Boundless Open Education 2013 Presentation


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How OER Scales the Student-Teacher Relationship, NOT the Classroom
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  • OER are more than just web-based tools
    OER are the building block for each of the adaptive tools you just saw.
    By building technology that distributes OER through media that students use - Kindle, iPad, iPhone and the web – Boundless is connecting 2 million students every month to OER.
    Making Connections Between OER and Real People:
    At Boundless, we add to the foundation of OER while utilizing OER in an efficient way -- one that lets us keep our cost to students down. We collect and vet the best open educational resources out there, and present them to students in an organized, simple and thorough way.
    Since our resources aren’t tied to the red tape of closed content, we focus on ensuring the product itself is both useful and affordable for its users.
  • Why is it all changing?
    Education Today: The Imbalanced Classroom Model
    Within the past decade, education has become a type of requirement for success, and many careers can only be pursued by individuals with the proper educational background. As more people pursue their own education, institutions have grown massively -- and at a cost. The personalized educational experience that one used to find in small class sizes is now a rarity, and the student/teacher ratio is at an all time high.
    Personalization is an important element of the learning process -- each individual learns in different ways.
  • talking points - colors / example, bigger microphone, historical context's_cost_disease
    benefits of 1on1, negatives of MOOC
    Tradition vs. Today: What worked then does not work now.
    Class size: Classroom models have always been changing, and class size is generally at the center of change.
    Old classroom models like the Lancasterian System utilize a minimal amount of adult teachers, instead depending on advanced students to teach their peers.
    Flash forward to the value modern students see in small liberal arts colleges that offer small class size and direct access to professors as main selling points. This model calls for many talented professors -- which can be difficult to find, develop and retain -- who can guide students through their education.
    Take one more leap forward into today’s massive lecture-style classrooms and rise of MOOCs that give many students access to some of the world’s most amazing professors. Our classic understanding of the teacher/student ratio does not hold the same meaning with MOOCs, but we cannot lose track, as it’s one of our most important measures for effective and impactful learning.
  • Back to the student-teacher ratio...
    Educational content is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We struggle to build personalized student-teacher relationships.
    Regardless of class size, technology can change this dynamic. Teachers can identify when students struggle, fall behind, misinterpret class discussions or even lack motivation in real time and before it’s too late.
    With access to OER, innovators don’t use up their resources on content creation, which means we can dedicate ourselves to creating useful technological learning tools that make the most of this existing content. These tools aid in scaling back the student/teacher scale to 1:1.
    Open, personalized instruction channels opens the floodgates for students to get real-time responses to their individual needs.
    This presents the opportunity for personalized content that is structured and modularized, asynchronous student-paced learning, and competency-based education that’s not driven by the time spent in a seat.
    Educators have created a lot of content they currently make freely available to their students and would want to make generally available as OER but there is no mechanism for discovery or distribution.
  • Content is the center of education
    Content, Learning and Validation are complementary, and build on each other
    Validation is unique to “education”
    Where do OER fit in?
    OER lay the foundation.
    OER allow innovators and technologists to focus on innovation, rather than huge licensing fees, copyrights and spending a majority or resources simply acquiring the content students need for success.
    OER are all about distribution. These resources are most successful when they reach the student, no matter how that connection happens. But the truth is that for most students, OER aren’t user-friendly or easy to find. Edtech builds the tools that make OER a realistic resource for students.
    But we know there are distribution models that work to get open resources to students. Each month, Boundless is connecting more than 2 million people to content across all of its platforms. What we see is the more we build new technology on top of OER, the greater the distribution.
  • Here’s how we’re building off OER to solve the student-teacher ratio:
    We recognize that teachers need to customize learning materials to fit their class dynamic -- even if that means changes in the middle of the semester.
    Professors appreciate learning from what works for their peers, so distributing custom materials for other classes is important.
    Keeping track of individual students in real time can boost performance and understanding.
    Students want quality material that helps them learn better, but the prices they face on the traditional textbook market aren’t fair.
  • Customize
    No two classes are the same, and the same can be said about professors.
    That’s why Boundless let’s them customize content for their students just by clicking and dragging.
  • Real Time Progress
    But we didn’t stop there. Professors need to have a finger on the pulse of their class.
    Professors can see, in real time, how their students are progressing, what type of content they are accessing and what’s on their horizon.
    Building from OER, Boundless is giving professors the ability to adapt to their class
  • Student Analytics
    One of the most common things I hear when I speak to professors is, “I assign homework and have no idea if my students do it.”
    That’s why we built analytics into our professor-facing tools.
    Professors know when individual students read assigned text or even familiarize themselves with quizzes and flashcards.
  • So what is the holdup? Why aren’t OER everywhere?
    Spending - OER vs. Edtech bar chart
    $56 billion on Edtech (2012), $110 million between 2002-2010 on OER
    This is a huge difference -- everyone here can agree that OER are are vital to edtech. How can we make sure that our contributions are impactful in this huge edtech world?
  • Boundless Open Education 2013 Presentation

    1. 1. How OER Scales the StudentTeacher Relationship, NOT the Classroom Nick Ducoff, VP Content November 8, 2013
    2. 2. The Internet disrupts all (yes I said disrupts)
    3. 3. Except for textbooks College Textbooks 3 x CPI
    4. 4. Did you like your life better before this?
    5. 5. Did you like your life better before this?
    6. 6. Life has been like this since the 1400’s Image: flickr user ginnerobot 6
    7. 7. Students demand a better learning experience Image: flickr user francisco_osorio
    8. 8. 1on1 Teacher Personalized Adaptive Competency-based 1 to 20 Classroom Scaling the Classroom 1 to 200 Lecture Hall 1 to 200,000 MOOC One-size fits all Linear path Bigger microphone
    9. 9. Scaling education the right way: Scale the teacher! Boundless is designed to support teachers not replace them
    10. 10. OER + technology bridges the student gap Studen ts Techn ology OER
    11. 11. OER Today OER Future Boundless Today Techn ology OER Studen ts Handful of large contributors; decentralized Limited; online versions of textbooks Helping students save money Git-based OER hub Fully adaptive to the student’s needs Actively helping students learn Curated OER + SmartNotes in over 20 subjects Reading states, spaced-repetition and interactive quizzes Free! or $19.99 88% of students get grade they want or higher It all starts with OER!
    12. 12. Delivering a better learning experience
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    16. 16. It should be OER + tech, not OER vs. tech $1,200,000,000 $1.1 billion $1,000,000,000 $800,000,000 $600,000,000 $400,000,000 $200,000,000 $110 million $0 EdTech Investments (2012) OER Spending (2002-2010) Sources: Crunchbase, Wikipedia
    17. 17. Questions?