Regional Models for OER Implementation

Regional Models for OER Implementation

– Everyone, good afternoon and welcome to our last CCCOER webinar for the spring semester. My name is Regina Gong. I am the OER project manager here at Lansing Community
College in Michigan. And I also serve as one of the CCCOER executive council members
and I am the Vice President for professional development. For today, our topic would be is Regional Models for OER Implementation. And before I let you hear from our guests, I’ll talk about our agenda for today. So we’ll start with the introductions. And then I let our speakers
introduce themselves. Then I’ll talk about an overview of CCCOER as an organization and
then we’ll dive right into the presentations of our speakers. And then we’ll have panel discussions and questions and answers
that you might have for our guests for today. So here are our speakers
and I’ll let them introduce themselves to you. So let’s start with you, Bill. – Okay, Hi, good afternoon or good morning depending on where you are. I’m Bill Hemming, Dean
of Learning Resources and Online Learning at Bucks
County Community College, which is in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I’m also part of the
Affordable Learning PA project which is why I’m here today. At Bucks we are in the third
year of our OER initiative and we have about 30 courses running now with OER sections and we’re just starting to look into the feasibility
of our first degree. So that’s pretty exciting. And I’ll talk to you some more later. – Thank you, Bill and Jenny. – [Jenny] Can you hear me? – Yes.
– Good. – [Jenny] I had a mute issue. Hi, my name is Jenny Parks and I am the Director of
Academic Leadership Initiatives at the Midwestern Higher
Education Compact. We are one of the four regional higher education
compacts in the nation. We are entities created in
statute by our member states. So we are designed to help the institutions in our state’s
do things more affordably and it’s my job over the last year and for the next few years to
help them do that with OER. And so I’ll be telling you more
about that in a few minutes. – Thank you, Jenny and Tanya. – [Tanya] Hi, everyone. My name is Tanya Spilovoy. I work at a different regional compact at the Western Interstate
Compact for Higher Education. It’s all the Western States
in the technology department called WCET. There I serve as the
Director for Open Policy. I also have a different role that you may have seen me play on Twitter and with the Spark Open
Education Leadership Program. I co designed the Open
Education Leadership Programs for OER librarians. And we’re just graduating
our second cohort, I also teach that program and my creative partner
in that is Nicole Allen. So, we’re very proud of
the implementation of both the states that I work with
and the librarian leaders. – Thank you, Tanya. And we’ll hear more about
our awesome speakers in a little bit. But first, let me introduce CCCOER to you. If you’ve been a regular
attendee or our webinar you know about the CCCOER Mission. We are actually a community
of practice dedicated to the promotion of the
adoption and development of OER across community colleges. And this is with the goal
of enhancing teaching and learning. We were founded to support
the community college mission of giving access through the creating awareness and development of open the license low
cost educational materials and we provide regular one on online and face to face workshops for faculty and staff who are engaged in OER projects. And here are our membership
figures as of spring 2019. We now have 83 members in 34 States. And as you can see, we are really represented across, the US. And we also have 15 statewide memberships. And you can view more or
you can learn more about our membership. If you go to our website
at And I’m just a little overview of what we are going to discuss today. Really the collaboration to advance and promote OER has been, on the rise as of late so we see a lot of statewide collaboration and Bill will speak about
that with collaboration that is happening in in Pennsylvania. But I think what is unique
also that is happening around collaboration with all we are is the multi state collaboration that is led by our compacts. And Jenny and Tanya will
be talking about that because I think is interesting and I just tweeted about that while ago they really (mumbles) in numbers. So I hope we get to engage more with the topic that we are
going to discuss today, I think it is really interesting. So, we’ll start with Bill talking about the collaboration in Pennsylvania. I’ll stop sharing and I’ll
let Bill show his slides. So there’s gonna be a few
seconds …so bear with us. – Just looking for the
right screen to share I’ll be with you in a moment. And there we go. Alright, Regina is this visible? – [Regina] Yes, we can see
your screen really well, Bill. Thank you. – I’ll start thank you. Yes, hello again everybody. Affordable Learning Pennsylvania we are nearing the end of
year two of this project. I actually didn’t come
on board until midway through year one as one for volunteer OER specialist but I’ll talk about those
roles a little bit later. First, a little bit background
