So, this begs the question, “If OER is so good, and its free, why isn’t everyone using it?” For those in the audience that know about OER and don’t use it, why not? Hard to use Uneven quality Not curricular Time-consuming to search Can’t adapt the content easily
NROC is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, a 501c3 in California funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The first goal of NROC is to assemble a library of high-quality general education content for high school and college gathered from educational institution across the US. We then invest in the content to insure editorial rigor and curricular completeness. We also invest in the technology to allow the content to operate with the various CMS. The second goal of the project is to make the content available at no cost to individuals worldwide; students, teachers, and the general public. We do that via public website including HippoCampus which we are here to talk about. CLICK
A Coalition of OER partners has been working in Washington to support the acceleration of the creation of OER to be available across the nation as a means of making powerful multimedia resources more broadly available to serve teachers and students across the nation.
The spending guidelines in ARRA do include OER as an approved expenditure for educational institutions.
President Obamas proposed legislation to support community college efforts includes a recommendation for $500M in spending on OER over the next 10 years. The efficiencies of sharable, adaptable, curricular resources are in line with the presidents goals to make education more accessible to citizens everywhere.
Most of the content in the library to date has been donated by academic institutions who invested heavily in the production of media rich online courses. The library was launched with a body of AP content with investment levels well exceeding six figures per semester. The idea was to identify content beyond the production and resource capabilities of most institutions or individual instructors charged with building courses. The library has grown by about one course a semester over the past five years. We now have 38 course foundations in 9 discipline areas – over 3000 multimedia learning objects. We have one model of collaborative course development in Non-majors biology…and growth is trending toward foundation-supported development, with potential for federal funding as well.
New precedent – foundation funding for new courses that can be developed professionally to be shared broadly. As part of our shared mission to make education more readily available to all, the idea of making robust math materials freely available to everyone on the Internet has potential for easing the transition for many adults, returning students and hs students who struggle with Mathematics admission requirements. These are the kinds of challenges the concept of OER was meant to address.
As I mentioned, HippoCampus is free for individual use. Let’s take a look at the content at HippoCampus. Hippo is NOT just for teachers in these discipline areas! (Search feature) Bookmark assignments to Speech or English . . . Demo of Public Site: Subjects, Courses, Topics, Course context, Textbook correlation, text view, launch and play object, social book marking, feedback Demo of Customization of Public Site: Delete subjects, courses, textbooks, use announcements area for assignment (interdisciplinary example, i.e. English/Speech, Education, EdTech), Highlighted bookmarks/labels.
Media rich- video, audio, text, graphics, animation, simulation all blended together to create a learning experience Editorial rigorous- editorial oversight by NROC and SME’s from around the country Instructionally sound- designed with widely accepted instructional design principles
We have focused on making learning objects available in a way that allows instructors and students to readily find relevant content. Learning objects are mapped to familiar curricular frameworks like textbooks or state standards… and presented within the context of a course viewable at HippoCampus.
NROC institutional members have even more flexibility in their use and distribution of the content.
An ongoing challenge for OERs is the question of ongoing sustainability. Since OER is free for individuals, who is paying for it? Grants from Hewlett and other foundations have supported the launch of OER so far, but it won’t go on forever. Hewlett has stated that financial sustainability is the biggest challenge to OER. NROC is the first OER project to be designed with a sustainability model through our institutional memberships.
While NROC content is free for individuals at HippoCampus, we ask institutions that use NROC to become supporting members of the NROC Network for a nominal annual fee. As members, institutions have the rights to adapt NROC content to meet institutional needs - to integrate into shared curriculum, or into institutionally-hosted software applications. (LMS/respository) The NROC Network community is committed to continuous improvement of online content through collaborative development.
Network membership continues to grow with a number of institutional memberships expanding to serve broader agencies and entire states (KY, NE, MN). Some (NE, MD) moving from a centrally-hosted model to a model allowing hosting across the constituency. We continue to move closer to reach the target of 100 premium memberships that will bring us operational sustainability.
Members have broader distribution rights, rights to host the content locally. Primarily, members are using the content to support innovative initiatives and to address specific challenges….
While we need new members to NROC Network to achieve our goal of becoming financially self-sustaining, our main mission with this project is to get NROC in the hands of students and teachers. So even if your school is not ready to join, you can still help by speading the word. Commit to sharing with at least one other person (take two postcards). Get it into the hands of LEARNERS (students AND teachers AND the public)
Here are the links to share the content and access for more information. Thanks!
Practical Applications of Open Educational Resources (OER) Terri Rowenhorst NROC Membership Director Monterey Institute for Technology and Education October 21, 2009
So, if OER is GOOD , and its FREE , Living Up to the Promise why isn’t everyone using it?
“ . . . sustainability problems plague open educational resources . . . the inherent contradiction in the idea of sustaining and upgrading a product that is given away.” The Promise of Open Educational Resources , Marshall S. Smith and Catherine M. Casserly, Change , September/October 2006 The Challenge of OER
Educators, designers, technologists, and administrators working together to promote the continuous improvement of online courses through collaborative development of high-quality content and instruction.
2009 Network Members 2009-2010 Advisors Academy School District 20 Online (CO) Alabama ACCESS (DOE) Albuquerque Public Schools (NM) Anaheim Union High School District (CA) Arizona Department of Education Bambugare Network (Sub-Saharan Africa) Bethel Covenant College (Uganda) California State University at Fullerton Center to Bridge the Digital Divide (Rwanda) Chattanooga State Technical & Comm. College (TN) CORE (China) Clark County School District (NV) Colorado Community Colleges Online Colorado Online Learning CUDI (Mexico) Florida Distance Learning Consortium Georgia Virtual School (DOE) Global Literacy Foundation (AZ) Greenville County Virtual School (SC) Grossmont Union High School (CA) Gwinnett County Online Campus (GA) Kentucky Statewide Consortium (P-20) ( a joint effort of the KY Department of Education, KY Council of Post-Secondary Education & the KY Community & Technical College System ) Hudson Schools of Technology (NJ) Idaho Digital Learning Academy IDEAL-New Mexico Illinois Virtual School (DOE) Indian Prairie School District #204 (IL) Iowa Community College Online Consortium Los Angeles Unified School District Louisiana Virtual School Lubbock Independent School District Online (TX) Maryland State Department of Education Michigan Virtual High School Mid-Hudson Regional BOCES Consortium (NY) Minnesota Learning Commons (P-20) ( a joint effort of MN State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota serving P-20 learners across the state) Minneapolis Public Schools Online Mississippi Virtual School (DOE) Missouri Dept. of Elem. and Secondary Education Montana State University at Billings Myron B. Thompson Academy (HI) Niles Township High School District (IL) Nebraska: Partnerships for Innovation (P-20) North Carolina Community College System North Dakota Center for Distance Education Northwest Area Education Agency (IA) Oregon Department of Education Portland State University San Jose Education Foundation (CA) San Luis Obispo County Board of Education (CA) School District of the Chathams (NJ) Sierra Vista High School (CA) South Carolina Virtual School (DOE) Tulare County Office of Education (CA) University of California, Irvine University of Georgia System Board of Regents Utah Electronic High School University of Texas at Brownsville UT System TeleCampus Valley Christian School (CA) Virtual Virginia (DOE) West Virginia University-Parkersburg West Virginia DOE Whitfield County School District (GA) Partner Advisors: Council of Chief State Supervisors and Officers Southern Regional Education Board
Members use NROC to support institutional efforts:
Traditional classroom use
… and to address a variety of challenges.
NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Replacing Costly Textbooks On teaching US History without a textbook “ . . . we turned to NROC. I left my discussion questions, midterms, and finals the same as they were when we used the textbook, so I could compare outcomes. I was happy to find that my students are right on track with the digital alternative.“ Karen Kaemmerling Chair of Social Sciences, CCCOnline
NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Course redesign to replace some classroom time with online course components “ We chose the NROC content because it is high quality, and includes lessons, learning objects, activities and assessments, all of which may be used separately. The fact that lessons can be “chunked” in ways that work for the individual faculty member make them more desirable than other third party content.” Michael Anderson, Assistant Director, UT System TeleCampus
NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Maximize course development budgets by integrating NROC’s high-quality, low-cost, adaptable multi-media learning objects. “ NROC’s content transforms excellent teaching and online delivery into best practices.” Judy Lowe, Asst. VP of Distributed Education and Multi Media, CSTCC
NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Seeding a statewide repository to promote content sharing and save development costs "Starting a statewide digital repository is a challenge. At the core of the project, the repository must offer sufficient rich multimedia and high quality resources to attract and motivate faculty to use repository content. In Florida, we are licensing the high quality NROC content library to form that essential content core." Susie Henderson, Director, Orange Grove
NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Bridging the gap between High School and College to support student success. “ Perkins IV launched new thinking about how Nebraska could build statewide systems to accomplish program improvement and increase student achievement. Our consortium provides an opportunity to reduce the burden on local institutions by offering resources like NROC for every student and teacher in the state. NROC provides the opportunity for integration of career and academic education in every classroom and learning delivery system.” Erika Volker, Administrative Director, Nebraska PFI
Know of great content? Suggest HippoCampus as a sharing vehicle
Consider other institutional uses possible through membership
OER success is measured by usage
Share it---with LEARNERS!
Terri Rowenhorst. [email_address] OER site: Free for individuals! www.hippocampus.org For more information: www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc Federal Stimulus Funding and OER Email Terri for more about upcoming webinars on this topic. First to be held Wed. Oct 28 at 2pm ET Questions?