Strategic Technology Plan , Open Educational Resources, Legislation and Bookstores Cable Green eLearning Director 3/2/09
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Technology Transformation Task Force
The strategic technology plan is the product of an 18-month analysis conducted by the Technology Transformation Task Force of the SBCTC for the purpose of creating a roadmap for how our system needs to leverage 21st century technologies to support student achievement.
Conversation went something like this: Video
Strategy I: Create a single, system-wide suite of online teaching and learning tools that provides all Washington students with easy access to “anywhere, anytime” learning.
Strategy II: Create a seamless P-20 system for personalized online student services including: recruitment, retention, advising, course catalogue, transfer, and financial aid management.
Strategy III: Create a system of lifelong learning and change management for faculty, staff and college leadership.
Strategy IV: Use data to drive continuous improvement in both student success and administrative efficiency.
Strategy V: Treat information technology as a centrally funded, baseline service in the system budget.
Five strategies for transformation
Recommendations / Big Ideas
Access for all students and all colleges
Single, centrally funded solutions for common systems
Rule of 1: do it once
Rule of 0: don’t do it
Don’t build software, don’t host servers
Retain local branding and admin control
Recommendations / Big Ideas
licenses, hosting, help desk, professional development
Presidents & State Board Understand the Need to Change
Presidents & State Board voted unanimously to support the Strategic Technology Plan
WACTC Technology Committee
track implementation of the Strategic Technology Plan: “Score Card”
communicate system solutions
Funding System Solutions is the Greatest Challenge
Leverage the buying power of entire system
Cost effective to use common systems and support services
Large travel and per diem offsets using technology
Association Conference in Elluminate
1 ½ day Commission / Council meeting = $10K+
“ This plan represents our sense of extreme urgency to catch up, keep up and provide all colleges and students the technological tools and services they need to succeed in the 21 st century.”
What is Next for WashingtonOnline?
Colleges looking at ANGEL (lower tech fee)
new capability to share content system-wide
Use existing Pooled Enrollment
In bad budget times – colleges close programs. How will you deliver your students the courses they need?
Enrolling College – keeps all FTE & Tuition
Teaching College – gets $50/credit hour/student
Student gets the course she needs!
WashingtonOnline facilitates – takes no $
What is Next?
Redesign and Open Common Courses
Open textbooks, open courseware
Teams of faculty, librarians, instructional designers, graphic artists … bookstores ?
“ Go-Forward” (administrative systems)
Leveraging networked IT Services “in the cloud”
Allows colleges to “go core”
i.e., focus on learning and student services
Let’s Look @ Open Textbooks Dr. Judy Baker Dean, Foothill Global Access Director, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (…next set of slides are “mashed up” Judy slides) www.collegeopentextbooks.org
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Joint effort to develop and use open educational resources and open textbooks in community college courses cccoer.wordpress.com
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 Reduce the cost of textbooks!
84 colleges from AZ, CA, IA, MD, NV, NY, OH, TX, WA, Ontario CCCOER Membership
Comparison of Statistics Textbooks Publisher: Wiley Open: Connexions & QOOP Downloadable version: $77.50 Downloadable & online versions: FREE Printed bound version: $141.95 new $110.25 used Printed bound version: $31.98 new
General Physics 600 pages New $179.00 Used $125.00
Benefits Lowers the costs of educational materials for students...
Faculty and student resistance to change
Limited availability of high quality and comprehensive learning materials in some disciplines
Inadequate access to high-speed Internet by students
Compliance with accessibility requirements
Printing and computer lab demands on campus by students
Need faculty to help create, review, and promote use of open textbooks
Support release time for development and modification of open textbooks
Give credit toward tenure for faculty work on open textbook development
What Happens if we Don’t Change? Google, Amazon, Apple, Open Source, Open Content, Open Textbooks… Higher Education Functional Possibilities Time Harder to catch-up … Or even understand.
Higher Education’s Future Role?
“ I’ve been trying to gain a better sense of the role universities will play in society in the future. At one point, we thought content was the value point of universities. Wrong. MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative changed that. Ok, then the interaction with faculty is the value point. And wrong again. Open communication and collaboration in online environments with networks of peers and experts gave us control over our interactions. Fine. Then the value point is accreditation . Yes, for now. Our ability to rate, review, comment, and provide feedback has increased with the development of the read/write web. I’m not sure how long we can build education’s value on the concept of accreditation.”
George Siemens: blog post: explaining leads to information
Cable’s Answer … I think
Our new role (at least for now) is to be synthesizers and leverage networked IT, networked knowledge, and networked expertise… and put together high quality, cost effective learning environments that help more students get to higher levels of education.
Bookstores Future Role?
Bookstores are perfectly positioned to be the College’s clearinghouse for printed open educational resources.
print-on-demand open textbooks & OER course packs
Students want printed options ( Course Correction )
Have location and are tightly networked into IT and fiscal campus operations.
e.g., students can use fin aid @ bookstores
Bookstores Future Role?
Open Textbook Commercial Affiliates
Work with them like you work with existing commercial Publishers
Flat World Knowledge: interested in bookstores buying print copies of open textbooks at reduced rates.
Your ideas? Let’s chat.
HB 1025 / SB 5778
http://blog.oer.sbctc.edu http://blog.elearning.sbctc.edu Dr. Cable Green eLearning Director firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 704-4334