Evolution towards MOOCs
Gerard L. Hanley, http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no2/hanley_message_0613.htm
WHY OPEN MATTERS
Increase in textbook prices and
Demand for degrees
15McCoy, D., Schiller, S. R., Frank, E., & Schiller, S. (2011, April 4). Textbook
Affordability: Emerging Solutions in Ohio. Webinar, . Retrieved from
Adopting an open textbook
• Andrea Everard, Associate Professor
• Accounting & MIS
• MISY427 Information Technology
Applications in Management - Fall 2011
• Link to blog post and video testimonial
Costs associated with potential
textbooks for MISY427
State of Washington
The Open Course Library has saved students $5.5 million in textbook
costs to date, including $2.9 million during the 2012-2013 academic year
Open textbooks in K12
• State of Utah pilot provides a printed copy for $5
• Replaces a 7 year cycle.
• Fresh content every year, students keep the book.
WHAT MAKES SOMETHING
• Open educational resources (OER) are powered by
Creative Commons. The author sets the acceptable
uses from the get-go.
“What's getting lost here is
the power of "free" to benefit
not only institutions, but
students as well.”
- Anya Kamenetz
The OER spectrum
Textbook Learning object
"Wisdom of the crowd"
What makes a resource open?
• David Wiley's 4Rs:
• Reuse: the right to reuse the content in its
unaltered/verbatim form (e.g., make a backup copy of
• Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the
content itself (e.g., translate the content into another
• Remix: the right to combine the original or revised
content with other content to create something new
(e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
• Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original
content, the revisions, or the remixes with others
(e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
THE BIG BAD MOOC
Are you afraid MOOCs might
take away your job?
What is a MOOC anyway?
Casey Green at #digedcon, April 2013
The value of MOOCs
• San Jose State U. Puts MOOC Project on Hold
• Prior learning assessment:
• Western Governors University
• SUNY REAL