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

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The Role of Faculty in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 11
 

10:30am

Supporting Faculty in Learning, Adopting, and Embracing OERs
Minnesota State, a public system of 7 universities and 30 colleges serving nearly 400,000 students, has partnered with the Open Textbook Network (OTN) since 2014 to deliver training to nearly 300 faculty to OTN and the need, purpose, and possibilities of OER use in the classroom. Many of these faculty have gone on to peer review one or more texts housed in the Open Textbook Library. While there is still need for these basics, there is also growing interest in aiding faculty to move beyond reviewing existing OERs to adopting, redesigning courses, and even authoring their own open texts. To encourage faculty to adopt and embrace OERs in classroom instruction and design, to consider authoring texts, and to think more broadly about engaging in open education practices, the Minnesota State system has begun to coordinate and expand faculty development efforts and supports. In this session, campus faculty and system office presenters will highlight past and current efforts and successes in raising awareness and encouraging adoption, course re-design, and authoring of OERs. We'll share data collected from faculty about interests and needed supports and how this data has informed next steps in effective faculty development. Specifically, we will highlight ongoing and future plans to meet the needs of faculty across the system, including coordination of systemwide communications and scaling up of a successful campus-based initiative for our large, diverse, and complex system. Time will be included for discussion for all of us to learn and share faculty development successes from our many contexts, and participants will leave with ideas and tools for themselves and their faculty.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Director for Faculty and Instructional Development, Minnesota State System Office
avatar for Carrie Lewis Miller

Carrie Lewis Miller

Instructional Designer, Minnesota State University, Mankato
I am an instructional designer with IT Solutions at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University and have been an instructor in higher education for over 10 years, both in face-to-face and online classes. My research... Read More →
KP

Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor/OER Coordinator, Central Lakes College



Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Imperial

11:30am

Opening Up in Brooklyn: The KCC OER Initiative and OERs in Higher Ed
Adopting OERs widely would help reduce the cost of attendance, while improving the quality of the educational experience students have by bringing better materials and digital literacy skill-building into every OER course. But getting faculty interested in adopting OERs can be challenging. Some fear the unknown, some are afraid of extra work, some are general technophobes, and some just need guidance to begin their own OER journey. This presentation will cover the work of the KCC OER Initiative, which began as an idea and runs on a shoestring budget, at Kingsborough Community College, an urban community college in the City University of New York. To increase adoption of OERs on campus, while maintaining the utmost respect for academic freedom and compassion for our more technologically challenged colleagues, we have focused on making the financial case to faculty and pointing out that as faculty, we all do the work of course design already. The presentation will also cover the different ways the Initiative tries to provide support to interested faculty to make it as easy as possible to open up to OERs using the SAMR approach, including OER Office Hours, Lib Guides, and grant and workshop opportunities. Finally, we are working on building a community and culture of open education. In tracing the OER Initiative at Kingsborough, this presentation will provide how-to resources for a variety of academic disciplines using the SAMR model, with examples of how OERs can be implemented with minimal initial efforts to improve teaching and learning and student engagement, while saving money.

Speakers
avatar for Shawna Brandle

Shawna Brandle

In the Garage Productions
Shawna M. Brandle (@inthegarageprod) is the Executive Producer of In the Garage Productions. Come see Family Obligations at the Galaxy Highland on Saturday October 26 at 3pm and Wednesday October 30 at 4pm.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Imperial

1:30pm

10 Tips for Getting Faculty to Open Up: Number 6 will shock you!
Openly sharing learning resources to create pathways for hope and opportunity is growing ever more important as ideological and physical borders become increasingly less porous. With materials from over 2,000 courses and 200 million visitors, unlocking knowledge and empowering minds is at the heart of what we do at MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW). In addition to sharing OER through OCW, many MIT faculty members also share their teaching experiences, ideas, and approaches in a special section of their OCW courses, called Instructor Insights. In this section, instructors discuss topics of interest to practicing teachers, such as course design, active learning, engaging learners, teaching with technology, and creating learning communities ”the types of things that help teachers use the resources more effectively with students, thus multiplying their impact.

MIT Instructors share their insights through the OCW Educator project, a faculty-inspired initiative designed to pull back the curtain on MIT teaching for their colleagues at the Institute and around the world. It's based on the idea that sharing the how behind the what of OER makes the materials more useful for educators, and thus, for learners. OCW Educator has been up and running for 3 years, and in that time, we've worked with MIT educators to share more than 130 sets of instructor insights. As the OCW Educator project manager, I've learned a lot about what works for encouraging faculty to openly share their teaching approaches along with their OER. In this presentation, I provide a brief tour of OCW Educator, including how it got started and what the site looks like today, and share 10 tips for getting faculty members to share their instructional approaches. The presentation, which aims to inspire and provide a framework for other institutions to do similar work, will conclude with an interactive conversation about how we can more systematically collect and share faculty insights to support OER use.

Speakers
SH

Sarah Hansen

OCW Educator Project Manager, MIT OpenCourseWare


Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Imperial

2:00pm

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Creative Commons: Converting a Composition II Class to OER (Faculty & Librarian Collaboration)
Austin Community College (ACC) is the lead college in a Texas Consortium, a recipient of the Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative Grant. Faculty are involved in developing and reviewing courses to create an OER degree pathway in General Studies.

One of the courses in the degree pathway is Composition II. Composition II at ACC focuses on critical thinking skills through analyzing short stories and writing compositions. There are many, many short stories in the public domain. The main objective was finding stories that meet the course learning outcomes and the OER grant guidelines. Handouts and other instruction were necessary to develop to support analysis skills and replace textbook instruction.

Adjunct Professor Tina Buck and Head Librarian Carrie Gits worked together to create materials to meet the objective of both the Comp II curriculum and the OER AtD Grant guidelines.

The presenters will share their tips on the process and collaboration. Final comments from students who participated in two OER sections of the pilot class will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Gits

Carrie Gits

Head Librarian/Associate Professor, Austin Community College Library Services
I am a librarian at Austin Community College. ACC is one of the participating institutions in the AtD OER Degree Initiative Grant. I serve on the grant team and am involved in various aspects of the grant, at this point primarily faculty training and support.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Imperial

3:00pm

Secrets of an OER Champion
Linda Williams, Faculty OER Lead at Tidewater Community College will share her experiences as an OER Champion for the Z Degrees at TCC. After leading TCC's OER initiatives since 2013, Professor Williams has gained insight into what it means to be an OER advocate. Whether you are the champion or trying to identify potential champions at your institution, this session will provide key characteristics and traits that make faculty advocates successful. Professor Williams will also share the successes and challenges of leading faculty driven OER adoption initiatives, including recruiting, managing and supporting faculty adopters. Participants will leave this session with information that can be immediately applied to their own OER initiatives, regardless of their scope or scale.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Williams

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 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Valencia

3:00pm

The Critical Role of Faculty in Growing Your OER Initiative
In today's world of higher education, everyone is being asked to do much more with much less. So when members of Northern Essex Community College's Textbook Task Force decided to launch a pilot Open Educational Resources initiative, we knew having support at every level was critical to its success. In this presentation, we will share with you our process for a campus-wide acceptance of OER and the important role early adopters played in the fast growth of the OER movement at NECC.

A brief overview of NECC's OER project will be shared, which outlines a significant return on investment with student savings of more than $815,000 in a few short years. The focus of the presentation will be on the faculty role in securing funding, motivating other faculty to get involved, creating partnerships and sharing resources. The mindset change that occurred in most cases will also be discussed because what started as a way to save students money has truly changed the way many of our faculty are teaching and more importantly, how our students are learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carson

Jody Carson

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Northern Essex Community College
avatar for Sue Tashjian

Sue Tashjian

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Northern Essex Community College


Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Imperial

3:30pm

World Religions in Greater Indianapolis: An OER Pilgrimage
With great gratitude to the NEH we propose to share a new OER learning resource obtained for our community college during a two year …Bridging Cultures' NEH grant. Fifteen Ivy Tech teachers from 8 disciplines created 150 one-page Teaching Modules (TM) on five world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism & Buddhism. These TM are publically archived by IUPUI, our four-year partner school on this grant. Thus, this OER resource is readily available for community college teachers across Indiana and (may we propose) across the USA.

We will report the measured response and interpret the results we get in a six month campaign of advocacy for these TM as an OER actively used by teachers at Ivy Tech campuses across the state. We will recruit selected teachers at the Central Indiana Region (the largest in the state) and engage them in adopting and using at least one TM in one of their classes for summer and fall terms. Simultaneously, we will recruit teachers in three other Ivy Tech regions who will also …adopt and use' the TM during the same period. Our findings will give us data to report on the practical aspects of OER advocacy and support when we present a splendid new OER resource. We will set metrics to report on teacher and student interest and engagement, metrics on student learning results, metrics to measure the ease of use for this set of new OER materials. We will interpret our findings to permit judging of the enthusiasm for and even skepticism about the adoption and use of OER resources.

As part of our presentation we will propose to actively recruit teachers from our audience who we hope will be inspired by our advocacy such that we can continue our conversation and possibly plan to use the TM at their school during the next year. We will propose that our findings for this …national' roll out of our TM would be a wonderful …adoptions and use' story we can report findings on at the 2018 OER conference.

Speakers
MA

Milan Andrejevich

Professor of History/Political Science,, Ivy Tech Community College
JJ

John (Jack) Cooney

Assoc Prof/Prog Chair, Liberal Arts, Ivy Tech Community College
SS

Sarah Shepler

Prof/Program Chair, Bus Admin, Ivy Tech Community College


Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Imperial

4:00pm

Sharing 21 Years of Experience in Authoring and Using Open Educational Resources
In 1995, long before Open Educational Resources were called OERS, I began developing my first online open resource materials for use by my own microbiology students as well as any students having Internet access. This eventually evolved into an entire microbiology course, taken mainly by students entering the allied health professions, consisting of interconnected and mostly self-authored OERs. Both lecture and laboratory OERs are openly available on my faculty website (http://faculty.ccbcmd.edu/~gkaiser/index.html) while all of my lecture OERs are available on SoftChalk Cloud (http://faculty.ccbcmd.edu/~gkaiser/SoftChalk%20BIOL%20230/Softchalk_index.html). This includes 138 SoftChalk lessons, 250 original Flash animations, over a thousand original illustrations, photographs, and photomicrographs, 38 YouTube videos on laboratory techniques, and many concept maps and self quizzes.

This presentation will provide practical tips on including a variety of best practices and technologies in authoring OERs as well as developing a complete 4 credit course consisting entirely of OERs. Some of my experiences in using OERs to help fulfill the mission of large multi-campus community college will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kaiser

Gary Kaiser

Professor, Microbiology, The Community College of Baltimore County
I received my Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College park in 1975 after completing undergraduate and graduate work at Northern Illinois University. This is my 48th year teaching microbiology at the Community College of Baltimore County and I can't imagine not... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Imperial
 
Thursday, October 12
 

9:45am

Creating No-textbook Courses in Information Technology
One of the largest expenses for university students is the cost of textbooks. This is particularly true in the STEM areas. Data shows that course textbooks cost more and more every year. Textbook costs have risen 812% since 1978 and 73% since 2006 – which is four times the rate of inflation. The College Board recommends that students budget at least $1200 per year for textbook costs. Over 1/3 of students use their financial aid for textbook costs. The average computer science textbook costs $180. USA Today published that "out of more than 2,000 students surveyed, 65% said they did not buy a textbook at some point during college because of the cost. Of those, 94% said this choice made them concerned about their grade."

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/01/29/cost-of-textbooks-affects-student-grades-study-shows/

In order to help alleviate some of these textbook costs, the State of Georgia has been offering to faculty Affordable Learning Grants across all majors. Several faculty in the Information Technology Department of Kennesaw State University were awarded an ALG grant during the 2015-16 academic year for redevelopment of four database courses using no textbook. In 2016-17 several IT faculty members were again awarded an ALG grant for redevelopment of information security courses and an ethics course. One of the positive things for faculty developing a no textbook course is that once the course has been developed, any changes can be done incrementally to keep it up-to-date. For a course that gets a new textbook, the faculty member has to make extensive changes to the course, and repeats that process with every new textbook. The results from student surveys concerning the database no-textbook courses were very positive.

