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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 Higher Education [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 11
 

10:30am

Is a course fee a game changer for sustaining and scaling institutional textbook replacement initiatives?
The Kansas State University Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative has continually grown and evolved since it began in 2012. Initially administrators and the campus community were skeptical of the initiative, but after its demonstrated success and significant return on investment it gained administrative and faculty support. Despite a seemingly conducive environment for it to thrive, the initiative annually struggled to retain/find financial support and by the 2015-2016 academic year had even started to see a decline in applications. This led the initiative to adapt its incentive structure to provide a $10 course fee for courses that use/adapt/adopt and open/alternative resource starting in the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to the up to $5000 awards that have been provided to faculty. $9 of this fee goes back to department teaching the course to provide incentive to support, and continue to use, open/alternative resources. $1 from the fee comes back to the initiative to provide sustained funding that it has lacked throughout its history. Thus far, we are seeing signs that we may be beginning to scale in a way that we never have before as multiple large courses are in the pipeline as well as at least one Dean has been actively asking his departments and faculty to use/adapt/adopt open/alternative resources. At this stage, this would not be possible without support from the Kansas State University Foundation and its donors to provide.

This presentation will describe our experience creating the open/alternative textbook icon used to indicate courses that use an open/alternative resource and collect a fee. In addition, it would briefly describe what a textbook publisher offered to try to retain a large course using their textbooks. I hope to save 10 minutes for questions, discussion, and interaction so that attendees can hopefully find elements of our shared experience that give them hope to receive more gratitude for their efforts at their institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Lindshield

Brian Lindshield

Associate Professor, Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kansas State University
Institutional textbook replacement programs/initiatives. OER and alternative educational resources (AER). Research on perceptions and efficacy of textbook replacement by OER and AER.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Royal C - F

11:30am

Beyond the Z-Degree: A New Model for OER in Higher Education
Thomas Edison State University, a pioneer in adult education, and Saylor Academy, a leader in the Open Education movement, have collaborated on the development of a brand new Associates of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program, which will be both competency based and openly licensed.

Using a framework developed by Thomas Edison, made up of 57 unique competencies, spread over 3 broad knowledge groups, and 16 competency domains, Saylor has been creating open learning modules aligned to each competency. The result of this effort, once paired with learning assessments designed and administered by TESU, will be a first of its kind, openly licensed CBE degree program.

Everything from the competency framework itself, the 57 individual learning modules, assessment rubrics, and the learning resources curated within the modules (to date, approximately 2,800 pieces of OER have been vetted by SMEs for inclusion), will be openly licensed, so that even students not pursuing this degree directly with TESU will be able to benefit from its creation. Likewise, other institutions looking to expand OER adoption, or pursue the offering of a CBE degree themselves, will have the opportunity to use what has been created, in part or in whole, to drastically speed up the time of development and innovation. Further, by providing the competency curriculum openly, TESU hopes to provide a foundation for discussions around unified CBE standards that will not only advance the field pedagogically, but also from a technological and regulatory standpoint.



During the presentation, TESU and Saylor will discuss the design of this unique program, as well as the motivations for investing in the creation of a degree program that not only uses OER to help reduce costs for students, but is itself an OER. The discussion will also focus on the important benefits that a CBE program can have for adult learners, and the ways that OER further help to meet the needs of adult and nontraditional learners.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

Associate Director, Thomas Edison State University
Steve Phillips serves as an Associate Director for Thomas Edison State University's Center for the Assessment of Learning (CAL). His primary responsibility is to develop programs that position the college as a leader in measuring learning outside of the classroom, or “untethered... Read More →
avatar for Devon Ritter

Devon Ritter

Director of Education, Saylor Academy


Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

1:00pm

OER in First-Year Composition: Sharing, Implementation and Collaboration
In an effort to fulfill Pima Community College's OER course development goals for Achieving the Dream, the presenters and members of their Center for Learning Technology team recently created two first-year writing courses utilizing only OER content. This presentation will provide a practical guide for instructors seeking to transition to an OER-only or OER-supplemented first-year composition course within a four-month timeline. The presentation will cover sharing and brainstorming strategies, aligning outcomes, designing assignments, identifying relevant OER resources, evaluating OER content, and modifying OER content to support course learning outcomes. The presenters will also discuss benefits and best practices related to teaching first-year composition with OER content, as well as ways to work with instructional designers and share OER content with other faculty and throughout the college. This presentation relates directly to the follow conference themes: Models Supporting the Adoption, Use, or Sustaining of OER in Higher Education, Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Practices, and The Role of Faculty in Advocating for, Supporting, or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Aldrich

