Spring Semester OER workshops at SCSU
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Open Educational Resources: What We Don’t Know
Open Textbook Webinar — a 90-minute online meeting to learn about open textbooks.
Peer review of open textbooks is a critical component of assessing quality and supporting faculty looking for resources to use in their own classes. After the workshop, you’ll be eligible to earn a $200 stipend if you provide a short review of an open textbook from the OpenTextbook Library. Reviews are due 6-8 weeks following the workshop.
To prepare for the webinar, please take a few minutes and visit the Open Textbook Library (http://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/). Glance through the Open Textbook Library and look for textbooks in your discipline that may be appropriate for you to review. In order to receive the $200 stipend, you must 1) participate in the webinar and 2) complete a textbook review. (Please note: There may not be texts available for review in your areas of expertise.)
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Note that additional Open Textbook Webinars are scheduled throughout the academic year. Please contact Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator, at Karen.Pikula@minnstate.edu if you cannot attend the meeting on Monday.
How: Join the webinar through Adobe Connect
3 models of creating textbooks: 1. write a book on their own 2. commercial model 3. Funder
Creative Common and copyright.
CC licenses free to: copy, share, edit, mix, keep, use
reviewing a textbook in the OER. Edit a book in OER
ED Accepting Proposals for Consortium OER Pilots
By Dian Schaffhauser 08/02/18
The U.S. Department of Education has finally made a move on its efforts to fund development of open educational resources. The agency issued a notice this week inviting proposals for an “open textbooks pilot program” with an Aug. 29, 2018 deadline. The program was mandated in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. ED expected to issue between one and three awards.
The winning proposals will be eligible for between $1.5 million and $4.95 million. The latter amount is nearly the entire fund of $5 million stipulated for the pilot in an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill.
The application has three “absolute priorities” and one “competitive preference” priority. The absolutes are these:
- The project must involve consortium with at least three institutions participating, along with representation from industry or workforce groups and nonprofit or community organizations;
- The proposal needs to fill current gaps in the OER “marketplace” and be able to scale beyond the consortium members; and
- The plan needs to address how the OER will promote degree completion.
For more information, visit the application on the Federal Register.
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The last IRRODL, Volume 19, Issue 3, contains numerous publications on OER (Open Educational Resources) from around the globe:
Arul Chib, Reidinar Juliane Wardoyo
Stacie L Mason, Royce Kimmons
Adoption of Sharing and Reuse of Open Resources by Educators in Higher Education Institutions in the Netherlands: A Qualitative Research of Practices, Motives, and Conditions
Robert Schuwer, Ben Janssen
Adrian Stagg, Linh Nguyen, Carina Bossu, Helen Partridge, Johanna Funk, Kate Judith
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Islandora for OER Discussion
Waite Park, St. Cloud, March 30, 2018
Alex is a former archivist from the MN Historical society
statistics, custom interface, preservation tools, automatic processes, multiple formats, metadata – core features
My Q/s to Alex/Tim:
- at the August OER meeting: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2017/08/28/oer-workday-librarians/ there were more contenders to house OER. E.g., the Minnesota Library Publishing Project is based on Edublog, thus more familiar platform
What makes Islandora a better choice?
Additional question related: why not use already existing solutions, as used across the world. Alex response: open source. Tim: content available across institutions. text banks and other data can be grouped by disciplines. Follow up q/n: MLNC, OER Commons. Solution already exists and why don’t we use existing accumulated work. Answer by Karen: pulling many resources, promoting collaboration btw 2 and 4 year institutions. Bigger then just having a repository, collaborative effort on different levels
- Access to a “sandbox” to test Islandora: who to contact when and how.
Alex response to “estimated date for faculty upload” – August 2018 approximately
- Transferability/ compatible: how east it is to migrate Islandora content to a different platform (e.g. the Minnesota Library Publishing Project) shall other platform is chosen as MN OER platform?
- How will this structure ensure that the OER initiative (Islandora in particular) is not “owned” by one branch on campus (e.g. librarians) but it is a mutual effort by faculty and staff (e.g. ATT) in terms of access, e.g. access to different admin levels in Islandora?
From the Adobe COnnect online attendees:
Barbara Sandarin: Regarding “Admin. Rights,” does this restrict who may upload items?
