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CCCOER: Three Statewide OER/ZTC degree pathway initiatives


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Many studies have shown that the high cost of textbooks presents a barrier to student success with a greater adverse effect on traditionally underrepresented low-income and minority students. An OER or Zero Textbook Cost Degree (Z-degree) is a pathway to a degree or credential where textbook costs have been eliminated or significantly reduced through the adoption of open educational resources and zero-cost instructional materials. These initiatives offer students significant savings in the cost of earning a degree and a streamlined pathway towards degree achievement.

Join us to hear from statewide Z-degree project leads from California, Minnesota, and New York on the motivations for launching these large scale efforts, anticipated return on investment, and linkages with Guided Pathways and other student success initiatives focused on reducing equity gaps.
When: Wednesday, May 8, 12pm PT/ 3pm ET
Featured Speakers:

James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons
Lori-Beth Larsen, English Instructor, Central Lakes College
Dave Bissonnette, Librarian, Central Lakes College
New York
Tony DeFranco, SUNY OER Services Campus Strategist, State University of New York (SUNY)

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CCCOER: Three Statewide OER/ZTC degree pathway initiatives

  1. 1. Three statewide OER/Zero Textbook Cost Degree Initiatives Three statewide OER/Zero Textbook Cost Degree Initiatives May 8, 2019, 12:00 pm PST Welcome to image: Unless otherwise indicated, this presentation is licensed CC-BY 4.0
  2. 2. Agenda ● Introductions ● CCCOER Overview ● Statewide Presentations ● Panel Discussion ● Spring webinars ● Q & A
  3. 3. Speakers Moderator: Una Daly Lori-Beth Larsen English Instructor Central Lakes College Minnesota Tony DeFranco SUNY OER Services Campus Strategist State University of New York James Glapa-Grossklag Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, & Distance Learning College of the Canyons California
  4. 4. ● Expand awareness & access to high- quality OER ● Support faculty choice & development ● Improve student success CCCOER Mission
  5. 5. Membership Spring 2019 15 State-wide Memberships Welcome to our newest members: Virtual College of Texas Reedley College (CA)
  6. 6. Why OER/ZTC Degrees pathways? • Remove barrier associated with high costs of textbooks • Improve student outcomes particularly for low-income and minority • Pathways eliminate unnecessary coursework reducing time to graduation. • Offering a Z-degree can increase enrollments • Professional Development for faculty and staff and improved pedagogy.
  7. 7. Minnesota Lori-Beth Larsen English Instructor Central Lakes College Dave Bissonnette Librarian Central Lakes College
  9. 9. CLC FIRST PUBLIC COLLEGE IN STATE TO OFFER Z-DEGREE By taking selected classes, Central Lakes College students can earn their Associate of Arts Degree without ever buying a textbook. It’s called the Z-Degree and CLC is the first in the state to offer it. CLC built its Z-Degree by offering its faculty opportunities to review potential open education resources (OER), redesign courses to use OER, and to author OER for CLC courses. Central Lakes College – Brainerd and Staples is one of 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (, offering excellent, affordable education in 54 communities across the state. We are a comprehensive community and technical college serving about 5,500 students per year. With a knowledgeable, caring faculty and modern, results-oriented programs in comfortable facilities, CLC is the college of choice for seekers of success.
