Month: February 2017

Regular Edition

OER Digest – February 23rd, 2017

From Katie Steen (USPIRG) | Volume 25 | February 23rd, 2017

With help from Brady Yano (SPARC)

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

UMASS SURVEY: The UMass Amherst Libraries’ Scholarly Communication office recently surveyed undergraduate students enrolled in classes participating in the Open Education Initiative (OEI). The survey found that 59% of students do not buy assigned textbooks and want alternatives to high cost textbooks. Read more>>

STATE LEGISLATION UPDATE: A new bill proposed by Maryland state Sen. Jim Rosapepe titled the Textbook Cost Savings Act of 2017 would provide a $100,000 grant to promote the use of OER at the state system’s 12 institutions. The funding would support the Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative, a program that has saved students over $1 million through the use of OER since 2013. Read more>>

OEC AWARDS: The Open Education Consortium announced the 2017 winners of the Open Education Awards for Excellence, an award recognizing the outstanding contributions in the Open Education community. These awards recognize distinctive Open Educational Resources, Open Projects & Initiatives, as well as exemplary leaders in Open Education worldwide.To see the full list of OER & Project Award winners, click here.

OER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: K12 educators now have access to professional development OER, aimed at training educators to better deliver a STEM education. The “Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education” (ACESSE) project is a partnership between the Council of State Science Supervisors and the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Washington schools of education and has been funded by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The training is aimed at increasing diversity in STEM fields by improving access to a quality K-12 STEM education that is more coherent and nationally aligned. Read more>>

GROWING COLLECTION: BCcampus has added five new open textbooks to their collection, bringing the Open Textbook Project collection to 173 materials. Read more>>

 

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Apply to attend the Open Education Ontario Summit taking place on March 27th. Deadline to apply is February 28th. http://onoersummit.com/

EVENT: OpenStax will be hosting an American Government webinar on Monday, February 27, 11-12 pm CST. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5351275093797681410

EVENT: Registration for #OER17: The Politics of Open is now open! The conference will take place April 5-6 in London, UK https://oer17.oerconf.org/#gref

JOB: Penn State Libraries are looking for an Open Education Librarian. Reviewal of applications will begin on February 28th. https://libraries.psu.edu/openeducationlibr

JOB: CU Boulder Libraries are looking for a Scholarly Communication Librarian. Applications are due March 5th. http://www.colorado.edu/libraries/jobs-opportunities/scholarly-communication-librarian

SURVEY: Please consider taking part in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS) funded by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OOFATOERDIGEST

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

A brief snapshot of those making change on the ground level, and those most impacted

FROM CONNECTICUT: “Undergraduate Student Government has worked extensively to expand access to open educational resources as well, according to Student Body President Daniel Byrd. USG financially supported the development of an open access chemistry textbook, he said. “USG paid and got credit for it in the book,” Byrd said. “About 2,000 students between last semester and this semester have used it.”” Read more>>

FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA: “Open textbooks not only help alleviate financial stress for students, but also often improve the quality of course content,” said Doering. “Since open textbooks allow instructors to customize materials for their course, they can move away from the more traditional method of teaching chapter-by-chapter, which results in a more engaging classroom experience.” Read more>>

FROM NEW JERSEY: “I am excited to report that the pilot phase of the Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) grants has concluded,” said Lily Todorinova, the director of the OAT program and the school’s Undergraduate Experience Librarian. “Thanks to the generosity of the Office of Information Technology and the library, we were able to award 32 individual grants.” Read more>>

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Elise Bordeau @MrsBordeau

Students engaging and talking about how to make textbooks more affordable on our campuses #mnstate #OER #februarydelegates @Students7United

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads on Education and Open

7 Musts For Digital and OER Course Materials | eCampus News

http://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/musts-digital-course-materials/

7 Trends To Expect From Social Learning In 2017 | eLearning Industry

https://elearningindustry.com/7-trends-expect-social-learning-in-2017

Are Elite Universities Committed to Openness? | New America

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/are-elite-universities-committed-openness/

Are Textbooks In Or Out? The State of Open Educational Resources | opensource.com

https://opensource.com/article/17/2/future-textbooks-cable-green-creative-commons

Fewer text books = less expense for students at SLCC | KATC.com

http://www.katc.com/story/34489394/fewer-text-books-less-expense-for-students-at-slcc

Is the Average Cost of a Textbook $100? | Open Oregon

http://openoregon.org/is-the-average-cost-of-a-textbook-100/

OER’s Road Ahead is Paved with Publisher Platforms | From the Bell Tower | LibraryJournal

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/02/opinion/steven-bell/oers-road-ahead-is-paved-with-publisher-platforms-from-the-bell-tower/#_

SBCC Launches Textbook Affordability Program | The Channels

http://www.thechannels.org/news/2017/02/13/sbcc-launches-textbook-affordability-program/

What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia | nprEd

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/22/515244025/what-students-can-learn-by-writing-for-wikipedia?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

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Regular Edition

OER Digest – February 9th, 2017

From Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 24 | February 9th, 2017

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

OPEN ONTARIO: Last month, eCampus Ontario announced funding for 24 open content projects. Of the projects that have received funding, nine are new OER, one is a university readiness resource, and 14 are course modules or full courses. All resources developed will be openly licensed and are intended to support both undergraduate and graduate level education. Read more>>

CONNECTICUT REPORT: Last month a Connecticut General Assembly Task Force released the Open Source Textbook Report. The Task Force (made up of faculty, student, and administrator representation from two and four year, public and private institutions) was established to study best practices with regard to Open Educational Resources (OER). The report provides an update of OER activities across the state and presents the findings of a statewide faculty survey. Key excerpts:

  • When compared to the national data collected by the Babson Survey Research Group, Connecticut faculty rank much higher in awareness with only 22% of the respondents indicating that they were not aware of OERs vs. the national percentage of 65%.
  • 92% of the respondents indicated a willingness to consider OER adoption over the next three years.
  • OER resources were viewed as equal or superior to traditional educational resources by 70% of respondents.

