How OER Scales the Student-Teacher Relationship, NOT the Classroom


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Education started with a single educator teaching a single student. This model has evolved over time, with educators teaching larger and larger groups of students. Now, technology, such as MOOCs, is pushing an even more imbalanced model, with one teacher working with 20,000 or more students. But what if technology, powered by open educational resources (OER), could scale the one-to-one teaching experience - not the classroom size? While the rise of MOOCs allow for mass attendance in courses, scaling up class sizes does not scale up the valuable, personalized teacher-student relationship. However, additional innovations in technology can address the issue of oversized classes.

The wealth of OER online provides a solution - with technology, we can make personalized teacher-student relationships possible in a large classroom setting. The accessibility of OER in the classroom is a huge potential game changer in how educators, institutions and students see technology and open education. The volume of OER content has reached critical mass and OER now is uniquely positioned to scale the teacher-student relationship. Unlike closed content, open resources can be experimented with by many educators, students, and learning systems without risk of copyright issues. The volume of experimentation with open content will dwarf the adaptive learning tests done by traditional, closed content publishers. With more smart people trying many different ideas, it will be OER that is the backbone of the adaptive, scaled teacher technologies.

Building open, personalized instruction channels opens the floodgates for students to get real-time responses to their individual needs, as they would in a historical one-on-one teacher-student relationship. Technology enables a scaled teacher relationship with personalized content that is structured and modularized, asynchronous student-paced learning, and competency-based education not driven by seat time.

To fuel this teacher-student relationship, educators have a wealth of open educational resources to pull from. These resources are open to remixing and repurposing in education, are customizable to students with different learning styles, and there’s no shortage of information to go around. Learning products that organize OER into modular content that can be customized for students’ needs and enhance a personalized teacher-student relationship.

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How OER Scales the Student-Teacher Relationship, NOT the Classroom

  1. 1. How OER Scales the Student-Teacher Relationship, NOT the Classroom Nick Ducoff, VP Content November 8, 2013 BOUNDLESS.COM
  2. 2. The Internet disrupts all (yes I said disrupts) BOUNDLESS.COM
  3. 3. Except for textbooks College Textbooks 3x CPI BOUNDLESS.COM
  4. 4. Did you like your life better before this? BOUNDLESS.COM
  5. 5. Did you like your life better before this? BOUNDLESS.COM
  6. 6. Life has been like this since the 1400’s Image: flickr user ginnerobot BOUNDLESS.COM 6
  7. 7. Students demand a better learning experience Image: flickr user francisco_osorio BOUNDLESS.COM
  8. 8. 1on1 Teacher 1 to 20 Classroom 1 to 200 Lecture Hall Personalized Adaptive Competency-based 1 to 200,000 MOOC One-size fits all Linear path Bigger microphone Scaling the Classroom BOUNDLESS.COM
  9. 9. Scaling education the right way: Scale the teacher! Boundless is designed to support teachers not replace them BOUNDLESS.COM
  10. 10. OER + technology bridges the student gap Students Technology OER BOUNDLESS.COM
  11. 11. Students Handful of large contributors; decentralized ➡  Limited; online versions of textbooks ➡  Helping students save money OER Future OER Today Technology ➡  Git-based OER hub ➡  Fully adaptive to the student’s needs ➡  Actively helping students learn Boundless Today OER ➡  Curated OER + SmartNotes in over 20 subjects ➡  Reading states, spaced-repetition and interactive quizzes ➡  Free! or $19.99 ➡  88% of students get grade they want or higher ➡  It all starts with OER! BOUNDLESS.COM
  12. 12. Delivering a better learning experience BOUNDLESS.COM
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  20. 20. It should be OER + tech, not OER vs. tech $1,200,000,000## $1.1 billion $1,000,000,000## $800,000,000## $600,000,000## $400,000,000## $200,000,000## $110 million $0## EdTech#Investments#(2012)# OER#Spending#(2002>2010)# Sources: Crunchbase, Wikipedia BOUNDLESS.COM
  21. 21. Questions? BOUNDLESS.COM