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  • Higher Education in Perpetual Beta : Why “Open” is Our Future Cable Green eLearning Director
  • http://www.slideshare.net/ cgreen
  • Why does networked matter?
    • seamless connection of people, resources & knowledge
    • digitization of content
    • mobile, personal
    • global platform for collaboration
    • outsourcing
    • open-sourcing
  • In a flat world, the synthesizers of ideas will rule. And they will use open web 2.0 software standards, and practices to distribute their ideas.
  • And we can make all of our “ digital stuff” available to all people… and most of it will get used... by someone.
  • "According to an IBM study, by 2010, the amount of digital information in the world will double every 11 hours." http://elearning101.org
  • Choices: (1) Open up and leverage global input OR (2) close up shop
    • One way to deal is with…
    • Open Educational Resources
  • State of the Art (and Open / FREE) http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11309&mode=toc
    • Because when we cooperate and share, we all win – exponentially .
    • Reedʼs Law: Networks grow [in value] exponentially by the number of nodes.
    • It’s a social justice issue: everyone has the right to access global knowledge.
    Why is “Open” Important? Institute for the Future whitepaper: Technologies of Cooperation
  • Definition of OER
    • Digitized materials, offered freely and openly for educators, students, to use and re-use for teaching, learning and research.
    http:// topics.developmentgateway.org/openeducation
  • What about Copyright / IP? CC Video
  • - JSB
  • http://wiki.elearning.ubc.ca/ComingApart
    • OpenLearn (UK) - DEMO
    • OCW – MIT ( MIT HS )
      • China Open Resources for Education has translated 109 MIT OCW courses into Simplified Chinese.
    • Rice Connexions
    (a few) Open Content Repositories
  • and there is this small collection of articles:
  • What are Open Textbooks?
    • “ Open textbooks” are free, online, open-access textbooks. The content of open textbooks is licensed to allow anyone to use, download, customize, or print without expressed permission from the author.
    http://www.maketextbooksaffordable.org Examples of Free, Open Textbooks
  • Why do we Need Open Textbooks?
    • 2005 GAO report: College textbook prices have risen at twice the rate of annual inflation over the last two decades
    • At 2-year public institutions , the average cost of books and supplies per first-time, full-time student (’03-’04) was $886 = almost 75% of the cost of tuition and fees
      • $898 at 4-year public institutions, about 26% of the cost of tuition and fees
  • May, 2007: Dept of Ed.
    • http://www.maketextbooksaffordable.org/course_correction.pdf
  • What does the report say?
    • Digital textbooks must meet three criteria: affordable, printable and accessible .
    • Digital textbooks done wrong :
      • Publisher e-textbooks fail to meet the criteria.
    • Digital textbooks done right :
      • Open textbooks meet all of the criteria.
    • We must get rid of our “not invented here” attitude regarding others’ content
      • move to: "proudly borrowed from there"
    • Content is not a strategic advantage
    • Nor can we (or our students) afford it:
      • Students want open, free textbooks
    Hey Higher Ed!
    • “ As uncomfortable a proposition as this new openness may be for some, I believe it is the future of higher education.”
    • In web 2.0, everything is public & higher education needs to get used to it.
    Future of Openness in Education David Wiley 2006. Open source, openness, and higher education.
  • 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.
    • In the end, catching up with today’s information technologies is not about technology itself; it is about a new world of open, online sharing where everyone has the power to create and disseminate their ideas, courses and textbooks and to re-mix and use others’ work.
    But the biggest shift is cultural. And it will take leadership to get there… … from the Strategic Technology Plan
  • http://blog.oer.sbctc.edu http://blog.elearning.sbctc.edu Dr. Cable Green cgreen@sbctc.edu (360) 704-4334 Twitter: cgreen
  • http:// www.go2web20.net
  • RSS
  • RSS: Really Simple Syndication Hmmm… well what does that mean?
  • Who Here Reads Newspapers?
  • News Story Syndication Story is written Story is sent to “the wire” Papers pick up ‘feed’ off the wire Story appears here
  • Syndication
  • Syndication Appears in many papers
  • RSS is like reading a newspaper
    • Lots of newspapers!
  • Social Bookmarking http://delicious.com
  • Share Slides (and use others’) http://www.slideshare.net
  • Blog http://blog.elearning.sbctc.edu
  • “ Micro-Blogging” http://twitter.com
    • Strategic Technology Plan
    • Our state’s most urgent need: educate more people to higher levels
    • Fuller use of information technology is key to making education more accessible
    • One, single-minded goal: to mobilize technology to increase student success
    • 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
    • We will not try to do what others can do better, faster, and for less money.
    • We will shift our best and brightest IT staff from software developers to integration experts who tie together best-of-breed applications.
    This plan also recommends a shift from locally-developed software and hosting services.
  • Bottom Line
    • Accountability
      • Shared technology, support services and content is a responsible use of public funds.
    • Accessibility
      • All students, faculty and staff need access to enterprise eLearning & administrative systems and support services to compete in the global market.
    • Affordability
      • No College can afford all necessary eLearning & administrative systems & support services individually.