into why we’re doing this. Pennsylvania is a very
higher ed rich state. We have about 150 public private colleges and universities including
14 community colleges, and the Philadelphia regional alone there are more than 60
colleges and universities. By and large, not highly organized, where we’re all kind of
doing our individual things. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed includes only 14 universities out of those 150 institutions in the state. And prior to just a few years ago, none of these institutions
was really collaborating with the others on textbook affordability. So there’s lots of potential for it but there was no collaboration or even really any sense
of who’s doing what, where. In 2016, Stephen Bell at Temple University got together a small
group under the guidance of the Pennsylvania
Academic Library Consortium, known as PALCI to its
friends and close associates. To develop a statewide initiative and seek out grant funding
for it from the beginning, this has always been a very
library driven project. They organized the steering group and figured out an
organizational structure. As part of that process PALCI
became a consortium member of the Open Textbook Network and originally use that connection as a means of reaching out
to other consortium members to try and get some ideas
for organizing structures. The group receives state funding through the Library Services
and Technology Act LSTA and Affordable Learning PA began. The goal was and is to build
a community of practice to advance textbook
affordability to students, create awareness, build expertise and promote best practices and collaboration in the community, which was a tall order
for a lot of institutions that really hadn’t been talking about this with each other at all. The project goals, increased participation in OER initiatives. Originally, we were hoping
to engage at least 30 of those hundred and 50 institutions. Create a program that would
save our students money, increase awareness and
knowledge about we are especially among faculty with librarians and students
as the advocates again, as I said, this is a very
library of initiated project. In the first year 2018 of
the steering group created a governance structure and started the people working together and the governance structure
really came out out of a lot of conversations
at the steering group had had with other consortium
members about of OTN. And this is a diagram of
the governance structure. You can see the steering group here the project coordinator was hired by PALCI to work with the steering group. And then for OER
Specialists were recruited campus partners at interested institutions were identified and
working groups for plans. The working groups were
to focus on three topics data gathering and assessment, communications and outreach
and training and education. And these working groups will
be made up of campus partners. A little bit more on the campus partners. They were responsible for serving as their institutional
liaison unto the project. We asked for an initial at least two year commitment with the
possibility of continuing the responsibilities included
alpha training programs and meetings, organizing and conducting OER training for people
at their own institutions. And also, as I said,
was serving on at least one of the three working groups. Qualifications basically
amounted to enthusiasm. They could be again because
of the library focus here. We were looking for campus partners who were members of
library staff or faculty or a library appointed designate. And also we were looking not
necessarily OER experience although that would be nice. But at least a desire
to learn more about OER some experience with teaching and training and all of the also a
demonstrated advocacy ability. ‘Cause these would be
the people responsible for promoting OER in their campuses. We have had a lot of
successful this so far. If you remember a minute ago, I said that we were initially hoping to
get 30 or more campus partners. As of today we have 69 campus partners from I think about 63
institutions across the state and actually a little bit beyond because PALCI has some
members that are just outside the borders of Pennsylvania we do have a few campus
partners from New Jersey and West Virginia but
nearly all of these are Pennsylvania institutions. And 11 of them are community colleges. We have 11 of the 14 community colleges participating in the
project which is terrific. We had to actually do a
little additional outreach to get some of these not every institution in
Pennsylvania is a member of PALCI including many of the community colleges. And the steering group
was always concerned although they were aligned with PALCI and PALCI as administering the project. We wanted to make sure that
we were getting the word out to those non PALCI members so we could get them involved as well. So that happened and also I
did some individual outreach to these schools to try and
get as many of them on board as possible. The OER specialists as I mentioned, I’m one in four OER specialists
appointed in the first year and the only one representing
