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…
- Julee A. Russell, Chair, Departments of Language and Literature, Art and Communications, Valley City State University
- Diane Burr, Professor of Kinesiology and Human Performance, Valley City State University
OER Pilot Course (Fall 2015)
- ENGL 125: Introduction to Professional Writing
- Student satisfaction measured through surveys administered at four week intervals.
- Topics included:
- How accessible are the resources
- Opinions of reading text on screen
- Effect of reading online texts and motivation to read
- Impact of textbook costs
- Students found that the resources are accessible, students feel like the content provides enough knowledge, overall positive experience.
- Spring 2016 Faculty Focus Group and Beyond
- 10 Faculty Participated with Stipend of $750 to find and implement an OER in their General Education course.
- Faculty were positive about the flexibility of the resources, yet realized that it took a lot of time to locate valuable resources.
- “I believe there is much more to OER than textbooks. The ability to blend ad wide variety of sources is valuable.”
- 35% of students were impacted by the OER initiative. In the fall 50%. The spring of 2017, 55% of students were receiving OER content. In the fall of 2017 a goal was set to 65%.
- Faculty buy-in is growing.
- A video was produced to showcase the successes that includes testimonials from the president of VCSU student senate and the faculty.
- Do it Yourself: OER
- If you can’t locate a single source of content.
- Outdated information.
- Difficult with accessibility and playback.
- Not “open” for everyone.
- Building your own Textbook
- What are the identify instructional topics and objectives.
- Research open source materials that match the topics/objectives.
- Update open resources to reflect current recommendations and research.
- Create learning activities and content delivery materials.
- Identify the software platform for construction. (iBooks Author)
- Assemble the textbook.
- Ability to align to specific course objectives.
- Developer not reliant on unstable links or websites.
- You can use all of the content vs a textbook where much of the content often is not used.
- Finished product is available in a more traditional format.
- Some outdated information in OERs
- Time intensive (how can grants assist or stipends?)
- Software learning curves
- Never done… always need updated content (ie. nutrition standards)
- VCSU Libguide
- Librarians assist in finding resources.
- ilos is being used at VCSU for captioning.
In a special session organized by Kim Kenward, instructional designer in IDeL, faculty and staff at GVSU learned about a new resources available via a special partnership with PBS. Faculty and students can access thousands of FREE, standards-aligned digital resources that can be used for classroom and online courses.
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