http://www.project-kaleidoscope.org/Welcome to Denver! Pleasure to see many of you again, and a honor to support the Kaleidoscope math team! I’m Ronda Neugebauer, Lumen Learning’s Student Success Lead, a Kaleidoscope founding member, developer, adopter, and improver, and current instructor with Chadron State College in Chadron Nebraska in Student Success, Transitional Reading and Writing courses with an affinity for technology and new found love of restoring old vehicles…such as my 73 VW beetle that probably has a flat tire right now in its Hotel Monaco parking space!
Brief overview of the Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative: for clarity, I’ll be talking about the Phase I experience and your work is in the Phase II experience
Back in the spring of 2011, I was working full-time The Kaleidoscope Project, funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, began in 2011Sources: http://nextgenlearning.org/nglc-overview
There were 8 founding institutions comprised of community colleges & open access 4-year schools from California to Nebraska to New York. Theproject’s members have grown and in October 2012, the project received follow on funding again by Next Generation Learning Challenges grant.
The project’s advisors are experts from different organizations that have experience with OER, an advisory board, as well as a Kaleidoscope Leadership Team.
Organic process of learning: most of us were starting with zero knowledge of OER, zero experience of OER, and some even had zero faith: Howard Miller “I reserve the right to be skeptical”…the newness of everything was overwhelming: OER, Creative Commons, Copyright, Licenses, Mining, Building, Time crunch…it was ugly, painful, and in the end exceedingly rewarding Much of the challenges for me were in understanding OERmining OERcollaborating cross-institutionallyskepticism from colleague, technology issues (LMS to LMS to LMS) and coordinating data pulls with IRlacking a fundamental understanding of quality course design learning how to leverage data to drive decision making with improving my courses
Challenge: Defining, understanding, mining OEReven though somewhere around 150 million dollars have been poured into OER content development, finding it to adopt was a challengespeaking from my discipline, there wasn’t much for dev reading, writing The “if you build it they will come notion doesn’t necessarily in higher education.”
Challenge: understanding licensing issues; it seems simple, but the implications may be grave…ignorance is bliss; functioning under fair-use is bliss; violating copyright was standard for me…make copies and distribute to students…all in the name of education
Collaborating was a challenge we only had 6 weeks for the turnaroundwho is the task master? how do we best communicate?outcomes and student populations differed greatlyconsensus was tough for my discipline
Challenge: skepticism from colleaguesIn my zeal of wanting to share, I encountered the naysayers:Tim OReilly - “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy”If Pearson did take your CCBY OER work, then they would have to attribute it to you.
Tim OReilly - “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy”If Pearson did take your CCBY OER work, then they would have to attribute it to you
Technology was a challenge: from Sakai CLE to Sakai OAE, Google Docs, Skype, embedding text, codes, accessibility issues, quality mattersData pulls with IR were difficult…people are busy, resources are limitedKnowledge of quality design was a challenge…but became a passionData driven decision making…wanted to do it, but never knew howBackwards Design Sourcehttps://www.google.com/search?q=backwards+design&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=IUKvUYTEMcS9qQHNjoDYBw&ved=0CFAQsAQ&biw=1570&bih=910#facrc=_&imgrc=zxjS4eg4KFXclM%3A%3BerT-086fGXtSgM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftechknowtools.files.wordpress.com%252F2012%252F04%252F3stages.gif%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftechknowtools.wordpress.com%252F2012%252F05%252F01%252Fbackwards-design-with-ted-ed%252F%3B300%3B174
In the first phase of Kaleidoscope, 11 Gen Ed courses were developed, over 9,000 students participated, therequired textbook cost dropped to $0, and the average change in student success (C or better in the course)reported was +10% some as high as +14%
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Most meaningful impact was how Kaleidoscope impacted my teachingmy students had 100% free, digital access to all materials on the first day of the course.With this step alone, institutions have already boosted student success and retention simply by taking textbook costs out of the equation. If that is the day 1 impact of OER, just think about the other ways we can move the needle on student success by designing, adopting, measuring success and improving OER-based courses.
Open Education Summit Math Workshop Denver June 2013
Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative• Rationale• Phase I Overview• Challenges & Impact
NGLC grants target specificchallenges that address barriersto educational success.NGLC strives to dramaticallyimprove college readiness andcompletion, particularly forlow-income students andstudents of color, by identifyingpromising technology solutions.
GoalUse open educational resources (OER) to improve thesuccess of at-risk studentsApproachCreate and adopt course designs for high-enrollmentcourses collaboratively, across multiple institutions, usingonly OERKaleidoscope Phase I
DriverOER are a powerful tool to• eliminate textbook costs as a barrier to studentsuccess• improve course designs and materials based onstudent learning results• create a collaborative community that will sharelearning and investments to support and sustain thischangeKaleidoscope Phase I
What’s wrong with this screenshot?(*not Photoshop-ed)
OER Common ConcernsIt’s too time-consuming to switch to OER.If anyone can create OER, then the quality mustnot be as good. Publisher materials are better.I want a cohesive set of materials – from PPTs, topractice sets, to textbooks – OER doesn’t offer this.
OER require online delivery. That’s not my teachingstyle.If I’m creating materials, then I should reapthe financial reward, not give it away for free.If students can’t afford textbooks,then they shouldn’t be in college.OER Common Concerns
Results• Reduced cost of required textbooks to $0 by replacingwith OER• Improved average student success rates 10%+compared to student performance in same courses bysame instructors in previous years• Developed 11 courses, impacted 9,000 studentsKaleidoscope Phase I
Student Ratings of Quality of OpenTexts0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80Better qualitySame qualityWorse qualityNumber of Students“It was very concise and aligned with exactly what we wereworking on in the class.”“Having the textbook catered to us by our teacher was perfect.”3%56%41%Source: Bliss, Hilton, Wiley, Thanos (2012)
Student Preference for KaleidoscopeCourses0 20 40 60 80 100Prefer KscopePrefer traditionalNo preferenceNumber of Students“I enjoy having online texts provided for me because Im poor. Ispend the money I have left after rent on school, so havingfree online texts provided for me benefits me very much.”“GREAT WAY TO DO ONLINE CLASSES!!!!”13%13%73%Source: Bliss, Hilton, Wiley, Thanos (2012)
Student Success C or Better0102030405060708090Historical Success Kaleidoscope
Impact on Teaching100% of students havefree, digital access to all materials on Day 1Improve student success using OER-based courses that increaseaffordability, broaden access, andapply continuous quality improvementto course design
Kaleidoscope Phase II1. Support new institutions in pilots of opencourse frameworks– Micro-pilots– Realistic evaluation of approach2. Develop 20+ additional courseframeworks3. Grow and mature the project– Project governance– Faculty leadership
• Reading (dev)• Writing (dev)• Composition• Beg. Algebra (dev)• Int. Algebra (dev)• Biology• Chemistry• Physical Geography• Psychology• Fundamentals ofBusinessDevelop• Full Math Sequence• Statistics• Chemistry for Majors• History• Composition II• Economics• Political Science• Art appreciation• Music appreciation• Business & Accounting• EducationTeach
Opportunities• Participate in pilots of existing frameworks• Engage in creating new open courseframeworks• Seek opportunities to use OER• Support open licensing of educationalmaterials with Creative Commonslicensing
It’s About Learninglowering costsimproving student successenabling and supporting faculty