OCW- Open Sharing, Local Payoff


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Seminar given at EduCause 2008 on how OpenCourseWare can help institutions meet their goals. Presentation given by Terri Bays, Dan Carchidi, and Sunnie Kim.

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    1. 1. Terri Bays , OCW Consortium Dan Carchidi , MIT OCW Sunnie Kim , MSU OCW October 28, 2008 Open Sharing, Local Payoff (Helping Your Institution Meet its Goals with OCW)
    2. 2. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Who are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is your institution? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your role? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Introduction | What is OCW? <ul><li>An Open CourseWare (OCW) is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OCW is not a distance-learning initiative: there are no degrees granted, no student/faculty interactions and no transcripts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCW is a collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCW materials are there for the taking (and for transformation). </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Introduction | What is OCW? <ul><li>OCW is not a distance-learning initiative: there are no degrees granted, no student/faculty interactions and no transcripts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But OCW can complement a distance-learning initiative, taking content from and directing learners toward an existing e-learning curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCW has much to learn from e-learning methodology. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Introduction | What is OCW? <ul><li>OCW is a collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses. </li></ul>Open Educational Resources Open Content OCW
    7. 7. Introduction | What is OCW? <ul><li>High-quality learning materials, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Materials: syllabus, due dates, learning goals, grading standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject Materials: lecture notes, readings, discussion questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Activities: daily assignments, problem sets, exams, paper topics, projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Related Resources: tools, links, guides, suggestions for further study. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Introduction | What is OCW? <ul><li>OCW materials are there for the taking (and for transformation). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse: use the work verbatim, just exactly as you found it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rework: alter or transform the work so that it better meets your needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remix: combine the (verbatim or altered) work with other works to better meet your needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redistribute: share the verbatim work, the reworked work, or the remixed work with others. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Question <ul><li>What do you hope  to take away  from this seminar? </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    11. 11. Universities working together to advance education and empower people Open Sharing, Local Payoff
    12. 12. Open Sharing, Local Payoff
    13. 13. Institutions working together to advance education and empower people Open Sharing, Local Payoff
    14. 14. Your institution was founded with a mission to… insert your mission statement here <ul><li>MIT : Best serve nation and world </li></ul><ul><li>JHSPH : Improve global public health </li></ul><ul><li>Utah State : Teach. . . so that members of the working classes might obtain a practical college education </li></ul><ul><li>Notre Dame : Catholic social mission </li></ul><ul><li>UN University : contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are a concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Michigan State University’s Mission <ul><li>Our mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives by... advancing outreach , engagement , and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities, at home and around the world… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Land -grant to World -grant Institution” </li></ul>
    16. 16. Discussion <ul><li>An OCW site will help us serve that mission by increasing the reach and effectiveness of… name one or more mission-oriented activities. </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    18. 18. Goal | Reputation <ul><li>An OCW site can showcase areas of excellence in our university, such as name specific programs . Heightened awareness of these programs not only will attract talented students and faculty to our school but also will increase the visibility of our faculty within their disciplines. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Goal | Faculty Reputation <ul><li>OCW enhances faculty reputation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>34% of faculty who have published on MIT OCW agree the site has increased their professional standing </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Goal | Faculty Reputation <ul><li>Capture and Disseminate  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>faculty work has greater impact than merely in the immediate classroom or event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognition among Peers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>quicker than peer-reviewed journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>name is out there as an expert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples: www.nanohub.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognition within Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>evidence of work is displayed and recognized by the university  </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Discussion <ul><li>To what reputation does your institution aspire? </li></ul>
    22. 22. Goal | Recruitment <ul><li>A 2005 Poll showed that 50% of incoming MIT students were aware of MIT OCW. </li></ul><ul><li>35% of those students based their choice of MIT at least in part on their experience of MIT OCW </li></ul><ul><li>By mid-October of their first year, 95% of those students had visited the OCW site. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Goal | Retention <ul><li>An OCW site provides students with the potential for self-paced review of study materials before, during and after taking a course. Such review greatly increases a student’s chances of success in both that course and subsequent courses which build upon its teachings. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Goal | Advising <ul><li>The ability to view OCW materials prior to enrollment allows students to make more informed choices about which courses and majors are right for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, advisors will be able to base their recommendations on concrete information about courses, their requirements and their benefits. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Goal | Evaluating <ul><li>The ability to view OCW materials at the time of tenure and promotion allows colleagues to make more informed evaluation of faculty course design and execution. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, a center for teaching and learning is able to base its recommendations on longer-term observation of a faculty member’s courses, rather than on a single classroom visit. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Goal | Service Learning <ul><li>Extending the effects of annual Notre Dame Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting localization of service models—transforming &quot;plunge&quot; projects into community-based learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting collaborators </li></ul>