Maintenance: weeding out old materials
the history of Islandora: who when developed. 2009, U of Rhode Island
Stephen Kelly: how does Inslandora integrate video. microsite solutions
structure of repository:
Islandora only stores, but the actual creation is outside of Islandora adoption scope
how do the individual teams are built, communicate with
open pedagogy: students creating open textbooks. creating of D2L courseroom. Karen: learning circles. Gary Hunter’s form regarding copyright issues etc.
storage: unlimited yet, but might be if file size are big.
Robert Bilyk: Look at OpenStax on how they handle derivative content
Tim: what do we want to be able to search for: 1. Title 2. subject 3. Format 4. type 5. permission to modify or not 6. keywords 7. author 8. home institution of author 9. peer revieewd 10. author info (advanced feature) 11. Robert Bilyk: Assurance of accessibility — tables, images, etc. 12. course 13. hashtags
Robert Bilyk: Curriki allows any submission — but their editorial board eventually gets around to review — and then this is indicated
OTL (Open textbook library): https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
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Librarians OER Workday
SCSU ad hoc team on open books from Spring 2015
Creating OER Texbooks using copyright and CC licensed materials.
What can be put on the OER textbooks:
D2L upload: every time, it is called “distribution.”
plays, music, prerecorded files such as DVD, music CD.
sculpture or painting on a Web site,
five rights avoid violating. System procedure 3.27.1 copyright clearance
DMCA Digital Millennium Copyright Act
there are certain works which are not protected
The difference between Plagiarism and copyright infringement
CI is a violation of a federal law. Plagiarism can turn into CI.
NC – no competitor can take our work and use it against us.
faculty can use anything in F2F, which is lawfully obtained. Flickr, photo without violating the regulations, it can be used in a PPT, but only on a F2F classroom. In OER, it needs to be revised.
Gary can share a “media release” form (slid 17).
Open Textbook Institute (Kimberly Johnson)
Shane Nackerud and Matthew Lee
use of Pressbooks (it is open source). Minitex pays a vendor to host it, but it can be hosted locally, because it is open source
Minnesota Library Publishing Project – partner ship between Minitex and public libraries.
authoring tool. Platform to edit and publish.
Building an Ebook Platform from Scratch: Are You Daft?
Alex Kent, Digital Initiative Librarian
OER stakeholders and critical contacts on your campus: CETL, TLTR
Preparation: as per link above, the libraray (former LRS) met in the spring of 2015
what is the role of the library staff in the OER movement. promote what already exists. Open textbook group https://www.cccoer.org/
Stephen Kelly, OER Project Grants Manager
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Podcast Series Explores Impact of OER
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6 Key Trends to 21st Century Teaching
Colleges around the country have also started hiring staff members with titles like OER Coordinator and Affordable Content Librarian. Our series looked into how the movement is changing, and the research into the costsand benefits. You can even hear a podcast version here.
Flipped classrooms seem to be growing exponentially
Robert Talbert, a professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University and author of the book Flipped Learning. Talbert recently tabulated how many scholarly articles are published each year about “flipping” instruction, meaning that traditional lecture-style material is delivered before class (often using videos) so that classroom time can be used for discussion and other more active learning.
More professors are looking to experts to help them teach. (Though some resist.)
By 2016, there were an estimated 13,000 instructional designers on U.S. campuses, according to a report by Intentional Futures. And that number seems to be growing.
There’s also a growing acceptance of the scholarly discipline known as “learning sciences,” a body of research across disciplines of cognitive science, computer science, psychology, anthropology and other fields trying to unlock secrets of how people learn and how to best teach.
here’s a classic study that shows that professors think they’re better teachers than they actually are
The classroom isn’t the only place to learn
experiments with putting office hours online to get students to show up, bringing virtual reality to science labs to broaden what students could explore there, and changing how homework and tests are written.
Students are also finding their own new ways to learn online, by engaging in online activism. The era of a campus bubble seems over in the age of Twitter
Colleges are still struggling to find the best fit for online education
We dove into what lessons can be learned from MOOCs, as well what research so far about which audiences online can best serve.
And what does it mean to teach an age of information overload and polarization?
Perhaps the toughest questions of all about teaching in the 21st century is what exactly is the professor’s role in the Internet age. Once upon a time the goal was to be the ‘sage on the stage,’ when lecturing was king. Today many people argue that the college instructor should be more of a ‘guide on the side.’ But as one popular teaching expert notes, even that may not quite fit.
And in an era of intense political polarization, colleges and professors are looking for best to train students to become digitally literate so they can play their roles as informed citizens. But just how to do that is up for debate, though some are looking for a nonpartisan solution.
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