Eric Aldrich

English Faculty, Pima Community College
Eric Aldrich teaches Writing and Literature at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.
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Josie Milliken

English Faculty, Pima Community College



Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

1:00pm

Sustaining an OER Degree: The Z Degree Turns 3
In 2013 Tidewater Community College created the first Associate of Science Z Degree when they replaced 100% of publisher content in 21 courses with Open Educational Resources. TCC's Chief Academic Officer, Daniel DeMarte and Faculty Lead, Linda Williams will share lessons learned and best practices from the Z Degree. Since 2013, TCC has operationalized the original Z Degree and expanded OER adoption to create 3 additional Z Degrees. Sustaining these efforts over time has been challenging, but through a combination of administrative support and faculty engagement over 5,000 students each semester now enroll in a z course. It is never too early or too late to plan for long term sustainability of OER initiatives. In this session topics will include institutional commitment, faculty engagement, resource allocation, data collection and student success.

Speakers
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Daniel DeMarte

Vice President for Academic Affairs & CAO, Tidewater Community College
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Linda Williams

Professor, Business Administration, Tidewater Community College
Business Professor Linda Williams has become the face of TCC’s Textbook Free Degree. She’s been featured in countless articles and television interviews about the cutting edge program that enables TCC business students to earn an entire degree while spending zero funds for textbooks. “It... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Royal C - F

3:00pm

Strategic Partnerships for Open Educational Resources at Scale
In 2015, the Provost charged an OER Task Force to plan for the sustainable and scalable adoption and creation of open and affordable course content in support of the Penn State strategic focus on access and affordability. This presentation will describe the partnership model that has emerged from the work of that Task Force. Central units including University Libraries and the Teaching and Learning with Technology unit within central IT emerged as leaders on open and affordable course content with a strategy for increased collaboration between the two and similarly aligned units throughout Penn State.

In addition to unit-level partnership, a model of embedding open and affordable course content support into strategically aligned initiatives has emerged as well. In particular, the placement of open and affordable course content support into the general education revision will be discussed. During the spring of 2017, proposals were sought for faculty who were interested in summer support to develop integrative studies course(s) in support of a new general education requirement. In addition to other support, faculty were able to select whether they wanted to make their course open or more affordable as part of the grant-funded support made available to them. This session will present the partnerships and alignment that lead to tis program and the results of that strategy.

Finally, open and affordable course content adoption and creation have emerged as a key strategies in support of Penn State's goal of Transforming Education. This session will situate these initiatives within the Penn State strategic plan framework.

Speakers

Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Royal C - F

4:00pm

Community + a plan = 18,000+ new students impacted in one year
Eleven schools from across the United States began the OpenStax Institutional Partner program in July 2017 and have already increased the number students impacted by over 18,000 per year, saving an additional $1.7 million per year! This presentation will cover the basic structure used in the program, including the emphasis on a support community, to ensure success and use the data from the program to highlight the top strategies that work to greatly increase adoptions in a short period of time.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carson

Jody Carson

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Northern Essex Community College
avatar for Nicole Finkbeiner

Nicole Finkbeiner

Associate Director, Institutional Relations, OpenStax, Rice University
Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations, focused on developing and managing the relationships with faculty adopters and administrators. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations... Read More →
avatar for Regina Gong

Regina Gong

Open Educational Resources (OER) Project Manager & Manager of Technical Services and Systems, Lansing Community College
I'm a librarian and the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College. I would love to talk to you about your OER projects and how it has impacted student learning and faculty's teaching in your campuses. I'm also one of the Open Education Group Research Fellow for 2017-2018 and... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Labadorf

Kathy Labadorf

Info Literacy, Open Ed Resources&Social Sci Lib, UConn Library
Leading a burgeoning OER Initiative at UConn. Excited about the Social Justice elements of Open and Creative Commons licenses. Talk to me about Open Pedagogy and how to grow that initiative at a Research 1 University!
avatar for Sue Tashjian

Sue Tashjian

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Northern Essex Community College


Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom
 
Thursday, October 12
 

8:30am

Excelsior's Open Online Writing Lab: a community college collaboration to improve students' basic writing skills
Writing, critical thinking, and reading comprehension are essential for academic and career success. Yet, adults in the U.S. score below average on these basic literacy skills. Excelsior's open multimedia Online Writing Lab (owl.excelsior.edu), developed in partnership with 8 community colleges, is a tool designed to address this issue.

The OWL applies best practices in education technology and instructional design to deliver students an immersive user experience. Over the past seven years, the OWL has secured over $2 million in grant funds and garnered 12 national awards for educational innovation. These innovations are based on a wealth of research indicating that greater engagement, scaffolding, and immediate feedback lead to increased student learning.

Two multi-campus, controlled pilot studies demonstrate the OWL's effectiveness. The OWL increased final grades by 6.62 points, improved student writing in 3 of 5 areas on the AAC&U writing VALUE rubric, and strengthened argumentative essay writing.

Designed to be easily incorporated into traditional, online, or blended courses, the OWL offers a free and easy-to-use textbook alternative. According to a 2014 report by U.S. PIRG, textbook costs are a major obstacle to student success. The free OWL replaces textbooks in English 101 and 201 at Excelsior, for a total savings of $153,000 in student costs annually.

OWL modules include: The Writing Process, Research & Citations, Rhetorical Styles, Argument & Critical Thinking, Online Writing & Presentations, Grammar Essentials, Avoiding Plagiarism, ESL Writing, Educator Resources, and writing process game – Paper Capers.

Presenters will review these modules, as well as demonstrate how to create Owlets (customized versions of OWL) and embed interactive writing activities into course materials. They will also debut the new open Online Reading Comprehension Lab, set to pilot in spring 2017. Come learn how to transform your approach to writing and reading instruction.

Speakers
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Michelle Abeyta

Project Coordinator, Excelsior College
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Christie Allred

Professor, English Puente Co-Coordinator, San Diego Mesa College


Thursday October 12, 2017 8:30am - 8:55am
Terrace A - C

9:00am

Confessions of a d(OER): Thinking strategically to make OER a vibrant, sustainable part of a campus affordability program.
Open educational resources are a direct path to student savings at almost every institution. This is not strictly the case at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

UW-Stout has a long tradition of providing its students with low-cost textbooks. For over one hundred years, that program has been delivered through different variations of a print textbook rental system provided through a student fee funded model. UW-Stout's students pay about $360 per year for course materials.

In 2012, digital textbooks and adaptive learning platform access codes were included with textbook rental to provide a broader range of classroom tools for faculty and students. The move to digital course content has complicated the landscape of providing a student fee funded textbook program at a low cost. Digital content often costs twice as much to provide to students than in the traditional print rental system. UW-Stout has implemented several strategies to combat the increase in cost. One of these strategies is the inclusion of a vibrant open educational resource program.

OERs offer an excellent opportunity to include quality, low-cost resources to the Stout curriculum and stabilize cost. The decision to utilize OERs has resulted in the Stout Open for Learning and Value in Education (SOLVE) program. The SOLVE Program has been developed to make OERs a critical component of a three-pronged approach to ensuring course content affordability at UW-Stout.

This session will share insight and techniques of how UW-Stout is utilizing strategic vision and a century of institutional knowledge about providing low-cost content to provide a comprehensive, sustainable approach to making OERs an integral part of their affordability approach for the next one hundred years.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Butterfield

Robert Butterfield

Director, Instructional Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stout
I am the Director of Instructional Resources for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Instructional Resources provides print textbook rentals, e-texts, access codes and other resources in support of our curriculum supported by student fees. We also operate the campus OER program... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am
Terrace A - C

9:45am

Taking AIM at OER: Recruiting Campus Leadership in Supporting Affordable Learning
At San Francisco State, instructional materials adoptions are controlled by the faculty as an expression of academic freedom and intellectual property rights and practices. In our Affordable Instructional Materials and OER Adoption programs, we encourage appropriate adoption decisions, influencing faculty whenever and however we find opportunities. One important channel of influence we have recently found to be effective is through campus leadership, including the President, President's Cabinet (VPs), College Deans, and Student Leadership. In our initial three years, we have gathered and reported statistics about the impact of high-cost instructional materials on students and reported those to the campus in various ways. We have gathered data about how much our local efforts are saving students in instructional materials costs and we publish this success in multiple channels. We have analyzed student grades and retention to ensure that lower-cost materials were not contributing to declining student success, and in some cases may be direct contributors to improving performance in certain courses. We have publicly recognized faculty participation in our campus efforts to lower the cost of learning and we make their stories available for others to read and find encouragement. Our efforts have had an impact on faculty awareness, interest in considering OER, and ultimately making decisions to adopt low cost or free instructional materials, though our overall reach into the faculty has been limited. (Less than 100 faculty in three years have been actively involved in recognized projects.) Recently we launched a new effort to communicate more effectively to the leadership of administration, faculty, and student constituents in an attempt to leverage substantial initial success and raise the level of interest and discourse in all areas. This presentation explains our approach to campus leadership (President/Cabinet), academic leadership (Deans) and student leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beatty

Brian Beatty

AVP, Academic Affairs Operations, San Francisco State University
avatar for Heidi Fridriksson

Heidi Fridriksson

Instructional Designer, San Francisco State University
Heidi is an instructional designer with Academic Technology at San Francisco State University. She is also one of the OER coordinators working with faculty to drive OER adoption at SF State.


