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Open Education, MOOCS, & Student Access


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Join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and CCC Confer on April 30, 10:00 am Pacific for a panel discussion on rebooting California’s higher education system with Open Education, MOOCs, and an online Student Access Platform.

image of speakers and webinar descriptionThe California legislature, responding to shrinking budgets and huge wait lists for gateway courses, has proposed:

Open textbooks
Credit for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
The California Online Student Access Platform

Three leaders in the field share their thoughts on this revolution in higher education. What are the next steps for ensuring the success of our students? How do we continue the prominence of California’s institutions of higher education?

Dean Florez, CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation, and former majority leader of the California senate, has been a driving force behind the new legislation and instrumental in bringing stakeholders and MOOC thought leaders together to reboot higher education in California.

Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Mathematics professor and open textbook faculty co-author at De Anza Community College. An early developer of open educational resources to make college affordable, Dr. Illowsky has continued to push for digital interactivity to improve student learning outcomes. In fall 2013, she plans to teach an introductory, descriptive, not-for-credit statistics MOOC.

Dr. Michelle Pilati, Psychology professor at Rio Hondo College and current president of the CCC Academic Senate has been closely involved with the implementation strategy for the new legislation to set up an Open Educational Resources (OER) Council containing faculty representatives from the three public higher education systems.

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Open Education, MOOCS, & Student Access

