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Open for the Public

814a9d84942472052c0c6d13447dec21?s=47 Robin DeRosa
October 19, 2018

Open for the Public

From a day of faculty development at SUNY Oswego


Robin DeRosa

October 19, 2018


  1. Open for the Public Robin DeRosa @actualham

  2. • A generation ago, public colleges/unis got an average of

    75% of budget from state. Today, it's about 50%. • 23% of low-income sophomores worked a job between the hours of 10pm-8am. • Survey at 10 community colleges (4312 students responding): 1 in 5 students was hungry, 13% were homeless. • 50-80% of sticker price comes from non-tuition costs. • More than 3 in 4 students attend colleges within 50 miles of their homes. Esp. true for low-income and minority students. • The average net price for a year at community college equals 40% of a low-income family's annual income. • A year at public university ranges from 16-25% of a middle-class family's annual income. • 60% of Americans ages 25-64 don't have a college credential, but 22% of them earned credits trying to get one.
  3. Image: The Economist

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  5. • 56% of students pay more than $300 per semester

    & 20% of students pay more than $500 per semester (FL Virtual Campus 2016) • Students worry more about paying for books than they worry about paying for college. (NEEBO)
  6. OER OpenStax Books

  7. Creative Commons

  8. The 5 R’s of OER • Retain • Reuse •

    Remix • Revise • Redistribute Gratis/Libre This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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  10. Access to Knowledge

  11. “students who use OER perform significantly better on the course

    throughput rate than their peers who use traditional textbooks, in both face-to-face and online courses that use OER.” (2016) Throughput Rate an aggregate of: drops, withdrawals, C or better rates.
  12. “There was a one-third reduction in the DFW rate among

    minority and Pell-eligible students in courses which switched to OER.” Eddie Watson, 2018 U of Georgia
  13. Almost all perception studies show that faculty and students rate

    OER as the same or better quality as commercial textbooks.
  14. Cost of Books Access to Knowledge • All OER •

    Food pantry • Veteran’s Contracts • Ride Co-op • Childcare Co-op • Evening & Hybrid Classes • Laptop Checkout Program • Greenlight Grading • Drop-in Help Center • Technology, Advising, Writing • Accommodations as Opportunities
  15. Access to Knowledge Creation

  16. Cost of Books OER Access to Knowledge Access to Knowledge

    Creation Open Pedagogy
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  19. No, It’s Not Just for Public Domain Literature Interdisciplinary Studies:

    A Connected Learning Approach Opensem: A Student-Generated Handbook for the First Year of College
  20. Open Pedagogy • Student-generated textbooks • Student-edited and curated textbooks

    • Students crafting ancillary materials for textbooks • Students adding multimedia pieces to textbooks • Non-disposable assignments • Wikipedia editing • Op-Ed writing • Assignment databases • Blogs • Connected Learning • Service Learning
  21. “Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act.

    It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web, to have their scholarship be meaningful and accessible by others. It allows them to demonstrate their learning to others beyond the classroom walls. To own one’s domain gives students an understanding of how Web technologies work. It puts them in a much better position to control their work, their data, their identity online.” ~Audrey Watters
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  24. Domain of One’s Own • drag ’n drop → design

    • consumer → creator • data mining → data control • audience of 1 → public impact • course’s work→ student’s work • broadcast web→ synergic web • ePortfolio → ePort
  25. IDS taught me to be responsible for my learning and

    growth. You learn to expand your returns. We do not post our “homework” to a hidden, school controlled website. We share our work for all of the world to see. This idea of owning your own domain allows you to be confident in your work and take responsibility for what you are learning, how you make connections in the world, and how you share your knowledge. Academic settings need to work on sharing each other’s work, and being engaged in the world outside of classroom walls. Madison Roberge from I’m not graduating “on time” & that is OK.
  26. Interdisciplinary Studies fuels my inner passions as a learner in

    a way that I had been seriously missing in my experience in higher education. It allows for non-traditional pedagogical approaches to learning that spark a fire in students who are sick of typical classroom structure. You probably know what kind of structure I’m talking about – memorizing vocab words to do well on weekly quizzes, submitting assignments to Moodle that disappear when you graduate, meaningless engagement with the work we produce. It really makes university kind of drag. We want to be doing work that’s relevant to us. Becca Roberts
  27. Thanks to the personal learning network I’ve created, I recently

    gained the attention of a microgreens farm in Denver and sent them my resumé – fingers crossed! My future seems really bright. This summer, I’ll be working at an organic permaculture farm and medicinal mushroomery in Oregon. I will be taking “Intro to Permaculture” at PSU next spring and I’m excited to be introduced to it outside, first. As far as the mushroomery goes, I will be involved in the whole process: culturing, drying out, and making into powders and tinctures. I took a class on mushrooms in Fall 2017, and had previously learned much about their medicinal properties through other work I’ve done. Part of my business someday will very likely be mushroom-related, so I’m sure this experience will help me gain needed skills. Becca Roberts
  28. What Happens & What Can Happen

  29. A DoOO program is not about just handing over a

    deed to students, it’s giving them a chance to develop that presence, and then to make a choice of deciding its value. Alan Levine
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  34. The College Earnings Premium (lifetime 114%higher) real and reductive

  35. The College Earnings Premium is Only One Part of the

    Story Private Benefits: • ⬆ employment fringe benefits • ⬇ unemployment • ⬆ health • ⬇ disability • ⬇ imprisonment • ⬆ life satisfaction • Better marriage • 25% ⬇ mortality rate • Life expectancy ⬆ from 74 to 81 partially passed to children! External Benefits • Productivity spillover in regional income • Greater CEP means greater tax revenues • Reduction of need for public assistance • Lowered crime and reduction in dollar value of harm to crime victims Philip Trostel
  36. Each potential college degree is conservatively worth $481K (benefits minus

    costs) Net government spending on higher education: negative The rate of return on taxpayer investment in college students: 10.3% The rate of return to state and local governments: 3.1% Philip Trostel
  37. public higher education should

  38. be sustainably funded with public dollars

  39. be supported by public infrastructures

  40. be committed to broad access

  41. transcend academic and institutional borders

  42. expect collaboration rather than competition between public institutions

  43. develop learners as citizen contributors to the knowledge commons

  44. develop faculty as agents of the public good in teaching,

    scholarship, and service
  45. expect administrators to speak the language of public and support

    public approaches to our work
  46. question/ open Robin DeRosa @actualham