a community college. The four of us were sent to the OTN Summer Institute and Summit last July for train the trainer experience. And we now serve as the project liaisons to the campus partners and our regions. This year, we’re now in year two we did a survey of the campus partners to get all that information
that we didn’t have on all of this started so where they’re at with OER promotion and
adoption at their institutions with their particular interests are and how the campus partners
could best help them in furthering those interests and aims. We did start a webinar
series we’ve had three so far and we’re in the process of
setting up those working groups. We had a lot of volunteers
from the campus partners and nearly all of them volunteered for at least one working group. We just recently identified
the second cohort of four OER specialists who will be, excuse me, who will be attending the OTN
Summer Institute next month, and then they will be
brought into the fold to help the original four of us take on all of those 69 campus partners and we are now in the process of planning our first
Pennsylvania OER Summit scheduled for August 9th, the theme of which is
appropriately building a community. So we’re very excited
about getting that going. And beyond that, we’re just
really optimistic about a third year of funding
to keep all of this going. And there’s my email address. So if you wanna contact me
individually after this, otherwise, I will keep my eye on the chat. And thank you very much for tuning in. – [Regina] Thank you, Bill. We’re now gonna do some
screen sharing again and let’s see. Share. Okay, let me just, whoops. Okay, so let’s see. Okay, so, I think we can start with Tanya. Tanya. – [Tanya] Hi everybody, this is Tanya and I’m going to talk about
some of the features of state and regional OER initiatives. First of all, I love to share. And I think we can all do
a lot better at sharing what we do well and learn
from each other’s mistakes. So some of the things that would be great and some of the things
that are going really well about state and regional OER initiatives is that people can learn from other states and other champions, what is going well, what’s not going well. And at the very high levels
at the state and regions, they can do a lot of support
for the grassroots efforts that are happening at
the campuses already. So we recognize that those
champions on campuses, we have fantastic faculty, we have librarians that are
doing amazing work with OER. And at the state and multi state level, there is opportunity to
support grassroots efforts to policy, to funding through some really high level support. Maybe you need more FTEs,
or instructional designers or things that… That the folks who make some
of those really big decisions can help with. And there’s also opportunity
to share what works and doesn’t work so not just to duplicate the things that are going well, but also say, hey, we tried this and it was a complete disaster, we would have done it differently if we could have started over. And so let’s say a state has
implemented course markings. And it took them a lot of work and effort to do something like that,
across the state system. Another state could use their hints and their and their excellent learnings from that initiative
and then do it faster, smarter, better, just to get through the work a lot quicker instead of everybody starting from zero. So it really reduces duplication of effort and it increases the
ability for us to search for not only OER textbooks and resources but also search for things
like a grant example or an entire grant program or how people structured their initiatives in a region or in a state. So the features of state
and regional OER initiatives are really to encourage state funding and support for OER. And there’s also such a huge
opportunity to collect data in a more strategic and unified way. So for one example of that
might be cost savings data. There’s a lot of different
ways people are doing cost savings data. And it’s almost like you have to go in and ask, well, how exactly
did you get to these numbers. And there might be opportunity for states or groups of states to
discuss a more unified system of cost savings, data reporting and then also student focused research. So we have some really great
large scale efforts coming out of Georgia that I’ll talk
about in the next slide. And of course, John
Hilton and the OER fellows are doing a fantastic job working on student advocacy data but not there isn’t so much
student advocacy data available about OER across multi states. And so there’s just a lot of opportunity around collaboration among
states and across states. So next I’d like to share the next slide and talk about a few of
the states that are doing some great things and I
appreciate Bills feature of his work. So the next stage I’d
like to talk about is the State of North Dakota. I love this initiative. And I like to feature North Dakota because it’s kind of off the beaten path from what people really think of. It has very few students in the state. It’s got a lot Land span. So people are geographically
isolated many times and they got a really small investment I got a really small