Speakers
BR

Becky Rutherfoord

Department Chair Information Technology, Kennesaw State University


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:45am - 10:40am
Terrace D - F

11:00am

Table 12 - Faculty use of OER at Boise State University
This presentation will center on the creation of an Introduction for three areas; a Visual Arts course, a Foundational or General Ed.class, as well as, a class in the Literacy and Culture Program at Boise State University. The classes satisfy one of an undergraduates' core requirements in the Liberal Arts and is most often taken by incoming freshmen. This population is possibly least financially prepared for the cost of the texts and other fees they encounter upon entering college and those costs are often a significant factor in the inability of a student to continue. The texts required by freshmen are also most likely to be recycled or never referred to again in the student's academic career. Many of the students at Boise State are military, whose costs are partially funded by the government, but whose resources are often late in coming during the school year putting them at particular risk of falling behind. Other student groups for whom the cost of text may be particularly challenging are CAMP students who are first generation children of migrant workers or other migrant/immigrant populations. This was the primary impetus behind the instructor's decision to develop an OER text that could be offered at no cost to the students from the first day of instruction. The search for resources and the unexpected obstacles and opportunities encountered on the development of the text is the subject of this workshop.



Case studies on the development, refinement, and implementation of OER materials; focusing on the experience of faculty members, an Instructional Designer, and/or an Instructional Technologist collaborating to make OER come together for specific classes. Problems and solutions in locating, re-mixing, and considerations in licensing of OER will be presented. Issues in accessibility and creating OER material that meet and exceed requirements for accessibility will also be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Casper

Bob Casper

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University - IDEA Shop
Bob Casper has been at Boise State University, in Idaho's capital, for over a decade. He currently serves a unit of the University's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) called Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant working... Read More →
avatar for Muffet Jones

Muffet Jones

Lecturer, Boise State University
I am a lecturer in art history at Boise State University. I went to NYU and Columbia University and my primary areas of study are 19th and 20th Century American Art. At BSU I teach the Introduction to Art course which fulfills a requirement for undergraduates. The OER text I am... Read More →
avatar for Michael Strickland

Michael Strickland

Language Arts Instructor, INSPIRE Connections Academy
I have taught various classes at Boise State University over the last several years. These include several semesters of children’s literature as well as two years of teaching English to 10th and 11th graders in TRIO/Upward Bound. Last year, I was the parent-teacher for my 5th... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Traynowicz

Laurel Traynowicz

Associate Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Laurel Traynowicz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boise State University. She earned the MA and PhD in Communication Research at the University of Iowa, and has served as a faculty member at Boise State, University of Arizona and Southern Illinois-Carbondale... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Royal Ballroom

11:00am

Table 13 - Adjunct faculty: essential participants in OER adoption and use
More than half of courses in community colleges are taught by adjunct faculty, and institutions reliance on part-time instructors is growing. Often, part-time faculty are disconnected from their institutions and can be less able to effectively support students' use of campus resources, less knowledgeable about course sequences and program maps, and have fewer opportunities to participate in campus initiatives, such as the planning and development of OER degrees.



Faculty involvement has been critical to the success of past OER projects. However, despite the efforts of individual colleges, the field has not devised scalable strategies for more deeply integrating adjunct faculty into the strategic work of community colleges. In June 2016, Achieving the Dream launched the Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement initiative to better understand both the opportunities and challenges faced by community colleges working to engage part-time faculty in their institutional student success efforts.



While this initiative is just over a year old, some early findings from the six pilot colleges have emerged that may be instructive for colleges hoping to involve adjunct faculty in OER projects. During this session, the presenters will introduce ATD's OER Degree and Engaging Adjunct Faculty Initiatives, provide a rationale for engaging adjunct faculty in the development of OER degrees, and offer several possible strategies, drawn from both ATD projects, for accomplishing this.

