Faculty Panel – Moderated by Dr. Cable Green
This panel of faculty will talk about their engagement with open learning materials and how their experience with open licensing enables them to take full advantage of OER in ways not otherwise possible with “closed” educational materials.Speakers
- Dr. Matthew VanCleave, Professor of Philosophy, Lansing Community College
- Joseph Mold, Director of Online Learning & Instructional Design, Bay College
- Dr. Charles Lowe, Associate Professor of Writing, Grand Valley State University
- Edited by Charles Lowe of GVSU and Patel Zemliansky – Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a series of 2 volumes of CC-licensed essays written as readings for the first year composition classroom.
- Benefits of OER via Charles Lowe:
- Working on OER projects can be good professional development
- Creating OER demonstrates teaching excellence
- Collaborating with fellow teachers; commons based peer production
- Developing pedagogical theory on creating textbooks for our disciplines which is otherwise lost through outsourcing
- Bay College Open Educational Resources Video – A campus wide initiative to support student success. OER provides freedom from the textbook. OER allows faculty to use their own expertise rather than have the curriculum be dictated by a textbook publisher. OER textbooks give a unique voice and campus context and personalized by students. When students pay for a class, they don’t want a textbook to teach them, they want the faculty to provide insight.
- Dr. Matthew VanCleave, Lansing Community College, wrote an open textbook “Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking“.
- Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform – Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development > How can we use OER for this important work?
Attendees will learn about the basics of open licenses (Creative Commons) including how to add open licenses to your work and best practices for attribution.
- Creative Commons FAQ
- Consider your plans: Local (we can rely somewhat on fair use, library materials are paid for, we can make changes easily), Sharing (fair use is less applicable, because of distribution, subscription materials are not available everywhere), Grants (the founder may have restrictions, greater need for adaptation work, downstream users matter a lot).
- Teach Act allows you to make copies for spontaneous use under Fair Use of copyrighted materials. However, reusing the same article is not covered under Fair Use. Using CC licenses is beneficial because they are openly licensed.
- Elements of Licenses (Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-Derivative, Non-Commercial)
- Currently the Creative Commons License is at 4.0.
- Creative Commons Wiki
- Creative Commons License Compatibility Chart
- Goal is to maximize use and reuse.
- TASL – Title, author, source, license.
- CC Atribution 4.0 Creative Commons Marking – guidance of marking up work. E.g. “Chemistry” by OpenStax is licensed CC-BY 4.0.
- Remixed work can only be shared if the licenses are compatible.
- For additional information about licenses see: Creative Commons FAQ
- Openly licensed content still has copyright.
- Creating a CC license picker: https://creativecommons.org/choose/
- Open Attribute is a browser plugin to capture CC license information.
- Open Attribution Builder by Open Washington which provides assistance in creating a proper attribution.
OER in the K-12 through Michigan’s Participation in the #GoOpen Initiative
- Ann-Marie Mapes, Education Technology Consultant, Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
- Teresa Fulk, Director of Instruction for Wayland Union Schools
- Cheryl Wilson, Teacher Technology Consultant at Wayland Union Schools
Why OER for K12?
- Personalize learning
- Increase student engagement
- Free minimal costs
- Savings to be diverted to teaching and learning
“Textbook business in K12 is an $8 Billion (with a B) Business in the US”
MI Open Book Project
- K-2 In Development
- Michigan project by teachers for teachers
- 3-8 Grade Series
- High School US History
- Launched by US DOE
- Encourage statewide OER statewide strategy and repository
- MI is one of 19 states to #GoOpen
- Wayland and Marysville are #GoOpen Districts in the State
- Michigan #GoOpen Districts
- Lansing CC, GVSU, Open Michigan, Michigan Colleges Online, Library of Michigan
Systems of Support K12 Educators via Michigan #GoOpen Initiative
- OER Repository
- Professional Learning (MACUL, REMC, MVU)
- Access to Content
- #GoOpen District Examplars
Wayland Union #GoOpen District
- 5th year in a 1:1 with 7-12 with an iPad
- 2011-12 – staff received iPads in the spring, iTunesU K12 portal course management systems/blended learning
- 2012-13 – grades 7-12 have iPads, math received MacBooks, increased blended learning, immediately our Math department began using OERS: ck-12, Engage NY
- Building knowledge and skills as teachers become more comfortable with flipping instruction, using iPads, seeking free resources to take advantage of 1:1, desire for MacBooks for creation.
- Grants and funding – MACUL provided MacBook for creation, WUEF provided MacBooks for textbook and Mac Mini for student created textbooks, TRIG – using resources for purchasing devices.
