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Open Educational Resources (OER): Focus On Learning 4/6/18

What does it take to make it happen? Clark Librarians & OER

OER Pros

  • Circumventing/side-step publishers
  • Customizable
  • Low cost to students & institution
  • Inexpensive
  • Variety of resources
  • Instructor-developed materials
  • Accessibility/affordability for students
  • Take & modify/remix
  • Custom publishing available
    • Private publisher
    • Clark bookstore
  • Control over your own materials
  • Create continuity in materials

Defining OER

  • Non-textbooks (not for profit), mostly not from publishers
  • A relatively inexpensive textbook option that allows instructors to add/delete/modify/compile developed & reviewed content from a database of information
  • Similar to "open source" software, it is a collection of curricular materials that is freely shared
  • Resources and reference materials that is available to use with very limited copyright restrictions. Ideally, it is material that can be modified without permission.
  • Lessons, activities, images, videos, and other content that is licensed to be used freely for educational institutions
    • Accessible
    • Authoritative
  • Free, authoritative, accessible materials that are sharable/public
  • Using available educational and informational materials to support, develop and enhance student learning without significant cost to school, student
  • Educational resources designed to broaden public access to educational materials
  • Resources posted online; open & free to anyone who wants to use, edit; wiki knowledge, but from a "trained" professional
  • Free materials for students; shared resources; possibility for adaptation?; copyright free?
  • A bank of education resources for educators and students. It provides access to effective education materials adn teaching and learning strategies.
  • Adaptable/can edit or modify; sharable; low cost or free
  • Educational materials that are free to users, commonly under CC licenses or the public domain, that can be adaptable, sharable and creatable
  • Using textbooks, software, etc. that are free (no $cost) to students
  • Free or less than 10% the cost of the tuition/inexpensive resources that can be edited by the teacher to fit their needs
    • Creative commons license
  • Free educational resources without copyright restrictions used in academic settings
  • Education resources that is FREE for students legally
  • Free text materials that you can adapt to your needs
  • Freely accessible online sites which offer materials which instructors may use in courses
  • Royalty free, open, quality, updated, peer reviewed, edited by, accessible, public
  • Free, accessible online educational resource within content area (ie psychology, health, etc.) for public educational use. Scholarly, creative commons license, less than 10% of the class.
  • Educational materials which a teacher can ues in a classroom without being concerned about copyright issues

OER Cons

  • OER resources rep (i.e. NOBA), setting up grades to quiz...others (lack of)...
  • Lack of quality control?
  • Clarity regarding copyright
  • Link rot
    • When we find a resource can we house it on Canvas, not just link to it, so we don't lose the resource?
  • "Time" to develop the class/Canvas shell
  • is it credible?/Peer reviewed
  • Is it accessible?
  • Outdated info?
  • "Don't have the time" i.e. the training is available, but no time
  • Not everything can be edited
  • Not institution support (i.e. PPAC) for release time
  • Does not flow better
  • Continuity if using multiple sources
  • How do you know it's good accurate updated information
  • Developed materials for personal ues not always fitting for "your class", lose your voice in the process

OER Resources

  • LINCS: https://lincs.ed.gov/
    • Adult language learners
    • Adult Basic Education
    • Pre-college resources
  • Open Stax: https://openstax.org/
    • GED Practice Test
    • Writing Measurable Outcomes
    • Custom publishing available for hard copies
  • "Genetics for Dummies"
  • "Genetic Twist of Fate"
  • Saylor.org
    • College-level classes
    • Library of CC books
  • Dover editions, Doverthrift
  • Cengage $119/term digital subsciption
  • MERLOT: https://www.merlot.org
    • Resources for science (could be a con)
  • Illumen Group: http://illumengroup.com/
  • NOBA Project (Pyschology): http://nobaproject.com/
  • POGIL
  • Stanford U: videos on study/soft skills (https://learningconnection.stanford.edu/academic-skills-coaching/resources ?)
  • ASL culture and language instruction
  • CS Open Access
    • Free software
    • Auto assessment
    • Creative Commons license (more open than traditional copyright): https://creativecommons.org/use-remix/
    • CS 200 open access textbooks
  • Microsoft free software
    • Access & Word PDFs, edit in OneNote
  • Open WA: http://www.openwa.org/
  • GCFlearnfree.org
  • PPAC committee: possible help to develop materials for OER
  • Biology
    • OER textbook
    • Online resources
    • Compiles book from open sources (genetics)
  • Math III Algebra OER textbook
  • Lumen Learning: https://lumenlearning.com/
  • Amazon publishing, Kindle: direct publishing
  • Open Course Library (OCL): http://opencourselibrary.org/
  • Open Textbook Network: https://research.cehd.umn.edu/otn/
  • Human Biology (BIOL 164)
  • English: American Literature resources available without copyright before 1924 (public domain)

