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Open Ed Conference (2009)


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Title: Having “Open” Discussions with your System and Legislature

Dr. Cable Green will discuss how a mix of system strategic technology planning, legislation and legislative work sessions, student advocacy, creative budgeting, and partnering with foundations and international consortia can create positive disruptive spaces to engage open educational resources. Come learn what Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges are doing with open textbooks, course redesign, open licensing and what the WA legislature is encouraging through recently passed legislation.

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Open Ed Conference (2009)

  1. 1. Having “Open” Discussions with your System and Legislature Cable Green OER Novice
  2. 2. History of Sharing Content <ul><li>WA CTCs have a history of sharing content through system courses and “pooling” enrollments. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A complete AA degree online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A suite of Early Childhood Education courses that can constitute several degrees and certificates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Basic Ed / IBEST Math Modules </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. System Strategic Technology Plan <ul><ul><li>Access for all students and all colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single, centrally funded solutions for common systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rule of 1: do it once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rule of 0: don’t do it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t build software, don’t host servers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retain local branding and admin control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All instructional technologies are architected to make it easy to share content. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Recommendations / Big Ideas <ul><ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>licenses, hosting, help desk, professional development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>transaction costs: integration, RFPs, vendor relationships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value Proposition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t focus local resources (people, money, time) on commodity technology services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use best solutions wherever they may be </li></ul></ul></ul>Can any of these ideas be transferred to sharing content?
  5. 5. <ul><li>But using open educational resources – and contributing to them – requires significant change in the culture of higher education. It requires thinking about content as a common resource that raises all boats when shared. It requires replacing our “not invented here” attitude with a “proudly borrowed from there” orientation. </li></ul><ul><li>(p.11) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>“ We will cultivate the culture and practice of using and contributing to open educational resources.”
  7. 7. WA Legislation <ul><li>SSHB1025 </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty and staff members consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available, adopting free, open textbooks when available, and working with college librarians to put together collections of free online web and library resources, when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty… </li></ul>
  8. 8. WA Legislation <ul><li>SSHB1946 – two big ideas – share technology and share content. </li></ul><ul><li>(v) Methods and open licensing options for effectively sharing digital content including but not limited to: Open courseware, open textbooks, open journals, and open learning objects… </li></ul>
  9. 9. WA Legislative Work Session <ul><li>WA House Higher Education: Online Learning & Open Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>David Wiley (BYU, Open HS of Utah) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Baraniuk (CNX) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Frank (Flatworld Knowledge) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connie Broughton (WashingtonOnline) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Partner with Legislators who care about (a) efficient use of state tax dollars & (b) saving students money. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Advocacy <ul><li>Student testimony carries the day. </li></ul><ul><li>WA CTC 2009 Student Voice Academy </li></ul><ul><li>(1) CUTTING TEXTBOOK COSTS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The high cost of textbooks is a burden to students. Textbooks available in a printable, online format as well as in a traditional format would make curriculum easily accessible to students and instructors. Legislation that requires college instructional divisions to enhance available college online options for every required textbook whenever possible is requested.” </li></ul></ul>Special thanks to: Make Textbooks Affordable Report (Nicole Allen)
  12. 12. Partnering with Foundations <ul><li>Private / Public Partnerships = Gates Foundation + Legislature + SBCTC + Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Increase number of gatekeeper course sections available so students can get courses when they need them </li></ul><ul><li>Improve course completion rates </li></ul><ul><li>Courses are digital – can be taught online, hybrid, web-enhanced – and/or faculty can re-mix or take pieces </li></ul><ul><li>Open CC Licensing – share with the world </li></ul><ul><li>Free or very low cost textbooks / instructional materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sections in 80 courses = $42M+ / year in textbook costs to students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop a culture of sharing content in the WA CTCs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Partnering with Consortia <ul><li>CCC OER </li></ul><ul><li>List of open and free textbooks that may be suitable for use in community college courses </li></ul>
  14. 14. Blog: Slides @ Dr. Cable Green eLearning Director (360) 704-4334