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  • Higher Education in Perpetual Beta : Web 2.0, eLearning , Open Content & Technology Plan Cable Green eLearning Director
  • http://www.slideshare.net/ cgreen
  • Hold On! View slide
    • “ We are in the midst of a technological, economic, and organizational transformation that allows us to negotiate the terms of freedom, justice, and productivity in the information society”
    • Yochai Benkler
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lonewolf23/1570632701/ View slide
  • Why does it 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
  • The digital universe in 2007 was equal to almost 45 gigabytes (GB) of digital information for every person on earth … … or the equivalent of over 17 billion 8 GB iPhones. http://elearning101.org
  • Choices: (1) Open up and leverage global input OR (2) close up shop
  • How do we Deal with This?
    • We are preparing students for
    • jobs that don’t yet exist, using
    • technologies that haven’t been
    • invented, to solve problems we
    • don’t even know are problems yet.
    http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHWTLA8WecI
    • (1) Engage Web 2.0
    • Stuff
  • 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 Networking
  • Social Bookmarking http://delicious.com
  • Social Bookmarking: “TACTC” http://delicious.com
  • Share Slides (and use others’) http://www.slideshare.net
  • Online Meetings: System License!
  • Blog http://blog.elearning.sbctc.edu
  • “ Micro-Blogging” http://twitter.com
    • (2) eLearning
    • Why call it “eLearning?”
    • “ Distance” is about geographic separation.
    • “ eLearning” is about leveraging the unique affordances of digital technologies to support new ways of learning in new spaces.
      • Online, Hybrid, Enhanced
    “ eLearning”
  • eLearning in Context
    • Growth in online enrollments far exceeds overall enrollment growth.
      • CTC system FTE growth Fall 2007 up 1%, online enrollments increased 15%
        • Online + hybrid = 19.6%
    • 3.5 million students are taking at least one online course
      • = 20%of all U.S. higher education students.
  • Washington Community & Technical Colleges Online Courses: Fall 07
    • 13,473 FTE online
      • equivalent to 2.5 Community Colleges
    • Over 72,000 students learn online each year
    • 45% of all CTC graduates earn 15 or more credits via eLearning
  • Growth in Online Courses Fall FTE: 1998-2010 1999-2007 growth = 715%
    • Why does this growth curve matter?
  • Educate More Citizens
    • HECB Master Plan
      • I. Raise educational attainment to create prosperity, opportunity
        • Policy Goal: Increase the total number of degrees and certificates produced annually to achieve Global Challenge State benchmarks.
        • By 2018, raise mid-level degrees and certificates to 36,200 annually, an increase of 9,400 degrees annually.
    • … if we don’t offer online courses and excellent online student services … someone else will … and students will choose.
    • (3) 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.
    • (4) 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.
    • 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 called for in this plan is cultural. And it will take leadership to get there…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parting Thought… Is the network to the point where we can challenge traditional models of pedagogy, publishing, and how we use digital technologies? If so, how will our curriculum and methods of learning change, assuming that today’s technology will be readily available to both faculty and to students?
  • http://blog.oer.sbctc.edu http://blog.elearning.sbctc.edu Dr. Cable Green cgreen@sbctc.edu (360) 704-4334 Twitter: cgreen