  10. 10. Goal 1 – Communications (9 – 11 credits) COMM 2420 Intercultural Communications (3 cr) 000101 COMM 1430 (20) Public Speaking (3 cr) ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr) 1,7 1,2 1 ENGL 1411 Composition II (4 cr) ENGL 1420 *HONORS Composition II (4 cr) PHIL 1422 *HONORS Critical Thinking (3 cr) 1 1,9 1,2 Goal 2 – Critical Thinking (1 course) 000101 COMM 1430 (20) Public Speaking (3 cr) PSYC 2421 General Psychology (4 cr) PHIL 1460 Logic (3 cr) PHIL 2410 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr) 1,2 2,5 2,4 2,6 PHIL 1421 Critical Thinking (3 cr) PHIL 1422 *HONORS Critical Thinking (3 cr) PSYC 2423 * HONORS General Psychology (4 cr) 000394 ENGL 1422 (70) Practical Writing (3 cr) 1,2 1,2 2,5 1,2 Goal 3 – Natural Sciences (6 credits) BIOL 1432 General Biology II (5 cr) 3,10 Goal 4 – Mathematical or Logical Reasoning (3 credits) PHIL 1460 Logic (3 cr) 2,4 MATH 1441 Concepts in Math (3 cr) 4 Goal 5 – History and Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits) GLST 1401 Introduction to Global Studies (3 cr) PSYC 1425 Environmental Psychology (3 cr) PSYC 2431 Human Development (3 cr) 5,8 5,10 5 PSYC 1423 Positive Psychology (3 cr) PSYC 2421 General Psychology (4 cr) 5,9 2,5 Goal 6 – Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits) ARTS 1401 Black & White Photography (3 cr) ARTS 1425 Introduction to Studio Art (3 cr) ARTS 1420 The Art of Digital Photography (3 cr) ARTS 1458 Drawing (3 cr) ARTS 1468 Painting (3 cr) ARTS 1487 Ceramics: Beginning Hand Building (3 cr) ARTS 1488 Ceramics: Beginning Throwing (3 cr) ARTS 1405 (20) Exploring Color Photography (3 cr) ENGL 1450 Introduction to Humanities (3 cr) PHIL 1411 World Religions (3 cr) PHIL 2420 Ethics (3 cr) 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6,8 6,8 6,9 PHIL 2421 *HONORS Ethics (3 cr) PHIL 2410 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr) PHIL 2430 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 cr) PHIL 1422 Medical Ethics THTR 1443 Stage to Screen: Plays that become movies (3 cr) THTR 1451 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr) THTR 1466 Acting Lab (1 cr) THTR 1471 Theatre Production Lab (1 cr) THTR 1451 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr) THTR 1483 Theatre Experience (1-2 cr) 6,9 2,6 6,9 6,9 6 6,8 6 6 6,8 6,8 Goal 7 – Human Diversity (1 course) COMM 2420 Intercultural Communications (3 cr) 1,7 Goal 8 – Global Perspective (1 course) ENGL 1450 Introduction to Humanities (3 cr) GLST 1401 Introduction to Global Studies (3 cr) GLST 1492 Cultural Immersion Experience (1 -3 cr) 6,8 5,8 8 THTR 1451 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr) PHIL 1411 World Religions (3 cr) THTR 1483 Theatre Experience (1-2 cr) 6,8 6,8 6,8 Goal 9 – Ethic and Civic Responsibility (1 course) ENGL 1420 *HONORS Composition II (4 cr) PSYC 1423 Positive Psychology (3 cr) PHIL 2422 Medical Ethics (3 cr) 1,9 5,9 6,9 PHIL 2420 Ethics (3 cr) Kath PHIL 2421 *HONORS Ethics (3 cr) Kath 6,9 6,9 Goal 10 – People and the Environment (1 course) BIOL 1432 General Biology II (5 cr) Mickelson 3,10 Fitness for Life (2 credits) Students may select from the following physical education courses PHED 1505 Fitness Walking (2 cr) PHED 1512 Beginning Yoga (2 cr) PHED 1513 Aerobic Conditioning (2 cr) PHED 1514 Cardio Sampler (2 cr) PHED 1516 Yoga for Stress Relief (2 cr) PHED 1521 Body Conditioning (2 cr) PHED 1522 Weight Training (2 cr) PHED 1510 Beginning Skiing/Snowboarding (2 cr) PHED 1520 (20) Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga (2 cr) PHED 1524 (20) Recreational Sampler (2 cr) PHED 1570 (20) Theory of Coaching (2 cr) PHED 1541 Bowling (2 cr) PHED 2501 (20) Varsity Sports - Football (1 cr) PHED 2511 (20) Varsity Sports – Football II (1 cr) PHED 2502 (20) Varsity Sports - Volleyball (1 cr) PHED 2512 (20) Varsity Sports – Volleyball II (1 cr) PHED 1544 Basketball - Coed (1 cr) PHED 2503 (20) Vars. Sports – Men’s Basketball (1cr) PHED 2513 (20) Vars. Sports – Men’s Basketball II (1cr) PHED 2504 (20) Vars. Sports – Women’s Basketball (1cr) PHED 2514 (20) Vars. Sports – Women’s Basketball II(1cr) PHED 2505 (20) Varsity Sports – Baseball (1 cr) PHED 2506 (20) Varsity Sports – Softball (1 cr) PHED 2515 (20) Varsity Sports – Baseball II (1 cr) PHED 2516 (20) Varsity Sports – Softball II (1 cr) Student Success (1-3 credits) CCST 1520 Career Planning (2 cr) General Electives (15-17 credits) Students may use any of the classes from the above goal areas to meet this criteria without textbooks
