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Harnessing the Power of Open: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, and College


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Keynote for the 2017 MI OER Summit

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Harnessing the Power of Open: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, and College

  1. 1. Harnessing the Power of OPEN: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, & Colleges @actualham
  2. 2. Stuff We’ll Get To • What is OER? • What’s Open Pedagogy? • What’s a sustainable assignment? • Why should we care? • How can I do this? • Do you know how busy I am? • Why should we care? (Yeah, that one twice.)
  3. 3. My Story
  4. 4. “Beginnings to 1800” AMERICA
  5. 5. Collaboratively Built: Alums, Incoming Students, Professor
  6. 6. CreativeCommons Reuse Retain Redistribute Revise Remix
  7. 7. Constantly Evolving: Students & Teachers Adding, Improving, Sharing
  8. 8. MultimediaContributions
  9. 9. Interactive and Public Annotation
  10. 10. An Open “Textbook” Can Be: • Interactive • Collaborative • Dialogic • Dynamic • Empowering • Contributory • Current • Accessible • Multimedia • Public • (Free)
  11. 11. Rebus, Funded by Hewlett Foundation Managing Editor Tim Robbins @20 additional academic contributors so far
  12. 12. OER OpenStax Books
  13. 13. Book Costs Move Off the Charts
  14. 14. • 56% of students pay more than $300 per semester & 20% of students pay more than $500 per semester (FL Virtual Campus 2016) • Students worry more about paying for books than they worry about paying for college. (NEEBO)
  15. 15. • A generation ago, public colleges/unis got an average of 75% of budget from state. Today, it's about 50%. • 23% of low-income sophomores worked a job between the hours of 10pm-8am. • Survey at 10 community colleges (4312 students responding): 1 in 5 students was hungry, 13% were homeless. • 50-80% of sticker price comes from non-tuition costs. • More than 3 in 4 students attend colleges within 50 miles of their homes. Esp. true for low-income and minority students. • The average net price for a year at community college equals 40% of a low-income family's annual income. • A year at public university ranges from 16-25% of a middle-class family's annual income. • 60% of Americans ages 25-64 don't have a college credential, but 22% of them earned credits trying to get one.
  16. 16. The REAL Cost of College • (Tuition) • COURSE MATERIALS • Transportation • Child Care • Food & Shelter • Opportunity Costs
  17. 17. In which domains does your teaching engage?
  18. 18. Access to Knowledge (OER) & Access to Knowledge Creation (Open Pedagogy)
  19. 19. I don’t want to join a movement focused on replacing crappy expensive textbooks with crappy free textbooks.
  20. 20. For me, OPEN is about access to knowledge and access to knowledge creation
  21. 21. Co-Creation: OERs, Knowledge, Higher Ed Interdisciplinary Studies: A Connected Learning Approach Opensem: A Student-Generated Handbook for the First Year of College
  22. 22. Domain of One’s Own • Drag ’n Drop → Design • Digital consumer → Digital creator • Data mining → Data control • Audience of 1 → Public impact • Web as broadcast station → Web as open lab • Work attached to course → Work attached to student • ePortfolio → ePort
  23. 23. Twitter
  24. 24. IDS taught me to be responsible for my learning and growth. You learn to expand your returns. We do not post our “homework” to a hidden, school controlled website. We share our work for all of the world to see. This idea of owning your own domain allows you to be confident in your work and take responsibility for what you are learning, how you make connections in the world, and how you share your knowledge. To me, this style of learning and sharing is a good idea for Interdisciplinary Studies and all other majors. Academic settings need to work on sharing each other’s work, and being engaged in the world outside of classroom walls. from I’m not graduating “on time” & that is OK.
  25. 25. These ePorts are a way for us to really explain the type of future we want to lead. They express who we are, how we feel, how we learn and SO much more. Personally, I have found my ePort to be a way to cope with my illness. Before this school year, I was so lost, sad, angry and essentially broken. I was given six months to live and felt okay, why should I even try to further my life if it’s just going to end. Well, here I am, almost TWO years later doing great things with both my education and my life. from IDS REALIZES $H!T HAPPENS!
  26. 26. Twitter was a way for us to expand our knowledge and let our voices be heard all throughout the country. We share our personal goals and share how we feel about certain issues going on in the world. We follow people who surround the field we are pursuing. I constantly have TweetDeck open on my laptop now, go figure. For example, I follow @PatientsRising. They advocate the importance of access to vital therapies and services for patients facing life-altering diseases. Get this, they followed me BACK. I just think it is so cool how PLN’s can build yourself a name. from IDS REALIZES $H!T HAPPENS!
  27. 27. PM4ID
  28. 28. Why have students answer questions when they can write them?
  29. 29. Deeper learning (Farzan & Kraut, 2013) Evaluate and defend credibility of sources (Marentette, 2014) Write more concisely and think more critically (Farzan & Kraut, 2013) Collaborate with students from around the world (Karney, 2012) Provide and receive constructive feedback (Ibrahim, 2012) Enhance digital literacy (Silton, 2012) Communicate ideas to a general audience (APS, 2013)
  30. 30. 22,000 37,000+ 97% Students who have taken on Wikipedia assignments since 2010 New articles that students have created Instructors who say they will, or plan to, teach with Wikipedia again
  31. 31. • Create and submit an assignment • Complete an assignment and share your work • Help someone else do the assignment by creating a tutorial
  32. 32. Digital redlining & the digital divide are real and insidious. Open is not the opposite of private. EdTech is selling something. Open is a process, not a panacea.
  33. 33. Sustainable Assignments • Open gates to learning • Center access in their design • Connect learners to their communities of practice • Thrive in learner-designed architectures • Leverage the open license • Enable learner contributions to the knowledge commons • Approach tools and technologies critically, with a focus on privacy • Build toward a publics-oriented vision for Higher Education
  34. 34. • Increase ACCESS to Higher Ed • Engage our students with their communities of practice • Enable learners to CONTRIBUTE to knowledge commons • Build a collaborative MI system Open Education: putting the PUBLIC back in public Higher Ed Public
  35. 35. Q&A tweet thoughts, questions, ideas @actualham