Speakers: Tom Caswell & Connie Broughton
We will share the Open Course Library project, including technical & professional development challenges faced as we developed phase 1.
The goal of the Open Course Library is for faculty to design digital, openly licensed materials for 81 high enrolling courses in Washington State community and technical colleges. During the development of the first 42 Open Course Library courses, faculty designed, piloted, and then revised their courses using the our system wide ANGEL LMS. We chose to use ANGEL as our primary development platform for because most of our faculty course designers were already familiar with that LMS. Using ANGEL also made sense because all faculty were required to pilot their OCL course, so initial development, piloting, and revisions could all be made with the same system.
In this presentation we will explain the workflow and roles of the Open Course Library staff. We will share some of the challenges we faced developing OER in an LMS. While new systems such as Canvas are removing many of the technical barriers to open sharing from an LMS, other challenges remain. Considerations for open content sharing include professional development for copyright and Creative Commons licensing, instructional design, and web accessibility.
They had to make the case for open education.
Why is “open” important in education?
- Efficiency: You can build on content that is already created
- Quality: We tend to do our best work when we know our peers can see it.
- Self-Interest: Increased faculty exposure, reputations, and opportunities
- Faculty update both together
- Older versions still available
- Proprietary content is flagged and hidden from open course
- Design and share 81 high enrollment gatekeeper courses
- Improve course completion rates
- Lower textbook costs
- Provide new resources
- Fully engage our colleges in the global open educational resources discussion
- Define learning objectives
- Go to OER library for materials
- Fill in missing content with created content
- No-rivalrous, scalable, searchable
- Allow for preview
- 81 courses with 411,133 enrollments
- Textbook savings of 41 million a year
- Completion rates may also increase if students can afford to actually buy the text
- Many were unfamiliar with the particular LMS
- No way to compare work between course teams
- Too many websites to keep in track of
- Using Google Docs to collaborate and share as we go
- All project management information in one Google Site
- RFP Process for New LMS Will Commence This Fall (elearningcentralia.wordpress.com)