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Models Supporting OER in Adult Basic Education [clear filter]
Friday, November 4
 

2:15pm

Leveraging Open Educational Resources to Expand Access to Adult Higher Education
Higher education is expensive, especially when including textbook costs. This presentation will explore how leveraging open educational resources (OER) and technologies can significantly reduce costs for students and increase access to higher education. Presenters from College for America will provide insight on their strategic use of OER.

College for America (CfA) is an accredited, nonprofit college dedicated to developing online, competency-based degrees specifically for its diverse population of working adults. The student experience at CfA is unique-students work at their own pace to complete workplace-relevant projects in order to demonstrate mastery of competencies. Part of CfA's challenge is to design rigorous academic programs for a total cost to students of $3,000 a year. Two of the areas that CfA targets to reduce costs for students include adopting and adapting OER and open technology. CfA students never purchase textbooks, nor do they need to purchase software-all of the learning resources and tools they need are provided. This presentation will provide an overview of CfA's approach, including a discussion of its successes and challenges. It will also present a framework that participants can use to select and apply free and open resources and tools for online education.

Topics will include:

- essential free and open-educational resources (OER) and technologies
- approaches to curating, archiving and maintaining learning resources
- essential considerations for selecting and supporting a mix of free educational tools
- selecting free desktop and web-based applications for instructors, designers and students
- using curriculum design principles that let students successfully use the technologies they already have access to.

Speakers
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Dan Blickensderfer

College For America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University


Friday November 4, 2016 2:15pm - 2:40pm
B11

2:40pm

Open Education to Support Adult Basic Education: An Exploration of Opportunities and Constraints
In June 2013, UNESCO's Institute for Statistics reported the global adult literacy rate for those age 15 and older was 84%. In absolute numbers, 774 million people over the age of 15 lack the basic literacy skills to read and write. In the U.S., an estimated 36 million adult learners lack basic math, language, and literacy skills. Despite their numbers, these adults who are in need of educational opportunities to gain basic math and literacy skills are too often the "forgotten segment" in discussions of open education.



Session presenters will lead a discussion of both the untapped opportunities and constraints of open education for designers, instructors, and learners in adult basic education (ABE) contexts. Through an analysis of recent reports on the ABE instructional context, as well as the experiences of the presenters and the audience, we will contemplate (a) the reasons why adult learners engage in ABE courses, (b) the nature of the knowledge, skills, and motivation gaps faced by these adult learners, and (c) factors within the learning and instructional environment that may affect adoption of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices within the ABE context.



In addition, we will explore the needs of those facilitating ABE courses and programs, such as volunteer and part-time instructor professional development, and identify the unique constraints and affordances of the ABE instructional setting (e.g., online, in-person, or blended settings) that could influence OER and open education creation and use. Presenters will also contemplate the feasibility of remixing and revising existing K12 OER for the ABE context, as well as involving adult learners in the creation of open materials.

Speakers
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Amanda Duffy

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
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Jennifer Maddrell

Designers for Learning
I founded Designers for Learning as a nonprofit to offer service-learning experiences for instructional design professional development. Ask me about our #OpenABE service-MOOC on Canvas Network. Participants in the service-MOOC are "gaining experience for good" by designing and developing... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm
B11

3:15pm

Participant Experiences in a Service-MOOC to Design OER for Adult Basic Education
In the U.S., over 30 million adults do not have high school credentials, but less than 2 million are currently supported within federally funded adult basic education (ABE) programs. To put this figure into perspective, nearly 50 million children were enrolled in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools in 2014. If all adults in the U.S. who had not reached high school equivalency entered the public school system, enrollment would increase by 60%.



The massive gap between needed and available adult basic education resources fueled a recent project to design and develop open educational resources (OER) for ABE instructors and learners as part of a service-learning experience. During a 12-week course on Canvas Network, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, over 1,300 participants enrolled in a project-based instructional design course to develop OER for adult educators and learners on OER Commons.



In this panel discussion, several designers, ABE subject matter exerts, course facilitators, and participants will share their experiences from this service-learning project. Through prompted discussion, the panelists will contemplate how well this open service-MOOC model supported both professional development via open education, as well as OER development and use for an adult basic education audience. MOOC design and facilitation issues (including costs, learner feedback / guidance, and assessment) and OER design and development topics (such as authoring and quality / evaluation) will be considered.



A unique aspect of this service-MOOC was the design and facilitation of the course by an all volunteer team of professional instructional designers and adult basic educators. Starting in the fall of 2015, volunteer designers and subject matter experts in ABE spent 13 weeks designing and developing the course. Another team volunteered for 12 weeks as the course facilitators. In total, these professional educators and instructional designers volunteered over 1,000 hours to design and facilitate this service-learning experience. A conservative estimate of the professional services donated by the volunteers who designed and facilitated this course exceeds $50,000.



The service-MOOC participants began the OER design process by dissecting the adult basic education design scenario to explore key aspects of the opportunity. What are the needs, goals, and constraints? Who are the target learners? What is the instructional context? Participants then developed OER to support adult learners who have not completed high school and are taking adult basic education courses as they prepare for high school equivalency exams (i.e. the GED, HiSET, or TASC tests) or other certifications. The instruction aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) that underlie high school equivalency exams and other ABE programs in english language arts / literacy and math subjects.



The OER was designed and developed using Open Author, an online authoring tool on OER Commons. The instructional materials each MOOC participant developed incorporated all necessary content presentation, learner practice, and assessment materials for 15-30 minutes of instruction, as well as guidance for instructors regarding use of these materials. Upon successful completion of this project-based course, participants earned an Instructional Design Service Badge and Certificate of Recognition.

Speakers
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Mindy Boland

Director of OER Services, ISKME
Creating and sharing OER, digital libraries, and how to spread the word, create advocacy, and empower teachers to create and share resources.
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Amanda Duffy

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
avatar for Jennifer Maddrell

Jennifer Maddrell

Designers for Learning
I founded Designers for Learning as a nonprofit to offer service-learning experiences for instructional design professional development. Ask me about our #OpenABE service-MOOC on Canvas Network. Participants in the service-MOOC are "gaining experience for good" by designing and developing... Read More →
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Hilary Melander

Senior Product Manager, Instructure
I am passionate about life, learning, challenging myself, and striving for excellence.My journey with Instructure started over 5 years ago as an Instructional Designer for Canvas Network. Today I am a Product Manager focusing on Canvas Discussions, the Course Import Tool, and the... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 3:15pm - 4:05pm
B11