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:45am - 10:10am
Terrace A - C

10:15am

Tackling the Transition to Open Education: Increasing Z-degrees within Guided Pathways
This presentation focuses on the collaborative efforts and support necessary to develop sustainable Z-degrees through Guided Pathways. Lansing Community College (LCC) is a Guided Pathways school and has created clear Program of Study (degree) maps that define the courses students take and the order in which they are taken with the goal of increasing timely completion of degrees/certificates. Another main initiative at LCC is Operation 100%, in which the goal is nothing less than 100% completion for the students in degree, certificate, and/or transfer pathways. Both of these initiatives have been strengthened through the adoption of Open materials because research shows that students who are in OER-based classes are able to complete more coursework. The presenters therefore believe by creating Z-degrees within Guided Pathways, LCC is able to better support its students. This session will discuss the implementation of these programs so that participants will gain an understanding of the early stages of developing sustainable Z-degrees within Guided Pathways that could be implemented at their own institutions to increase student success rates. Additional discussion will show how to combine these degrees with available open educational materials to maximize student success. The presenters will share their experiences in managing the collaboration between the Guided Pathways Coordinator and world language faculty to develop sustainable Z-degrees within Guided Pathways. They will also discuss the challenges faced in advocating for these programs and those associated with the beginning stages of creating Z-degrees; strategies to overcome these difficulties will be addressed. The presenters of this session envision the Guided Pathway Z-degrees will rapidly take off at their institution and make LCC a national leader in this area. This session is going to be both educational and interactive and will allow participants to jump in and ask questions when necessary.

Speakers
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Christine Conner

Guided Pathways Coordinator, Lansing Community College
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Kari Richards

Foreign Language Program Faculty Chair, Lansing Community College


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am
Terrace A - C

11:00am

From Grassroots to Statewide and Everything in Between
The OER movement is growing in Massachusetts! A statewide initiative, funded by the federal TAACCCT grant, kicked off last year for the Massachusetts community colleges. While many of the 15 community colleges had an existing OER project, this new initiative has created a truly collaborative process where faculty work together to adopt, adapt and if necessary, build, high quality OER materials for courses that are common across the state.

Led by Sue and Jody of Northern Essex Community College, this project began with the development of an OER council that included representatives from each of the community college. The council's focus is to promote an open philosophy and to encourage collaboration on OER adoption and development across the state. Go Open mini-grants are the council's main project, scaled from NECC's Adopt Open initiative. These mini-grants solicit proposals from faculty seeking to "Go Open" in their courses. The council also supports statewide events which promote and provide training on OER pedagogy.

Sue and Jody will share the model of the initiative including their role as consultants to the other colleges, the Go Open mini-grant proposal written by the council, the materials created and updates on the project. The presentation will also include information on the benefits and challenges to working with 15 very different and independent community colleges and share some of the unique ideas developed through the collaboration. And, of course, all the materials that go with this work!

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carson

Jody Carson

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Northern Essex Community College
avatar for Chelsea Delnero

Chelsea Delnero

Outreach & OER Librarian, Springfield Tech Comm College
avatar for William Hoag

William Hoag

Library Director, Roxbury Community College
avatar for Donna Maturi

Donna Maturi

Director, Library Services, Middlesex Community College
Donna Maturi is the director of library services at Middlesex Community College. She has played a key role in coordinating statewide OER efforts.
avatar for Robert Rezendes

Robert Rezendes

Associate Dean, Bristol Community College
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Peter Shea

Director, Professional Development, Middlesex Community College
Peter Shea is an director of professional development, an instructional designer, a teacher, editor, and writer. He is an advocate of highly immersive learning experiences, particularly in regard to traditional academic subjects. Currently, he is working on the promotion of iOER (interactive... Read More →
avatar for Sue Tashjian

Sue Tashjian

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Northern Essex Community College


