#eLearning2017 – Having it All: How OER Give Faculty and Students what they Want

Presenter:

  • Sandra King, Professor, Communications, Anne Arundel Community College

Notes:

  • What students want
    • Reduced Cost: Maryland OER Day Keynote
    • Federal student loan debt is up to 1 Trillion, and college textbooks increased by 812% since 1978.
    • Access issues such as not purchasing the text, waiting to purchase a text, waiting for a text to arrive in the bookstore, purchasing the wrong text or edition, or misplacing/losing the text.
    • Engaging content, less text, more multimedia, graphics, interactive content to use and explore the content, animations, appropriate vocabulary (to include developmental students, ESL), and gaming elements < universal design
    • Example: $160 for communications textbook, OER costs $0.
    • Huge benefit is that students have access to the text the first day of class.
    • Articulate Storyline is used for interactive assessment.
    • Badges are awarded when 90% completed.
  • What faculty want
    • High quality courses: QM standards on measurable objectives, curriculum alignment (textbooks generally do not link to your course directly as far as curriculum), assessments
    • Accessibility: hard copies and eBooks, captioning,  self-described links, headers
    • Universal Design: graphics, audio, video
    • Currency: Up-to-date and relevant content
    • Liberation: publishers no longer dictate changes in terminology, or reorganization of content
    • Increased student satisfaction, engagement, and retention
  • Lessons learned
    • Give yourself extra time
    • What elements need to be implemented first and together
    • Gaming elements didn’t all work well
    • View implementing OERs as an ongoing project
    • Consider allowing students to participate
  • Resources for OERs
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