Going Open: Lessons Learned from the Open Course Library

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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
  • Going Open: Lessons Learned from the Open Course Library

    1. 1. Going Open - Lessons Learned from the Open Course Library<br />NW eLearn2011 – Vancouver, WA<br />October 13, 2011 <br />Tom Caswell & Scott Dennis<br />WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges<br />
    2. 2. Open?<br />“Open” Terminology:<br />Open = free/flexible/sharable <br />Open License = sharable license (example: Creative Commons’ most open license: CC-BY)<br />Open CourseWare (OCW) = sharable course materials<br />Open Educational Resources (OER) = sharable learning materials (broader than OCW)<br />
    3. 3. Making the Case for “Open”<br />Why is “Open” Important in Education?<br />Efficiency & Affordability<br />Quality<br />Self-interest<br />Collaborative Serendipity <br />
    4. 4. Making the Case for “Open”<br />What is this madness??<br />(How do we do open?)<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. What is Creative Commons?<br />A simple, standardizedway to grant copyright permissions to your creative work.<br />
    7. 7. Share Alike<br />Attribution<br />Non-Commercial<br />No Derivative Works<br />Step 1: Choose License Conditions<br />http://creativecommons.org/choose<br />7<br />
    8. 8. Step 2: Receive License<br />8<br />
    9. 9. Each CC license comes in 3 formats:<br />
    10. 10. 500 million open resources so far<br />
    11. 11. Higher Ed<br />
    12. 12. Open Course Library<br />Goals<br />Design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper courses<br />Improve course completion rates<br />Lower textbook costs for students (<$30)<br />Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses<br />Fully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion. <br />
    13. 13. Timeline<br />Phase 1: 42 courses<br />Available October 31, 2011 at http://opencourselibrary.org<br />Phase 2 : 39 courses<br />Available Spring 2013<br />
    14. 14. Design Process<br />81 courses built by our own faculty<br />Define learning objectives<br />Use existing, quality Open Educational Resources (OER)<br />Fill in gaps with their own content<br />
    15. 15. More? Better? Faster?<br />How does OER help teach more students and teach them better?<br />Non-rivalrous, scalable, searchable<br />Allows students to preview and review<br />Paves the way for lifelong learning<br />Can be customized, translated, improved<br />Data feedback loops are useless without the ability to change the content <br />
    16. 16. Potential Savings<br />81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year<br />Textbook savings up to $41M+ in / year <br />At 25% adoption (faculty decision), savings to students will be $7.2M / year. <br />Completions rates may also increase when all students can afford course materials<br />
    17. 17. Lessons Learned<br />
    18. 18. Lessons Learned<br />Phase 1 Faculty Concerns:<br />Many were unfamiliar with ANGEL LMS<br />No way to compare work between course teams<br />Too many websites to keep track of<br />Phase 2 Adjustments:<br />Using Google Docs to collaborate & share as we go<br />All project information in one Google Site<br />
    19. 19. Why Google Docs?<br />Pros:<br />Collaborative, consistent, simple tool<br />Similar to Microsoft Word<br />Broader adoption base – not limited to specific LMS communities (LMS-neutral)<br />Allows for easier viewing, sharing, saving copies<br />Cons:<br />No automated quizzed & assessments<br />Designers can link to other tools or type up questions<br />LMS adopters : move OCL resources into LMS<br />
    20. 20. Other Challenges<br />Measuring adoptions<br />How to count adoptions in the open<br /> Institutional concerns over copyright<br />Is the YouTube “take down” policy adequate?<br />Technical challenges with current technology<br />Need better support for versioning content<br />Need “push-button” open publishing feature<br />
    21. 21. Tom Caswell<br />Scott Dennis<br />State Board for Community & Technical Colleges<br />http://opencourselibrary.org<br />Slides at: http://slideshare.net/tom4cam<br />

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