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
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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.
- 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.
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?