A World View of Open Resources

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  • Through a match from the Gates Foundation and the State Legislature, the Open Course Library initiative was created. The goals of the Open Course Library are to:design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper coursesImprove course completion ratesLower textbook costs for students (<$30)Provide new resources for faculty to use in their coursesFully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion
  • Through a match from the Gates Foundation and the State Legislature, the Open Course Library initiative was created. The goals of the Open Course Library are to:design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper coursesImprove course completion ratesLower textbook costs for students (<$30)Provide new resources for faculty to use in their coursesFully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion
  • A World View of Open Resources

    1. A World View of Open Resources Teacher Librarian Summit NCCE 2012 Seattle, WA Tom Caswell Open Education Policy Associate State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
    2. The Internet changes everything Anyone can create and deliver almost anything to anyone for almost no cost. Internet + Digital Resources + Open License
    3. September 2007 Cape Town Open Education Declaration “…we have an opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world through freely available, high-quality, locally relevant educational and learning opportunities.”
    4. Where do we start?
    5. Strategic Technology Plan  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.  http://www.sbctc.edu/general/a_strategictechplan.aspx
    6. June 2010 SBCTC 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.  http://www.sbctc.edu/general/admin/Tab_9_Open_ Licensing_Policy.pdf
    7. Textbook Affordability English Composition I 50,000+ enrollments / year x $100 textbook $5+ Million every year
    8. Textbook Affordability
    9. Watch. Practice.Learn almost anything for free.
    10. The Open Course LibraryFunded: $1.2 million  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  Washington State Legislature
    11.  Goals of the Open Course Library  Design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper courses  Improve course completion rates  Lower textbook costs for students (<$30)  Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses  Fully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion.
    12. Potential Savings  81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year  Textbook savings up to $41M+ in / year  How much could you be saving your students?  Completion rates may also increase when all students can afford course materials (See Student PIRGs 2011 report: “High Prices Prevent College Students from Buying Assigned Textbooks”)
    13. Open Course Library  Phase 1: 42 courses  http://opencourselibrary.org  http://saylor.org  Phase 2 : 39 courses  Available Spring 2013
    14. The first 42 courses werereleased October 31, 2011 Over 80 media mentions worldwide Over 25,000 visits from 125 countries to http://opencourselibrary.org
    15. Why? In the first year, students will save $1.1 million in textbook costsThat’s more than we spent to develop the courses…
    16. Finding Open Resources
    17. Where can I search specifically for K-12 Open Educational Resources? • ck12.org • oercommons.org/oer • curriki.org Explore resources in a particular grade or subject? Post questions, comments, or links to the wiki.
    18. Questions? Tom Caswell caswell.tom@gmail.com

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