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Terrace A - C

11:30am

Strategies for Adopting OER in a Reluctant Department
1. Beginnings of OER in one department

2. Initial objections to OER in the department and campuswide

3. Strategies for addressing department concerns

4. Strategies for addressing campus concerns

5. Expanding OER for an increasing number of courses


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Terrace A - C
 
Friday, October 13
 

10:30am

Connecticut's Open Math Program
Sparked by three innovative faculty members, rising student advocacy, and a supportive legislature, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System implemented a grant program to support the adoption of OER including MyOpenMath to reduce the cost of current commercial textbook & homework site solutions being implemented in 100 level Math courses across the 17 institution system. This session will review the selfless work of three community college instructors, the role of student advocacy and a legislative OER Task Force on the creation of the Open Math Grant program and the results of those efforts to date.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Corcoran

Kevin Corcoran

Executive Director, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
OER efforts in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast


Friday October 13, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

10:30am

Moving from Affordable to Open: Struggles and Successes
Moving from a focus on saving students money on textbooks to a system that supports open pedagogy and innovative approaches to education is challenging and rewarding. In 2016, our campus renewed its focus on creating a more affordable learning experience through reducing the cost of textbooks. The first steps of this effort occurred with minimal work. Faculty were eager to join the project. In some cases, the mere act of showing faculty the cost of their textbooks was enough to get them to investigate new options. For others, conversations with peers or students did the trick. In one semester, we were able to get a commitment from faculty to save the students over $73,000.

As we moved towards this goal, we learned that much more can be gained if we go beyond affordable and dive into the benefits of open. We learned by focusing on OER and open pedagogy, that we not only can save students money, but also enhance their overall learning experience via improved digital literacy and increased classroom engagement. Our pivot proved to be the easy step. New challenges arose when we removed the concept and structure of the well loved textbook from our message.

Our team has landed on a approach that supports those that are ready to reduce cost, while also encouraging faculty that are ready to explore concepts of open. During this presentation, we will share our approach and ideas for how we are helping faculty move from affordable to open.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Leafstedt

Jill Leafstedt

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations, CSU Channel Islands
Jill (@JLeafstedt) currently serves as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations/Senior Academic Technology Officer at CSU Channel Islands. In this role, she strives to help faculty explore and develop innovative methods of improving student learning and draws on... Read More →


Friday October 13, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Barcelona

11:00am

OER Ambassadors: Empowering Faculty to Support Faculty in the Adoption of OER
As a university with a deep commitment to social justice, SF State is striving to reduce the cost of course materials to students by encouraging greater use of OER on our campus. One of the challenges we face as we seek to promote adoption of OER has been how best to reach and support faculty in this process.

Most OER projects implemented on our campus to date have been faculty driven. Based on the diversity of projects put forth by these early adopters, we realized that there would be no one size fits all model of support. We needed to find a way to empower these early adopting faculty, who best know the needs and challenges of OER adoption within their disciplines, to communicate the value of OER other faculty and to support in the OER process. Our OER faculty ambassador program attempts to fill this support gap.

Additionally, because choice of instructional materials is considered a crucial part of academic freedom at SF State, a key aspect of reaching faculty has been conveying the value of OER adoption: to students, to our campus and to the faculty themselves. By arming faculty ambassadors with data, support materials, best practices and more, they are able take ownership over OER advocacy and reach faculty who might otherwise not become part of the conversation.

This session explores the terrain of providing support for faculty in adopting OER, and describes how SF State's OER team developed an ambassador program that cultivated faculty ownership of advancement of OER on our campus. Presenters will describe the collaboration between faculty ambassadors and instructional designers in planning and customizing each ambassador's model of support. Presenters will also report progress of ambassador led projects that are currently underway, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.

Speakers
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Gavin Deare

Lecturer, Business Communications, San Francisco State University
avatar for Heidi Fridriksson

Heidi Fridriksson

Instructional Designer, San Francisco State University
Heidi is an instructional designer with Academic Technology at San Francisco State University. She is also one of the OER coordinators working with faculty to drive OER adoption at SF State.


Friday October 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

11:30am

Building and Sustaining an OER Initiative
The implementation of open educational resources continues to grow on many college campuses. Tompkins Cortland Community College has developed a successful framework that includes the development of systems, processes, and procedures for growing and sustaining OER efforts on campus. Some of these things include a process for developing and reviewing OER courses, promoting and tagging OER courses in the College's student information system, applying an OER course fee, promoting OER to students, working with the bookstore and print shop to provide print copies, working with administration to develop appropriate faculty compensation agreements, and providing training and support for faculty. This framework has served as a model for other SUNY institutions.