  1. 1. Senator(retd.) Dean Florez, 20 Million MindsFoundationDr. Barbara Illowsky, De Anza CollegeDr. Michelle Pilati, Rio Hondo CollegeApril 30, 2013Open Education, MOOCs, &Student Access
  2. 2. Collaborate Window OverviewAudio & VideoParticipantsChatTech Support available at:1-760-744-1150 ext. 1537, 1554, 1542
  3. 3. WelcomePlease introduce yourself in the chatwindow.Your hosts:– Una Daly, Community College Outreach Director at OpenCourseware Consortium– James Glapa-Grossklag, President of CCCOER AdvisoryBoard; Dean, College of Canyons.
  4. 4. Agenda• Community Colleges and Open Ed• Rebooting Higher Ed in California• OER and MOOCs• Academic Senate & OER council• Choosing our next webinar• Q & A
  5. 5. CCCOER Mission• Promote adoption of OER to enhanceteaching and learning–Expand access to education–Support professional development–Advance community college missionFunded by the William & FloraHewlett Foundation
  6. 6. 200+ Community & Technical College
  7. 7. How to Get Involved? Join the CCCOER advisory list Participate in our community of interest Attend our free monthly webinars Visit our website to find resources Invite us to conduct faculty training Become a member of the
  8. 8. Rebooting CA Higher EducationDean FlorezCEO, Twenty Million Minds FoundationFormer CA State Senate Majority Leader
  9. 9. Open Education in ClassroomDr. Barbara IllowskyMath Instructor and open textbook co-authorChancellor’s Office 2012-13California Community College System
  10. 10. Me!• Teach online, hybrid, f2f• OER textbook: Collaborative Statistics• CVC 2002 top online course award• OCW Consortium 2013 Educator Award(international)• Teaching MOOC “Intro to DescriptiveStatistics”, 4-week, not-for-credit in January2014
  11. 11. Open Educational Resources(OER)“Teaching, learning, and research resources thatreside in the public domain or have beenreleased under an intellectual property licensethat permits their free use or repurposing byothers.”U.S Department of Education
  12. 12. OER: Saves $$$Amazon $171.25 hardcopy Web - $0POD - $26.20 + SHWiley & Sons Connexions
  13. 13. De Anza Collegestudent savings…for just onecourse:> $1,000,000
  14. 14. OER: Free toChoose• provides faculty with more choicesfor their courses• allows for permission-free editingand adaptation• promotes customization• eliminates forced publisher revisions
  15. 15. OER: AdoptionConcerns• Faculty awareness of OER is low• Difficulty of finding materials• Standards for quality vary• Lack of ancillaries
  16. 16. Exploring MOOCs• Massive: > 1000 students• Online: videos lectures, automatedquizzes, discussions• Open: open enrollment but NOT OER• Course: learning experience
  17. 17. MOOC Concerns• Poor instruction quality• Low Completion rates: 5-15% is typical• Learner support is minimal• Assessment for credit: costs $; inearly stages• Sustainability is unknown
  18. 18. Community College MOOCsfor non-credit??• Thousands of students taking basic skills &pre-transfer level English, reading, writing, ESLand mathematics courses• Huge subset of above population, at onetime, had learned the content using taxpayer$$• Many just need to review before taking anassessment test for placement
  19. 19. What if …• community college faculty develop and teachpre-transfer level MOOCs• a large subset of the “huge subset” takeMOOCs to review content?• a VERY small subset of the “large subset of thehuge subset” complete 1 MOOC and place into1 higher level course in just 1discipline?
  20. 20. Need toReviewTake MOOCPassMOOCPopulation - pre-transfer levelplacementstudents
  21. 21. Very small subset of the largesubset of the huge subset…• will save at least one semester to degreecompletion• will save taxpayers $$• may be encouraged to take more ownership intheir education• may take more than 1 MOOC and multiplytheir time savings and taxpayer savings
  22. 22. In other words …• if 100,000 students take at least 1 MOOC• if just 6% of MOOC folks complete their course• if this 6% of MOOC folks place into 1 coursehigher• then, 94% of MOOC students are FAILURES!!!
  23. 23. BUT …… 6000 students have succeeded!!!!!… and maybe will have a …
  24. 24. shorter time to completion?
  25. 25. Academic SenateDr. Michelle PilatiPsychology InstructorAcademic Senate President 2011-13California Community College System
  26. 26. CALIFORNIA’S AGENDA FOR OPEN EDUCATION,MOOCS, AND STUDENT ACCESSThoughts on the implementationof SB 1052/1053Access issues?MOOCs and the CaliforniaCommunity Colleges
  27. 27. SB 1052 AND SB 1053 Establish an intersegmental OER library anda council to facilitate populating the libraryand ensuring its use Members “appointed” to the California OpenEducation Resources Council (COERC) Next steps Challenges
  28. 28. ACCESS ISSUES Since 2008 Funding declines (“workload reduction”) Increased demand Today Proposition 30 Recovering economy Declining access issues
  29. 29. ADDRESSING “ACCESS” ISSUES Increase success Online retention and success lags behind that ofonsite Increase online success >>> Increase access Increase access to existing courses – onlineand onsite Students want access to courses, notpathways to unit accumulation
  30. 30. ONLINE AS THE ACCESS ANSWER? Presumes equal access to technology Presumes equal success Differential outcomes exacerbated in theonline environment Online investment needs to focus on qualityas a means of increasing success
  31. 31. MOOCS AND THE CCC Currently: A pathway to credit for MOOCsexists: “Credit by exam” “Traditional” MOOCs are not a replacementfor credit-bearing courses MOOOs Massive Open Online Offerings “Courses” result in a transcripted outcome,qualify for financial aid, and are taught byqualified faculty
  32. 32. COURSES IN THE CCCS Require “regular effective contact” Regulatory requirement (Title 5) Not “correspondence courses” Necessary to qualify for financial aid Able to document last date of attendance
  33. 33. MOOOS AND THE CCCS Replacement No. Offer an alternative Pre-assessment Possible supplement A means to increase “access”? Perhaps – increase success >>> increaseaccess Perhaps – high-quality content and auto-gradedassessments make a SLIGHTLY larger class
  35. 35. “SAGE ON THE STAGE”
  36. 36. FINAL THOUGHTS CCC-developed MOOOs that capture howwe teach. MOOO as a collection of the highest qualityonline learning objects that the state investsin and is available for use by all. (A LOOC?) Increase access by investing in success. Increase/simplify access to existing courseofferings.
  37. 37. Next WebinarJune 11, 10:00 am (Pacific)Open Education andCompetency-based LearningImage: San Francisco State UniversityePortfolios
  38. 38. Thank you for attending!Please type your question in the chat window orraise your hand to speakContact InformationUna Daly, unatdaly@ocwconsortium.orgJames Glapa-Grossklag, James.Glapa-Grossklag@canyons.eduDean Florez, dean@20mmf.orgBarbara Illowsky, illowskybarbara@deanza.eduMichelle Pilati,
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