investment from state lawmakers have only $107,000 after the allotment, so I really didn’t have a
lot of money to work with. However, what we found
from really being strategic planning well and not spending a lot of money on things that didn’t affect students. So when I work toward grants in my state, I really focused on what
would get the biggest affects for my students in the state. And North Dakota is the
first and only state so far that has had a state auditor
audit the OER initiative and he said he was a really
conservative auditor on this and you can look more into
that if you’re interested about how they conducted the audit report in the state of North Dakota. It’s through the State Auditor’s
Office is Josh Galleon. And there was also a
write up about the efforts in inside Higher Ed and
so we can make those, those materials available to you later. But they found even with a
very conservative estimate that with a small investment students in North Dakota save
between one and $2 million, just in the first year. So those I expect that
to really continue on and the we found researchers
within the state discovered that students had seen more
better learning outcomes as a result of purely OER materials. So these were courses that used OER only and then auditor’s made recommendations that could be scaled
across to other states and great recommendations about producing high savings and high enrollment general education courses. They urge the system to
ensure that students know during the register process, which courses will include OER materials. And so this is a great example if you’re looking to find
research on purely OER courses. So the next state I’ll talk about is the Affordable Learning Georgia. Affordable Learning Georgia Initiative. And this is one of the ones that has been around since 2013. So North Dakota when I started, Jeff was doing it about
the same time that I was and so, they’ve really had a nice long and very successful OER project
in the state of Georgia. They’ve had a lot of support
from their institutions and from their state and they’ve awarded between 80 and $100,000 in grants for institutions per year. They have an online core curriculum. They do a lot of events and
professional development and they just have an excellent leader. Who’s the champion at the state level. And so this has been a great
project for other states to look to. They have LMS integration. They have designated champions and they’re really
affecting a lot of students in all these different places. And one of my favorites is the
Affordable Learning Georgia large scale research that came out by Colburn and Watson about that they found that students
who are Pell eligible did better in OER courses and I love the large scale
of the Georgia Initiative. The next one I wanna talk about
is one that’s very recent. So I was the state… I was the person that the OER
council asked to come into the state and help as a
consultant for their OER surveys and reports and strategy. It was a very exciting moment
in the State of Colorado. And since I help them in 2017 and 18 they have just really done a great job in the State of Colorado. So as a result of three statewide surveys and a large report that
got in a lot of input from a variety of stakeholders, we found that over 6,000
students responded to the survey. So there was just so much engagement with students and faculty and the whole community really rallied around getting data and support for
OER in the State of Colorado. And we just saw a
statewide OER summit in may just a few days ago. And the Governor Jared Polis attended and they had other law makers there. So it’s a really great and hopeful project that other states can look to. And a large part of that
is because they had this wonderful OER council they had a great SHEEO officer at the CDHE
Kim Hunter read at the time and brought together librarians, faculty, technologists, system employees and students and they had
other OER experts come in from around the states
to give them advice. And they’ve just done an awesome work. So if you move to the next slide, you can see that there
are four regional compacts in the United States. I’m in the WICHE region. And I also worked very
closely to help MHEC in the yellow region,
do their OER initiative that Jenny will talk about next. There’s also two other regional
compacts NEBHE and SREB. And when I look across the United States and all these pockets of innovation, so many opportunities,
wonderful champions. And there’s a lot of
people who just don’t know how to get started or they
don’t know who to call or they know they need something but someone else did it but who was that person there’s just this
opportunity for all of us to share more information, to share what we do best, to learn from each other. And I really think that
with better coordination among states, and systems of Higher Ed, as well as these multi compact regions, we can all win. So with that, I’ll turn it over to Jenny. Sorry, I forgot about my final picture. I just wanted to say these
are the hands on people that we brought into the conversation. You can see legislators, technologists, librarians, OER advocates. Regina is in the picture Jenny, me. So many awesome people, people who are new to OER, people who were experts in OER and we brought them all
together for the MHEC Summit that Jenny’s going to talk about next. And she’s really the
expert for her region. So take it away, Jenny. – [Jenny] Thank you, Tanya. And thank you, Regina, for
helping me with my slides. So as I said, I’m Jenny Parks, the Director of Academic
Leadership Initiatives at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and my job for the last
year has focused heavily on implementing processes and programs that will help the
institutions in our states adopt and create and
otherwise implement OER more effectively and at higher levels. So if Regina if you give me my next slide. So, as Tanya said, We are
the Midwestern region. These are the MHEC states here that you’re seeing on this slide. The kind of work we do is
based exactly on the model that Tanya talked about, which is based on sharing success, sharing strategies. We do a lot of network and sharing. So what we’ve been able to
create in the last six months is a regional OER newsletter, list server and we have a series of
webinars that we’re creating. In fact, interestingly,
our last webinar was about different ways of calculating cost savings and actually, the North Dakota auditor and that process was part of that webinar. So you could take a look at our website if you want to hear
those people talk about the way they did their study. As she said, we started we kicked it off with the large convening in
Chicago in November 2018, to which we invited up to
five members of the team from each of our states, I’ll tell you a little bit more about who the people who are on those teams. And since that time we’ve been
having monthly phone calls, we’ve been trying to share
our ideas across states within states et cetera. And we now are starting on July 1st another 12 month plan for
MHEC work with our state’s the bulk of which is still
supporting communications and sharing and convening. And of course, as Tanya mentioned we do collaborate with the
other regional compacts and continue to do that. Next, if you wanted to find out more about what we’re doing, you
can go to our website and the OER page that will give you access again to the webinars
to some of the documents there’s an overview of
the MHEC work there, which will be updated
in the next few weeks. So if you really want the
most up to date information wait till maybe the beginning of July to take a look at that, next. I would say that the real
strength of our approach has been what I call the
MHEC OER Action Teams. These are the folks who
came to the original summit in November of 2018. But it’s also folks
we’ve added since then, but the goal at that point was to access as widely and as and as
representatively as possible. Anyone in the state who was a stakeholder
in education and in OER so we had representatives from
SHEEO offices, K-12 Agencies, we had legislators, we had students, faculty, librarians, administrators, sometimes we even have bookstore reps. Anyone who can be a meaningful
part of this conversation was had the potential to be invited. We couldn’t invite as many
people as we needed to, but since that time in
a lot of the state teams they have added to that original five and some states they’ve kept it very small as they’re still trying to figure out how they wanna scale their efforts. And in other states, they’ve had the Board of Regions officially recognized their team and it’s growing, and it’s
got a membership process, et cetera. So we have a lot of variety in the ways that the states are handling it which is something we always
try to be respectful of. And it’s gonna be a different educational, political climate everywhere. So we wanna facilitate
states doing this the way that they find most advantageous. And as I said, we provide support for their work in the
form of research ideas and hopefully looking to help them find some funding as well. Next, so, in the last six months we had our convening in November and every state team
created a six month plan of the things they wanted to accomplish in the first half of 2019. And they’ve actually
accomplished quite a lot. Some of the more notable
accomplishments are four of the 12 have been
able to make presentations to their legislators. In four also, and four not
the same four necessarily in four states they’ve
had statewide surveys of the institutional OER work
that’s already happening. And this is the first time
in a lot of these places that they’ve been able to
gather that information. And so that’s one of the big things that I see all the states
wanting to do eventually, is establish that baseline data and find out who’s doing what, where and who the best OER contact
at each institution is. We’ve also had several states where they’ve created a repository that others have now joined into or there was an existing repository, usually an often with the
K-12 entity in the state, usually that’s an OER Commons hub, and they have made that open and available to members of the Higher Ed Committee. So one of the things that
is happening in a lot of the states is they are moving toward a single repository, where
you’re gonna have continuity between K-12 and Higher Ed. And you’re gonna have a
common set of protocols for metadata for how, if something needs to be removed or if something needs to be updated they’re gonna have that
consistency across the state which we feel will build in the capacity for more work and higher quality work. And then there were several states where they did not have a pre
existing relationship with OTN and/or Openstax. And so we’ve been able to
facilitate some of that and will continue to do that. And to continue to connect them
with other national efforts, national conferences, the research base, all of those types of things. We’re trying really hard
just to create capacity I would say that’s really our strategy. Capacity is the main goal. Our next steps of course,
are to continue supporting and doing our networking
work for our state, we also wanna work on some
additional convenience, we would love to be able to contribute to a state level summit or
convening in each of our states but that will depend on what
kind of funding we can find. And also, we would love to do
another regional convening. And then, again, I’m working
on some more specific plans that hopefully you’ll
be able to read about when I update all of that
information on our website. If you have any more questions, please let me know. Jenny Parks, the Director of
Academic Leadership’s at MHEC. I’ll give it back to Regina
for our panel discussion. – [Regina] Yeah. Well, thank you. Thank you, everyone. Thank you, Jenny, Tanya and Bill. What an awesome discussion
of what’s happening statewide and multi state haven’t been able to see the chat. So I don’t know if we have questions but the meantime I have a question and any one of you can answer it. What are the challenges that you see as you implement state and
multi state OER collaboration? And any one of you can start. – [Jenny] Hi, Regina, this is Jenny. One of the challenges at
the beginning has been just coming from a
position that is not within any particular state. And it’s identifying the key actors. And it’s not uncommon for
you to approach someone at a state level leadership position, especially the SHEEO officers
and they don’t necessarily because it it makes sense it’s
not really the type of thing that has risen to their radar. It’s not on their radar
yet that it was really hard to identify the people who
needed to be at the table to have these discussions. And that’s one of the things all of the teams continue
to struggle with is how do we make sure that everyone who needs to be a part
of this conversation is a part of this conversation because people are doing
things off on their own. And it’s connecting all of those things. That was a major
challenge for us at least. – [Tanya] This is Tanya
too I would just say one of the challenges for
doing multi state work and working with states in general is that not all states are exactly the same. So there’s a lot of
difference among states in terms of governance structure, how they interact with the legislature. In one state, there might
be multiple agencies that oversee different
sectors of higher education. So there could be what,
like in some states, like in North Dakota there’s just one SHEEO office, State Higher
Education Executive Offices at the North Dakota university system but in the state of
California that’s spread among multiple agencies that do multiple things for multiple systems. And so every state has a
bit different structure. And one thing that I think it makes it a little
more complicated is that not everything works everywhere. So you can say, this is a great thing that
works really, really well in Pennsylvania and then
it just will not translate completely like that and
still has to be customized just a bit to say work in
Montana or in another state. And so, while there are
similarities among states and definitely things that seem to make sense, it also means that every new
state is a different challenge. Every new system has
its own special flavor. Student population, the way they structure their institutions. And so we really have to keep in mind that it’s not simple, right? So even though we’re all
sharing all these ideas, it’s still complicated every time, different people, different
governance structure, different way of funding
legislators meet different years, all kinds of things. So anyway, that’s definitely one of the barriers or one of the challenges. – [Regina] Yeah, well, thank you and have one for for you, Bill. So for Pennsylvania, do you have a mechanism
in which you can track each of these institutions OER adoptions? – We were getting towards that now. – [Regina] Okay. – We’re just in the process
now of collecting information about where everybody is
at with their initiatives. I think we are going to have a system connected with the system that
that Open Text Book Network is already used for tracking adoptions. We were almost at that point
but we’re not quite there yet. – [Regina] Okay. Yeah, well, that’s good to know. – Gina.
– Yeah. – [Jenny] I’m sorry. I wanted to mention we did get a question in the chat window and you
mentioned you couldn’t see it. So. – [Regina] Oh, okay. Yeah, I can see it. – Is that from Sybil?
– Well, wonderful. – I’m glad you can see it.
– Okay, yeah. – [Regina] And yeah, we have
a question here from Sybil, it’s and says here, it
would be extremely cool and valuable and helpful
to have state repositories, how can this be done and/or
are these kinds of projects already in motion? Sybil I can see, before I
turn it over to our speaker, I can see with regards
to what is happening here in Michigan. (mumbles) Repositories so it’s
still with OER comments but the first repository
is with the MCO OER Statewide Steering Committee, which is (mumbles) of all
the community colleges here in Michigan. So we were the first to
have an OER repository of all OER that we use in
our respective institutions. And now, last year, we have the K to 12 through our state’s
identification (mumbles) open, they now have their own microsite actually by OER comments. So our goal really my work
here statewide in Michigan is to have a repository
that includes all sectors in education, K to 12 through Higher Ed. And so what about you,
Bill or Tanya and Jenny what can you say about
repository question? – I do know that PALCI is looking into it but they’ve just started
and I don’t have very much information about it. But I know they’ve been
talking to another state I want to say Ohio but I
could be wrong about that. Working together to come
up with with a platform but that’s about all I know at this time. – [Tanya] This is Tanya and
I’ve always been a bit hesitant about state branded OER repositories only because I think
it’s somewhat duplicative to have everyone creating
their own open repository if it’s already free and
available in another state, but I do understand states would like to have their own branded curriculums and those kinds of things. So when I work with states and systems who are considering doing
their own repository I always recommend that
they work very closely with librarians because you’re the best at making sure that
everything is searchable and findable and discoverable
because it really does not help anyone
to have a repository of stuff nobody can find. So there’s plenty of that
already out there that is, undiscoverable and just
somewhere in an archive my best advice on anyone
who’s trying to do their own repository is
work with your librarians so that it’s searchable
and we can all use it and share it and you’re
not recreating something that’s already been
done in another states. – [Jenny] Hi, Regina, this is Jenny. So, in some of our states
where they are moving toward a central repository
they are definitely doing exactly what Tanya has recommended ’cause we don’t have an OER Action Team that doesn’t have a
lot of librarians on it and that’s by design and
very much on purpose. So when they are looking at
having state repositories it’s usually because one
has already been established by one sector of the Higher
Ed or even the K-12 Community. And rather than duplicating sites rather than having all
of these different places they are wanting to pool their resources and their efforts in one place. And yes, one of the big things that they are very much discussing is how these sites become available not just to folks in the state but throughout the world
because of the design of it. They’re being very careful and methodical. So I’m really proud of that work. And that is a good caution
that’s Tanya has given us I can say the reason that a
lot of states want it to be their own state repository
is because a lot of times that is tied to the funding they get for their OER initiative,
if it’s coming from the some entity within the state. And another reason is
that they sometimes have, especially the K-12 level, they have state curriculum requirements. And so they need to adapt things and they want it living in their state. And something that
looks like it’s official and indeed is in this case. So I don’t know if that’s helpful but those are some of the
things that I’ve observed. – [Regina] Yeah, and we
also have one question here from Rhonda and I think
it’s for you, Bill. Rhonda is asking benefits of
having a membership in OPM. – I just saw that. I know, well, originally, they joined so that the steering group had a network with which they could talk
to other consortium about how they’re set up. And they found that really valuable but from my own perspective, at OTN is really good at
training people to go back to their institutions
and promote adoptions. – [Regina] Yeah. – I attended the institute last Summer and I came away with a lot
of really valuable stuff that I can use. And the training that they do is training that you can take away and take back to your own
institutions to work with faculty I think we’re really good job with that. – [Regina] Yeah, thank you, Bill. And I see, Susan in our chat, and she was saying that one big advantage of a state repositories
that it makes it easier for faculty to reach out
to each other for questions and collaborations. And yes, that is true. Because sometimes, when
you go to a big repository such as OER comments
and when you do a search it just gives you an
overwhelming number of results and probably is harder for faculty or any of educators that are interested in OER in your institution to find exactly what they are looking for. So. Yeah. And one more thing, while we’re waiting for questions this is, again for multi
state collaboration and also for a state collaboration. What do you see are the common ask that each of the states has
been asking or advocating that you help with? Or institutions in case
of Bill for Pennsylvania? – [Jenny] Hi, Regina, this is Jenny. That’s actually one of the things that I’ve been asking all
my state teams here towards the end of our first six months. And so, again, it’s gonna be things that I’ve already mentioned but the short list is help
us figure out repositories, do we have one do we have many and what’s the best way to set one up and that can mean a lot of things whether again, it can be meditation. It can be, what type of site it is. It can be protocols and it can be OER creation platforms. There are a lot of pieces of that. Most of the states want to figure out how to host some type
of statewide OER Summit They want to know how to organize it, how to bring people in,
how to incentivize people. We are Higher Ed Compacts. We are allowed to and love
to serve the K-12 community but we don’t usually do that
as much as we would like to. So on some of our state teams, all of the state teams
either have a strong K-12 presence or want that and so they are yearning for
there to be this connection between K-12 and higher
Ed in the OER realm, especially with relation to duel and concurrent enrollment courses. And then a lot of them wants
some leadership training for institutional leaders, SHEEO leaders, even legislators, because
they want to be able to talk to them about their needs, about what’s going on
and have them understand more thoroughly and more
carefully what they want. And then they’re just
wanting to be a part of the national and
international conversation. They need that community of practice. They need to understand that
they’re part of a movement and that really energizes everyone and kind of makes all the efforts jail. – [Tanya] So your question, Regina was what our state’s asking? – Yeah.
