The Critical Role of Librarians In OER Adoption


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Please join CCCOER on Tuesday, February 26, 10:00 am (Pacific time) to hear about the critical work that librarians do to support OER adoption at community colleges. This webinar will feature three projects where librarians are leading the way in searching, curating, and creating OER to expand student access and improve teaching practices.

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Paradise Valley Community College, AZ –Sheila Afnan-Manns and Kande Mickelson, faculty librarians will share how they worked with students in International Business to find and create OER to support course learning outcomes.

Houston Community College District, TX – Angela Secrest, director of library services, will share her libguides that support faculty in the process of finding and adopting high quality OER.

Open Course Library(OCL), WA – Shireen Deboo, OCL and Seattle Community Colleges district librarian will share her work with faculty to find, create, and curate open content for inclusion in the Washington State Community and Technical College’s Open Course Library.

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    1. 1. The Critical Role of Librarians in OER Adoptions Angela Secrest, Houston Community CollegesSheila Afnan-Manns, Kande Mickelsen, Maricopa Community Colleges Shireen Deboo, Seattle Community Colleges February 26, 2013
    2. 2. Collaborate Window Overview Audio & Video Participants Chat
    3. 3. WelcomePlease introduce yourself in the chatwindow. Tell us how you heard about today’s webinar?– Una Daly, moderator • Community College Outreach Director at OCW Consortium
    4. 4. Agenda• CCCOER Introduction• OER and the Library• Empowering Students with OER• Curating OER for Open Course Library• Next Webinar, March 26• Q&A
    5. 5. CCCOER Mission• Promote adoption of OER to enhance teaching and learning – Expand access to education – Support professional development – Advance community college mission Funded by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
    6. 6. 150+ Community & Technical College members in OCW Consortium Community College Consortium for OER
    7. 7. Critical Role of Librarians• Search experts• Work with students to improve information literacy• Curators of educational content Image: Reeding lesson cc-by-nc-sa
    8. 8. OER and the LibraryAngela SecrestDistrict Director, Library Services
    9. 9. Open Educational Resources Library support | Faculty success
    10. 10. Initiatives at all levels• Board of Trustees initiatives – Policy statements• Administrative initiatives – Task force – Procedures• Instructional initiatives – 2 hour workshops – Textbook working groups• Faculty-led initiatives• Library initiatives
    11. 11. Librarian involvement at HCC• Instruction in adopting and adapting• Customized search engine• Links integrated with the library catalog and website• Presentations at HCC faculty conferences and workshops• Participation in textbook and resource working groups• Development of faculty input/search• OER LibGuide
    12. 12. Providing self-serve resources• Supplements other initiatives• Provides access and discoverability• Provides context – global, local• Provides validation on several levels – Community of colleagues – Already vetted for quality• One-stop shop (well, not really, but we try)
    13. 13. Customized search widget
    14. 14. Faculty input
    15. 15. Public search
    16. 16. LibGuides• Cloud-based• Alas, not open source, but at least built on open source• Relatively inexpensive• Librarian buy-in for the product• Integration with other free and open sources• Easy to share among colleagues• Responsive design
    17. 17.
    18. 18. What? We have a box for that.
    19. 19. How?
    20. 20. Discover: Search
    21. 21. Discover: Browse by Subject
    22. 22. Textbooks
    23. 23. Also included• Open and free access materials to compliment the use of commercial resources and OER – Heavily used by our community – Recognizable sources: PBS, DOAJ, Annenberg• Organizations provide – Scholarly community – Validation – Support – Education – Promotion – Research
    24. 24. You are welcome to use it as a template! Thank you!
    25. 25. Empowering Students with OERSheila Afnan-MannsFaculty LibrarianKande MickelsenFaculty Librarian
    26. 26. OER as Content / OER as Pedagogy: Empowering Studentsas Partners in Learning Using Scholarly OpenEducational Resources Digital creativity, “is the life ourkids push for. They demand it … We cant kill this instinct for Recipients: EBSCO Community College Learning Resources andcreativity …We cant make them Library Achievement Award passive again …” Lawrence Sheila Afnan-Manns Reyes Medrano Lessig Kandice Mickelsen
    27. 27. Background OER Experts: Library created a buzz by embracing OER with a unique professional spin: OneClick Digital©: The technical and intellectual act of blending proprietary and open scholarly resources in ways that meet official course competencies, are copyright compliant, and feel free to the end user. OER as Content: In Spring 2010 PVCC Business Division asked Library for help to replace an expensive textbook. OER as Pedagogy: Soon realized that with a little information literacy, students could curate their own living textbook!
    28. 28. Classroom Nuts & Bolts Students as curators of digital scholarly content: IBS101 unleashed a paradigm shift in which students responded to course lectures not with rote memory, but as curators who by researching, evaluating, and mixing relevant digital content created a “living textbook.” Students as peer teachers: In addition, students became peer teachers by presenting their content under the excellent guidance of their instructor. Students as public speakers and team builders: Lastly, students gained “real world” skills in digital research, public speaking, working in teams, and more.
