From Shared To Open: The Evolution of Open Education in Washington State


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From Shared To Open: The Evolution of Open Education in Washington State

  1. 1. From Shared To Open:The Evolution of Open Education in Washington State Open Ed 2011 – Park City, UT October 25, 2011 Connie Broughton, Director of eLearnng and Open Education Tom Caswell, Open Education Policy Associate WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  2. 2. In the distant past…….when COBOL ruled the land….34 community and technical colleges banded together to create and share a single student management system.Time passes……
  3. 3. 1997• The colleges form a consortium to share online courses – 20 completely online courses that constitute an AA degree • Built and taught by local faculty • Courses freely available – Colleges pooled enrollments in these courses using the shared student management system
  4. 4. WashingtonOnline (WAOL) Pooled Enrollments 1. Allow students to access all courses and services at one institution 2. Allow colleges to offer a wider variety of courses and to serve small numbers of students 3. Are flexible and efficient – can scale up or down quickly to meet demand
  5. 5. Total eLearning Enrollments
  6. 6. Strategic Technology Plan• Strategy I: Create a single, system-wide suite of online teaching and learning tools that provides all Washington students with easy access to “anywhere, anytime” learning.•
  7. 7. Shared Tools and Services • ANGEL Learning • Tegrity • Collaborate • NW eTutoring Consortium • Professional development • Open Course Library
  8. 8.“We will cultivate the culture andpractice of using and contributing toopen educational resources.”
  9. 9. Making the Case for “Open” Internet + Digital Content + Open License = Lower Cost Greater Access Greater Quality
  10. 10. Textbook Affordability The high cost of textbooks has reduced Washington citizens’ access to higher education. Full-time students spend over $1,000 on textbooks every year.College Board Report: Trends in College Pricing (2007)
  11. 11. Textbook Affordability
  12. 12. Student Advocacy WA CTC Student Voice Academy Top issue three years running: CUTTING TEXTBOOK COSTS
  13. 13. Textbook Affordability SBCTC Example: English Composition I 50,000+ enrollments / year x $100 textbook $5+ Million every year
  14. 14. Washington Legislation• SSHB1025 – Faculty consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available, adopting free, open textbooks when available, and working with college librarians to put together collections of free online web and library resources, when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty…
  15. 15. WA Legislation• SSHB1946 – two big ideas – share technology and share content.• (v) Methods and open licensing options for effectively sharing digital content including but not limited to: Open courseware, open textbooks, open journals, and open learning objects…
  16. 16. State Board “Open” Policy All digital software, educational resources and knowledge produced through competitive grants, offered through and/or managed by the SBCTC, will carry a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
  17. 17. Open Education • Open Course Library Goals – Design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper courses – Improve course completion rates – Lower textbook costs for students (<$30) – Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses – Fully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion.
  18. 18. Open Course Library • Phase 1: 42 courses – Available October 31, 2011 at • Phase 2 : 39 courses – Available Spring 2013
  19. 19. Only ONE Thing Matters: • Efficient use of public funds to increase student success and access to quality educational materials. • Everything else (including all existing business models) is secondary.
  20. 20. Connie Broughton Tom Caswell http://opencourselibrary.orgSlides at: