CCCOER Webinar: OER Authoring Tools


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Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 am (Pacific time) to hear about authoring tools available for developing open educational resources including web pages, ePub, and PDF formats. This webinar will feature three different authoring tools that are being used to develop OER that can be made freely available.

Connexions Authoring Tool – Daniel Williamson, project manager of the OpenStax project at Connexions, will demonstrate the new Connexions repository authoring tool which provides a seamless development to distribution workflow for OER creation.

Pressbooks Authoring – Adrienne Watt, a Computer and Business instructor at both Douglas College and Northwest Community College in British Columbia will discuss and demonstrate the BCcampus Pressbooks platform that she and other instructors in British Columbia have used to develop open textbooks.

SoftChalk – Sue Evans, CEO and founder of SoftChalk, will demonstrate their award-winning eLearning content authoring tool and give us a tour of Softchalk cloud, their online community and learning object repository for sharing resources.

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  • ELLUMINATE/CCC Conference Opening Script [Start recording…] Welcome to the ________ Webinar for DAY, MONTH, YEAR [sponsored by]. [If applicable] Today’s guests come to us from _______ in ____, ___. I will introduce them shortly, but first I want to go over a few details about this [Elluminate/CCC Confer] session for those who are new to [Elluminate/CCC Confer].DetailsAt the upper left of your screen, you should see the Participants window, which lists the participants in this session. You can use the icons underneath this window to:Raise your hand if you have a question or comment and you wish to speakThere are also happy and sad faces and an applaud icon Below the Participants window is the Chat window to the center-left of this screen where you can type a question or comment into the box at any time. You can also send a private message to another participant at any time, but please be aware that moderators can see all private messages.Below the chat area is the Audio window in the bottom left of the screen. Click on the raised your hand button to let us know you would like to speak. You can use a head set or your phone for audio chat. If you are using a microphone and have been recognized to speak, Click the button with the microphone on it and begin speaking. Remember to click the button again when you finish speaking so that someone else can have a turn. You can control your mic and volume levels with the sliders. And if you are having trouble with your headset or microphone, you can access the Audio Setup Wizard from the Tools menu on the top toolbar. From Tools, select Audio, and then Audio Setup Wizard, and follow the on-screen instructions.[CCC Confer ONLY] If you are using the telephone to speak, Click on the phone handset below the microphone and audio volume sliders. The call-number and pin will then appear in a dialog box.
  • An OER EcosystemWhere people can take and adapt contentWork in harmony with others to grow new and vibrant content And continue the cycle of growth and expansion and increased sharingCreating new and interesting ideas
  • OER Enablers such as technologies like the internet allow forvirtually unlimited storage in databases Nearly Ubiquitous accessEasy ways to shareANDNew IP licenses through Creative Commons make it legal to do so.
  • Allow people to cooperatively construct resources and put them in places where others can freely use, remix and repurpose them for their needs.This is exactly what Connexions has been doing for the past 14 years
  • Non-profit open-education authoring platformfounded in 1999 at Rice University1300 open textbooks/collections21000 Lego modulesA module is small knowledge chunk, like a section in a bookfrom contributors worldwidein 40+ languagesmillions of users per monthfrom 190 countries90 million uses of STEM contentAll content is free for anybody to accessThere is no login or password to access the content.All content is CC-By and which means that anyone can take this content and modify it to meet their needs, and Connexions provides a simple system to make these derivatives.
  • People are choosing to use Connexions because of the flexibility that the system offers.-It gives people an editing interface where you can import word docs, open office and even LaTeX files…And we are working in partnership with Google to make the import even easier.. New tools will allow people to import Google docs and even blogs.Content in Connexions is automatically available in many formats… PDF
  • Web
  • iPad, android and other mobile devices It is even available on low-tech feature phones via a mobile web server.You can even purchase print on demand bound printed copies of the book through one of our POD partners.Case Study with Collaborative Statistics.Written by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean and foothills-de anza community college in California, The Maxfield Foundation bought the copyright from the author and gave it to Connexions.It was converted in 2008 and since then it has received over4 million Uses to date on the webLike all content on Connexions the book is available on ipad/iphone/android PDF and websiteIn-print for about $26.
  • How do we get here?Well to be honest it hasn’t been incredibly easy up until now,It required using very techie tools and dealing with code.
  • Thanks to a partnership with Google and the Shuttleworth Foundation as well as additional funding from the Hewlett Foundation and Open Society FoundationsWe are building an new and improved version of ConnexionsMuch of our focus was take Connexions current proof-of-concept repository, automatic output formats and authoring tools and elevate that experience to new extremely user-friendly, cloud-based, OER authoring platform
  • Where you can write something once, and share it everywhere through many different formats.
  • And going back to the theme of unlocking the power of OER, the connexions library now comes pre-populated…Using these new tools you can create customized version of OpenStax College’s professionally developed texts for your courses.Eventually there will be OSC books for 25 texts for the most popular college course, You have the freedom to create adapted version of these books.
  • Who is SoftChalk?At SoftChalk our mission is to develop simple to use, yet powerful e-learning solutions designed to meet the needs of educators. .
  • Our vision is to enable educators, instructional designers and curriculum developers an easy way toCreate content that is engaging and interactiveCreate content that is portable and interoperable – so that it can work in any learning management system, or work without an LMSCreate content that is modular, easy to mashup your own learning materials with other web resourcesDo all of this in a collaborative way, supporting open standards and open distribution of content when possibleAll of which supports our notion of create content once and use that content anywhere.
  • Now see the magic.
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  • CCCOER Webinar: OER Authoring Tools

