The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – for 82 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality option that will cost students no more than $30 per course.
Examining the impact of Open Course Library adoption on teaching practice and student success
Examining the impact of Open CourseLibrary adoption on teaching practice and student success Credit: Timothy Valentine & Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA Boyoung Chae Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Tom Caswell Western Governors University
OCL Project OverviewA collection of openly licensed (CC BY) educational materials for 82 high-enrollment college coursesProject Goals:1. Lower textbook costs for students2. Improve course completion rates3. Provide new resources for faculty Credit: Timothy Valentine & Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA
Open Course Library• Phase 1: 42 courses – http://opencourselibrary.org – http://saylor.org• Phase 2 : 40 courses – Available Spring 2013
Research Questions• The purpose of the study is to investigate the adoption of Open Course Library (OCL) courses within the WA college system. – How and to what extent, are open course materials being shared and used? – What are the barriers or keys to the successful adoption of open course materials? – What institutional policies are needed to support the adoption and use of open course materials? – How does the use of open course materials influence student success?
Methodology• Qualitative Study – 1 hour focus group with a group of faculty who have experience with OCL course materials – 30 minute follow-up phone interviews with focus group participants
Preliminary findings• Focus group with two community colleges• Follow-up phone interview with 15 faculty who used OCL course materials
Preliminary findings 1• Faculty who decided to adopt the OCL materials liked: – OCL materials being offered as a whole package – OCL courses offers low cost textbook – Proper institutional support – OCL course quality was impressive
Preliminary findings 2• Those who decided not to adopt the OCL materials encountered the barriers including: – OCL courses resides in ANGEL – OCL courses did not offer low cost textbook – Did not receive proper institutional support – OCL course quality was not very impressive • Outdated resources • Course objectives were not aligned with course content • Course did not utilize the proper open resources
Preliminary findings 3• What faculty consider keys to successful adoption – A community of OCL users – A system where they can continuously improve these courses. – More connection with the authors to ask questions or suggest ideas.
Implementation Plan for OCL Adoption 1. Build Online State-wide OER HUB 2. Organize OER Advisory Group 3. Provide OER Hands-On Workshop 4. Work with Colleges to set the atmosphere that is welcoming to use of OER 5. Build a larger OER community
QuestionsQuestions about OCL project or OCL research?Boyoung ChaeInterim Open Course Library Managerbchae@sbctc.edu360-628-3549Tom CaswellDirector of Instructional DesignWestern Governors University