    29. 29. Librarian’s role Technology infrastructure: Blackboard based wikis Team schedule: Lecture, search, create, present, follow up Information literacy instruction: harvest keywords and concepts from lectures, evaluate, use ethically, EZProxy and persistent links Research Guide with Library and OER resources Support inside and outside of the classroom Survey to measure impact
    30. 30. Findings 100% strongly agree or agree that collaboration between Faculty enhanced their learning experience. 100% strongly agree or agree that instructors encouraged critical thinking and problem solving. With 91% expressing better competence in critical thinking, research and presentation skills. 76% strongly agree or agree that research instruction provided by the librarians assisted their participation in creating the “living textbook”. 95% found content for this course more engaging than a traditional textbook. 62% have found textbook costs to be an academic barrier.
    31. 31. Comments: Saved money not having to buy a textbook – Epic! This course is amazing! Love the interactive learning, working with classmates! Since this course is about current business affairs, it makes more sense to do it this way. If we had a textbook it would be outdated by the time we started, I’ve enjoyed this class. I would like to give credit to two of our librarians … who did an awesome amount of work to get this off the ground. Without their help and humor, this class would not have been possible. I just wanted to let you know how much of a difference they made in showing us how to do the research and putting together our Wiki pages.
    32. 32. The Next Step: Scalability for Mass Adoption  This project demonstrated the efficacy of student blended open and proprietary digital content while spotlighting the hindrance of EZProxy to the process  Open source code like Xerxes enables seamless access between the library’s web scale tool (e.g. Ebsco’s Discover, Summon, etc.) and the LMS of a college or district (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, etc.)  Discovering, adding, and using Library resources with OER content is just a click away, saving students money while increasing the quality of course materials
    33. 33. Credits:  OER Research Guide:  Contact: Sheila Afnan-Manns: Kandice Mickelsen:
    34. 34. Open Course LibraryImage:Timothy Valentine & Leo Reynolds CC-BY-NC-SAShireen DebooFaculty LibrarianSouth Seattle Community College
    35. 35. Open Course LibraryPhase Two—40 additional courses developed5 librarians—each assigned to 5-8 courses
    36. 36. Open Course LibraryLibrarians’ role:• Assist with finding/identifying/evaluating open access textbooks and course materials• Assist with determining copyright status for non OA materials• Assist with securing permissions for non OA materials• Assist with documenting/tracking all materials used• Assist with building and incorporating information literacy components into each course
    37. 37. Open Course LibraryLibrarian role change• Phase One—passive/advisory/voluntary involvement• Phase Two—approval authority, more pro-active role, more opportunity to include IL component
    38. 38. Information LiteracyOutcomes Assessment Worksheet Conduct effective searches using ● Effectively use search tools, such as Week 2 writing assignment: find an article appropriate tools the library catalog, periodical about the electoral college. databases, and web search engines ● Develop and revise search Week 5 writing assignment: identify vocabulary, including synonyms and something that will be changing over time, broader and narrower terms and locate data or graph. ● Apply appropriate search techniques, such as Boolean logic Week 7 writing assignment: find an article and truncation describing a recent study. ● Use tables of contents, indexes, database features, and other tools to facilitate searches ● Use information in search results, such as keywords, article titles, and subject headings to refine and improve search results Analyze content to choose the best ● Determine relevance of information Week 2 writing assignment: evaluate information for the need found as it relates to the topic whether an article is biased, and determine ● Revise overall search strategy, if it is opinion or factual. search tools, information types, and keywords as needed to complete the task Week 5 writing assignment: locate data or ● Apply appropriate reading graph that is showing something changing strategies, including browsing, linearly or exponentially. skimming, selective reading, and close analysis Week 7 writing assignment: find and ● Summarize information and findings analyze an article describing a recent study. to assess whether and where to continue searching
    39. 39. Open Course LibraryChallenges and Observations• A mandatory component helps• OA materials are still less than perfect (quality/searchability/quantity)• Faculty are on a learning curve about copyright issues• It’s not all textbooks!
    40. 40. March 26 Webinar OER Authoring Tools• OpenStax College, Connexions OER• BCcampus Pressbooks• SoftChalk Tool and Cloud Repository Image: Reeding lesson cc-by-nc-sa
    41. 41. Thank you for attending!Please type your question in the chat window or raise your hand to speak Contact Information Una Daly Angela Secrest Kande Mickelsen kandice.mickelsen@paradisevalley.eduSheila Afnan-Manns Shireen Deboo
    42. 42. Photo credits: Share IMG_4591 cc-by-sa La belle tzigane cc-by-saAsian Library Interior 5 cc-by-nc-saPetru cc-by-nc-saOpensourceways cc-by-sa