PUBLISHER WATCH: Inside Higher Ed recently reported on how textbook publishers are increasingly pushing for all inclusive access deals for college textbooks. In this model, students pay a course fee that provides access to all digital course materials (unless students pay extra for a print-on-demand copy), which is automatically included in tuition or deducted from student accounts. While publishers promote this model as a cost-saving solution, OER advocates argue that it gives publishers an even greater stranglehold over prices and access to content. Read more>>

STATE LEGISLATION UPDATE: Washington State Representative Melanie Stambaugh, R-Puyallup, a member of the House Higher Education Committee has sponsored House Bill 1768 aimed to build upon and expand existing support for open educational resources. With the desire to replicate the model used at UMass Amherst, Stambaugh aims to save students at 4-year institutions in Washington $70,000 for every $10,000 invested. Read more>>

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION UPDATE: Earlier this week Betsy DeVos was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Education, after a contentious confirmation battle in the Senate. DeVos did not discuss OER during her confirmation hearing, however she did respond to a written question from Senator Patty Murray concerning college textbook costs and OER. DeVos’ response: “I will work with you and your colleagues to explore any remaining issues, including the question about the proliferation of ‘open textbooks’ during the HEA reauthorization.” Read more>>

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: OpenStax and OER Commons will be hosting a webinar on Additional Faculty OER Resources on February 10th from 3-4 CST. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6611168084846144769

EVENT: Lansing Community College will be hosting their 2nd OER Summit on February 24th from 8:30-4. The event is free for all Michigan educators. http://www.lcc.edu/provost/senate/oer-summit.aspx

EVENT: Apply to attend the Open Education Ontario Summit taking place on March 27th. Deadline to apply is February 28th. http://onoersummit.com/

EVENT: Registration for #OER17: The Politics of Open is now open! The conference will take place April 5-6 in London, UK https://oer17.oerconf.org/#gref

OPPORTUNITY: Interested in contributing a chapter to the upcoming OA book, OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians? Proposals are due February 13th. https://docs.google.com/document/d/166POxN4vmdlz-Mb91qNMhdgdSNqavexQph_wGIWl8Hg/edit

JOB: The University of Washington is looking for a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian. Applications are due February 17th. http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/employment/librarians/spol2017-01-09

JOB: The Ontario Colleges Library Services is seeking a consultant to build an OER toolkit for Ontario college faculty and library staff. Applications are due February 10th. https://www.ocls.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/RFQ-%20Consultant%20for%20Ontario%20College%20Libraries%20Open%20Educational%20Resources%20%28OER%29%20Toolkit_19Jan2017.pdf

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

A brief snapshot of those making change on the ground level, and those most impacted

FROM VIRGINIA: “The cost of textbooks has outpaced just about every other consumer good, and it’s outpaced even the price of tuition [nationwide],” said Hillary Miller, scholarly communications outreach librarian with VCU Libraries. “We recognize that the cost of education is going up, and there’s not a lot that we can do about that. But one of the most direct ways that libraries and faculty can affect cost for students is through textbooks and course materials.” Read more>>

FROM MISSISSIPPI: “In his first board meeting, Hickman killed an expensive textbook adoption and made a commitment to #GoOpen. With savings from open educational resources, CMSD was able to invest in a digital learning ecosystem across the district–1:1 in high school with Macbooks, 2:1 in middle school, and 2:1 iPads in elementary.” Read more>>

TWEET OF THE WEEK

TJ Bliss‏ @tjbliss

What do #educators like about #OER? The #open content and up-to-date materials. Watch this video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX0K0hb_xKE&feature=youtu.be

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads on Education and Open

Letter: Addressing High Textbook Costs | The Cavalier Daily

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/02/addressing-high-text-book-costs

Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later | EdSurge

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-26-of-oer-and-platforms-five-years-later

More Colleges Use Open Educational Resources | Community College Daily

http://www.ccdaily.com/Pages/Academic-Programs/More-colleges-adopt-OER-degrees.aspx

Top Fears Shutting the Door on Open Education | Campus Technology

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/02/01/top-fears-shutting-the-door-on-open-education.aspx

Digital And Open-source Options Have Advantages Over Books | La Crosse Tribune

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/digital-and-open-source-resources-open-la-crosse-classrooms-to/article_b986af61-2435-5900-9ed7-e15004aca51b.html

Textbook Costs Are Up, Pushing Academic Progress Down | Pensacola News Journal

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/education/2017/01/27/textbook-costs-up-pushing-academic-progress-down/97058418/

How The University of Hawaii Is Solving Today’s Higher Ed Problems | Opensource.com

https://opensource.com/article/17/2/interview-education-billy-meinke

When The Textbook You Need Hasn’t Been Written Yet | NCSU Libraries

https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/stories/when-the-textbook-you-need-hasn%E2%80%99t-been-written-yet

Extreme Makeover: Pedagogy Edition | actualham

http://robinderosa.net/higher-ed/extreme-makeover-pedagogy-edition/

New Tool Arrives for Refining The OER Vetting Process | CCSSO

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/OER_Home_/OER_Fellow_Blog.html

 

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