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Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption

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In this session, we present several case studies of ancillary resource development for open textbooks in British Columbia. Through these case studies we explore an emerging framework for best practices and the often unrecognized challenges that ancillary resource development poses for open educational resources (OER).

There is increasing evidence that lack of ancillary resources impact OER adoption. Over 40% of the respondents to a 2016 survey of 2,902 faculty members at 29 higher education institutions ranked instructor supplements and student supplements (ancillary resources) as important or very important factors in textbook adoption (Green 2016).

Indeed, the lack of ancillary resources for open textbooks negatively impacts faculty perceptions and adoption rates (Jhangiani et al. 2016). While ancillary resources are often expected by overworked instructors in need of teaching aids, the development of ancillary resources for open textbooks poses several challenges that can be both logistic and fundamental to open education.

For example, ancillary resources may not be shared in the same locations as the associated open textbook, may not be adequately updated with new textbook versions, may not be openly licensed, and may actually undermine the opportunity that open textbooks provide to improve pedagogical approaches.

Moreover, the types of ancillary resources required and the way ancillary resources are developed in different disciplinary settings may require different strategic approaches. In this presentation, we overview these challenges, introduce some applied examples of ancillary resource development, and provide the first steps towards best practices for ancillary resource development.

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Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption

  1. 1. Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption BCcampus Faculty Fellows Jennifer Kirkey, Arthur Gill Green, Rod Lidstone Festival of Learning 2016 Burnaby, British Columbia https://goo.gl/ckKah6 arthur.green@mail.mcgill.ca kirkeyj@douglascollege.ca lidstone@camosun.bc.ca
  2. 2. Ancillary as a core component Wow, it’s a real textbook Animating ancillary It’s virtually done Best practices
  3. 3. Open Textbooks (Thank you BCcampus) What do a plumber, a geographer, and a physicist have in common?
  4. 4. So, what are ancillary resources?
  5. 5. Question banks
  6. 6. Solution manuals
  7. 7. Slides
  8. 8. Multimedia
  9. 9. Why are OER ancillary resources important? They can tip the scales...
  10. 10. Show of hands please… Anyone here hesitated to adopt an open resource or know someone who hesitated to adopt due to the lack of ancillary resources?
  11. 11. Over 40% of the respondents to a 2016 survey of 2,902 faculty members at 29 higher education institutions…. ...ranked supplements as important or very important factors in textbook adoption (Green 2016).
  12. 12. The lack of ancillary resources for open textbooks negatively impacts faculty perceptions and adoption rates (Jhangiani et al. 2016).
  13. 13. “Wow it is a real textbook with real resources. There are lots of textbook problems and both a student instructor’s solutions manual? Let me look at that...I might adopt it…” https://openstax.org/details/college-physics
  14. 14. Trades Common Core ancillary resources in the works ● Procedural videos ● Tool animations ● Bringing all of the resources together into Open LMS courses
  15. 15. Procedural videos where should I put them? ● Youtube link ● Embedded into open textbook ● Standalone files
  16. 16. Maybe these elements are best located within content pages of an open LMS courses? This gives us an opportunity to incorporate other universal design elements
  17. 17. It’s Virtually Done
  18. 18. Google Cardboard ($12)
  19. 19. Expanding the classroom: Virtual Reality in Education Tuesday, June 7 • 1:55pm - 2:40pm http://sched.co/6kgK OER for GIScience (QGIS workshop) Tuesday, June 7 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm http://sched.co/6AM8
  20. 20. Best Practices
  21. 21. Open Licensing
  22. 22. Modularity
  23. 23. Hosting Consumption or collaboration? Can it allow modularity, flexible consumption choices, no limits to access, possibility to contribute to and edit the resources… Should it be institutional (UBC, Camosun, Douglas, etc.) or independent?
  24. 24. Editable Can the content be edited with free or open source software? Benefits of making it easy to edit: better adoption rates quicker adaptation all around better quality resources Analysis of 248 edits to English language Wikipedia articles from 04:43 to 04:46 UTC on 18 Feb 2007
  25. 25. Collaborative
  26. 26. Best Practices 1.Open licensing 2.Modularity 3.Hosting 4.Editable 5.Collaborative
  27. 27. Opportunities… With the help of BCcampus, you can make ancillary resources that your students will use and that you need to assist with teaching and learning.
  28. 28. BCcampus Call for OER Grants Ancillary Resources Grant https://goo.gl/dT9PA2 Open Educational Resource Grants ● Adaptation of Open Textbooks or Open Educational Resources ● Creation of Open Educational Resources ● Course Redesign using Open Educational Resources https://goo.gl/h0rgar
  29. 29. Thank You kirkeyj@douglascollege.ca lidstone@camosun.bc.ca arthur.green@mail.mcgill.ca This presentation can be accessed at: https://goo.gl/ckKah6
  30. 30. References Green, K. C. (2016). Going digital: faculty perspectives on digital and OER course materials. In 2016 ICBA Meeting. Orlando: ICBA. Retrieved from http://www.campuscomputing.net/goingdigital2016 Jhangiani, R., R. Pitt, C. Hendricks, J. Key, and C. Lalonde. (2016). Exploring faculty use of open educational resources at British Columbia post-secondary institutions. Victoria: BCcampus. Retrieved from http://viuspace.viu.ca/handle/10613/2705 Image sources are noted in the slide notes. Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption by A.G. Green, J.Kirkey and R.Lidstone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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