OER Wishlist

  • OER resource guide in library LibGuide
  • Money/time to develop new OER materials
  • Professional training for how to use OER that is less time than current offerings or broken into smaller pieces
  • OER on schedule of classes
  • OER training available in a manageable time frame
  • Point person at Clark who compiles subject-specific resources that are regarded as "exemplary"
  • Point person who compiles great stuff by subject
  • List of approved/recommended OER and a clear path for funding and/or cohort approach for professional development
  • Help finding high quality, recently updated, relevant texts!
  • Helping searching for ENGL 102
  • Include bookstore in the discussion
    • They have to contact the OER publishers to see if they can provide print copies
    • They may have pros & cons to offer
  • Help licensing resources that Clark faculty create under Creative Commons
  • Having OER focus group helped (with librarians' support)
  • Help checking copyright & accessibility
  • Maintained list of credible resources so we don't all go to search "Google" to start
  • Funding to produce OER

Next Steps

Group 1

  1. OER committee (2-3 people from each unit, one that uses OER)
  2. Institutional support (time/funding)
  3. Best practices for using OER (committee could create/organize)
  4. Boundaries/agreement of what we as a college define OER as
  5. A librarian is a lead for the committee
  6. Have a Canvas shell for OER to share ideas, resources, experiences (not a place to complain but to share good and not so good resources)
  7. Every student has a tablet/reading device to access PDFs, shells, reading materials, videos, etc.

Group 2

  • Create designated Faculty/Librarian
  • Release time/Adjunct pay
  • Training
  • Repository (wiki style? with an owner?)
    • "Quick list of resources"
    • Guidelines-->Policy on OER creation and use (how does the college encourage and equitably compensate development/use of OER?)

Group 3

  • Step 1: Dedicate a faculty workday
  • Step 2: Identify leadership
  • Step 3: Build on current knowledge & resources to identify a plan/areas of need
  • Step 4: Identify funding sources and/or release options (grants, sabbatical, SBCTC, PPAC, Perkins)
  • Step 5: OER library database - create/update Canvas site
  • Step 6: Get to work!
  • Step 7: Share out/data/outcomes/reflection

Group 4

  • Department level control
  • Copyright concern reviewer
  • Cohort approach to developing resources
  • No red tape. Funding,(including adjuncts) *not community service*

Group 5

  • Conversation at department level
  • OER point person on campus
    • Person from each department? (Department head?) Release time for point people
  • Technical support to get OER material into classes
    • Librarians as resource point people
  • Helpful, accessible training
    • Release time or payment for training
    • Training of reasonable length
  • Virtual space: open on the web, not in Canvas
  • Librarians work with point people in departments, like MATH, CHEM, ENGL, and also eLearning and DSS, who all report to a college-wide point person

Group 6

  • Develop institutional support for creating OER resources & materials
  • Cavemen, UFOs, dinosaurs, lazers, bubbles
  • LibGuide of resources/links
  • Dedicated OER faculty person (Gurce, Czar)
  • Funds/TIME
  • Employing Adjuncts to create OER materials
  • Follow-through! Particularly by admin ("squirrel!")
  • Administrative FOCUS