Facilitating OER at UMass Amherst Libraries

The Open Hub

NETSL Annual Spring Conference

May 5, 2017

Why OER?

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The cost of textbooks has gone up and everyone is worried about it. Besides dozens of academic institutions implementing grants similar to ours, Government agencies and foundations are getting involved. US Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken recently co-sponsored the Affordable College Textbook Act which would create a competitive grant program to support the creation and use of open college textbooks. The US Dept. of Education recently launched a campaign to encourage states, districts, and educators to adopt Open materials and with a requirement that recipients of Department grant funds have open licenses.

Why OER?

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$1,390

$1,250

$1,250

$1,230

Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2016-17

College Board

The cost of textbooks has gone up and everyone is worried about it. Besides dozens of academic institutions implementing grants similar to ours, Government agencies and foundations are getting involved. US Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken recently co-sponsored the Affordable College Textbook Act which would create a competitive grant program to support the creation and use of open college textbooks. The US Dept. of Education recently launched a campaign to encourage states, districts, and educators to adopt Open materials and with a requirement that recipients of Department grant funds have open licenses.

Why OER?

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Student Watch 2016-17 Mid-Year Summary Report
OnCampus Research

This is the amount ACTUALLY SPENT by students compared to what they should be budgeting for.

Why OER?

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2016 survey of 458 UMass Students

This shows how textbook costs are affecting the academic decisions of our students. From a 2016 survey of 458 students in courses that took part in our program

Why OER?

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2016 survey of 458 UMass Students

This shows how textbook costs are driving students to seek alternatives to buying their own textbooks including a quarter of whom are illegally downloading textbooks.

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This 2012 survey by the Florida Virtual Campus mirrors much of what we found in our survey.

OER Overview

Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

-William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Types of Open Educational Resources

What makes OER open?

-www.opencontent.org

The 5Rs

  • Retain
  • Reuse
  • Revise
  • Remix
  • Redistribute

LICENSING OER WORK WITH CREATIVE COMMONS

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LICENSING OER WORK WITH CREATIVE COMMONS

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OER Challenges

Faculty Awareness

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This Babson Survey Research group report shows how unaware faculty are of OER today. It’s getting better, but not by much.

OER Barriers

  • Lack of awareness
  • Time
  • Lack of central location
  • Lack of ancillary content
  • Perceived quality of OER
  • Time commitment of support stage
  • Getting beyond the “pilot” phase

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Seeking Solutions

Open Education Initiative

OEI started in 2011 with money supplied by the then provost and the library. To fund grants of between $1000 and $2500.

Subsequent funds came from the Friends of the Library, and the Institute Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development office and the IT program.

The grants have been offered in 8 grant cycles.

Seeking Solutions

The OEI is a faculty incentive program that encourages:

  • the creation of new teaching materials
  • the use of existing open (free) information resources to support student learning
  • the use of library subscription materials
  • the development of open technologies

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UMass Amherst At Work

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Libraries

Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development

Instructional Innovation

Libraries

Workshops for OER, copyright, & Creative Commons licensing

Liaison consultations to find resources and create new content

Circulation & electronic reserves staff help to find subscription materials

Information Technology

Classroom technologies & hosting

Instructional technologies and experimentation. (e.g webpages, educational software, etc.)

Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (Institute for Teaching & Faculty Development)

Suggest OER when faculty want to increase interactive learning

Support faculty creating new curriculum materials and scaffolding

Library OER Website

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Faculty Project Types

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Adopt

Replace commercial textbook with open textbook

Adapt

Combine existing OER, library resources, and newly created material

Create

Create entirely new open course materials

Faculty Project Types

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Material Types

Faculty Success Stories

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Randal Knoper

  • English 269: American Literature and Culture after 1865
  • Cost Savings to date: $2,660

Miliann Kang

  • Women’s Studies 187: Gender, Sexuality and Culture
  • Cost Savings to date: $8,475

Hossein Pishro-Nik

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 314: Introduction to Probability and Random Processes
  • Cost Savings to date: $25,833

OER Assessment

Results Since 2011

  • $1.6 million
    student savings
  • $100,000
    invested
  • 10,000 students, 60+ faculty, & over 100 classes
    impacted

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Total Savings Over Time By College

College of Natural Sciences

5,203

$860,773

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

1,630

$219,085

College of Humanities & Fine Arts

699

$96,709

College of Engineering

818

$169,091

College of Education

727

$85,098

College of Nursing

146

$17,785

Honors College

187

$7,835

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

275

$51,838

Isenberg School of Management

612

$57,085

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

307

$66,135

10,793

$1,631,433.25

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Results

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2016 survey of 458 UMass Students

Results

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2016 survey of 458 UMass Students

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Thanks!

Questions?

Jeremy Smith
jlsmith@library.umass.edu

2017 NETSL Presentation - Google Slides