Speakers
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Tony DeFranco

Coordinator of Learning Technology Services, Tompkins Cortland Community College


Friday October 13, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Royal C - F

11:30am

Statewide OER Degrees in California Community Colleges
From the founding of CCCOER in California in 2007 to a statewide requirement that colleges and universities identify OER classes in class schedules by 2018, California has long been involved in OER. California Community Colleges (CCCs) serve 2.5 million students, over 30% of all community college students in the US, or 11% of all US undergraduates, so the impact of OER work in California can be significant.

In 2016, the California legislature allocated funding to create Zero Textbook Cost degrees and certificates in California Community Colleges. Up to 25 CCCs will be funded to develop ZTC degrees and certificates. The first round of grants was awarded in January 2017; a second round will be awarded in January 2018. Coordinators of overall state efforts will share the current status of statewide efforts and solicit input from the field on moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Oxford

Ron Oxford

Librarian, West Hills College Lemoore
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Brian Weston

Director Distance Learning, College of the Canyons


Friday October 13, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

1:00pm

Cengage Learning (aka 'Big Publisher'), OER, and Affordability: A Learner Access and Success Strategy
Publishers and OER are generally thought to mix like oil and water. Learning Objects, a Cengage Business Unit, is making significant strides to bridge this gap by designing and delivering OER-based courseware for colleges and universities. In this session, we provide an overview of our efforts to provide instructors, curriculum designers, and academic leaders with reliable, high quality, effective, learning materials that are easy to implement, support, and scale to large numbers of students. In doing so, we are constantly evaluating (together with our institutional partners) the balance between affordability, total-cost-of-learning, and learning outcome achievement. We provide some early insights into this process and the broader LO / Cengage OER strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Costantini

Cheryl Costantini

VP, Content Strategy, Cengage Learning
I'm passionate about improving access to education and helping learners achieve success. I've been in the Higher Ed industry for over 20 years. I'm interested in partnerships and other ways we may be able to work together.
avatar for Jon Mott

Jon Mott

Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects
Passionate about transforming teaching and learning through personalization and adaptivity. No two learners are alike. Through powerful personalized, competency-based learning tools we can empower unique learners to achieve their goals at their pace.


Friday October 13, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Barcelona

1:00pm

OER for Workforce Development in Higher Education: Available and Being Adopted
The California State University - MERLOT was awarded a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Labor to create and support the national open repository of OER for workforce development being produced by over 700 community colleges funding by about $2 billion in grants from the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community Colleges and Career Training) program.

SkillsCommons is the open online repository for the TAACCCT OER (www.skillscommons.org.) SkillsCommons has captured and preserved the OER developed by grantees and enables easy discovery of the OER for reuse. Adoption of TAACCCT OER beyond the people who developed the OER and sustaining the TAACCCT OER collection and community after the funding ends is being addressed by supporting the community of creators and users of SkillsCommons and TAACCCT resources by leveraging the CSU-MERLOT strategy.

The presentation will demonstrate how to use SkillsCommons by browsing through the collection by industry, by type of credential (associates degree, certificate, latticed/stacked credential, etc.), by type of materials (e.g. online course module, fully online course, tutorials, simulations, etc.), by institution and grant project. The requirements for the instructional materials and program support materials included the content having a Creative Commons license (CC BY), being accessible (section 508 compliant) and being developed with principles of universal design for learning. SkillsCommons SUPPORT SERVICES Center provides any institution guidelines and resources to fulfill these requirements and the SkillsCommons CONNECT Center provides a range of online community and social media tools to help faculty and staff connect with the right people and resources easily. Finally, participants will learn how to efficiently customize online educational content for reuse, revision, and redistribution and accelerate the development and implementation of online programs.

