Notes on Getting started with OER from Affordable Learning GA

A few notes from the recent OER webinar from Affordable Learning GA

Implementation

Getting started with OER – how to craft a syllabus

  • Include a statement of how OER is utilized
  • Create multiple, visible access points
  • Identify and publicize print options
  • Ensure full text navigation
  • Create tutorials
  • Create navigation elements

..an overview of E-core

  • Increased options – online, short & full classes ; first 2 years of undergrad; transfer potential
  • 8 week session option
  • Decreased tuition (169$) per per credit hour utilizes OERs and MOOCs
  • Focus on nontraditional – military, adult learner, join/dual high school enrollment (new)
  • OER increases retention for ecore from 2005: 65% to 2014: 87%

Implementing Chemistry 1 & 2 for Fall 2015

  • 6 month process to rewrite curriculum to match open textbook (openstax)
  • Instructional designer working with 4 faculty to rewrite curriculum and create supplemental material for 2 classes
  • Highly customized – very important to customize content
  • Instructional Designer builds class
  • Chemistry I & II OpenStax includes testbanks & exercises
  • Instructional designer maps OER to curriculum; faculty create supplemental content like exercises
  • Tutorial/training session to students about how to use ebooks (loaded in LMS; created by ecore staff)

Advantages of OER

  • Joint/Dual enrollment in Georgia is going to be big and those materials must be free to students
  • 60,000 e-core enrollments to date, saved $1.3 million for students
  • “What we are doing it for.. the students”
  • Student success and retention – students are better prepared
  • Reputation of the school/faculty authors (tenure)