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Tuesday, April 24


OER Use and Community College Students Approaches to Deep Learning
Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to bridge the gap for community college students not only because they are more affordable or provide access but also because they have the potential to make learning more meaningful for these same students. Although issues related to access and affordability have been extensively researched, less is known related to the conditions under which courses that incorporate OER foster deep learning approaches among community college students. In this presentation, the researcher will discuss initial findings of a qualitative research study conducted at a large, urban community college in the U.S. The researcher used focus group data to examine the ways in which student use of OER contributed to their approaches to deep learning in their college courses. The focus group data will describe the experiences and perceptions of these community college students enrolled in courses which use OER and investigate the ways in which use of OER fosters approaches to deep learning in these same students. Previous OER efficacy studies have employed quantitative methods, examining metrics such as pass rates, grades, retention, future course enrollment, and time to completion. In contrast, this qualitative study uses thick description of students’ use of OER and students’ learning processes in community college courses to discover the ways in which use of OER contributes to deep learning. This research was conducted as part of a dissertation. Preliminary findings were not available at the time of the deadline for proposal submissions. More qualitative research from the students’ point of view is needed in the field of Open Education, and so it is hoped that this qualitative study fills that gap and opens the door for future qualitative research studies on OER efficacy and student learning.

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Kim Grewe

Chancellor's Faculty Fellow, Northern Virginia Community College
I am an educator, scholar, technology enthusiast, and champion of Open Education with over 25 years' teaching experience from middle school to community college. I am currently working on a PhD in Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University where I am conducting research... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 16:10 - 16:35
Thursday, April 26


Saving What for Whom: Student Perspectives on the OER Initiative at Kingsborough Community College, or How To Keep All the Stakeholders Involved
Kingsborough Community College, an urban community college is developing a faculty-driven OER program funded by the $8 million New York State OER grant. To increase adoption of OERs on campus, while maintaining the utmost respect for academic freedom and compassion for our more technologically challenged colleagues, we have focused on making the financial case to faculty. We present faculty members with data on student finances, which puts the cost of textbooks in stark relief. Once most individual faculty members become aware of the existence high quality alternatives to costly textbooks, they are committed, and we begin the work of converting their course to one that uses OERs. Yet there is one important perspective that has so far been missing from the discussion- that of the students- do they like the OERs that are being adapted for their classrooms, or would they prefer the traditional textbook approach, or something else? We have depended on the growing body of literature that says students using OERs perform as well or better as students using traditional course materials, and that students believe that the OERs are just as good or better than traditional course materials, but these studies for the most part have been conducted at institutions with very different student profiles than Kingsborough. Therefore, as we seek to expand the adoption of OERs and move the campus towards a culture of open education, it is imperative to consider how Kingsborough students are doing with these materials and how they feel about them, and to consider this feedback as crucial to any assessment, revision, or institutionalization of OERs at Kingsborough. This presentation will describe the program as we’ve built it across disciplines, and the results of our first round of student evaluations, including grade analysis, surveys, and focus groups.

SLIDES: https://goo.gl/aHVhyQ

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Shawna Brandle

In the Garage Productions
Shawna M. Brandle (@inthegarageprod) is the Executive Producer of In the Garage Productions. Come see Family Obligations at the Galaxy Highland on Saturday October 26 at 3pm and Wednesday October 30 at 4pm.

Dawn Levy

Kingsborough Community College

Dorina Tila

Kingsborough Community College

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:45 - 12:10