– Okay. – [Tanya] One of the
things that came to mind when you said that was I think some folks are struggling between the difference between the
words Affordable Learning and OER in general
– [Regina] Yeah. – [Tanya] They’re also getting a lot of advertisement and pressure from companies who offer inclusive access and the deals look really
good and the prices are low. And I think everyone in states wants to do the right thing for students. Everywhere you go, they’re
looking for a great solution to help their students do better including faculty who just
need help with their courses. And there’s a lot of confusion
about this difference between inclusive access
the term Affordable Learning and open educational resources. And that is a national
conversation that needs to continue and that I don’t have
all the answers for yet. – And for me the questions that I’ve been getting
from the campus partners in my region are kind
of very similar to those and kind of all over the map, depending on where they are
with their own projects. Like questions, people
are looking for advice on how to set up training
on their own campuses. How to some of them are actually
participating in the OTN review process with some of their faculty and need some coordination there. Some people just want to know how to find out we are
in particular subjects, someone wanna get started with publishing at their
institutions that are really, really all over the place. – Yeah, well, thank you. Thank you, this has really been an informative and
illuminating discussion around collaboration with OER and please you can still ask questions we still have time but
I just like to go on and tell you more about some of the things are happening CCCOER. So you can stay in the loop and see upcoming conferences
by going to our website and there’s a link there that says Get-Involved. You can see upcoming conferences most notably would be
the big one is in October the open ed conference
CCCOER we are members a lot of them will be there and certainly we will be there us I think Bill and Tanya
and Jenny will be there. So if you want to meet them in person. You haven’t met them yet,
then that’s your chance. And also because CCCOER is
a community of practice. We’ve really have a robust mailing list and you can sign up if you
aren’t already in there. Again, you can go to
the website and there’s a section there that says Community Email and we’ll be happy to welcome you into that community of practice. And also we have, let me see. Spring Webinar Series. This is the fifth of our
webinar series for this week. If you want to view any
of our past webinars their archive arm if you go to at both the webinar the
archives are available there of both the PowerPoint
slides and the recordings. So if there’s something that interests you with the past webinars that we’ve done, feel free to come and check that out. Also, if you have additional questions on such as membership or any other assistance that CCCOER can extend to you please don’t hesitate
to contact on Unat Daly (mumbles) of CCCOER. Quill West who is our President, right? Or outgoing president and Liz Yata, our wonderful support for CCCOER. So again, I’d like to
thank our panel for today, Bill Hemming, Jenny
Parks and Tanya Spilovoy for a wonderful discussion that we have and to reach out to them if
you have any further questions about the multi state and
statewide collaboration. So thank you so much and I
hope to see you again soon and have a wonderful Summer. Thank you. – [Jenny] Thank you. – Thanks to everyone. – [Bill] Thanks Regina. – [Regina] Thank you.

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