  12. 12. Zero or Low Textbook Cost Classes at CLC Central Lakes College offers a Z-Degree Associate of Arts. A Z-Degree is a zero-textbook-cost degree. This means that a student can earn an A.A. without buying a textbook. Any CLC student can take Z-Degree classes, and students may take as many Z-Degree classes as desired or available. Our Low Cost Textbook courses offer textbooks for under $40. Link to our CLC OER website, see OER and Zero Textbook Cost Courses at Central Lakes College Zero or Low Textbook Cost Course Guide – Summer 2019 Zero or Low Textbook Cost Course Guide – Fall 2019 Zero or Low Textbook Cost Course Guide – Technical Programs Fall 2019/
  14. 14. CLC SPRING 2019 OER STUDENT SURVEY ◼ Of 245 Respondents ◼ 40% are enrolled in courses with Open Educational Resources ◼ 20% purposefully enrolled in OER courses ◼ 63% of students enrolled in OER courses are either somewhat or very satisfied with their experience using a Zero or Low Cost Textbook ◼ 60% of the respondents are enrolled in a course with a textbook that costs more than $100 ◼ 20% of the respondents said they had not purchased a required textbook ◼ “Too expensive, couldn’t afford it” “Simply can’t afford it. Have to pay my bills” “Was not necessary” “I chose to pay rent because the total textbook cost was $600” “Wasn’t very useful”
  15. 15. Minnesota Wide Initiatives Northland Community and Technical College Joins Distance Minnesota Consortium To Utilize Open Educational Resources For Student Benefit Thief River Falls, Minn./San Francisco, CA - Distance Minnesota has received a grant to create new degree programs using high quality open educational resources (OER) in new degree programs delivered by Alexandria Technical and Community College, Northland Community and Technical College and Northwest Technical College. The initiative, which involves 38 community colleges in 13 states, is designed to help remove financial roadblocks that can derail students’ progress and spur improvements that will increase the likelihood of degree and certificate completion.
  16. 16. FUTURE GOALS ◼We have work to do to advertise OER options to students and to make them aware of OER options. ◼We have to continue to add courses with zero or low cost materials. There are only a few classes in a few of our Goal Areas. ◼This semester, we have six faculty adding or switching to OER materials.
  17. 17. New York Tony DeFranco SUNY OER Services Campus Strategist State University of New York
  18. 18. SUNY OER Degree Programs
  19. 19. OER & SUNY: 2017-19 155,000+ students taking an OER course 4,600+ different course sections in OER 59 campuses participating in OER 1000+ faculty using OER $16 million avoided in textbook costs Educational impact still being measured, but early signs are good SOURCE: © Nikolaev, © Photoworld, © Meanev, © Idrutu, © Palto | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images
  20. 20. Achieving the Dream OER Degrees Clinton Community College Herkimer Community College Mohawk Valley Community College Monroe Community College Tompkins Cortland Community College A.S. Health Services Management A.A. Liberal Arts General Studies A.S. Criminal Justice A.S. Liberal Arts Biology A.A.S. Business Administration A.A. Social Sciences A.S. Business Administration
  21. 21. OER Degrees in Development A.S. in Liberal Arts English and Humanities Corning Community College A.S. Liberal Arts in Math and Science Herkimer Community College A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education Jamestown Community College A.S. in Liberal Arts Math and Science SUNY Orange A.S. in Liberal Arts Social Science Rockland Community College A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship Tompkins Cortland Community College A.A.S. Business Administration Mohawk Valley Community College M.A. in Learning and Emerging Technologies Empire State College Gen Ed pathway SUNY Oneonta
  22. 22. Resources Course Maps Course Plan Licensing Guidelines Course Development Checklist Course Map Checklist Project Plan
