Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CA's Digital Open Source Library and WA's Open Course Library

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books (via KQED MindShift)

Quick summary of the bills:
• The first CA bill would create 50 open textbooks for high-enrollment college courses that would be free online and available in print for ~$20.  Book contracts would be awarded through competitive grant process open to publishers, faculty and organizations, and must use a Creative Commons Attribution license. 
• The second bill would create the "California Digital Open Source Library" to serve as a platform for accessing and customizing the 50 open textbooks, and will include incentives for faculty to adopt these and other open textbooks.  It also requires that publishers provide free library reserve copies of textbooks adopted in high-enrollment courses at California's public colleges.  
• No cost is indicated in the bill summaries, but an article on KQED's website quotes $25 million.  This is a lot of money given the state's budget issues, but the return would undoubtedly be huge -- the state has close to 3 million college students, at least half of which are at the community colleges where books on average cost more than tuition (as of '08). 

How this compares to the Open Course Library:
• WA is covering more courses (81) with less money (about $2 million).  However, CA would create a full open textbook for each course, while the Open Course Library can include non-open materials as long as the cost is under $30.
• Both programs use the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) open license for all new materials, which allows the public to freely use, distribute and adapt the material.  It also would allow publishers to improve and re-sell proprietary versions.
• Both aim to address high-enrollment courses, but WA's focuses specifically on community college level.  It appears that CA will focus on all three public systems: the UCs, CSUs and CCCs.

Thanks to Nicole Allen and Brandon Muramatsu for this information!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two weeks after Open Course Library launch...

It's been 2 weeks since the launch of the Open Course Library and it's time for an update. In addition to 12,500 visitors (and 27,661 page views) on opencourselibrary.org, over 2,100 also viewed the Connexions modules where the courses can be downloaded. 
The launch of the Open Course Library received a good deal of press. We tracked at least 68 articles by reporters and bloggers, which we hope will lead to increased faculty adoptions. As of the first week the course materials we created have been adopted by faculty in New York, Oregon, Washington, and Romania.
After lots of practice talking with reporters over the past couple weeks, I've come up with a quick summary of the project and three things you should know about the Open Course Library:

What is the Open Course Library?
The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials designed by faculty and openly shared with the world. It includes textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments for 81 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for course materials.

The Open Course Library is:
1. High Quality – Course materials go through an extensive series of quality checks.
  • All course materials are pilot-tested in a college classroom and then further refined.
  • Quality checks include peer reviews, instructional designer reviews, and expert reviews by universal design, accessibility, and global education specialists.
2. Affordable – Students pay no more than $30 for Open Course Library materials, including textbooks. Most courses use 100% free materials.
  • Students spend $1000 or more on textbooks annually, in addition to tuition.
  • Some students even attempt courses without purchasing the textbooks, which affects completion rates.
  • Using Open Course Library materials allows students to spend less per course and afford more courses per term so they can graduate faster and get better paying jobs sooner.
3. Adaptable – Faculty can modify and build on some or all of the course materials.
  • Faculty adopters can use as much of the course materials as they choose.
  • There are no strings attached. We only ask that faculty cite the Open Course Library in their course and fill out our short adoption form.
 Of course, the best way to learn about the Open Course Library materials is to browse the 42 phase 1 courses yourself. We are looking forward to building on what we have learned to produce more great courses in phase 2.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Phase 2 RFP Released for Open Course Library

SBCTC is pleased to announce the request for proposals for phase 2 of the Open Course Library. We are seeking Faculty Course Designers in the courses listed in the table below. We are also seeking Instructional Designers and Librarians to support the development of 39 additional courses.
This project is the implementation of recommendations from the System Strategic Technology Plan, Guiding Principle #7: "We will cultivate the culture and practice of using and contributing to open educational resources."
The Open Course Library Phase 2 Grants will open on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 and proposals are due November 7, 2011. The Open Course Library Phase 2 grants will extend from January 9, 2012 to March 22, 2013. For specific grant amounts, timelines and deliverables, please see the grant guidelines documents at http://www.opencourselibrary.org/phase-2-grant. The bidder's conference recordings are also available there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OCL to be featured twice this week at EDUCAUSE focus session

The Open Course Library will be featured in two EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) presentations, part of an online focus session to be held September 14 and 15. The theme is open education resources (OER) and the focus session is an in-depth exploration of the issues and potential of OER in higher education. This is an entirely online event. CORRECTION: Attendance is limited to ELI members, but recordings will be posted an publicly available in a few weeks. My slides are available here.
Open Educational Content: Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities

More about the event:

There will be 16 invited speakers to help explore all the key aspects of this new but very important area in teaching and learning. Participants will get a chance to develop their own ideas about opportunities at their campus, as well as tour institutional examples of high-quality content development, maintenance models, and delivery and organizational options that support adoption.

More information is at: http://www.educause.edu/ELI117/Program or download a PDF of the schedule at: http://tinyurl.com/ELI2011focus

Friday, June 3, 2011

YouTube Now Supports Creative Commons License!

Great news from the Creative Commons blog, and perfect timing for the Open Course Library:
YouTube has added the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) as a licensing option for users! Now when users upload video, they can choose to license it under CC BY or to remain with the default “Standard YouTube License.” Users may also change the license on existing videos by editing each video individually.

In conjunction with the implementation, YouTube has launched a Creative Commons video library containing 10,000 videos under CC BY from organizations such as C-SPAN, PublicResource.org, Voice of America, and Al Jazeera. The library will serve as a base catalog of videos for users to access, edit, and incorporate into their own video projects. The YouTube Video Editor now contains a CC tab that allows users to search the Creative Commons video library and select videos to edit and remix. Users may remix videos directly on the editor platform, and any video that is created using CC BY-licensed content will automatically display the linked source videos’ titles underneath the video player. Since CC BY is enabled as a licensing option, the library will grow as more users choose to license their work under CC BY.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dr. Yongsheng Sun Talks Global Education and the Open Course Library

From a recent article on the Education-Portal.com website:
During the first week of May Education-Portal.com attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Yongsheng Sun, one of the heads of Washington State's Open Course Library (OCL) project, which is revolutionizing how college students obtain course materials.
Kudos to Yonsheng, our OCL Global Education expert!

2010-11 e-Learning Leadership and Innovation Award goes to David Lippman

The eLearning Council of Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges presented David Lippman with the 2010-11 e-Learning Leadership and Innovation Award. Lippman, is leading Pierce College’s effort to develop resources to support math teaching in the state of Washington.

Lippman is the lead developer for the Washington State Gates Grant Open Course Library Project (OCL). Along with his colleague Melanie Rasmussen, he is developing open source resources for pre-calculus classes. Course materials from this project will support teaching math in an online, hybrid and in-person format.

The full article is on the Instructional Technology Council website. Congratulations to David Lippman!