The Future is Wide Open with OERs

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The Future is Wide Open with OERs

  1. 1. The Future is Wide Open with Open Educational Resources at NOVA Wm. Preston Davis, Ed.D. wdavis@nvcc.edu Director of Instructional Services Natalie Clewell, M.S. ELI Librarian nclewell@nvcc.edu
  2. 2. What are OER? “OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or repurposing by others.” – The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  3. 3. Open Course Ware Learning Objects Modules OER Tutorials Textbooks Open Journals Streaming Videos
  4. 4. Why use OER?  Access – Open Educational Resources allows for all students to have equal access to all course materials  Affordability – Open Educational Resources are free or very low cost, significantly reducing educational expenses  Student Success – Open Educational Resources are high quality educational materials available in a variety of engaging formats for all learners
  5. 5. How is ELI addressing OER?  Faculty workshops for OER  OER Google site  OER-based General Education Project
  6. 6. NOVA’s OER-Based General Education Project at ELI      Offer twelve (12) OER GenEd Certificate courses Fall 2013; Offer twenty-two (22) OER GenEd degree courses Fall 2014; Create greater awareness of OER at NOVA; Help faculty to identify existing OER and/or create new OER materials to increase faculty control of course content and improve teaching and learning; Make education more accessible and affordable for all learners at NOVA and throughout the VCCS by doing away with the requirement for students to purchase and rely on expensive textbooks for these gateway courses. http://www.flickr.com/photos/uafcde/1817132666
  7. 7. Current ELI OER Courses We selected high-impact courses for a broad population for phase 1 of the project:        English – ENG 111, 112,125 Math – MTH 151 Science – PHY 201, 202 History – HIS 121, 122 Humanities/Fine Arts – ART 101, 102 Social/Behavioral Sciences – HIS 262 Student Development – SDV 100 These courses can be completed individually or as an entire certificate program. An entire OER degree option will be available starting Fall 2014. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43602175@N06/4070018828
  8. 8. Project Resources    Faculty were provided grant funded stipends to redesign a course using OER instead of traditional textbooks. ELI resources (Librarian, Instructional Designers) were provided to assist in course design and development, and OER curation. All course material developed for this project will be shared throughout the VCCS and licensed through Creative Commons after the pilot.
  9. 9. Team Designed Course Approach Administrative leadership and advocacy  Faculty are the course content experts  Instructional Designers are content delivery experts  ELI Librarian is OER course material expert 
  10. 10. OER Content Development Faculty work with ELI Instructional Designers to create engaging course materials and learning assessments using high Quality OER.
  11. 11. Online Tools and Resources Librarian curated and maintained OER Professional Development course site for faculty to help them to identify and utilize appropriate free and open course materials.
  12. 12. Costs of Course Textbooks             ENG 111 – $140/105 ENG 112 – $93/70 ENG 125 – $89/67 MTH 151 – $263/226 PHY 201 – $269/201 PHY 202 - $244/183 HIS 121 - $109/82 HIS 122 – $109/82 ART 101 – $226/169 ART 102 – $226/169 HIS 262 – N/A (new course) SDV 100 – $77/58 http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5260/5519749611_a95070b507.j pg Average cost for textbooks = $185 (new)
  13. 13. Significant Cost Savings A student completing the entire OER-Based Gen Ed Certificate would potentially save $1845 over the cost of new textbooks in the traditional textbook-based courses.  The current estimated savings to students enrolled in the fall OER pilot courses is in excess of $140,000! 
  14. 14. Anticipated Outcomes These courses will be more affordable and accessible to community college students.  Students will save thousands of dollars and all students will have equal access to all OER course materials.  Student Success rates will improve.  Student demand for these courses will drive future OER course development leading to a full OER-based AS degree.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sepblog/3941048713/
  15. 15. Some Resources for Implementing OER            OER Google Site: http://bit.ly/ELIOERforFaculty MERLOT Openstax Open Courseware Consortium The Saylor Foundation OCW Boundless iTunes U Khan Academy Connexions College Open Textbooks Creative Commons
  16. 16. Questions? Email us nclewell@nvcc.edu wdavis@nvcc.edu Thank You!

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