#MIOERSummit – Measuring the Impact of OER Initiatives: An Assessment Framework (Lansing Community College)

OER Goals: Textbook Affordability, allow faculty exploration and innovation in finding new, better, and less costly ways to deliver quality learning materials to students in addition to improved pedagogy.

  • 2015 OER initiative began.
  • How to show the effect of OER.
  • $2.1 million has been saved in textbook costs.
  • 36% of students at LCC are enrolled in courses using OER.
  • Students can search during registration if a course uses OER or not.
  • OER and Open Learning is part of the 2017-2020 LCC Strategic Plan.
  • Assessment is a focus area, and tracking learning initiatives is important. Is what we are doing making a difference. Are the problems we have been identifying being solved?
  • Align OER work with the strategic plan.

  • Where are we going, what results are we hoping to achieve?
  • How do we best operationalize OER at our institution?
  • Open Education Research Group
  • Areas of focus: (COUP – Cost, Outcomes, Use, Perceptions)
    • Financial Impact – Costs of text previously assigned, OER support fee models, changes in campus bookstore revenue, changes in tuition revenue due to changes in drop rates, enrollment persistence.
    • Education Outcomes – Changes in % of students receiving a C or better, rates of completion, drop rates, enrollment intensity, persistence, attainment of progress milestones, graduation rates
    • Use of OER – Adoption, Adaptation, Creation? Patterns of use, why are they using, what are they not?
    • Perceptions of Faculty/Students – How do users perceive OER, how do they judge it’s quality, align with curriculum, error free, up-to-date, ancillary resources?
  • Data Sources – Surveys, Textbook Prices, SIS, LMS
  • Assessment Framework

Learn more about OER at LCC


MI #OER Summit 2017

0fac595ce47642b791bdb3ba22b2561fMichigan Colleges Online is pleased to announce the 2017 MI OER Summit – a gathering of OPEN enthusiasts and those who are interested and eager to learn, network and advocate.  This year’s event is hosted by Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI) at the Binda Performing Arts Center on September 22, 2017.

speaker The keynote for the Summit is provided by Dr. Robin DeRosa – professor and chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

“Harnessing the Power of OPEN: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, and Colleges”

In this presentation, Robin will focus on how we can come together as a community of learners to transform courses, assignments, and ultimately, our public colleges and universities. With a special focus on Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy, Robin will offer both ideas to re-inspire a sense of mission in public college instructors and examples of non-disposable assignments that will get students actively contributing to the knowledge commons. The presentation will introduce participants to the idea of connected learning, and offer new ways of conceiving of course architecture to better link students with their scholarly and professional communities of practice. Those who are fluent with using new technologies and/or OERs in their courses and those who are just beginning to explore and learn are equally encouraged to attend.



  • Book Chapter: “From OER to Open Pedagogy: Harnessing the Power of OPEN” [PDF]
  • Why are we charging students to access books in literature that are in the public domain?
  • Robin funded a collaborative project that was built with alums, incoming students, and professors. Students were paid to help out of her own pocket. Created a OER Early American Lit Research Assistants project. So with day 1 in the Fall semester, the project was done.
  • Project continues with students and teachers adding, improving, and sharing with multimedia contributions.
  • Hypothes.is was used for collaborative annotations.
  • An open text can be: interactive, collaborative, dialogic, dynamic, empowering, contributory, current, accessible, multimedia, public, and free.
  • A social justice movement is what OER is all about. – Robin DeRosa


  • 56% of students pay more than $300 per semester and 20% of students pay more than $500 per semester on textbooks.


  • Students worry more about paying for books than worry about paying for college.


  • The REAL Cost of College = tuition, course materials, transportation, child care costs, food, etc.
  • In which domains does your teaching engage? Survive > Know > Understand > Thrive > Contribute > Transform
  • Open pedagogy is the piece that happens when students are producers of knowledge not just consumers.
  • “I don’t want to join a movement focused on replacing crappy expensive textbooks with crappy free textbooks.”
  • OPEN is about access to knowledge and access to knowledge creation. – Robin DeRosa
  • Resource: “Opensem: A Student-Generated Handbook for the First Year of College
  • Resource: “Interdisciplinary Studies: A Connected Learning Approach
  • Open Pedagogy Resource: “Project Management for Instructional Designers
  • WikiEDU can provide assistance to help students create open content and “non-disposable assignments”.
  • Writing Op-Ed is another example of a “non-disposable assignment”.
  • Areas of Caution: Digital redlining and the digital divide are real and insidious. Open is not the opposite of private. EdTech is selling something. Open is a process not a panacea.


