Examining the impact of Open Course Library adoption on teaching practice and student success


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  • The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – for 82 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality option that will cost students no more than $30 per course.
  • Examining the impact of Open Course Library adoption on teaching practice and student success

    1. 1. Examining the impact of Open CourseLibrary adoption on teaching practice and student success Credit: Timothy Valentine & Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA Boyoung Chae Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Tom Caswell Western Governors University
    2. 2. OCL Project OverviewA collection of openly licensed (CC BY) educational materials for 82 high-enrollment college coursesProject Goals:1. Lower textbook costs for students2. Improve course completion rates3. Provide new resources for faculty Credit: Timothy Valentine & Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA
    3. 3. Open Course Library• Phase 1: 42 courses – http://opencourselibrary.org – http://saylor.org• Phase 2 : 40 courses – Available Spring 2013
    4. 4. Research Questions• The purpose of the study is to investigate the adoption of Open Course Library (OCL) courses within the WA college system. – How and to what extent, are open course materials being shared and used? – What are the barriers or keys to the successful adoption of open course materials? – What institutional policies are needed to support the adoption and use of open course materials? – How does the use of open course materials influence student success?
    5. 5. Methodology• Qualitative Study – 1 hour focus group with a group of faculty who have experience with OCL course materials – 30 minute follow-up phone interviews with focus group participants
    6. 6. Preliminary findings• Focus group with two community colleges• Follow-up phone interview with 15 faculty who used OCL course materials
    7. 7. Preliminary findings 1• Faculty who decided to adopt the OCL materials liked: – OCL materials being offered as a whole package – OCL courses offers low cost textbook – Proper institutional support – OCL course quality was impressive
    8. 8. Preliminary findings 2• Those who decided not to adopt the OCL materials encountered the barriers including: – OCL courses resides in ANGEL – OCL courses did not offer low cost textbook – Did not receive proper institutional support – OCL course quality was not very impressive • Outdated resources • Course objectives were not aligned with course content • Course did not utilize the proper open resources
    9. 9. Preliminary findings 3• What faculty consider keys to successful adoption – A community of OCL users – A system where they can continuously improve these courses. – More connection with the authors to ask questions or suggest ideas.
    10. 10. Implementation Plan for OCL Adoption 1. Build Online State-wide OER HUB 2. Organize OER Advisory Group 3. Provide OER Hands-On Workshop 4. Work with Colleges to set the atmosphere that is welcoming to use of OER 5. Build a larger OER community
    11. 11. QuestionsQuestions about OCL project or OCL research?Boyoung ChaeInterim Open Course Library Managerbchae@sbctc.edu360-628-3549Tom CaswellDirector of Instructional DesignWestern Governors University