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Sloan c merlot panel july 12


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Open Textbook Adopter Communities of Practice

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Sloan c merlot panel july 12

  1. 1. Building Communities of Practice to Encourage Open Textbook Use SloanC-MERLOT Conference July 12, 2011 With generous support from DynamicBooks Slide
  2. 2. <ul><li>The challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Increase adoption, effective use, and sustainability of open-licensed textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>The solution </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice </li></ul>Slide
  3. 3. Why we are here today <ul><li>Hear from our panelists about the lessons they’ve learned in forming working communities of practice around open textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Hear from you about lessons you’ve learned </li></ul>Slide
  4. 4. Goals <ul><li>Share the practices that have worked and those that have not </li></ul><ul><li>Apply the results to other kinds of learning communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the differences between the communities that start with a theoretical vs. pragmatic approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the use of synchronous and asynchronous communications methods. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss how instructors and others can feel comfortable sharing their materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Share the plans for the future of these seven communities </li></ul>Slide
  5. 5. Logistics <ul><li>Each panelist represents a different academic discipline and will take 5-7 minutes to share his/her learning around a specific area of communities of practice. </li></ul><ul><li>We will start discussions after the presentations </li></ul>Slide
  6. 6. Joanne Mu Joanne Munroe <ul><li>Community: Organic Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis: Learning Communities and Communities of Practice (Cox, 2004; Wenger, 1998; Wenger, White, and Smith, 2009) </li></ul>Slide
  7. 7. Una Daly <ul><li>Community: Educational Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis: Collaboration & Remixing </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Drivers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varied majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State licensure </li></ul></ul>Slide
  8. 8. <ul><li>Connexions textbook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drs. Seifert & Sutton </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Reorder, remix, authoring tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Online repository </li></ul>Slide
  9. 9. Slide CC BY-SA Some rights reserved by Gideon Burton
  10. 10. Bill Buxton <ul><li>Community: Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis: Pragmatic, Participatory, Permanent, Powerful </li></ul>Slide Bill Buxton, Founder, Textbook Equity
  11. 11. Economics <ul><li>Primary (seed) Open Textbook: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Microeconomics”, by R. Larry Reynolds, Professor, Boise State University. (2011) CC-BY-NC-SA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Ancillaries: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15 Interactive Excel® models </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 Flash® modules with voice over </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Quicktime® movies with voice over </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13 Powerpoint® lectures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Math and calculus reviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topics in PDF and Word® formats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homework and exam examples with answers </li></ul></ul></ul>Slide
  12. 12. Teamwork Slide
  13. 13. “ Corequisites” for Success
  14. 14. Lynda Lambert <ul><li>Community: College Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis: Starting from Scratch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To get unbiased opinions on the usability of an unpublished, as yet un-adopted book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To create ancillary materials on a course site that could then be accessed and used by adopters. </li></ul></ul>Slide
  15. 15. Goals Achieved? <ul><li>At this point.... </li></ul><ul><li>There has been some feedback on the book from three people, with minor suggestions. </li></ul><ul><li>There was an attempt to offer a possible ancillary, but the posting caused technical problems that tied us up for 3 weeks. </li></ul>Slide
  16. 16. Things learned so far <ul><ul><li>A larger, more varied pool of possible participants will help move us forward. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking for a specific response is better than asking for a general contribution. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific tasks do-able in short timeframes are best. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodical, regular contact and updates are a necessity to keep things going. </li></ul></ul>Slide
  17. 17. If you’re interested... <ul><li>For those in the audience who are interested in joining this Learning Community, you can begin by taking a look at the book on which it is based, Deconstructing American English , at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Slide
  18. 18. Barbara Illowsky <ul><li>Community: Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis: Author responses to inputs & evolution </li></ul>Slide
  19. 19. Barbara Illowsky <ul><li>PDF: free always! (download and/or print) </li></ul><ul><li>QOOP: hard copy of pdf – purchase ( <$30) </li></ul><ul><li>Connexions: free (Web 1.0) </li></ul><ul><li>Kno/20 Million Minds: $4.99 enhanced with interactive multimedia (Web 2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>WebAssign homework system: $25 </li></ul><ul><li>iTunesU: free chapter videos </li></ul>Slide
  20. 20. Navigate table of contents Click here to print out Key term links to definition
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  22. 22. Jacky Hood: Four Communities with Varied Challenges <ul><li>Accounting: great book, publisher support challenge : fledgling community </li></ul><ul><li>Math: excellent book, many adopters, excellent Subject Matter Expert challenge : no facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Sociology: great tool and structure, huge opportunity challenge : only four adopters, none available to manage community </li></ul><ul><li>Project management: large well-qualified community, three great tools, challenges : writing a 1000-page textbook, funding, business model </li></ul>Slide
  23. 23. Discussion <ul><li>Tell us about your needs … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join the College Open Textbooks Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul></ul>With generous support from DynamicBooks