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Value Of OER_ VSS_09


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Value Of OER_ VSS_09

  1. 1. The Value of Open Educational Resources (OER): Practical Applications and Opportunities Terri Rowenhorst NROC Membership Services Monterey Institute for Technology and Education iNACOL’s Virtual School Symposium November 16, 2009
  2. 2. Teaching, learning and research resources, In the public domain or, Released under a license that permits free use or re-purposing by others. For examples, see Creative What are OERs? OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, Streaming videos, audio, text, software, tools, or techniques Used to support access to knowledge .
  3. 3. <ul><li>To benefit society by increasing access to quality educational resources at little or no cost to anyone seeking to learn . </li></ul><ul><li>To share and leverage scarce educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>To create more transparency among learning institutions </li></ul><ul><li>To provide different means of access and reuse, depending on the source of the content. </li></ul>Why OER?
  4. 4. Growth and Partnerships OER Coalition
  5. 5. ARRA 2009
  6. 6. Federal Stimulus and OER
  7. 7. Common Core
  8. 8. So, if OER is GOOD , and its FREE , Living Up to the Promise why isn’t everyone using it?
  9. 9. OER Check List <ul><li>What you are looking for in OER . . . </li></ul><ul><li>curricular </li></ul><ul><li>complete </li></ul><ul><li>quality </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>teaching tool </li></ul>
  10. 10. A repository of high-quality undergraduate, high school, and Advanced Placement© content to be distributed at little or no cost to students and teachers worldwide. <ul><ul><li>Curricular content for both secondary and post-secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete course foundations with a flexible learning object structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustaining membership to maintain and grow the repository </li></ul></ul>Unique Among OERs
  11. 11. Free for Individuals
  12. 12. Quality <ul><li>Editorially rigorous </li></ul><ul><li>Media rich </li></ul><ul><li>Instructionally sound </li></ul>
  13. 13. Curricular Complete teaching materials Correlated with popular textbooks & state standards
  14. 14. Flexible Customizable by a teacher, a department, or a system Can be used within popular CMS’s and repositories
  15. 15. High School Course Foundations College Prep Physics I College Prep Physics II Algebra 1a Algebra 1b Curso de Algebra 1A (Spanish) Curso de Algebra 1B (Spanish) <ul><li>College </li></ul><ul><li>Course Foundations </li></ul><ul><li>US History I </li></ul><ul><li>US History II </li></ul><ul><li>American Government </li></ul><ul><li>Religions of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary Algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory Calculus I </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory Calculus II </li></ul><ul><li>General Calculus I </li></ul><ul><li>General Calculus II </li></ul><ul><li>Calculo General I (Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>Calculo General II (Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics for the Social Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory Physics I (algebra-based) </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory Physics II (algebra-based) </li></ul><ul><li>General Physics I (calculus-based) </li></ul><ul><li>General Physics II (calculus-based) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Majors Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Environmental Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Physics B I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Physics B II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Physics C I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Physics C II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP US History I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP US History II AP US Government and Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Calculus AB I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Calculus AB II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Calculus BC I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Calculus BC II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Biology </li></ul></ul>Coming in 2010 High School US History High School Algebra 1 (NEW) Spanish Version of Statistics for Social Sciences College Developmental Mathematics NROC Library 2009
  16. 16. <ul><li>ALGEBRA I </li></ul><ul><li>$1M from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Production planning and design complete </li></ul><ul><li>Semester 1 published Summer 2010 </li></ul>New Math Projects <ul><li>DEVELOPMENTAL MATH: </li></ul><ul><li>$5M from The Gates Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Project runs from 2009-2012 </li></ul><ul><li>First course to publish September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Arithmetic, Elem. Algebra, Geometry, Interm. Algebra sequence </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>. </li></ul>“ . . . sustainability problems plague open educational resources . . . the inherent contradiction in the idea of sustaining and upgrading a product that is given away.” The Promise of Open Educational Resources , Marshall S. Smith and Catherine M. Casserly, Change , September/October 2006 The Challenge of OER
  18. 18. NROC Network <ul><li>Educators, designers, technologists, and administrators working together to promote the continuous improvement of online courses through collaborative development of high-quality content and instruction. </li></ul>
  19. 19. 2009 Network Members 2009-2010 Advisors Academy School District 20 Online (CO) Alabama ACCESS (DOE) Albuquerque Public Schools (NM) Anaheim Union High School District (CA) Arizona Department of Education Bambugare Network (Sub-Saharan Africa) Bethel Covenant College (Uganda) California State University at Fullerton Center to Bridge the Digital Divide (Rwanda) Chattanooga State Technical & Comm. College (TN) CORE (China) Clark County School District (NV) Colorado Community Colleges Online Colorado Online Learning CUDI (Mexico) Florida Distance Learning Consortium Georgia Virtual School (DOE) Global Literacy Foundation (AZ) Greenville County Virtual School (SC) Grossmont Union High School (CA) Gwinnett County Online Campus (GA) Kentucky Statewide Consortium (P-20) ( a joint effort of the KY Department of Education, KY Council of Post-Secondary Education & the KY Community & Technical College System ) Hudson Schools of Technology (NJ) Idaho Digital Learning Academy IDEAL-New Mexico Illinois Virtual School (DOE) Indian Prairie School District #204 (IL) Iowa Community Colleges Online Consortium Los Angeles Unified School District Louisiana Virtual School Lubbock Independent School District Online (TX) Maryland State Department of Education Michigan Virtual High School Mid-Hudson Regional BOCES Consortium (NY) Minnesota Learning Commons (P-20) ( a joint effort of MN State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota serving P-20 learners across the state) Minneapolis Public Schools Online Mississippi Virtual School (DOE) Missouri Dept. of Elem. and Secondary Education Montana State University at Billings Myron B. Thompson Academy (HI) Niles Township High School District (IL) Nebraska: Partnerships for Innovation (P-20) North Carolina Community College System North Dakota Center for Distance Education Northwest Area Education Agency (IA) Oregon Department of Education Portland State University San Jose Education Foundation (CA) San Luis Obispo County Board of Education (CA) School District of the Chathams (NJ) Sierra Vista High School (CA) South Carolina Virtual School (DOE) Tulare County Office of Education (CA) University of California, Irvine University of Georgia System Board of Regents Utah Electronic High School University of Texas at Brownsville UT System TeleCampus Valley Christian School (CA) Virtual Virginia (DOE) West Virginia University-Parkersburg West Virginia DOE Whitfield County School District (GA) Partner Advisors: Council of Chief State Supervisors and Officers Southern Regional Education Board
  20. 20. Value of Membership <ul><li>Members use NROC in a variety of ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional classroom use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid/blended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select media for iPod downloads </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… and to address a variety of challenges. </li></ul>
  21. 21. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: To offer robust online resources to support academic continuity initiatives. “ The (NROC courses) were a unique find. The quality is extraordinary, the flexibility is exceptional, and the feedback we’re getting from our teachers is the content is amazing.” Steve Nelson Chief Information Technology Strategist, Oregon DOE
  22. 22. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Replacing Costly Textbooks On teaching US History without a textbook “ . . . we turned to NROC. I left my discussion questions, midterms, and finals the same as they were when we used the textbook, so I could compare outcomes. I was happy to find that my students are right on track with the digital alternative.“ Karen Kaemmerling Chair of Social Sciences, CCCOnline
  23. 23. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: To customize and adapt rigorous content for credit recovery “ T he use of NROC content has opened our thinking to Open Education Resources and their application in the K-12 environment. Adoption of adaptable, rigorous, multi-modal resources for teachers that align with district standards is vital to student learning.” Mary Schlegelmilch, eLearning Supervisor, OPS
  24. 24. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: To secure high quality Advanced Placement © content and learning objects to enhance AP course offerings for Michigan students. The quality and flexibility of the NROC content has assisted MVS instructors and course designers in creating numerous AP courses. Robert Currie, Executive Director, Michigan Virtual School
  25. 25. NROC Network Case Studies “ NROC has provided us the opportunity to support students, teachers, and community members across the state in a cost-effective way. MVLO has benefitted by being able to offer high-quality resources at a fraction of the cost it would take to develop from scratch.” Bob Cole Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities, MSDE Opportunity: All students and educators in Maryland public schools have the opportunity and ability to enhance the educational experience through access to high quality online courses and instructional support.
  26. 26. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Seeding a statewide repository to promote content sharing and save development costs &quot;Starting a statewide digital repository is a challenge. At the core of the project, the repository must offer sufficient rich multimedia and high quality resources to attract and motivate faculty to use repository content. In Florida, we are licensing the high quality NROC content library to form that essential content core.&quot; Susie Henderson, Director, Orange Grove
  27. 27. NROC Network Case Studies Opportunity: Bridging the gap between High School and College to support student success. “ Perkins IV launched new thinking about how Nebraska could build statewide systems to accomplish program improvement and increase student achievement. Our consortium provides an opportunity to reduce the burden on local institutions by offering resources like NROC for every student and teacher in the state. NROC provides the opportunity for integration of career and academic education in every classroom and learning delivery system.” Erika Volker, Administrative Director, Nebraska PFI
  28. 28. <ul><li>Link to HippoCampus </li></ul><ul><li>Make HippoCampus assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Blog about it, add links to directory sites </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce faculty to HippoCampus tools </li></ul><ul><li>Offer feedback on HippoCampus </li></ul><ul><li>Know of great content? Suggest HippoCampus as a sharing vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>Consider other institutional uses possible through membership </li></ul><ul><li>OER success is measured by usage </li></ul>Share it---with LEARNERS!
  29. 29. Terri Rowenhorst NROC Membership Director [email_address] 719-783-0804 OER site: Free for individuals! For more information about membership: Questions?