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Open Education Policy in WA (Bb CSC)


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  • 1. Open EducationPolicy in Washington State
  • 2. We started with …
  • 3. “We have…
  • 4. a problem...”
  • 5. Global Trends
  • 6. Global Trends
  • 7. Global Trends
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  • 13. Global Trends
  • 14. English Composition I
    47,000+ enrollments / year
    x $100 textbook
    = $4.7+ Million every year
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  • 16. Why is “Open” Important?
    When we cooperate and share, we all win
    Faculty have new choices when building learning spaces.
    …the more eyes on a problem, the greater chance for a solution.
    Affordability: students can’t afford textbooks
    Self-interest: good things happen when I share
    It’s a social justice issue: everyone should have the right to access digital knowledge.
  • 17. DOE: Definition of OER
    Open educational resources (OER) means teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or repurposingby others.
  • 18. Open Education
    Open Education Goal: increase access and completion by providing high quality, affordable, openly licensed educational resources.
  • 19.
    “We will cultivate the culture and
    practice of using and contributing to
    open educational resources.”
  • 20. Strategic Technology Plan
    But using open educational resources – and contributing to them – requires significant change in the culture of higher education.It requires thinking about content as a common resource that raises all boats when shared. (p.11)
  • 21. WA Legislation
    Faculty consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available, adopting free, open textbooks when available, and working with college librarians to put together collections of free online web and library resources, when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty…
  • 22. WA Legislation
    SSHB1946 – two big ideas – share technology and share content.
    (v) Methods and open licensing options for effectively sharing digital content including but not limited to: Open courseware, open textbooks, open journals, and open learning objects…
  • 23. Legislative Strategy
    Partner with Legislators who care about (a) efficient use of state tax dollars &(b) saving students money.
  • 24. WA CTC Student Voice Academy
    “The high cost of textbooks is a burden to students….”
    Top Issue three years running….
    Student Advocacy
  • 25. Open Course Library
    Open Course Library
    designing and sharing 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper courses
    for face-to-face, hybrid and/or online delivery
    to improve course completion rates
    lower textbook costs for students (<$30)
    provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses
    for our college system to fully engage the global open educational resources discussion.
  • 26. Open Course Library
    81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year
    411,133 enrollments x $100 textbook = $41M+ in textbook costs / student debt per year
    Limit on textbook costs in redesigned courses is $30. 
    If courses are adopted by 25% of the sections in the system (faculty decision), the savings to students will be $7.2M per year.
    Savings increase with increased adoptions and/or when courses use free, open textbooks.
  • 27. New State Board “Open” Policy
    All digital software, educational resources and knowledge produced through competitive grants, offered through and/or managed by the SBCTC, will carry a Creative Commons Attribution License.
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  • 29. So what’s next?
    What are the kinds of decisions that will lead us to optimal use of technologies, content and talent to support student achievement for all Washingtonians?
  • 30. So what’s next?
    Our system has strong structures in place to engage these big questions.
    Presidents (commissions / councils), Trustees, State Board, Faculty Assoc.
    How can the system work together to successfully pursue appropriate changes?
  • 31. Questions
    What would happen to the quality of curriculum if all system digital content was shared and course (re)design was data driven?
    How can we use technologies and shared content to significantly increase completion rates?
  • 32. Questions
    Pilot Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative courses… (article)
    Cost to Colleges / Students = $0
  • 33. Questions
    OLI Research Results:
    OLI students completed course in half the time with half the number of in-person meetings
    Accelerated learning study (Statistics): 33% more content, learning gain in standardized test 13% OLI vs 2% in traditional face-to-face class.
    OLI Online vs. traditional. OLI 99% completion rate vs 41% completion rate traditional.
  • 34. Questions
    If we had free, openly licensed textbooks, how much money would we save students and state financial aid?
    see California Governor's moves in free, open K-12 textbooks
  • 35. Questions
    What if all state funded educational content was open access? 
    What kind of efficiencies could higher education yield?
    Simple idea: public access to publicly funded educational materials.
  • 36. What are you doing?
    Blackboard? (Diana)
  • 37. Dr. Cable GreenDirector of eLearning & Open EducationWA State Board forCommunity & Technical Colleges360-704-4334cgreen@sbctc.edutwitter: