GSC OE Ambassador Projects 2018

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In May seven GSC faculty attended ATI 2018 at UNH and embarked upon a new adventure examining their courses to find ways to embed OER (open educational resources) and/or open pedagogy into their courses to have a meaningful impact on the way they teach and the students learn.  The following is a summary of those projects.  In addition to these projects, 1 other faculty worked on a mini project to replace their commercial textbooks with OER or an open textbook.


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Tammy Carnevale  - Education (School of Education)

Open Pedagogy

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Jan Hodges Coville photoJan Coville - Career Advising (Undergraduate)

OER

 

Project Description: APST505 Career Development & Life Planning (Fall 2018)

Currently I use a career planning textbook that is associated with a well-known online career-planning software system which is licensed by our college.  The software planning tool is available at no cost to the student however they do need to pay for the text.  In addition I dislike any textbook,  in particular the one we are currently using, because it becomes outdated quickly. Career development theories and work place trends in today's world change rapidly.  I will look for OER or an OER text to replace my current textbook.

Post-project Reflection

My goal for my project was to create an open education textbook for my Career Development and Life Planning course.  I wanted to curate a resource geared specifically toward our working adult students, as I had found that many traditional textbooks on career development are focused exclusively on the career concerns of traditional aged students.  The students in my class range in age from 18-60 and vary in their career development stages.  It was also important to me to present students with the most up to date information on rapidly changing career development practice, theory and workforce trends while simultaneously reducing the cost of the course by eliminating student’s need to buy a textbook.

I began with an OER entitled, “Blueprint for College Success – Career Decision Making,” by Dave Dillon, and then deleted the first half of the text which contained information that was not relevant to my learners.   I then added in several Granite State College specific resources, and other relevant content including videos.  
My course had 7 students and I was able to capture direct feedback within the course from all seven.   6 out of 7 were thrilled with the text and pointed out that it was informative while being concise, written in plain language and loaded with fun and interesting videos. Many students mentioned that it was geared directly toward them and they appreciated that the information was divided up by career stage, so each person in the course could see the relevance of the material to their own situation.   Everyone was happy that it was free.  The 7th student pointed out that there were a few concepts that were not covered in enough depth and that it was somewhat difficult to cite because there are multiple authors.  Both concerns are valid, and I have taken the feedback into account with another round of edits to address those concerns. 


 

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Deborah Kolling  & Kate Shumway-Pitt (School of Education)

OER

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Jennifer Mrozko- Computer Science (Undergraduate)

OER

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Krista Olsen - Management (Graduate Program)

OER & Open Pedagogy

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Tracy Smith - Education (School of Education)

OER & Open Pedagogy

 

 

Project Description: INST

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OER Mini Projects

In addition to the OE Ambassadors projects, additional GSC faculty were selected to work on a mini project in which they replaced the course textbook with Open Educational Resources.  These courses will be offered in 2019. 

  • Gail Poitrast: MATH510 Pre Calculus
  • Chris Benton:  MATH504 Statistics