedings: What perturbed babies, animals, etc. are changes in routine or no routine. If you want to increase participation in virtual communities, establish a routine of task assignments, due dates, and communications. Make sure your oven works! It’s hard enough to get people to actively/effectively participant in an online community. Any technology barriers will make that much more difficult. Make sure your technology works, has been tested, and is easy to use. Don’t create barriers to entry. Technology should enable, not disable.
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Sloan c merlot panel july 12 Sloan c merlot panel july 12 Presentation Transcript

  • Building Communities of Practice to Encourage Open Textbook Use SloanC-MERLOT Conference July 12, 2011 With generous support from DynamicBooks Slide
    • The challenge
    • Increase adoption, effective use, and sustainability of open-licensed textbooks
    • The solution
    • Communities of Practice
  • Why we are here today
    • Hear from our panelists about the lessons they’ve learned in forming working communities of practice around open textbooks
    • Hear from you about lessons you’ve learned
  • Goals
    • Share the practices that have worked and those that have not
    • Apply the results to other kinds of learning communities.
    • Discuss the differences between the communities that start with a theoretical vs. pragmatic approaches
    • Compare the use of synchronous and asynchronous communications methods.
    • Discuss how instructors and others can feel comfortable sharing their materials.
    • Share the plans for the future of these seven communities
  • Logistics
    • Each panelist represents a different academic discipline and will take 5-7 minutes to share his/her learning around a specific area of communities of practice.
    • We will start discussions after the presentations
  • Joanne Mu Joanne Munroe
    • Community: Organic Chemistry
    • Emphasis: Learning Communities and Communities of Practice (Cox, 2004; Wenger, 1998; Wenger, White, and Smith, 2009)
  • Una Daly
    • Community: Educational Psychology
    • Emphasis: Collaboration & Remixing
    • Curriculum Drivers
      • Small programs
      • Varied majors
      • State licensure
    • Connexions textbook
      • Drs. Seifert & Sutton
    • Online collaboration
    • Reorder, remix, authoring tool.
    • Online repository
  • Slide CC BY-SA Some rights reserved by Gideon Burton
  • Bill Buxton
    • Community: Economics
    • Emphasis: Pragmatic, Participatory, Permanent, Powerful
    Slide Bill Buxton, Founder, Textbook Equity
  • Economics
    • Primary (seed) Open Textbook:
      • “ Microeconomics”, by R. Larry Reynolds, Professor, Boise State University. (2011) CC-BY-NC-SA
      • Current Ancillaries:
        • 15 Interactive Excel® models
        • 6 Flash® modules with voice over
        • 2 Quicktime® movies with voice over
        • 13 Powerpoint® lectures
        • Math and calculus reviews
        • Topics in PDF and Word® formats
        • Homework and exam examples with answers
  • Teamwork Slide
  • “ Corequisites” for Success
  • Lynda Lambert
    • Community: College Writing
    • Emphasis: Starting from Scratch
      • Author/
      • Facilitator
      • Goals:
      • To get unbiased opinions on the usability of an unpublished, as yet un-adopted book
      • To create ancillary materials on a course site that could then be accessed and used by adopters.
  • Goals Achieved?
    • At this point....
    • There has been some feedback on the book from three people, with minor suggestions.
    • There was an attempt to offer a possible ancillary, but the posting caused technical problems that tied us up for 3 weeks.
  • Things learned so far
      • A larger, more varied pool of possible participants will help move us forward.
      • Asking for a specific response is better than asking for a general contribution.
      • Specific tasks do-able in short timeframes are best.
      • Methodical, regular contact and updates are a necessity to keep things going.
  • If you’re interested...
    • For those in the audience who are interested in joining this Learning Community, you can begin by taking a look at the book on which it is based, Deconstructing American English , at:
    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XtU840Cftqmsq6fOAxowW9pZT58N-CQV4LZhZfZ_sc4/edit?authkey=CNqNkpIG&hl=en_US&pli=1
  • Barbara Illowsky
    • Community: Statistics
    • Emphasis: Author responses to inputs & evolution
  • Barbara Illowsky
    • PDF: free always! (download and/or print)
    • QOOP: hard copy of pdf – purchase ( <$30)
    • Connexions: free (Web 1.0)
    • Kno/20 Million Minds: $4.99 enhanced with interactive multimedia (Web 2.0)
    • WebAssign homework system: $25
    • iTunesU: free chapter videos
  • Navigate table of contents Click here to print out Key term links to definition
  • Slide
  • Jacky Hood: Four Communities with Varied Challenges
    • Accounting: great book, publisher support challenge : fledgling community
    • Math: excellent book, many adopters, excellent Subject Matter Expert challenge : no facilitator
    • Sociology: great tool and structure, huge opportunity challenge : only four adopters, none available to manage community
    • Project management: large well-qualified community, three great tools, challenges : writing a 1000-page textbook, funding, business model
  • Discussion
    • Tell us about your needs …
      • Join the College Open Textbooks Community
      • http ://collegeopentextbooks.ning.com
    With generous support from DynamicBooks