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Content-Centric OER: Means vs. Ends

Content-Centric OER: Means vs. Ends



April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011
Judy Baker



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  • http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Wikitexts
  • Crowdsourced commenting tools provided by Eleven Learning ( http://www.elevenlearning.com/) this week connect open textbook authors with potential textbook adopters who provide feedback to improve content. Crowdsourced rating systems such as peersourcing ( http://blog.elevenlearning.com/2010/10/22/peersourcing-just-a-word-we-made-up-or-the-secret-to-better-textbooks/ ) and Google Slam (http://www.demoslam.com/) can facilitate seamless discovery of OER and participation in the review process.
  •  http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/cetisli/2009/02/03/beyond-content-%E2%80%93thoughts-and-reflections-from-oer-programme-briefing-meeting/JISC CETISFrom CETIS LI blog February 3, 2009http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/cetisli/2010/11/11/developing-a-sustainable-oer-ecosystem-in-he/
  • http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/cetisli/2010/11/11/developing-a-sustainable-oer-ecosystem-in-he/JISC CETIS Li Yuan’s BlogNovember 11, 2010

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  • Content-Centric OERas Untenable: Means vs. Ends
    Judy Baker, Ph.D.
    Dean of Technology and Innovation
    Foothill College
  • Value of OER
    Emphasis on content in curating OER perpetuates the belief in OER as an end rather than as a means
    Value of OER
    Not about free content, it’s about the knowledge sharing,collaboration, and customizing that it affords
    Disruptive innovation that allows educators to gaingreater control and customization of learning materials for teaching
  • OER as Means vs. Ends
  • Content-Centric OER Efforts
  • Process-Centric OEREfforts
  • Dynamic Textbook Project
    A multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access textbooks
    to improve STEM post-secondary education
    to develop and disseminate free, virtual, customizable textbooks that will substitute for current, commercial paper texts in multiple courses at post-secondary institutions
    Open Access textbook environment constantly being written by faculty and students 
  • ChemPaths
    Not an Online Textbook, A Student Portal
    Student Portal of the Chemical Education Digital Library
    Built to assist instructors put online tutorials and web-resources multimedia resources into one cohesive package ready for student-use
  • Content or Process Centric?
  • Content-CentricReviewers
  • Process-centric Review of OER?
    Crowdsourced rating systems
  • Original Homepage
    Current Homepage
  • Process-centric
    Reviewers voluntary
  • Faculty Attitudes about OER
    Foothill-De Anza Community College faculty surveys indicate that major factors in faculty decisions about adoption of open textbooks and open contents are content-centric:
    Concerns about quality and versioning
    Availability of affordable options for students to order shipped printed copies
    Availability of a printed and bound instructor’s copy of the open textbook
    Content-centric OER efforts perpetuate such faculty attitudes and fail to promote a culture of knowledge sharing with an awareness of other benefits of OER
  • “The value of OER will not be best achieved through static resources, but rather through their potential to engage a wide range of educators and learners to share ideas and expertise, and collaborative knowledge building.
    … a culture of openness and sharing will only emerge when OER has embedded and become an integral partof teaching practice and learning process in HE.”
    ~ JISC CETIS Li Yuan’s Blog
  • Sustainability of OER practice
    Need educators to participate in communities of practice where OER development and reuse becomes a normative
    Encourage institutions and educators to adopt a community of practice approach to create and maintain content and use existing networks to disseminate and share resources