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Keynote at Holyoke Community College on OER and Open Pedagogy


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OER and Beyond: Reducing Costs, Transforming Teaching: A Keynote at Holyoke Community College

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Keynote at Holyoke Community College on OER and Open Pedagogy

  1. 1. OER and Beyond: Reducing Costs, Transforming Teaching All photos CC0 Alan Levine from Flickr #GoOpenHCC @actualham Presentation CCBY Robin DeRosa Images CC0 Alan Levine
  2. 2. How Open Education Can Work for HCC • Drive down the overall cost of college for students • Improve throughputs and student success • Increase student engagement • Connect students with their fields, professions, and communities • Reinvigorate faculty engagement with teaching • Build collaboratives with other public colleges and universities • Build a case for public funding of higher education
  3. 3. Book Costs Move Off the Charts
  4. 4. • 56% of students pay more than $300 per semester • 20% pay more than $500 per semester (that’s equal to 56% of tuition at HCC!) • Students worry more about paying for books than they worry about paying for college.
  5. 5. Effects of Textbook Prices • 67% did not purchase a required textbook • 38% earned a poor grade • 20% failed a course • 48% occasionally or frequently took fewer courses • 26% dropped a course • 21% withdrew from a course 2016 Survey of 22,000 students, Florida Virtual Campus, comprised of the 12 universities and 28 colleges in the Florida state system.
  6. 6. CreativeCommons
  7. 7. OER OpenStax Books
  8. 8. Student Success “students who use OER perform significantly better on the course throughput rate than their peers who use traditional textbooks, in both face-to-face and online courses that use OER.” (2016) Throughput Rate an aggregate of: drop rates, withdrawal rates, C or better rates.
  9. 9. Tidewater Community College
  10. 10. Quality “The classes with traditional published textbooks I study and memorize to pass tests. In this class I have a greater appreciation for the things I learned because I actually experienced the material and lesson as opposed to simply passing a test. This knowledge will last a lifetime.” Tidewater Community College (2015 Report)
  11. 11. OER Open Pedagogy Tidewater Community College (2015 Report)
  12. 12. Where I Began
  13. 13. Collaboratively Built: Alums, Incoming Students, Professor
  14. 14. Constantly Evolving: Students & Teachers Add, Improve, Share
  15. 15. MultimediaContributions
  16. 16. Interactive and Public Annotation
  17. 17. An Open “Textbook” Can Be: • Interactive • Collaborative • Dialogic • Dynamic • Empowering • Contributory • Current • Accessible • Multimedia • Public • (Free)
  18. 18. Open Pedagogy •Improves access to education. •Treats education as a learner-driven process. •Stresses community and collaboration over content. •Connects the college to the wider public.
  19. 19. CCBY Jonathan Brodsky Access, broadly writ. digital divide & redlining, accessibility, online safety & harassment,
  20. 20. Student-Centered  Learner-Driven
  21. 21. Content ≠ King • Rhizomes • Networks • Communities • Collaborations
  22. 22. Public Blogs, PLNs, ePorts • @gardnercampbell • @anrikard • @audreywatters
  23. 23. Personal Reflective Portfolio Portal for sharing and collaborating
  24. 24. to OPEN (vb.) • Challenge barriers to access. Be honest and critical. • Center learners. Be radical and real. • Facilitate connection. Be a sticky node, not a gate. • Share your practice. Be generous and just.
  25. 25. AMovement=ACurrent
  26. 26. Partnerships • First Movers: Maricopa Millions ($7.5 in 4 years), The Tidewater Z-Degree • #GoOpen: Dep’t of Ed. • Mass #GoOpen: $1 million+ in 2017-18 • Achieving the Dream • CCCOER • 2 + 2 Agreements (UMASS Amherst)
  27. 27. Public Higher Education We can’t save public higher education by privatizing it. Instead, let’s focus on access, on connected learning, and on sharing our resources. Instead of competitors and comparators, we will build a network of collaborators. Open Education offers us real strategies to increase student success and empowerment, engage learners with the world outside the college walls, and invite the public to share in the knowledge commons.
  28. 28. Afternoon Workshop Tools/Techniques • Annotating Readings with • Building ePorts with Domain of One’s Own • Building Personal Learning Networks with Twitter • Creating Open Textbooks with PressBooks • “Opening” your syllabus Tweet to #GoOpenHCC