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Yay! We have an open textbook. Now what?

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Open textbook presentation at OpenEd2015 in Vancouver - Irwin DeVries and Naomi Cloutier

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Yay! We have an open textbook. Now what?

  1. 1. Yay! We found an open textbook … now what? OpenEd 2015 Vancouver Irwin DeVries – Naomi Cloutier Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International, except where otherwise noted.
  2. 2. Background  About us  Study background and scope  BCcampus open textbooks  OERu  Purpose  Growing body of research on uptake, perceptions, effectiveness  Less on development and maintenance
  3. 3. Background  Question: What were participants’ experiences and views of the development and/or implementation processes of five open textbooks at TRU Open Learning?  Methodology  Notes from development meetings and communications  Video interviews with participants  Direct participation and observation  Surfaced themes  Preliminary findings only – study to expand
  4. 4. 1. Convergences  Experimental mindset (institutionally supported)  Opportune course development/revision stage  Aware, ready and willing faculty (authors) and developers  Body of available open textbooks  Capacity to revise and add value
  5. 5. 2. Differences from traditional textbook development  Open peer review and collaboration  Improved currency due to a shorter production time; localization can be a higher priority  Course content can influence textbook content  Dynamic document; authoring, editing, publishing, producing media – changes to workflow  Consideration of “next user” – “5 Rs of openness”  Reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, retain
  6. 6. 3. Sustainability  Champions  Maintenance plan - support ($) for expertise needed  How to share and evolve from the “finished” product
  7. 7. Early observations  No one approach – multiple and complex pieces need come into play (convergences)  Context specific (institution, jurisdiction, capacity, advocates, development methods, awareness, course lifecycles)  Advantages of relevance, currency, quality, open peer feedback, collaboration, flexibility  Challenges of version control, distribution, developing for own use and for reuse, workflows, digital resources management, funding, maintenance  Questions raised  for further study  Models for sustainability (Downes 2005) - what’s actually working?  Centralization – decentralization (Wiley 2005)  How are the open textbooks being used? – Track over time  Open business models? (Stacey 2015)
  8. 8. “…the sustainability of OERs – in a fashion that renders then at once both affordable and usable – requires that we think of OERs as only part of a larger picture, one that includes volunteers and incentives, community and partnerships, co- production and sharing, distributed management and control.” (Downes 2005)
  9. 9. Endnotes Images  http://www.tru.ca/__shared/assets/coyote_banner29454.jpg  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Kamloops.jpg  https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1407/542862353_3203ae6737.jpg  https://www.flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/4670553830/in/album-72157624198863176/  https://www.flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/21686048374/in/album-72157657731169744/  https://www.flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/8974752994/ building  https://www.flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/9359763007/in/album-72157657772035849/  http://www.hellobc.com/kamloops.aspx Notes  See http://bccampus.ca/open-textbook-project/ for detailed description.  See http://oeru.org/ for OERu overview.  OERu courses referenced are located here: http://wikieducator.org/Art_Appreciation_and_Techniques; http://wikieducator.org/Introduction_to_Research_Methods_In_Psychology Open  E.g. http://lumenlearning.com/research/; http://openedgroup.org/review References Downes S. (2007). Models for sustainable open educational resources [Electronic version]. Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects, 3, 29–34. Retrieved from http://ijklo.org/Volume3/IJKLOv3p029- 044Downes.pdf Stacey, P. (2015). Open business models – Call for participation. http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/45022 Wiley, D. (2005). Thoughts from the Hewlett Open Ed grantees meeting. http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/192
  10. 10. Thank you! Irwin DeVries Director, Curriculum Development Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning idevries@tru.ca Twitter – IrwinDev idevries.com Naomi Cloutier Associate Director, Curriculum Services Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning ncloutier@tru.ca

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