    1. 1. OER Authoring Tools: Three PlatformsAdrienne Watt, Douglas College, BCcampus Daniel Williamson, Rice University Sue Evans, Softchalk March 26, 2013
    2. 2. Collaborate Window Overview Audio & Video Participants Chat
    3. 3. WelcomePlease introduce yourself in the chatwindow. Tell us how you heard about today’s webinar?– Una Daly, moderator • Community College Outreach Director at OCW Consortium
    4. 4. Agenda• CCCOER Introduction• Pressbooks at BCcampus• Connexions Authoring Tools• Softchalk Creator and Cloud Repository• Next Webinar, April 30th• Q&A
    5. 5. CCCOER Mission• Promote adoption of OER to enhance teaching and learning – Expand access to education – Support professional development – Advance community college mission Funded by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
    6. 6. 150+ Community & Technical College members in OCW Consortium Community College Consortium for OER
    7. 7. OER Authoring Find &• Find & Create Create Share• Remix Remix• Store and Access Image: adapted from judy baker cc-by
    8. 8. Pressbooks at BCcampusAdrienne WattBusiness & Computer InstructorDouglas, Northwest Community Colleges
    9. 9. PressbooksNeed Affordability for student $$$ Availability for class start Obsolescence of textbook content Ability to customize textbook for course, not the other way around Faculty empowerment ◦ Promote collaboration ◦ Eliminate unneeded updates
    10. 10. PressbooksSource Create a list of topics to cover Check available sources ◦  repository of 42K + tools for sharing curriculum ◦  free education, free books ◦  Educational content repository Create images, or use public domain Copy document from Word to Pressbooks by Chapter
    11. 11. Pressbooks• Easy to use publishing tool• Need to create an account •
    12. 12. PressbooksPick the book design theme – what the bookwill look like
    13. 13. PressbooksAdd book information
    14. 14. PressbooksThe next step is to organize your text.
    15. 15. PressbooksExport your book
    16. 16. Pressbooks
    17. 17. PressbooksAdd Media
    18. 18. Pressbooks
    19. 19. Pressbooks
    20. 20. PressbooksPros• copy from Word to Pressbooks• use html tags to enhance text• add images, audio and video filesCons• upload images - time consuming• formatting text – limiting
    21. 21. PressbooksFeedback Peer reviews Student feedback was very positive Always more work to be done Multimedia content ◦ Videos ◦ Instructor materials ◦ Student activities gn/
    22. 22. Unlocking the Promise of OERDaniel WilliamsonManaging DirectorOpenStax College & Connexions
    23. 23. OPEN standardsfor networks of knowledge
    24. 24. knowledge Ecosystem. Knowledge ecosystem.Only_point_five (CC-BY-NC
    25. 25. OER enablers take this situation... …and make it…pasukaru76 (CC-BY
    26. 26. …like this. pasukaru76 (CC-BY
    27. 27. 21,000 modules1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011
    28. 28. where do you want your book?
    29. 29. where do you want your book? Fisher (CC-BY-SA
    30. 30. where do you want your book? Fisher (CC-BY-SA
    31. 31. how do we get here? Fisher (CC-BY-SA
    32. 32. how do we get here?
    33. 33. write once, share everywhere.
    34. 34. remix.oerpub.orgEdit and adapt (including math) for a textbook
    35. 35. remix.oerpub.orgadd some description to help others find it
    36. 36. remix.oerpub.orgadd some description to help others find it
    37. 37.
    38. 38. license.
    39. 39. Softchalk CloudSue EvansCEO and FounderSoftChalk
    40. 40. 
    41. 41. • eLearning Content Authoring• Learning Object Repository• Community OER Repository
    42. 42. April 30 Webinar Open Ed and MOOCs: Panel Discussion• Senator Dean Florez, 20 Million MindsFoundation• Dr. Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College• Dr. Michelle Pilati, CCC Academic SenatePresident, Rio Hondo College
    43. 43. Thank you for attending!Please type your question in the chat window or raise your hand to speak Contact Information Una Daly Adrienne Watt Daniel Williamson Sue Evans
    44. 44. Photo credits: Share IMG_4591 cc-by-sa La belle tzigane cc-by-saAsian Library Interior 5 cc-by-nc-saPetru cc-by-nc-saOpensourceways cc-by-sa