Speakers
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 →


Friday October 13, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

1:00pm

Unleashing Z Monster: Maybe the Future is Not So Scary
Representatives from Houston Community College will share their experiences of creating what sometimes feels like an unrealizable task and a monstrous educational disruption, a Z-Degree. Building a Z-Degree might seem like simply a matter of packaging courses, but in reality, it requires design, intention, and cultivation. After years of piecemeal attempts to adopt and promote OER, our institution achieved focus with a directive to construct a Z-Degree, which came from multiple stakeholders, including students, trustee members, senior administration, and faculty champions. This united commitment allowed us to secure external and internal funding sources, clarify policies and procedures, and ultimately place OER on a solid foundation for the future. We will share our process for revising and adopting an OER policy guide, identifying and recruiting faculty, and engaging with multiple stakeholders within the institution (Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, libraries, CTLE, and students). These stakeholders each see value in different elements of the project. The trustees recognize the public-relations benefits of lower costs. Students have demanded that we address their financial burden, and faculty have discovered enhanced academic freedom. HCC has partnered with Lumen Learning to provide initial training and course hosting, and we are working with our Institute for Instructional Engagement & Development to create a sustainable infrastructure to build our capacity of OER course offerings. It has been necessary to make compromises to bring critical programs on board, but the ultimate goal is to build a complete degree plan and develop OERs for the future. Finally, HCC is establishing a program for data collection and analysis in order to understand the effects of the initiative on key factors. The Z-Degree has unified our efforts, but the lasting benefits will be a sustained and growing model of support for OER within the institution.

Speakers
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Aaron Knight

Dean, Houston Community College
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Stephen Levey

Associate Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services, Houston Community College
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Nathan Smith

OER Coordinator, Houston Community College
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Amy Tan

Dean, English and Communications, Houston Community College



Friday October 13, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Royal C - F

1:30pm

The Perfect Opportunity: Transforming a Graduate Instructional Design Degree with Affordable and Open Educational Resources
There is no program more appropriate for transforming to textbook-free than an instructional design degree.

When our campus launched a training program for faculty to adopt affordable and open course content, the director of our Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (MSIDT) program signed up all of her faculty. A year later, every single one of the program's courses have no additional cost for instructional materials beyond the cost of tuition.

A transformation this quick resulted in a hybrid model: faculty use a variety of library-licensed content, open educational resources, and external web content to eliminate textbook costs for students.

While already successful, the journey has just begun. The program's director, faculty, and liaison librarian continue to work to locate and adapt the perfect instructional resources. One course has a unique textbook that is out-of-print, so our campus used a grant to hire a third party vendor to develop custom content. Program faculty continue to remix their chosen resources to include better accessibility features and to incorporate Universal Design principles.

In this presentation, the MSIDT Director will describe her motivation, goals, and victories, as well as the challenges with enacting a transformation of this magnitude. MSIDT's liaison librarian (also the campus Instructional Design Librarian) will discuss her role in advising on library-licensed content, copyright, and OER identification, as well as her experience teaching with these resources in her dual role as a part-time MSIDT faculty member.

Speakers
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Cynthia Gautreau

Director - MSIDT, CSU Fullerton
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Lindsay O'Neill

Instructional Design Librarian, California State University, Fullerton
I am the Instructional Design Librarian at Cal State Fullerton in southern California as well as a part-time faculty member in our Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program. I design and develop online learning using Storyline, Captivate, and Camtasia, and I... Read More →


Friday October 13, 2017 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

2:00pm

The Ingredients of OER Scalability: Purpose, Faculty Leaders, Financial Sustainability, and Faculty-centered Processes
This 25 minute presentation focuses on what Ivy Tech Community College, the nation's largest singly accredited community college system, has done to scale its OER initiative across the entire state of Indiana. The presentation will explore four distinct and important ingredients of scalability including the need to have a defining and foundational purpose, and the important nature of a diverse cross-discipline team to be the face and the decision-making body for the OER initiative itself. Other areas of investigation that will be touched upon will be the importance of having an initiative that's financially independent and self-sustaining, as well as having content building and maintenance processes that heavily engage and involve faculty curriculum decision-makers, leading to increased OER education and adoption. For a more in-depth description please see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p4kP41Xw2RJc-Y1c2hD0ytgwphRxjvRwSsqKY4cApno/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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James Boldman

Assoc Prof/Prog Chair, Englis, Ivy Tech Community College
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Adam Vorderstrasse

Curriculum Designer, Brigham Young University - Idaho


Friday October 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

3:00pm

We've Got This: Taking a Faculty Team Approach to Developing OER Degree Pathways
Members of the Santa Ana College OER Faculty Work group have taken a strategic team approach to developing the college's OER degree pathways tied to its Liberal Arts and Business Administration associate degrees. Team members will present on their unique roles within the planning process, involving the selection of courses to be included in each pathway, locating appropriate OER materials, assisting instructors with an SLO-based mapping process involved with course transformation, and collaborating with campus stakeholders to promote OER initiatives. Overarching logistics, successes, and challenges will be detailed. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to strategize course mapping efforts pertinent to their institution's unique OER vision and stakeholders.

