Open Policy Video Series

Everyone talks about OER Policy, but what does it mean? What do OER policies look like in practice? How do they impact OER initiatives? How do our government and our world perceive Open policy? Is policy always necessary in OER implementation? SBCTC invites you on a journey, one where you will explore different paths, each one reflecting on these questions through interviews with experts in various areas of OER. These interviews are woven into a series of multimedia presentations on Open Education policy strategy, implementation, and vision.

Learn more about the OER Policy Project on Open Washington.

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BC Open Textbooks – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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Sustainability is not so much about ongoing grant funding but about baking this into the regular daily operations of an institution.” This segment tells a story of a highly successful Open Textbook project in British Columbia, Canada and how the project sustained momentum and funding. Stacey and Burgess, former and current Directors of Open Education at BCcampus first discuss the history of the Open Texbook Project and illustrate the key elements that influenced the initiative’s early success. One of the key elements they identify is their continuous data collection effort around student access and student affordability. They also discuss the recent growth in the adoption of OER and report that there have been 103 open textbooks in the BC collection. In discussing sustainability and capacity building across the system, they point out that sustainability is not so much about ongoing grant funding but about integrating this into the regular daily ...

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Education
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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05/17/2017
Government Role – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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Interviewees gather to discuss the role of government in changing Open policy and what opportunities and challenges emerge from this change. They first discuss the current status of the Open policy arena and how it represents an evolution of change. Some describe a path for the future of Open. The interviewees go on to discuss the role of government and forces beyond higher education that help shape the Open ecosystem. They conclude the conversation by sharing ideas on how these policy activities will affect OER initiatives over the next several years. Reflect on the desired outcomes of this video series that were introduced under page.

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Education
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Case Study
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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05/17/2017
Lessons Learned – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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“The fundamental idea behind the reform was to make sure that when the public invested in creating learning materials, that the public would get free access to those learning materials and also would be able to improve them over time.” This segment spotlights the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program as a prime case of OER policy implementation on a national scale. Plotkin first provides the contextual background of the initiation of the program. Then he raises issues regarding public access to publicly funded materials and the extra cost needed to create the same materials. In response, Stacey shares his experience overseeing TAACCCT program and how the participating faculty are leveraging the existing resources to create opportunities for innovation. He further discusses that the OER developed through this process connects employers and educators by providing curricula that matches employer needs. Stacey also introduces the Skills ...

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Education
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Case Study
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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05/17/2017
Overview – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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“Changing policy isn’t the equivalent of changing culture. As you are working toward establishing a policy, it’s just as important to begin planning for how that policy is going to be implemented.” This segment provides background knowledge and terminology on OER policy. Plotkin and Allen first discuss what policy means and develop a tweet-sized summary of OER policy. Then, Allen further identifies the types of OER policies, illustrates how OER policies have been implemented at the federal level, and discusses the benefits of having OER policies at the governance level. Plotkin identifies another benefit of OER Policy in creating opportunities for collaboration between institutions who share similar policies. Afterward, they switch gears and discuss when/how people know it is time for a policy discussion to take place. Allen states that it is important to respect institutional differences and needs. They continue the conversation by addressing the relationship between OER policy ...

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Education
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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05/17/2017
System Perspective – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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“We feel like OER is normal enough in our system now, that enough faculty have heard about it and use it, that what they are asking of us is that we expand the policy framework in the institutions to support their usage of it.” In this segment, Jenkins and Sebastian, directors of educational technology efforts for the community college systems in Washington and Virginia, share their stories of building and implementing an OER infrastructure for faculty. Sebastian describes how Virginia has a centralized governance structure, led by a Chancellor and the State Board of Community Colleges. Jenkins explains that Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges helps organize and facilitate much of the system governance activities of the community college system, though it does so without exercising direct authority. The two share ways the system office promotes open initiatives in the colleges. Sebastian describes three primary strategies used to ...

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Education
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Case Study
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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05/17/2017
Z-Degree at Tidewater CC – Open Policy Video – Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network
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“When faculty selected the OER, the standard is the OER need to align with the outcomes of the course so there is a match between the resources used in each of the outcomes. That design, we think, is paying dividends in terms of what we are seeing with student performance.” In this segment, DeMarte gives a quick background and description of the Z-degree program and jumps right to Tidewater Community College (TCC)’s policy framework on the use of OER. He illustrates the detailed process of establishing the policy from the initial conception to the implementation. He first introduces the purpose statements of the Z-degree program which include 1) to improve student success through increased access and affordability, and 2) to improve teaching efficiency and effectiveness through the course materials directly aligned with course learning outcomes. He goes on to explain the Z-degree procedures which start with an OER Pathways course ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Date Added:
05/17/2017