Demystifying OER and Bridge to Success


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Open Educational Resources (OERs) have received much attention in the past few years both nationally and internationally—as the innovation du jour for teaching and learning. The presenters will offer an overview of the OER landscape and participants will learn how to find and implement OERs in eLearning courses. The presenters will also discuss opportunities to participate in a Next Gen grant, "Bridge to Success (B2S)" which they received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Presented by Brandon Muramatsu, Patrick McAndrew, Jean Runyon, Shelley Hintz, and Kathy Warner to the Instructional Technology Council Webinar on September 20, 2011.

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  • Citation: Muramatsu, B., McAndrew, P., Runyon, J., Hintz, S. and Warner, K. (2011). Demystifying Open Educational Resources. September 20, 2011. Presented at ITC Webinar: September 20, 2011.Unless otherwise specified, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
  • The Open University was established just over 40 years ago – though someone recently said that was a great name for a start up.Open to people, places, methods and idea.Open entry.Now openness means so much more.
  • Operation as a UniversityLarge by European standards in terms of people.Best satisfaction results of any University since they established National Student Survey
  • I work in IET – research and support OU. Courses, labs
  • Stone soup. OER like it but in two ways!
  • Did you know that Flickr allows photo sharers to indicate a license?And that you can search for Creative Commons licensed
  • 81 Open Courses42 publicly available in OctoberMaster course -> copy for the open courseFaculty supported by teams of instructional designers, librarians
  • Open online “courses”Materials drawn from existing OERs, OCWs, Open TextbooksWide! range of courses(Will include Open Course Library courses)$20K bounty on Open Textbooks that meet the needs for their courses
  • Introductory CoursesBiology, writing, psychology, etc.Use the best existing OERsAdding embedded assessments for learning/teachingCross-institutional teamsNot *that* Project Kaleidoscope: Community of STEM reformers, they do cool stuff also!
  • Openness means moreOpenLean – launched 2006. Great support from Hewlett Foundation. Different for Open U to others – we did make money from materials. So a big experiment. My own role to look after Research and Evaluation.
  • Across organization, learners and educators. Highlight some of the organizational findings. Going open was not designed to meet all these aims but did: help.Highlight technologies, collaboration.
  • Openness is part of our operation now. Justified in own rights. Big presence on iTunesU. Helping rest of the UK get involved.
  • Inspired by the goals set forth by President Obama in the American Graduation Initiative and compelled by the existing and future needs of our country for skilled workers in today’s knowledge-based society and economy, Anne Arundel Community College responded with Student Success 2020.
  • Learning to Learn is a short course for individuals who are thinking about starting or returning to college. The course is designed to build confidence and to provide the tools and skills necessary to be successful in an academic setting and in the workplace. The course encourages a consideration of possible choices and the value of making plans for the future. In addition, it will increase awareness of an adult’s current qualities, knowledge and skills. Adults will be introduced to the cycle of learning and will develop a personal action plan. The course activities will help adults develop the essential college and life skills of communication, problem solving and self-management. Succeed with Math provides a review of key concepts and to apply these concepts to real world applications. Math and You is designed to build math confidence, to develop problem-solving strategies and skills, and to explore the many ways math impacts an adult’s daily life. Getting down to the Basics provides content and activities to address these key areas: decimals, rounding, estimating, units and measurements, signed numbers, basic operations (with signed numbers), reading and writing mathematics, and using knowledge in real world scenarios. Relationships among Numbersprovides content and activities to address these key areas: how numbers are used in daily life, fractions, percentages, ratios, connections between fractions, percentages, and ratios.
  • Demystifying OER and Bridge to Success

