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  • 1. Open Content Opens Minds Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Sloan-C International Symposium May 9, 2008
  • 2. Remember this rite of passage?
  • 3. For many students…
  • 4. The first test is their ability to afford the textbooks.
  • 5. Or, is it that test of fitness to carry all those textbooks?
  • 6. Lighten the load
  • 7. Lighten the load with Open Educational Resources
  • 8. Use of OER can replace this scene with …..
  • 9.  
  • 10.  
  • 11. What are Open Educational Resources?
    • High quality educational content and tools
    • Freely available from the internet, anytime, anywhere
    • Many languages
    • Shared
    • Usable and re-usable
  • 12. Used: $77.25   New: $103.00 2.6 pounds 576 pages
  • 13.  
  • 14. Example PHYS 4A: General Physics            600 pages Used $125.00    New $179.00  
  • 15. Free Download
  • 16. Tools for Locating, Organizing, and Delivering OER
  • 17. Discipline-specific Sources
  • 18. Tools for Collaboration and Development
  • 19.  
  • 20.  
  • 21. Lowers the costs of educational materials for students Benefits of OER
  • 22. Benefits Fosters pedagogical innovation and relevance that avoids “teaching from the textbook”
  • 23. Benefits
    • Provides opportunities to share and remix learning materials for customized and localized use
    • Fast feedback loop on quality and relevance of learning materials leading to continual improvement and rapid development
  • 24. Challenges
    • Resources for faculty support
    • Quality assurance of learning materials
    • Limited availability of fully vetted and comprehensive learning materials in some disciplines
    • Articulation and transfer issues
    • Compliance with accessibility requirements
    • Printing and computer lab demands on campus by students
  • 25. Community College Consortium for OER
    • Why a Consortium?
      • Give community college educators a presence and a voice in the OER movement
      • Coordinate development of community college quality standards for OER textbooks and course materials
      • Leverage funding opportunities
      • Facilitate collaboration, communications and networking
  • 26. Consortium gives community college educators a presence and a voice in the OER movement Community Colleges
  • 27. Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
    • Established in July 2007 by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District
    • Representatives from over 20 colleges attended the first CCCOER information meeting on July 17, 2007
  • 28.
    • Advance the vision for making OER widely available to community colleges in order to increase access and reduce the cost of a college education.
    • Promote faculty innovation, training and OER development for the Consortium community.
    Goals
  • 29. Community College Consortium for OER
    • Goal
      • To identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER as Open Textbooks and make them available for use by community college students and faculty
    • Objective 
      • Seeking the support of faculty to identify, review, evaluate, and make available high quality, accessible and culturally relevant model Open Textbooks
  • 30. CCCOER: Progress to Date
    • Membership
      • 64 colleges
      • CA, MD, NY, WA, NV, Ontario
    • Website – cccoer.wordpress.com
    • OER Survey of 1,203 faculty
    • Developed faculty self-paced tutorial and credit course about OER
      • Available online via Connexions and ETUDES NG
    • Co-hosted Open Textbook Meeting in Jan 2008
    • OER presentations at state and national professional meetings and colleges; participation in California Textbook Summit
  • 31. CA, MD, NY, WA, NV, Ontario
  • 32. Consortium Membership Benefits
    • Participation in development of community college quality standards for OER textbooks and course materials
    • Networking with community college OER innovators
  • 33. Website cccoer.wordpress.com cccoer.wordpress.com
  • 34. Faculty OER Campus Promotion Kit
    • Policies and Models
    • Marketing Materials
    • Quick Start Guides
    • Training Course
    • Directories and Repositories
    • Resources for Collaboration
    • Open Content Licenses
    • Copyright Info
    • Accessibility Info
    • Case Studies
    • OER Websites
    • Glossary
    • References
  • 35. http://cnx.org/content/col10413/latest/
  • 36. CCCOER Survey Results
    • 1,203 faculty respondents
      • 12 Districts and 28 colleges
      • 66% full-time
      • Represent wide range of disciplines
    • 91% indicated interest in using OER materials in their classes
    • 34% said they were aware of OER materials in their field
  • 37. CCCOER Survey Results
    • 34% already using OER materials in their classes
    • Greatest type of OER use reported
      • Journals and journal articles
      • Reference works and materials
      • Newspaper articles
      • Images
    • 87% likely or very likely to use OER materials if such materials were readily accessible
    • 66% interested in helping to produce or identify OER materials
    • Support needed for faculty to develop of OER
      • Training
      • Guidelines and/or templates
      • Paid compensation or stipend
      • Website repository of OER materials
  • 38. OER Survey
  • 39. OER Survey
  • 40. CCCOER can fill this gap OER Survey
  • 41. Hewlett Foundation Grant Open Textbook Project
    • Increase scope and membership of CCCOER
    • Centralize Open Textbook information
    • Document work flow model
    • Design and conduct research studies
    • Develop sustainability plan
  • 42. Community College Open Textbook Project
    • Hewlett Foundation Grant
      • Feasibility study to provide high quality, accessible and culturally relevant open textbooks for community college students and faculty through the CCCOER and other academic, noncommercial and commercial partners
  • 43. Community College Open Textbook Project Goal Identify, organize, and support the production and use of high quality, accessible and culturally relevant Open Textbooks for community college students
  • 44. CCCOER Collaboration
      • Textbook Summit
      • Student PIRG
      • Connexions
      • Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
      • Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
      • Flat World Knowledge
  • 45.  
