Why Use One, When You Can Have Many? Open Education Resources


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Presenters: Erik Christensen, Natural Sciences Department Chair, South Florida State College and Melanie Jackson, eLearning Director, South Florida State College

Description: This presentation will showcase the dramatic benefits to improving student access and success through the integration of a variety of OER Web 2.0 resources into your class. The dramatic cost reduction achieved by replacing traditional textbooks with virtual OER materials, coupled with the ability to integrate a wide variety of other learning resources that can address a range of learning styles, are keys to improving student success. The recent redesign of AST 1002 Descriptive Astronomy at South Florida State College will provide a case study backdrop that will enable participants to get a first-hand view of the effectiveness of each. These tools are all student-friendly, mobile- and BYOD-capable, and many are already familiar with students.

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Why Use One, When You Can Have Many? Open Education Resources

  1. 1. Why Settle for One, When You Can Have Many? ErikChristensen MelanieJackson
  2. 2. Who Are We? Erik Christensen • Chair, Natural Science Department • ISKME OER Fellow 2013 • OER User and Reviewer Melanie Jackson • Director, e-Learning
  3. 3. Who Are You? A. B. C. D. Faculty Administration Support Staff Other
  4. 4. OER and You? A. B. C. D. I use it regularly I use it occasionally I’ve heard about it but that is all What is OER?
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  6. 6. Redesign of AST 1002 Descriptive Astronomy A Mashup of Open Education Resource (OER) materials Erik Christensen South Florida State College OER Fellow 2013
  7. 7. • In Music - A song or composition created by blending more than one pre-recorded song • On the Web - Combing data or functionality from more than one source
  8. 8. AST 1002 Redesign PhotoVoice
  9. 9. Handout
  10. 10. W riting I nquiry C ollaboration O rganization R eading 10
  11. 11. • Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook – Dr. Chris Impey, Univ of Arizona • Two online formats – ePub – WikiMap W I C O R
  12. 12. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project • • • • Animations Simulations Images Laboratories W I C O R
  13. 13. • Use pre-existing videos and some I create • Focus on key topics of the course • Very helpful for visual learners • But, are they watching it? W I C O R
  14. 14. • Free resource – Watch: Can flip any YouTube vide – Think: Multiple Chose Questions – Discuss: Discussion Questions • Can set up a class and track student progress W I C O R
  15. 15. Embed any YouTube video
  16. 16. Ask questions about the video
  17. 17. Include discussion questions
  18. 18. View student metrics
  19. 19. Star Gazers Weekly Video • Shows relevance in real-life situations • Expands textbook materials W I C O R
  20. 20. PhotoVoice • Prior to each exam, students must post a onepage PhotoVoice of some topic from the chapter • Photo of a concept from the chapter along with a short paragraph explaining that concept W I C O R
  21. 21. • Weekly, everyone tweets the most important topic covered the previous week • Weekly, a groups of three students summarize all tweets in a presentation (in class or online) • Gets students to work collaboratively together to review the previous week and develop a test review sheet • But… W I C O R
  22. 22. • Free online polling • Weekly question – one of the top astronomy misconceptions • Gets students reassessing their prior misconceptions • Many leave comments W I C O R
  23. 23. Student Costs Before $170 Now $0 Annual Cost Avoidance: $30,000 Based on seven sections (175 students) per year
  24. 24. Implementation • Fall 2013 – • Spring 2014 –
  25. 25. Summary • • • • • • • Reduces student costs by 1/3 Course is more engaging for students Content controlled by me not the publisher! No more issues with future new editions Allows me great flexibility in course design Increases accessibility to the course A lot of work but a lot of fun!
  26. 26. Where to find open textbooks Repositories & Listing Sites 26
  27. 27. Handout
  28. 28. 2012-2013: Open Textbook Project 3-Year Initiative  2012 Promise of Open Access Textbooks: A Model for Success  Student textbook, digital resources, and OER survey report  Faculty and administrator OER survey report  Combining Openly Licensed Resources-A Primer A copyright tool for combining openly licensed textbook and resources  Combining Openly Licensed Resources (video)  OER License Generator 
  29. 29. Survey Findings 63% 54% 43% 35% 32% 22% 31% 23% 14% 19% 10%
  30. 30. 2012 Faculty Survey Results      Few institutions or departments consider authoring OER in promotion and tenure decisions. Breaking OER into small units may increase usefulness Only 6% of those surveyed reported having used all or a part of an open textbook. Almost three-quarters had heard of open textbooks and courseware. The most important factors in evaluating textbooks are how well they address course objectives, accuracy, currency, and consistency.
  31. 31. Legislation 1004.085 Textbook affordability  Institution policies address the extent to which an openaccess textbook may be used  Instructors and academic departments encouraged to develop, adapt, and review open-access textbooks 1006.73 Florida Virtual Campus  Provide recommendations on use and distribution of open-access textbooks and education resources  Work with institutions in developing a standardized process for the review and approval of open-access textbooks
  32. 32. Creative Commons Licenses Simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions Permission: Attribute Commercial? Share alike? http://creativecommons.org 32
  33. 33.  Provide a means for educators to share resources  Increase opportunities for Florida educators to incorporate OER into curricula  Provide a central location for finding OER  Increase access to OERs from around the world  Provide training and support for educators to find, use, and create OERs
  34. 34. Ensure Quality • Institutions can define review process • Review of copyright and general information • Peer review process • Comment and rate contributed resources • Workflows and approval process specific to institution collections
  35. 35. Any Digital Content • • • • • • • Tutorials Simulations Audio recordings Videos Animations Games Slideshows • • • • • • Surveys Images Graphs Textbooks Lesson plans Complete courses
  36. 36. Guests and Students can: • Search and use public resources • Make content available to others • Comment on and rate content
  37. 37. Florida Educators can: • Search, share, and comment. • Save Searches and receive RSS updates for searches and specific collections. • Use resources licensed only for Florida educators. • Contribute resources to the repository.
  38. 38. SFSC QEP First-Year Experience • In our FYE course, we will move this summer to OER resources instead of a publisher textbook. • Nominal fee ($5-$10) charged per student • Faculty leaders will divide the key topics and each contribute OER resources on those topics for all FYE teachers to use
  39. 39. 30-sec Rapid Rendezvous #1 • Stand Up • Find a Partner • At the 1st chime… – Taller person discuss your thoughts on implementing OER – Shorter person listen intently • At the 2nd chime… – Reverse roles
  40. 40. 30-sec Rapid Rendezvous #2 • Find a DIFFERENT Partner • Whoever is taller goes first • At the 1st chime… – Shorter person discuss your thoughts on implementing OER – Taller person listen intently • At the 2nd chime… – Reverse roles
  41. 41. In 2014, will you… A. Continue using OER B. Seriously consider using OER C. Think about using OER D. Definitely will not use OER
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  43. 43. Questions? Erik.Christensen@southflorida.edu - 863.784.7363 Melanie.Jackson@southflorida.edu - 863.784.7018