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

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

10:30am PDT

Secondary Students' Perceptions of Open Science Textbooks
In an attempt to align instructional resources with new state standards, and to increase teacher awareness of these standards, one large suburban public school district piloted the development and adoption of open secondary science textbooks. Open textbooks created by teachers in grades six through nine replaced conventional science textbooks provided by mainstream publishing companies. The school district provided students in grades six through eight online access and a print copy of the open textbook. At the end of the first quarter, middle school students (grades six through eight) who used the open textbooks were surveyed. Survey responses required respondents to consider their learning before and during the use of the open textbook. The survey included quality and presentation of content questions, as well as an opportunity for students to explain their responses. There were qualitative and quantitative indications that students' perceptions of an open textbook in place of a standard textbook are improving students' attitudes and behaviors toward learning.

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Rebecca Morales

Secondary Science Instructional Specialist, Broken Arrow Public Schools

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

11:00am PDT

Collaborating with Students on OER Advocacy
For many student leaders, finding ways to make a post-secondary degree more affordable is a top priority. While student leaders may have heard about the benefits of OER, many may not be aware of the tactics needed to actually transition their efforts into increased awareness and adoption. Further many librarians, teaching and learning support staff and faculty members working to advance OER on campus have not yet collaborated with students. In recognition of this, this workshop will provide attendees with an overview of grassroots tactics, highlighting the benefits of involving students in OER advocacy. Through highlighting successful collaborative OER campaigns, this session will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect, learn from one another and commit to further action that can be taken on their campuses through grassroots organizing.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
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Katie Steen

Open Education Fellow, SPARC
Katie Steen is the Open Education Fellow for SPARC. Katie is responsible for advocacy, policy analysis, communications, and community building on SPARC’s Open Education program.
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Kaitlyn Vitez

Higher Education Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG
Kaitlyn serves as the Student PIRGs' lobbyist on Capitol Hill, working on campaigns to promote open textbooks, save student aid, and protect student loan borrowers. In 2018, she ran a successful national grassroots campaign convincing Congress to start a federal open textbook program... Read More →
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Brady Yano

Assistant Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Hi everyone! My name is Brady Yano and I'm the Assistant Director of Open Education at SPARC. Come chat with me about Connect OER, the OER Digest, student engagement, and grassroots organizing.Have a question about OpenCon? Just ask!

Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am PDT