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Connecting College Faculty to Open Content Repositories: Challenges and Opportunities
 

Connecting College Faculty to Open Content Repositories: Challenges and Opportunities

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This presentation will describe the Open Course Library, an ongoing project to redesign Washington's 81 highest enrolling college courses as open educational resources. During this multi-­‐year ...

This presentation will describe the Open Course Library, an ongoing project to redesign Washington's 81 highest enrolling college courses as open educational resources. During this multi-­‐year effort, faculty members from the Washington state colleges are creating openly licensed courses using their existing learning management system. These courses will be shared within the 34-­‐college system using a Creative Commons CC-­‐BY license. I will discuss opportunities and challenges we have faces in this ongoing effort. Participants will recognize the role of faculty technology resource centers in many university Open Courseware operations, will understand the need for a simpler, more sustainable approach to creating open educational resources in Washington's community college system, will learn how faculty are using their existing LMS tool to create open educational resources in the Open Course Library project, and will consider the implications of increased use and remixing of open learning resources and the need for tools that make this easier for faculty.

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  • Many early OpenCourseWare initiatives were designed with a separate workflow that included a middle layer of support staff This was done to minimize the extra work faculty needed to do to create open courses from their existing course materials, but it was expensive and often unsustainable.
  • The Open Course Library leverages the existing learning management system (LMS).
  • The Open Course Library leverages the existing learning management system (LMS).

Connecting College Faculty to Open Content Repositories: Challenges and Opportunities Connecting College Faculty to Open Content Repositories: Challenges and Opportunities Presentation Transcript

  • CONNECTING COLLEGE FACULTY TO OPEN CONTENT REPOSITORIES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES Tom Caswell Policy Associate, Open Education Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Sept. 14, 2011
      • Openly-licensed curriculum for 81 high enrolling courses
      • Designed and piloted by faculty
      • Phase 1 (42 courses) available October 31, 2011
      • Phase 2 (39 more courses) available Spring 2013
      • More info at: http://opencourselibrary.org
    The Open Course Library Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature
      • Improve course completion rates
      • Lower textbook costs for students
        • Limit on textbook costs is $30
      • Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses
      • Engage the global open educational resources discussion
    Open Course Library Goals Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature
      • 81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year
      • Potential annual textbook savings: 411,133 enrollments x $100 textbook savings = $41M+
      • 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.
        • Completions rates will likely increase with textbook affordability.
    Textbook Savings Projections
  • Typical OCW Workflow Support Staff Master Course Faculty Problem: Open course updates require ongoing support staff time because the open course is separate from the faculty’s master course. Open Course Faculty create their curriculum, and later send their course materials to support staff, who sort our copyright and compile them into an open course.
  • Open Course Library Workflow Master Course
    • Single workflow; more sustainable
      • Leverage existing LMS to build open courses
      • Many LMS’s now offering “open publishing” feature
    Faculty Course Designer Open Course
  • Future Open Workflow Master Course
    • Master & open course materials are linked
      • Faculty update both together
      • Older versions still available
          • Proprietary content is flagged and hidden from open course
    Faculty Course Designer Master& Open Course
      • Phase 1 includes:
      • 42 courses
      • 44 Faculty Course Designers
      • 10 Instructional Designers
      • 10 Librarians
      • Each course includes:
      • 1 or more Faculty Course Designer(s)
      • 1 Instructional Designer
      • 1 Librarian
    Course Design Teams
      • Faculty Course Designer(s)
        • Content expert; designs course using existing OER
          • Fills in gaps with own materials
      • Instructional Designer
        • Helps faculty define measurable learning outcomes
        • Tracks course development milestones
        • Conducts final review of other OCL courses
          • All IDs are Quality Matters Master Reviewers
      • Librarian
        • Helps faculty locate appropriate OER
        • Indexes and checks copyright on all course resources
    Course Design Roles
      • Universal Design / Accessibility Specialist
        • Trains and supports staff in using Universal Design principles
        • Organizes accessibility review
      • Global Education Specialist
        • Trains and assists faculty in designing global education outcomes
      • Project Assistant
        • Organizes kickoff meeting and monthly online meetings
        • Reminds/nags any who miss deadlines
      • Institutional Researcher
      • Project Manager
    Additional Support Staff
      • Measuring adoptions
        • How to count adoptions in the open
      • Institutional concerns over copyright
        • Is the YouTube “take down” policy adequate?
      • Technical challenges with current technology
        • Need better support for versioning content
        • Need “push-button” open publishing feature
    Challenges
      • Data-driven, iterative course design
        • You have the right to customize and improve your textbook
        • This is one of the greatest affordances of open content!
      • Course materials can also be translated and captioned
      • On my LMS wish list:
      • Connecting learning outcomes, content, and assessments at the item level (“OLI- style”)
        • “ You missed items 4, 5, and 9. Please review the highlighted passages...
    Opportunities
  • QUESTIONS? Tom Caswell [email_address] Policy Associate, Open Education Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
      • http://opencourselibrary.org