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OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in Adult Basic Education [clear filter]
Thursday, October 12
 

8:30am

CVCC's Continuing Quest for OER Degrees
Our goal at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is to help our current and future students earn their degrees with efficiency and affordability. We will describe the challenges and rewards of developing OER courses that support the Associate in Arts and Sciences transfer degree programs. CVCC has embraced the Guided Pathways Initiative in order to streamline the curricula and enable students to complete their degree programs within a reasonable length of time. To make this goal attainable, we are focusing on cost-cutting strategies while maintaining quality standards and rigors of the educational environment. We are meeting the challenges of providing a well-rounded general educational experience during the first two years of the student's academic journey, by re-designing the existing required and elective curricular offerings as OER or low-cost courses. We are focusing on re-designing or developing several elective courses in the Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences to provide students with a variety of choices as they explore their individual interests, while still within the bounds of the Guided Pathways model. We will describe some of the strategies we have implemented as we move forward towards our goal of having OER or low-cost degree programs at our college that serve the needs of our students and meet the requirements of the four-year institutions where most of these students will eventually transfer to complete their baccalaureate degrees.

Speakers
JD

Juville Dario-Becker

Professor of Biology, Central Virginia Community College
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Cynthia Lofaso

Central Virginia Community College


Thursday October 12, 2017 8:30am - 8:55am
Imperial

9:00am

Maintaining OER Momentum: What Works in Adult Basic Education
Between 2013 and 2016, the American Institutes for Research led two projects funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) that focused on introducing OER to adult educators of math, science, and ESL. Within each project, teachers received targeted training to learn about OER and how OER can be used, created, evaluated, and shared. Some of these adult educators also engaged in a six month training of trainers. In an attempt to understand what happens after targeted PD ends, we followed-up with participants through an online survey and telephone interviews. This presentation will share the continued practice of adult educators as well as barriers they faced to sustain their use of OER. We will highlight participants' use of OER after the projects ended as well as their successes, the types of supports they need to continue using OER, and what, if any, student impact they have seen. We will also identify and discuss reasons why adult educators stopped using OER after participation in the projects and seek to understand what additional supports can be provided to educators to ensure continued use, development, and sharing of OER. This presentation will also include reference to tools and resources developed by the project for adult educators and OER developed by teachers for their adult learners.

Speakers
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Delphinia Brown

Distance Learning Product Manager, American Institutes for Research
AD

Amanda Duffy

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am
Imperial

9:45am

Table 11 - New frontiers: How OER can reshape adult math education
Has adult education been left behind by OER? Adult learners stand to benefit more than most from low-cost resources; federal and state funding for adult education lags behind K-12 and Higher Ed by a factor of 10. The team behind Power in Numbers, the ongoing initiative from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education presents the findings from their research report on the demand and unmet needs of the adult market for OER. Focusing on mathematics, and teaming up with a series of experts across adult learning theory, mathematics, and OER, the team has explored why the gap exists and how we can bridge it.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper

Senior Analyst, Luminary Labs
Working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to enhance the teaching and learning of adult mathematics through OER. Check out the Power in Numbers project: https://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/federal-initiatives/powe... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:45am - 10:10am
Royal Ballroom

10:15am

Table 11 - New frontiers: How OER can reshape adult math education
Has adult education been left behind by OER? Adult learners stand to benefit more than most from low-cost resources; federal and state funding for adult education lags behind K-12 and Higher Ed by a factor of 10. The team behind Power in Numbers, the ongoing initiative from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education presents the findings from their research report on the demand and unmet needs of the adult market for OER. Focusing on mathematics, and teaming up with a series of experts across adult learning theory, mathematics, and OER, the team has explored why the gap exists and how we can bridge it.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper

Senior Analyst, Luminary Labs
Working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to enhance the teaching and learning of adult mathematics through OER. Check out the Power in Numbers project: https://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/federal-initiatives/powe... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am
Royal Ballroom

11:00am

This Hidden Market is the New Majority: What OER Creators Need to Know About the Unique Needs of Adult Learners
Stemming from the ongoing Power in Numbers project from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), subject matter experts and program staff will come together to discuss the state of OER in adult education, and what OER creators need to know to serve the needs of this underserved market segment. With a focus on the unique needs and learning styles of adult learners - a massive and underserved market segment, the panel will communicate lessons learned from the project's research activities and teacher user groups. Panelists will include OER experts, adult learning experts, and representatives from federal work on OER in adult ed. Discussion topics will include the importance of resource contextualization, andragogy and adult learning style, and how materials can be adapted for the adult audience. Aimed at an educator and OER creator audience, this panel will give listeners actionable advice on bridging this crucial and underserved segment, as well as insight and wisdom gained from the panelists' collective years of passionate service to the adult learner community.

Speakers
avatar for Amee Evans Godwin

Amee Evans Godwin

VP, R&D, ISKME
VP, R&D at ISKME working in applied research and development focused on open educational practice, professional learning and collaboration. Founding Program Director of ISKME's digital public library, OER Commons. Develops new business opportunities and new program implementations... Read More →
avatar for Gerry Hanley

Gerry Hanley

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, ATS, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Administrator for the California State University system of 23 campuses serving 479,000 students. Executive Director of MERLOT, a free and open educational library and service center for K-12 and higher education. Director of SkillsCommons, a free and open educational library and... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper

Senior Analyst, Luminary Labs
Working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to enhance the teaching and learning of adult mathematics through OER. Check out the Power in Numbers project: https://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/federal-initiatives/powe... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am
Grenada