  23. 23. Course Maps Send to
  24. 24. Project Management Timeline June 30, 2019 Phase I course maps and syllabi due December 31, 2019 Phase II course maps and syllabi due June 30, 2020 Phase III course maps and syllabi due Fall 2020 semester All courses complete and offered
  25. 25. Project Management SUNY data requests • Code courses in SIS and in SIRIS • OER course enrollment Campus data interests • Completion rates • Success rates (C or better)
  26. 26. Course Development Monthly web meetings Maps and courses reviews Content must be CC-BY and meet accessibility standards Support • SUNY HelpDesk • SUNY OER Services Team • Lumen Learning Support Team
  27. 27. Goals Improve student success and completion rates Scale OER adoption across SUNY Help 4-year schools to develop OER programs
  28. 28. Collaboration and Sharing
  29. 29. Questions? Tony DeFranco SUNY OER Services
  30. 30. California James Glapa-Grossklag Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, & Distance Learning College of the Canyons
  31. 31. California Community Colleges: Zero Textbook Cost Degree James Glapa-Grossklag Dean, College of the Canyons Treasurer and Past President of the Board, Open Education Consortium Ambassador for OER Advocacy, International Council for Distance and Open Education This presentation is licensed Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
  32. 32. “Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degrees” … community college associate degrees or career technical education certificates earned entirely by completing courses that eliminate conventional textbook costs by using alternative instructional materials and methodologies, including open educational resources ... CA Education Code Section 78052(a)
  33. 33. Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree Scope ● Develop certificates and degrees that students can complete without commercial textbook costs ● 28 college grantees producing 34 certificates or degrees, serving 23,373 students over 3 years ● $42,912,828 in estimated student savings, an 858% ROI on the original $5M allocation ● Materials housed in Vision Resource Center ● Project ends December 2019
  34. 34. Connect to State Priorities: Core Commitments and Vision for Success • Design with the student in mind • Foster the use of data and evidence • Enable action and thoughtful innovation • Lead partnerships across systems • Focus on students’ end goals • Increase degrees and certificates • Increase currency and relevancy of Career Education • Decrease units accumulated • Reduce equity gaps
  35. 35. “ZTCD Phase 1 & 2”, by Kelsey Smith, on behalf of West Hills College Lemoore, is licensed CC BY 4.0 CA Zero-Textbook-Cost-Degree Participating Colleges Green: Phase 1 Blue: Phase 2
  36. 36. Diversity of Focus Areas (examples) ● Communications ● Math ● Philosophy ● Political Science ● Psychology ● Early Childhood Education ● Precision Agricultural Technology ● Small Business ● Respiratory Care ● Water Systems Technology
  37. 37. Technical Assistance ● Build community via summits and workshops ● Ensure access via training on accessibility for students with disabilities ● Respect rights of creators via training on open licensing ● Support local implementations via on-site training ● Document impact via project evaluation ● Sustain momentum via leadership training for college ZTC teams ● Highlight student voice throughout ● College of the Canyons and West Hills College Lemoore are Technical Assistance Providers (with CCCOER of course!)
  38. 38. ZTC Equity Champions ● Focus on Sustainability ● Integrate OER/ZTC into Equity and Guided Pathways ● Complete Equity Canvas Course (OER + Equity + Guided Pathways + ZTC) ● Communication and Training Plans ● Limited timeframe
  39. 39. Questions? Ron Oxford West Hills College Lemoore James Glapa-Grossklag College of the Canyons
  40. 40. Panel Discussion Please ask questions in the chat window.
  41. 41. Stay in the Loop ● Upcoming Conferences See our website under “Get-Involved” ● Stay in touch thru Community Email -- Image:
  42. 42. Spring Webinar Series (12pm PT/3pm EST) Image: June 5 Regional Models for OER Implementation Descriptions & Registration:
  43. 43. Questions? Contact Info: @unatdaly -- @quill_west -- @cccoer Liz Yata -- Thank you!