Speakers
JI

Jon Iuzzini

Associate Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
avatar for Richard Sebastian

Richard Sebastian

Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Dr. Richard Sebastian is the Director of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative, an effort to support colleges across the United States in designing degree programs using open educational resources.Before joining ATD, Richard was the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Royal Ballroom

11:30am

Table 12 - Faculty use of OER at Boise State University
This presentation will center on the creation of an Introduction for three areas; a Visual Arts course, a Foundational or General Ed.class, as well as, a class in the Literacy and Culture Program at Boise State University. The classes satisfy one of an undergraduates' core requirements in the Liberal Arts and is most often taken by incoming freshmen. This population is possibly least financially prepared for the cost of the texts and other fees they encounter upon entering college and those costs are often a significant factor in the inability of a student to continue. The texts required by freshmen are also most likely to be recycled or never referred to again in the student's academic career. Many of the students at Boise State are military, whose costs are partially funded by the government, but whose resources are often late in coming during the school year putting them at particular risk of falling behind. Other student groups for whom the cost of text may be particularly challenging are CAMP students who are first generation children of migrant workers or other migrant/immigrant populations. This was the primary impetus behind the instructor's decision to develop an OER text that could be offered at no cost to the students from the first day of instruction. The search for resources and the unexpected obstacles and opportunities encountered on the development of the text is the subject of this workshop.



Case studies on the development, refinement, and implementation of OER materials; focusing on the experience of faculty members, an Instructional Designer, and/or an Instructional Technologist collaborating to make OER come together for specific classes. Problems and solutions in locating, re-mixing, and considerations in licensing of OER will be presented. Issues in accessibility and creating OER material that meet and exceed requirements for accessibility will also be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Casper

Bob Casper

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University - IDEA Shop
Bob Casper has been at Boise State University, in Idaho's capital, for over a decade. He currently serves a unit of the University's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) called Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant working... Read More →
avatar for Muffet Jones

Muffet Jones

Lecturer, Boise State University
I am a lecturer in art history at Boise State University. I went to NYU and Columbia University and my primary areas of study are 19th and 20th Century American Art. At BSU I teach the Introduction to Art course which fulfills a requirement for undergraduates. The OER text I am... Read More →
avatar for Michael Strickland

Michael Strickland

Language Arts Instructor, INSPIRE Connections Academy
I have taught various classes at Boise State University over the last several years. These include several semesters of children’s literature as well as two years of teaching English to 10th and 11th graders in TRIO/Upward Bound. Last year, I was the parent-teacher for my 5th... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Traynowicz

Laurel Traynowicz

Associate Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Laurel Traynowicz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boise State University. She earned the MA and PhD in Communication Research at the University of Iowa, and has served as a faculty member at Boise State, University of Arizona and Southern Illinois-Carbondale... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Royal Ballroom

11:30am

Table 13 - Adjunct faculty: essential participants in OER adoption and use
More than half of courses in community colleges are taught by adjunct faculty, and institutions reliance on part-time instructors is growing. Often, part-time faculty are disconnected from their institutions and can be less able to effectively support students' use of campus resources, less knowledgeable about course sequences and program maps, and have fewer opportunities to participate in campus initiatives, such as the planning and development of OER degrees.



Faculty involvement has been critical to the success of past OER projects. However, despite the efforts of individual colleges, the field has not devised scalable strategies for more deeply integrating adjunct faculty into the strategic work of community colleges. In June 2016, Achieving the Dream launched the Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement initiative to better understand both the opportunities and challenges faced by community colleges working to engage part-time faculty in their institutional student success efforts.



While this initiative is just over a year old, some early findings from the six pilot colleges have emerged that may be instructive for colleges hoping to involve adjunct faculty in OER projects. During this session, the presenters will introduce ATD's OER Degree and Engaging Adjunct Faculty Initiatives, provide a rationale for engaging adjunct faculty in the development of OER degrees, and offer several possible strategies, drawn from both ATD projects, for accomplishing this.

Speakers
JI

Jon Iuzzini

Associate Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
avatar for Richard Sebastian

Richard Sebastian

Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Dr. Richard Sebastian is the Director of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative, an effort to support colleges across the United States in designing degree programs using open educational resources.Before joining ATD, Richard was the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Royal Ballroom