Speakers
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Annie Knight

Librarian / Asst. Professor, Santa Ana College
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Cherylee Kushida

Distance Education Coordinator, Santa Ana College


Friday October 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

3:30pm

Shaping the Open Course at Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Community College (PA) is engaged in the final year of a two-year, funded initiative to transition sections of eleven high-enrollment courses to the use of open educational resources and library resources that are free to students. Recognizing a need to shape the whole course and not simply substitute OER for commercial textbooks, the initiative brings together faculty course developers, faculty librarians, an instructional designer and a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant who work together to transform the entire course, resulting in new course templates in the learning management system that are effective, engaging and accessible and that can be retained, reused and revised by other course instructors. A coordinator of the project will guide attendees through the process and the results so far.

Speakers
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Bill Hemmig

Dean, Learning Resources & Online Learning, Bucks County Community College


Friday October 13, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

3:30pm

Using World Language OERs in the Online Sphere
In this interactive session, world language educators and department chairs will talk about how they successfully created and employed innovative OERs in their online classes. They will focus on the benefits of how these materials can be used to increase student collaboration and communication skills. They will also address the challenges of creating OER materials that engage students, and they will provide practical tips on finding good materials, using OERs to build a more collaborative faculty environment, and customizing classes that boost student problem-solving and creativity. Further conversation will be dedicated to the ways in which OERs have impacted student retention and success rates in the session leaders' institutions, as well as the lessons participants can draw from those experiences.

Building on this foundation, the presenters will then spend considerable time on employing OERs in the online classroom. Presenters will demonstrate how OERs are more malleable than their traditional and web-based textbook counterparts and the possibilities this flexibility creates for the instructor. They will share how they have applied this flexible characteristic of OERs to produce more collaborative world language and communication courses. Challenges, particularly in programs with a high number of adjunct faculty, will be addressed and successful solutions will be discussed.

The program will end with an additional period of time for participants to ask specific questions they might have beyond what has been covered. Throughout this interactive presentation, participants will be encouraged to engage and ask questions. Handouts with OER world language contact information will be provided in the hope that this information can be shared with colleagues after the conference.

Speakers
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James Boldman

Assoc Prof/Prog Chair, Englis, Ivy Tech Community College
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Kari Richards

Foreign Language Program Faculty Chair, Lansing Community College


Friday October 13, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Royal C - F

4:00pm

How Career Technical Education and OER Became Friends
Learn how a community college is developing a Career Technical Education certificate built entirely around OER, with strong involvement of industry experts and industry advisory boards. College of the Canyons' program in Water Technology awards a 21-unit Certificate of Achievement, with select specializations. In addition to a typical workflow for producing open textbooks, the Water Technology program has involved industry experts as authors and used industry advisory boards as reviewers.

Speakers
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Regina Blasberg

Chair, Engineering Technologies, College of the Canyons
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Brian Weston

Director Distance Learning, College of the Canyons


Friday October 13, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Royal A - B 18-20 Lisle St London, WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

4:00pm

Using WeBWork to Support Student Success in Mathematics
Faculty often reject OER materials if they lack online homework support systems and other ancillary materials that support student success and save faculty time. Fortunately high quality ancillary OER materials exist. We'll give two examples, using WeBWork, an open-source online homework system for math and science courses supported by the MAA and NSF, and apps from Rice University and others, in basic statistics and calculus courses.

Elementary statistics involves the use of sophisticated reasoning, but students are not required to know any college-level math prior to entering the course, so materials must be carefully chosen that support students intuitive understanding of the content. Students also need to practice newly acquired skills, and receive rapid feedback on this practice, but faculty often lack the time to give students adequate feedback. Online learning resources and homework systems offered by textbook publishers can provide students and instructors with tools to address these concerns, but they are prohibitively expensive for many students. We assembled a completely free package, similar to what is available from publishers, using a combination of an OER textbook, WeBWork homework assignments, and freely available applets to help students understand key ideas.

Students often enter calculus courses without skills that are essential for success in the course. Instructors often try to remedy this by spending time at the beginning of the course reviewing these skills. This takes time away from calculus, and is often not effective to remediate missing skills. We will present an alternative, using daily, online Just-In-Time (JIT) review. JIT assignments include existing videos combined with short WeBWork assignments to help students review critical skills immediately before they are needed in class.

Speakers
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George Jennings

Professor, CSU, Dominguez Hills
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Sharon Lanaghan

Professor, CSU, Dominguez Hills


Friday October 13, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Royal C - F