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Open Course Library Update

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An Open Course Library Update given in Fall 2011

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Open Course Library Update

  1. 1. Open Course Library UpdateFall 2011<br />Tom Caswell<br />Open Education Policy Associate<br />WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Open Course Library Goals<br />Design and share 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper courses<br />Improve course completion rates<br />Lower textbook costs for students (<$30)<br />Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses<br />Fully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion. <br />
  3. 3. Timeline<br />Phase 1: 42 courses<br />Available October 31, 2011 at http://opencourselibrary.org<br />Phase 2 : 39 courses<br />Available Spring 2013<br />
  4. 4. Design Process<br />81 courses built by our own faculty<br />Define learning objectives<br />Use existing, quality Open Educational Resources (OER)<br />Fill in gaps with their own content<br />
  5. 5. Potential Savings<br />81 courses = 411,133 enrollments / year<br />Textbook savings up to $41M+ in / year <br />At 25% adoption (faculty decision), savings to students will be $7.2M / year. <br />Completions rates may also increase when all students can afford course materials<br />
  6. 6. Next Steps<br />Driving Open Course Library Course Adoptions<br />Regional conferences and workshops<br />New faculty trainings <br />Building open sharing into existing teaching workflows and technologies<br />Next LMS will have “open sharing” feature<br />Explore open sharing via Tegrity<br />
  7. 7. Lessons Learned<br />Phase 1 Faculty Concerns:<br />Project timelines and deliverables not clear<br />Many were unfamiliar with ANGEL LMS<br />No way to compare work between course teams<br />Too many websites to keep track of<br />Phase 2 Adjustments:<br />Timelines and deliverables made clear in RFP<br />Using Google Docs to collaborate & share as we go<br />All project information in one Google Site<br />
  8. 8. Why Google Docs?<br />Pros:<br />Collaborative, consistent, simple tool<br />Similar to Microsoft Word<br />Broader adoption base – not limited to specific LMS communities (LMS-neutral)<br />Allows for easier viewing, sharing, saving copies<br />Cons:<br />No automated quizzed & assessments<br />Designers can link to other tools or type up questions<br />Extra step for adopters using an LMS: move OCL resources into LMS<br />
  9. 9. Why Google Docs?<br />What About OCL Phase 1 Courses?<br />Remember: Not just building open courses – exploring new processes.<br />Both phases are useful:<br />Phase 1: less structured; developed with several tools<br />Phase 2: leverage a common tool; streamline process<br />Migrate Phase 1 from ANGEL to next LMS<br />Next LMS will include open sharing features<br />If Google Docs works best, we’ll figure out how to move phase 1 courses<br />
  10. 10. Tom CaswellOpen Education Policy Associate, <br />State Board for Community & Technical Colleges<br />tcaswell@sbctc.edu<br />http://opencourselibrary.org<br />Slides at: http://slideshare.net/tom4cam<br />

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