Opening Up Opportunities for Students and Faculty: A University Transitions to Open and Digital Resources
October 14, 2015 – 12:45pm
This presentation will provide an overview of one institution’s journey to transition nearly 500 courses to digital resources including open, library, and eBook resources.
- Background: Post University is a traditional institution (800 students) with 15,000 students taking online courses.
- Students were not purchasing textbooks because of cost.
- To provide affordable alternative to textbooks
- To provide instant access to course materials as the course begins
- To provide course materials that best meet course and program outcomes (for accreditation and student success)
- Project Scope:
- Target 450+ undergrad and grad courses across 2 modalities and varying course lengths
- Timeframe: Goal fo 60% completion rate in 1 year
- As of July 324 courses were using OER.
- Getting Started
- Faculty perspectives around the “scholarly” resources of “open course” quality. Some faculty don’t believe in open. Does this make more work for me? What about academic freedom?
- University wide systems to support: instructional design, IT, admissions, student services, student accounts, advising, library are key areas.
- 3rd party vendors include: bookstore, publishers, software vendors.
- These resources were used for open textbooks. Based in Rice University.
- They are entering the K12 market also.
- Open = socially just, inexpensive resources for students
- Libraries are key in gaining access to digital resources that are free or “already paid for”.
- Merlot is another good resource to find materials using the ISBN search.
- Key: Find champions and celebrate the work of early adopters.
- For promotion, using the LMS portal to provide awareness.
- When selecting resources it is important to find creative commons resources to ensure copyright clearance.
- It’s important to involve faculty at the beginning and also faculty governance.