  • 46. Workflow Summary
    • Locate, collect and develop open content
    • Vet the content
      • Quality
        • Depth, breadth, cultural relevancy, authority of source, etc.
      • Technical
        • Accessibility, interoperability, etc.
    • Prepare open content for CC use
      • Customize, organize, localize, convert for accessibility, interoperability
    • Provide publication and dissemination options
  • 47. Proposed Workflow for Campuses
    • Form Taskforce on campus to address adoption of open textbooks
      • Curriculum approval
      • Pedagogical standards
      • Articulation
      • Tech support
      • Bookstore and print shop services
      • Library
      • Faculty and department participation
      • Faculty training in development of OER
      • Marketing
  • 48. Proposed Workflow for Campuses
    • Foster community of educators who will use and contribute to open content appropriate for use as textbook at community colleges
      • Educate campus community about OER and open textbooks
      • Provide model Board policies about OER
      • Provide model tenure and promotion incentives for faculty to participate in OER
      • Provide guide for development and implementation of campus Taskforce to address adoption of open textbooks
  • 49. What Sustainability and Business Models are most viable for the Community College Open Textbook Project?
  • 50. Sustainability
    • Unique sustainability challenges of open educational resource projects
    • Must find ways to sustain
      • Production and sharing of open educational resources
      • Use and reuse of their open educational resources by end users
  • 51. Sustainability
    • Explore the viability of institutional and/or student use fees
    • Examine the relationship and cost-models for Connexion’s digital university press and the campus
    • Bookstores and Printshops as point-of-purchase centers for Open Textbooks
    • Identify sources of operating support from states, institutions, foundations and other complementary organizations
  • 52. “ Sustainability is more than funding models.” ~ S. Downes ~
    • Quality processes
    • Technical
    • Openness, access and licenses
    • Staffing
    • Workflow
    • Maintenance
  • 53. Connexions Statistics Open Textbook Project Collaborative Statistics by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean OCPS Television,1998, Pics4Learning
  • 54.  
  • 55. Content Review Panel
    • Five CCCOER members
      • Two University of California representatives
      • Two California State University representatives
      • Two other experts
    • Determine and define the necessary elements of a model CC Open Textbook
      • Reading level
      • Depth and scope
      • Quality and accuracy
      • Cultural relevance
      • Currency
      • Authority of source
  • 56. Technical Panel
    • Interoperability standards
    • Content dissemination processes
    • Accessibility
  • 57. Open Textbook Adoption Tasks
    • Locate and categorize suitable open content
      • Topics by top courses that represent 80% of enrollments
      • Reading level
      • Depth and scope
    • Evaluate
      • Quality
      • Accessibility
      • Cultural relevance
      • Currency
      • Authority
      • Articulation
    • Customize, Remix, Localize and Organize
      • Interoperability
      • Accessibility
      • License type
      • Cultural relevance
    • Disseminate in print and digital formats
      • Student (DIY) for production of open textbook
      • Campus bookstore and/or printshop services for production of open textbook
      • Proprietary services
  • 58. Next Steps
    • Identification of Campus OER Champions
    • Building Faculty Engagement & Investment
    • Training Needs
    • Identifying Discipline Experts
    • Growing the Consortium
    Kenneth Ransom,, 2000. Pics4Learning