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Supporting Great Teaching and Learning with OER and Digital Content

Natalie Murray (Ace Learning Company, USA)
Kate McKain (VP of Institutional Efficacy, Pearson North America, USA)
Lorne Oke (Indiana Wesleyan University, USA)
David Kim (Ace Learning Company, USA)
Gerry Hanley (California State University, Office of the Chancellor & MERLOT, USA)
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Dean Florez (President and CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 6
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 3

Learn how effective, efficient use of content can increase student success by promoting flexible delivery, measuring content efficacy, and managing rights and permissions.

Extended Abstract

With the overabundance of high quality and easily accessible resources in higher ed institutions, including both those that are licensed and free, a new last-mile divide problem has formed, where colleges and faculty lack the ability to easily understand what content is available, how to best use it to increase learning, and how to manage once they find it. These content sources may include open education resources (OER), licensed library content, institutional developed content, popular web resources, and publisher content. Examples of investments include the recent $2 billion invested by the US Department of Labor in TAAACCCT grants to create OER and over $1.4billion spent annually by academic libraries alone on digital content.

At the same time instructional designers are working with SME's to create engaging learning experiences for students and not be limited to one central resource such as a textbook, which may or may not fulfill all the learning objectives in the course. This content approach requires a shift from the traditional central resource to a more unique collection of learning resources.

This session will focus on the potential of technology to curate these resources, allowing for seamless alignment of available content with educational objectives and learner outcomes. Professors and instructional course designers can therefore have the ability to access and understand the value and effectiveness of content that will help meet their students' learning goals. In the end, campuses have the potential to eliminate the last mile divide by leveraging the billions spent on content investments, and ensuring the best content is being utilized to increase learning.

The panel presentation will include Dean Florez, former California State Senator, President and CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation; David Kim, CEO and Co-Founder of Ace Learning, Dr. Lorne Oke, Executive Director, Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University, and Kate McKain the Vice President of Institutional Efficacy at Pearson.

It will open with remarks from Senator Florez, who will give an overview of the state of investments in digital and OER content and the shift to the unbundling of course materials, especially in online learning, which can include multiple videos, articles, simulations, weblinks, and e-book chapters as a central resource for the course.

Following Dean's introduction and overview, the panel will discuss the potential to of technology to organize the chaos through intelligent cataloging and curation and of content and aligned with learning objectives. David Kim will provide an overview of the advances in technology to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of content selection and utilization in course design. This will include an overview of Ace Learning and their working with campuses to dramatically improve the use of OER and digital content as well as inform institutional improvement. Dr. Lorne Oke from Indiana Wesleyan will give description of how IWU is designing courses to effectively leverage multiple types and sources of learning resources to create a coherent collection for students that aligns with their learning objectives and is targeted to their individual student needs. Kate McKain will provide a view of how learning analytics around assessment and engagement can be used to impact individual student learning. The panel discussion and audience Q&A will be facilitated by Natalie Murray, Director of Learning Innovation at Ace Learning.

The panel will conclude with a discussion by all panelists regarding their predications for the future of purchased and OER content on campus and the potential to dramatically improve higher education affordability and student success.

Overall, the session presenters will discuss:
- The potential of OER and digital content to reduce higher education costs and increase access to quality educational resources
- The use of data analytics to support course improvements and student success
- Instructional design and student engagement practices that leverage a variety of learning resources within one course
- Creating a seamless student experience and showing relevance of the learning resource

Session participants should plan to participate in the following ways:
- Interactive question and answer throughout the session