    1. 1. www.b2s.aacc.eduDemystifying Open Educational ResourcesCitation: Muramatsu, B., McAndrew, P., Runyon, J., Hintz, S. and Warner, K. (2011). Demystifying Open Educational Resources. September 20, 2011. Presented at ITC Webinar: September 20, 2011. Unless otherwise specified, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    2. 2. Today’s Webinar• Introductions • Patrick McAndrew, The Open University (United Kingdom) • Brandon Muramatsu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Jean Runyon, Anne Arundel Community College • Shelley Hintz, University of Maryland University College • Kathy Warner, University of Maryland University College• Overview of the OER landscape• Next Gen Learning Challenges grant, "Bridge to Success (B2S)"
    3. 3. Meet the PresentersKathy Patrick Jean Brandon ShelleyWarner McAndrew Runyon Muramatsu Hintz UMUC Open University AACC MIT UMUC
    4. 4. The Open Understanding openness
    5. 5. The Open University • 253,075 students • 23% outside UK • 52% undergrads below standard UK HE entry level • 12,758 with declared disabilities • 5,119 direct staff 1286 academic • 7,743 associate lecturers • 7,512 students on most popular course (Intro to Social Sciences)
    6. 6. Institute of
    7. 7. MIT Office of Educational Innovation and Technology OEIT Areas • Linking Research and Curriculum • Linking Content and Curriculum • Spaces • Outreach
    8. 8. MIT OpenCourseWare
    9. 9. Anne Arundel Community College
    10. 10. Comprehensive Community College
    11. 11. The OER LandscapeOpen Educational Resources
    12. 12. A parable … Stone Soup v=xF8VgHb_HkI#t=2m53s (2:53 – 5:04)
    13. 13. OER: l’innovation du jour?• What are Open Educational Resources? • We’re going to talk about OER writ large. • We’re not going to bore you with definitions! (Well, we’ll try!) • We’re not going to get all religious about OERs!
    14. 14. OER: l’innovation du jour?• We’d like you to think about OER as an entrée to a conversation • A conversation about teaching, crafting courses, & sharing course materials • A conversation about collaborating with peers and even students• And, you’re probably already using Open Educational Resources! • We’ll find out in a bit…
    15. 15. Do you (or your faculty)…• Talk about courses with peers?• Borrow course materials, teaching techniques, sources?• What about, sharing materials?
    16. 16. OER is all of these things!• At it’s heart, OER is about doing these sorts of things!• And, it’s about encouraging sharing of materials and practices…• And, it’s clearly communicating what others are allowed to do with the materials…
    17. 17. When borrowing resources…• Do you look at the license or terms of use? • Huh? What are those?• Do you provide attribution for those resources? • Attribution is a key aspect of research, it should be for teaching as well!• Why or why not? • <discussion>
    18. 18. What are you allowed to do? What might you allow others?• Instead of “All Rights Reserved” • Can someone else use the materials? • Can someone build upon or modify the materials? • Can they use those materials commercially? • Do they have to share any materials they develop the same way the materials were originally shared?• Do these sound familiar?
    19. 19. Creative Commons Licenses • A “standard” way providing permissions to your work • The easiest way of communicating your resource is “open”
    20. 20. Have you used Flickr?• Did you know that Flickr allows photo sharers to indicate a license?• And that you can search for Creative Commons licensed photos?
    21. 21. Searching for Openly Licensed Photos at Flickr
    22. 22. Flickr Search Results
    23. 23. CC-Licensed Math Photo
    24. 24. Do you use course materials developed by others?• How do you find out about them? • Talking to peers in your department? • Through ITC? Other professional societies? • Looking through digital repositories? • Google searches?• What what make them easier to use?• How do you incorporate them into your classes? Does “Open” make it easier? • <discussion>
    25. 25. Resources for Community Colleges• Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources •• Open Course Library •• Saylor Foundation •• Kaleidoscope Project •• OpenLearn and SCORE
    26. 26. Open Course Library• 81 Open Courses • 42 publicly available in October • Master course -> copy for the open course • Faculty supported by teams of instructional designers, librarians•
    27. 27. Saylor Foundation• Open online “courses” • Materials drawn from existing OERs, OCWs, Open Textbooks • Wide! range of courses • (Will include Open Course Library courses)• $20K bounty on Open Textbooks that meet the needs for their courses•
    28. 28. Kaleidoscope Project (NGLC)• Introductory Courses • Biology, writing, psychology, etc. • Use the best existing OERs • Adding embedded assessments for learning/teaching • Cross-institutional teams• Not *that* Project Kaleidoscope: Community of STEM reformers, they do cool stuff also!
    29. 29. OpenLearn
    30. 30. OpenLearn  Enhance OU reputation  Extending reach  Widening participation  Experiment with courses  Accelerate technologies  Catalyst for collaboration  Research base  Recruitment of students
    31. 31. SCORE
    32. 32. Open Learning: Bridge to SuccessBridge to Success is made possible through a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant awarded to Anne ArundelCommunity College, the Open University (UK), University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and MassachusettsInstitution of Technology (MIT). NGLC is led by EDUCAUSE in partnership with The League for Innovation in theCommunity College, the International Association of K-12 Online Learning and the Council of Chief State SchoolOfficers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design theNext Generation Learning Challenges and fund the initiative.
    33. 33. American Graduation Initiative By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”… “…We seek to help an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees and certificates in the next decade…” President Barack Obama American Graduation Initiative July 14, 2009
    34. 34. College Readiness“Among more than 250,000 students who required themost mathematics remediation, only 16% completedthose requirements in 3 years” —Achieving the Dream 1 in 8
    35. 35. Student Success 2020 More Successful Students
    36. 36. Bridge 2 Success
    37. 37. B2S Courses• Learning to Learn (available now)• Succeed with Math (available October) • Math and You • Getting down to the Basics • Relationships among Numbers
    38. 38. Using Learning to Learn at UMUC Shelley Hintz UMUC
    39. 39.
    40. 40. For more informationabout the grant
    41. 41. Summary• OER as a conversation: Sharing, materials, practice• OER as a continuum Individual Standalone Course Bits / Whole Courses Images Modules Open Textbooks Flickr Open Course Library OpenLearn Saylor B2S Courses• Bridge to Success: Learning to Learn & Succeed with Math
    42. 42. Contacts• Patrick McAndrew• Jean Runyon• Brandon Muramatsu• Kathy Warner• Shelley Hintz
    43. 43. Definition (OER)OER are teaching, learning, and research resources thatreside in the public domain or have been released under anintellectual property license that permits their free use orre-purposing by others. Open educational resources includefull courses, course materials, modules, textbooks,streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools,materials, or techniques used to support access toknowledge.Atkins, Daniel E.; John Seely Brown, Allen L. Hammond (2007-02). A Review of OpenEducational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievements, Challenges, and NewOpportunities.” Menlo Park, CA: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. p. 4.
    44. 44. U.S. Department of EducationOpen Educational Resources (OER) are an importantelement of an infrastructure for learning.