Current OER Use in Wayland
- MAISA Units (K-8 ELA, 5-8 Social Studies)
- Engage NY (Math)
- Ck-12 (Math and Science)
- Michigan Open Book Project (Social Studies)
- Creative Commons
- Continue to seek out others: OpenEd.com, OER Commons, and LearningRegistry.org
Culture Shift for Teaching
- Return to the art of teaching (not directed by the textbook)
- Focus on student needs and standards as opposed to “getting through” the textbook
- Personalized learning
Future of OER at Wayland
- Continued implementation of MI Open Books Project
- #GoOpen Commitment
- Student created open resources
- Continued professional development and suppport of OER
- Establish OER Repository 2017-18
- Raise Awareness
- Coordinate professional learning opportunities across organizations
- #GoOpen districts as exemplars sharing their story
- Move to “technology enabled transformative personalize learning”
Advancing OER Adoptions Across MI Community Colleges
Ronda Edwards, Executive Director, Michigan Colleges Online (MCO), Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)
- Improving Student Success
- Lowering Costs for Students
- Increasing Inter-Institutional Faculty Collaboration
- Passing with a C- or better grade
- Course grade
- Enrollment intensity in current tea
- Enrollment intensity in next term
Statewide Steering Committee
- Representation from all 28 community colleges
- Data collection
Survey on Open Textbook Usage
- 14 colleges reporting
- 120 courses
- $1,523,200 savings reported ($100 textbook cost) 2.6 million if you include the full price current textbook
- Disciplines using an Open Textbook: (colleges using)
- Business Law (2)
- Economics (2)
- Biology (3)
- Anatomy and Physiology (5)
- US History (6)
- Statistics (2)
- Pre-algebra (2)
- Chemistry (3)
- Sociology (4)
- Geography (2)
- Physics (2)
- Psychology (5)
Repository for the State of Michigan via MCO
- Launched this Fall
- Michigan Colleges Online Hub is hosted by OER Commons
- Connections to over 65,000 resources
- Low maintenance costs
- Authoring tools
- Collections on the MCO Hub including curated discipline collections
- Groups on the MCO Hub highlight each college’s contribution
- Users can tag, rate, review, save, note, and contribute content
- Faculty Grants – Adoption (Macomb, Northwestern, Lansing CC, Mott Community College) using open textbooks.
- Faculty Grants – Adaption (Mott CC, Lansing CC, MidMichigan, Kirkland CC) have Psychology and Communication, American and World History and Cell Biology and Human Genetics courses adding ancillary and supplementary resources in addition to Openstax textbooks.
- Faculty Grants – Development (Lansing CC) develop Spanish multimedia ancillary resources using virtual partners, interactive multimedia, practice exercises etc. Forensic Science (Mott CC, Genesee Career Institute) to create a full open textbook on Forensic Science. (Lansing CC) will develop a Fashion textbook and workbook on the Principles and Elements of Design.
Next for MCO OER
- More professional development with staff/faculty/authors
- Inter-Institutional sharing/collaboration
- Z Degrees – Zero cost for an entire degree for instructional materials…
- Ahrash Bissell, NROC
- Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana
- Courtney Peppers-Owen, JSU
- NROC is a non-profit and national k-20 operative.
- EdReady – Learning platform.
- HippoCampus – Free resources and online library.
- The problem: Student readiness and placement as it relates to prior knowledge. The more prior knowledge the more prepared for college. Typically placement tests give you score, and is this score acceptable for college preparation… the “cut score” is an arbitrary number. It’s really more of a range of numbers.
- Does a placement test give you the confidence of preparedness? The students in the middle, where most students are, are the most ambiguous. We can identify the most prepared and least prepared and link those to confidence in preparedness but it’s the middle that is the most important to interpret.
- How can we identify the gaps in knowledge of students for placement?
- EdReady – 1) Provides assessments for students, 2) Links students to skills training, 3) Establishes a personalized approach to readiness
- Jacksonville State University in Alabama is using EdReady. 50% failure rate in Intermediate Algebra, millions lost in tuition, loss of potential career opportunities for students.
- JSU uses EdReady as a low stakes placement solution/alternative. They have single sign on and score updates sent to Banner. The math curriculum committee worked with EdReady to align and identify topics for STEM and non-STEM math objectives.
- Once students hit the cut off score, they can then enroll in the for credit course. JSU removed the 098 basic algebra math course and used EdReady to keep the students going without having to take the developmental course.
- JSU allows freshman to use EdReady on their own as a self-assessment for placement.
- JSU has found better success and lower dropout withdrawal for students participating in EdReady.
- University of Montana “What do I want my students to be ready for?”
- Montana was one of 5 states to pilot EdReady and entered into a 3 year field test.
- Montana was the first state to adopt EdReady.
- The benefits of EdReady in Montana include the use of the tool in: upper elementary, middle, and high schools, alternative education, 2 adn 4 year colleges, adult learning centers.
- Replacing and rethinking the traditional developmental track. The goal is to overcome the “algebra problem” with large number of students never master the fundamental math skill set. The traditional track is not working well for many students.
- Students use EdReady and then take the written final of an algebra class to be able to move beyond developmental coursework.
- Complete College America In Montana – Study of results from gateway course completion.
- More information about Complete College highlights success stories for math placement, guided pathways, remediation, etc.
How can EdReady be used in your institutional developmental and placement programs?
EdReady: Accelerate your path to college and career from The NROC Project on Vimeo.