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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 K-12 Education [clear filter]
Thursday, October 12
 

9:45am

Table 19 - Learning by Doing: Minimizing Resources Without Minimizing Outcomes through Strategic Design
This presentation will focus on how to address barriers to scaling while not compromising quality. AlgebraByExample will be presented as an example.



There are two primary barriers that can prevent scaling: cost and complexity. Open education resources minimize costs to use materials, but if OERs require considerable up-front investment in professional learning, or significant adaptation to fit within a teacher's practice, cost and complexity once again become a barrier. But simplifying materials to minimize other required resources can compromise quality and outcomes.



The Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) has addressed this challenge by designing for learning by doing. Knowledge required for using materials is kept to a minimum. But as teachers engage with the materials, they become attuned to the benefits of targeted evidence-based practices. This results in similar yet more authentic learning than one might expect from PD, and without the associated costs.



We present, for example, AlgebraByExample. Created through a SERP partnership with a set of districts and Temple University, this set of 42 strategically-designed algebra assignments were developed with cost and complexity in mind. AlgebraByExample assignments are designed to focus on common misconceptions and errors that students make through the incorporation of worked examples and question promptsäóîproven strategies in cognitive science research to improve learning. There's no associated training, and the assignments fit naturally a teacher's daily routine (every math teacher uses assignments), so it's no surprise that there's little hesitance to adopt the materials. Beyond impacts directly on students, teachers have reported that using AlgebraByExample has led to incorporating worked examples and student explanation into their general practiceäóîall without being explicitly trained, coached, or even told to do so.

Speakers
AH

Allie Huyghe

SERP Institute


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

9:45am

Table 20 - Scaling OER in K-12
Open Up Resources is working with school districts in the US with the goal of widespread adoption of comprehensive OER. We've partnered with Illustrative Mathematics to develop a middle school math curriculum and are working with EL Education to distribute their K-5 English Language Arts materials. The approach we've taken differs from some earlier OER efforts. This session will describe the approach and results to date.



In developing the materials, we focused on creating comprehensive curriculum for entire grade bands rather than creating smaller lessons and units. And, we've added in supports for English language learners as well.



The draft materials underwent a rigorous review process, and were pilot tested in school districts. In addition, we focused on creating an engaging design for the materials.



The materials are available in both print and digital with an eye towards meeting districts where they are in terms of technology.



Finally, unlike many OER projects, this project included dedicated sales and marketing staff to help these materials compete directly with commercial products.

Speakers

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

10:15am

Table 19 - Learning by Doing: Minimizing Resources Without Minimizing Outcomes through Strategic Design
This presentation will focus on how to address barriers to scaling while not compromising quality. AlgebraByExample will be presented as an example.



There are two primary barriers that can prevent scaling: cost and complexity. Open education resources minimize costs to use materials, but if OERs require considerable up-front investment in professional learning, or significant adaptation to fit within a teacher's practice, cost and complexity once again become a barrier. But simplifying materials to minimize other required resources can compromise quality and outcomes.



The Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) has addressed this challenge by designing for learning by doing. Knowledge required for using materials is kept to a minimum. But as teachers engage with the materials, they become attuned to the benefits of targeted evidence-based practices. This results in similar yet more authentic learning than one might expect from PD, and without the associated costs.



We present, for example, AlgebraByExample. Created through a SERP partnership with a set of districts and Temple University, this set of 42 strategically-designed algebra assignments were developed with cost and complexity in mind. AlgebraByExample assignments are designed to focus on common misconceptions and errors that students make through the incorporation of worked examples and question promptsäóîproven strategies in cognitive science research to improve learning. There's no associated training, and the assignments fit naturally a teacher's daily routine (every math teacher uses assignments), so it's no surprise that there's little hesitance to adopt the materials. Beyond impacts directly on students, teachers have reported that using AlgebraByExample has led to incorporating worked examples and student explanation into their general practiceäóîall without being explicitly trained, coached, or even told to do so.

Speakers
AH

Allie Huyghe

SERP Institute


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

10:15am

Table 20 - Scaling OER in K-12
Open Up Resources is working with school districts in the US with the goal of widespread adoption of comprehensive OER. We've partnered with Illustrative Mathematics to develop a middle school math curriculum and are working with EL Education to distribute their K-5 English Language Arts materials. The approach we've taken differs from some earlier OER efforts. This session will describe the approach and results to date.



In developing the materials, we focused on creating comprehensive curriculum for entire grade bands rather than creating smaller lessons and units. And, we've added in supports for English language learners as well.



The draft materials underwent a rigorous review process, and were pilot tested in school districts. In addition, we focused on creating an engaging design for the materials.



The materials are available in both print and digital with an eye towards meeting districts where they are in terms of technology.



Finally, unlike many OER projects, this project included dedicated sales and marketing staff to help these materials compete directly with commercial products.

Speakers

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