Michigan 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.
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.
- Presentation Slides [Slideshare]
- 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.