OPEN is about access to knowledge and access to knowledge creation. – Robin DeRosa

Open Education: Putting the PUBLIC back in public Higher Ed.




#LCCOER – Faculty #OER Panel

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:
  1. Working on OER projects can be good professional development
  2. Creating OER demonstrates teaching excellence
  3. Collaborating with fellow teachers; commons based peer production
  4. 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?

2017 #OER Summit at Lansing Community College #LCCOER

fullsizerender-24“Open Education: The Moral, Business & Policy Case for OER” by Dr. Cable Green
Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education, Creative CommonsThe Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a higher education can be a basic human right. Governments and foundations are supporting this shift with a move to open policies: requiring public access to publicly (and foundation) funded resources. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss specific examples where institution, provinces / states, nations and foundations have moved the default on funding from “closed” to “open.” He will also explore new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.


  • 29 colleges and universities and K12 districts with 300 attendees at the 2017 Lansing Community College OER Summit.
  • Lansing CC has an “Operation 100%” where all students will be successful. In order to meet this goal there was a need for equity and zeroing in on textbook costs.

47 faculty in 15 courses saving over $800,000 at Lansing Community College

  • Goal at Lansing is to get zero degrees, for students and faculty. Education needs to be about sharing, knowledge, and possibilities for all students.
  • Digital + Open Licensing + Internet = Share at the Cost of Zero
  • Internet Enables Copyright Forbids
  • OER is any kind of teaching material – textbooks, syllabi, lesson plans, videos, recordings, exams that provides:
    • Free and Unfettered Access
    • Free Copyright Permissions to Engage in the 5 R Activities
      • Retain
        • Keep, make, and maintain and own copies
      • Reuse
        • Use in a wide range of ways
      • Revise
        • Adapt, modify, and improve
      • Remix
        • Combine two or more
      • Redistribute
        • Share with others
  • Open is not equal to Free – Open is Free + Legal Permissions to be able to use the 5R’s.
  • Retain is fundamental because if you don’t have a copy you can’t reuse, revise, or remix.


    • Consumer Price Index January 2006 – 2016
      • 88% textbooks have gone up
      • 21% all goods
      • 63% tuition
    • Average cost of a textbook $174 for highest enrollment courses
  • US PIRG Report, 2014
    • 65% of students decided against buying a required textbook because of cost
    • 50% of students said that cost of textbooks impacted how many and which classes they took
    • 82% students said that they would have done better if they had access to the resources in the course
  • 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey from Florida Virtual Campus


  • creativecommons.org – CC is a global non-profit organization.
  • Licenses via CC
    • Attribution – Not optional, if someone uses your work they have to give credit
    • ShareAlike – Optional, if you take my work and change it, you have to share
    • NonCommercial – Optional, you cannot sell it
    • NoDerivatives – Optional, you cannot change it (in education, try to stay away from this)


>>> Enter Renewable Assignments >>>

Let’s spend time in our courses with students to contribute to the global community, leveraging real world applicable assignments… and sharing back using open content.

  • Renewable Assignments
    • Students see value
    • Teachers see value
    • The world is a better place in the end… eg. Flint Water Crisis analysis in a political science and statistics classes… and contribute this work to an open textbook resources…
  • How is OER changing K12 Education?

$130 million per year is spent in the state of Washington on K12 Textbooks

  • Textbooks in Washington are:
    • Books are on average 7-10 years old.
    • Paper only books.
    • Students can’t write/highlight in books.
    • Student can’t keep books at the end of the year
    • All rights reserved and teachers can’t update.
    • Parents often pay for lost paper books.
    • Isn’t there a better way? Rather than spending $130 million per year, let’s spend some money in the state to develop our own OER resources in the state! See Open Washington Network
  • openupresources.org 
  • New Zealand Creative Commons
  • Leicester City Council
  • Poland – 50% of kids cannot afford resources. “naszelementarz”
  • Lumen Learning Textbook Cost Calculator
  • Benefits of OER
    • Increate Access – open access license materials provide
    • Save Money – repurposing financial aid spend on static textbooks for other pressing student financial needs.
    • Keep Content Relevant, Effective and High Quality – Fix error immediately!
    • Empower Faculty – Give faculty the best content and the ability to adapt content for benefiting students.
  • OER Initiative – How to advance on your campus:
    • Raise Awareness
    • College Support for Adaption and Adoption (Release Time, Instructional Designer and Staff Support, Stipends)
    • Funding (Rededicate funds for the campus to innovative efforts…)
    • Creation and Adaption of OER in Tenure and Promotion

Publicly funding projects should be openly licensed, we as taxpayers are paying for it!

There is tremendous potential in leveraging open education resources in education. How can we transform teaching and learning using OER?