    27. 27. Goal | International Engagement (internal) <ul><li>82% of faculty say OCW is an important element of MIT’s international engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Supports student groups working internationally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa Internet Technology Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sparks international collaborations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dean Daniel Hastings and Italian Space Agency </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Goal | International Engagement (external) <ul><li>Use OERs as a strategic tool for international engagement in a unique way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>content for learning/training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>driven by an industry </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Goal | International Engagement (external)
    30. 30. Discussion <ul><li>What are some of your institution's goals? </li></ul><ul><li>How might OCW connect with those goals? </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    32. 32. Goal | Life Long Connection <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of 2005 freshmen were aware of OCW prior to choosing MIT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% of those aware say OCW influenced their choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A third of faculty expressing an opinion say OCW helped their department recruit students </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Goal | Life Long Connection <ul><li>Student experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>93% of undergraduates and 82% of graduates use OCW </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OCW’s impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost 60% of undergrads and grads say that OCW has had a positive or extremely positive impact on their student experience </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Goal | Life Long Connection <ul><li>Alumni </li></ul><ul><ul><li>51% of alumni use the OCW site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of those using the site rate it as very valuable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni have donated more than $1.2 million to OCW </li></ul></ul>&quot;It speaks to the open nature of MIT: that knowledge is there for the taking and is not hoarded. I am proud that MIT is willing to stick its neck out and lead on issues that are important to science and society.&quot; - MIT Alumnus
    35. 35. Discussion <ul><li>What are some of the challenges to life-long learning that you see at your institution?  </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the opportunities you see for engaging/enhancing the educational experience of students? Faculty?  Alumni? </li></ul>
    36. 36. Goal | Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Improvements in course materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$33M in external funding largely for course materials development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transparency of teaching methods and materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~90% of faculty have published on OCW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>84% of faculty use OCW </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefits of OCW publication from 2007 faculty survey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased quality or organization - 38% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased level of comfort with use of web in teaching – 29% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowed me to rethink my teaching approach – 26% </li></ul></ul>
    37. 37. Goal | Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Students use OCW to make informed decisions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>46% of students use OCW to select courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faculty have more resources for advising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>29% of faculty use OCW as an aid for advising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>53% of faculty expressing an opinion agree OCW has improved available advising material </li></ul></ul>“ I can’t prove it, but I suspect that those who look at the site are more likely to take [my] course and probably better prepared for the course when they take it.” - MIT faculty
    38. 38. Discussion <ul><li>What teaching models does your institution want to promote? </li></ul><ul><li>Could OCW showcase those models? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the faculty you would present as role models? </li></ul><ul><li>Does OCW showcase their teaching talents? </li></ul>
    39. 39. Discussion <ul><li>What other implicit goals are there at your institution? </li></ul><ul><li>How might OCW connect with those goals? </li></ul>
    40. 40. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    41. 41. Obstacles | Institutional Concerns <ul><li>Cautious Legal Team </li></ul><ul><li>Reluctant Faculty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monumental IP Clearance </li></ul><ul><li>Scarce Resources </li></ul>
    42. 42. Obstacles | External Concerns <ul><li>Town/Gown Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Encroaching Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Relations </li></ul>
    43. 43. Discussion <ul><li>Where are the &quot;pain points&quot; at your institution? </li></ul>
    44. 44. Reality Check <ul><li>What are your areas of Key Support? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are your Decision makers? </li></ul><ul><li>Is Sustainability still an issue? </li></ul>
    45. 45. <ul><li>200+ institutions </li></ul><ul><li>~100 live OCW sites </li></ul><ul><li>~6,000 courses </li></ul>The OCW Consortium http: ocwconsortium.org
    46. 46. <ul><li>Introductions  </li></ul><ul><li>University Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Obstacles to Your Advantage  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    47. 47. Thank You! Visit The OpenCourseWare Consortium portal at http://www.ocwconsortium.org Contact the Consortium at: [email_address]