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#INNA14 - Creating an OER Course to Enhance Student Learnings

Posted By Karen-Michelle Mirko, Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy to be at The League for Innovation.  Just a few of my notes. Wish I could type faster. Please add your notes to the comments section below.


Creating an OER Course to Enhance Student Learnings

Kipp Snow @KippSnow and Brandi Ulrich @BrandiUlrich

Anne Arundel Community College

Open Educational Resources = OER

Why use it?

  • ·         Textbook costs increasing
  • ·         Curriculum Changes daily
  • ·         Improve student success in learning


OER used in Face to face class

  • Increased student learning
  • Systemic process in the instruction design


EOR Used for Flipped Classroom in Face to Face

Helped instructors to assess student learning


Did a Pre-Survey before class started

Used Survey Monkey at beginning and end of course

Student preferences:

  • Read text -  1 out of 26
  • Watch video – 5 out of 26
  • Combo – 20 out of 26


What do you think about not having a textbook?

Positive comments from students– text books are expensive, easier, interested in concept

Negative comments from students– rather have book, harder to take notes, hassle to use technology


Used a range of OERs

What was the process of collecting resources? {Love comments on how to do this...}


  • ·         Lack of published information
  • ·         Finding Suitable material
  • ·         Formatting appearance
  • ·         Student mindset

  • Flexible - Could adapt to meet course objectives
  • Real time - Used current events
In this class, students got higher grades than they usually get using a textbook only

What worked for students?
  • Discussions in class
  • Assignments that made me think like a small business owners
How could we improve class?
  • Spend time with students on explaining concept of OER
  • Be consisent
  • Encourage reading
  • Include industry realted info
  • DO NOT ASSUME EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO INTERNET. Optimize content for phone and tablet

Challenges for OER
  • There is a lot of junk out there. How do I weed it out? 
  • How to we optimize realtionship with college library so we are using its staff and resources to recommend OERs?
  • How do you work with the curroculm committee who may "require" textbook?

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