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Open for the Public: 
Open Education, Transformative Teaching, and the Future of Public Higher Ed in New Hampshire

Open for the Public: 
Open Education, Transformative Teaching, and the Future of Public Higher Ed in New Hampshire

Prepared for the Community College System of New Hampshire's 2018 Summer Symposium


Robin DeRosa

August 16, 2018


  1. Open for the Public: Open Education, Transformative Teaching, and the

    Future of Public Higher Ed in New Hampshire 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. • 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.
  9. Access to Knowledge

  10. “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.
  11. “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
  12. Houston CC • 690 students • Psychology • increase in

    class grade average • increase of average score on dep’t final exam • lower course withdrawal rate Outcomes data mostly collected from http://openedgroup.org/review
  13. Mercy College • Basic math • pass rate increased from

    63.6% to 68.9% with OER • Reading • better performance than peers who enrolled in same course using non-OER
  14. Northern Virginia CC • History (online) • OER adoption was

    associated with higher student performance
  15. K12 Science (Suburban) • propensity score matched groups • controlled

    for teacher effect, socioeconomic status, 8 other potentially confounding variables • 1,274 students in each condition (treatment and control) In results of the end-of-year state standardized test there was a small but statistically significant difference between the two groups, favoring those who utilized OER.
  16. Tidewater CC 54.2% of students who started in non-z courses

    successfully made it through the course with a C or better, compared with 59.8% of students in the Z courses, for a difference of 5.6%.
  17. Almost all perception studies show that faculty and students rate

    OER as the same or better quality as commercial textbooks.
  18. Maricopa Community College District • Spent $160,000 in grants over

    5 years • goal of $5 million in savings for the district's 11 institutions over that time period $11.5 million saved
  19. Salt Lake Community College • $5 million + in 4

    years of OER in Gen Ed courses • students are now saving a little more than $1 million per semester • 1,000+ open sections slated for Fall
  20. Portland Community College • more than $1 million saved since

    starting OER project in 2015 • faculty organizers are targeting $3 million more in savings during next 2 years as project grows
  21. Montgomery College • 3,400 students in 200 zero-cost sections saved

    about $340,000 during one semester • 96% percent of the learners enrolled on the first day of classes were still enrolled at the end of the semester
  22. USNH Estimates (by DeRosa) • UNH: $300K since 2015 •

    USNH: $1 million + is likely
  23. Access to Knowledge Creation

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

    Creation Open Pedagogy
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  27. 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
  28. 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
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  33. CCSNH & USNH $5 Million Federal Grant: Statewide Public Consortium

    Do you want to contribute? • Lead a team to convert a course to OER • Write or expand OER for a course • Move a degree program to $0 textbook costs • Innovate pedagogy around OER, open learning, or non-disposable assignments Email your president today!
  34. 12 grants of $750 contact your president! CCSNH Seed Grants

  35. public higher education should

  36. be sustainably funded with public dollars

  37. be supported by public infrastructures

  38. be committed to broad access

  39. transcend academic and institutional borders

  40. expect collaboration rather than competition between public institutions

  41. develop learners as citizen contributors to the knowledge commons

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

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

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