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An Open Course Library Update given in Fall 2011

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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

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  • Open Course Library UpdateFall 2011
    Tom Caswell
    Open Education Policy Associate
    WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  • Background
    Open Course Library Goals
    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.
  • Timeline
    Phase 1: 42 courses
    Available October 31, 2011 at
    Phase 2 : 39 courses
    Available Spring 2013
  • Design Process
    81 courses built by our own faculty
    Define learning objectives
    Use existing, quality Open Educational Resources (OER)
    Fill in gaps with their own content
  • Potential Savings
    81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year
    Textbook savings up to $41M+ in / year
    At 25% adoption (faculty decision), savings to students will be $7.2M / year.
    Completions rates may also increase when all students can afford course materials
  • Next Steps
    Driving Open Course Library Course Adoptions
    Regional conferences and workshops
    New faculty trainings
    Building open sharing into existing teaching workflows and technologies
    Next LMS will have “open sharing” feature
    Explore open sharing via Tegrity
  • Lessons Learned
    Phase 1 Faculty Concerns:
    Project timelines and deliverables not clear
    Many were unfamiliar with ANGEL LMS
    No way to compare work between course teams
    Too many websites to keep track of
    Phase 2 Adjustments:
    Timelines and deliverables made clear in RFP
    Using Google Docs to collaborate & share as we go
    All project information in one Google Site
  • Why Google Docs?
    Collaborative, consistent, simple tool
    Similar to Microsoft Word
    Broader adoption base – not limited to specific LMS communities (LMS-neutral)
    Allows for easier viewing, sharing, saving copies
    No automated quizzed & assessments
    Designers can link to other tools or type up questions
    Extra step for adopters using an LMS: move OCL resources into LMS
  • Why Google Docs?
    What About OCL Phase 1 Courses?
    Remember: Not just building open courses – exploring new processes.
    Both phases are useful:
    Phase 1: less structured; developed with several tools
    Phase 2: leverage a common tool; streamline process
    Migrate Phase 1 from ANGEL to next LMS
    Next LMS will include open sharing features
    If Google Docs works best, we’ll figure out how to move phase 1 courses
  • Tom CaswellOpen Education Policy Associate,
    State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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