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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Tuesday, October 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Planned Communities: Building the Foundation for Successful Cross-Institution Open Collaborations

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For many students in the U.S., a college education is cost-prohibitive. Expenses include not only tuition and fees, which now stand at over $9,000 per year for a four-year in-state school, but also the cost of textbooks and other course materials. Community colleges have long provided an affordable pathway for both traditional and nontraditional students to pursue high-quality post-secondary education, which intersects with MIT’s open educational resources.

MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is MIT’s premier OER program; since 2001, its materials have reached over 500 million learners and educators around the world. Since launching the Maricopa Millions project in 2013, Maricopa Community Colleges have saved students over $30 million across one of the country’s largest community college districts. Similarly, College of the Canyons has long played a key role in advancing OER across the California community colleges, the country’s largest system of higher education. This collaboration between a top research institution and open enrollment community colleges can provide an example for collaboration for others across different sectors of higher education.

These three institutions are collaborating to train and support community college faculty to adopt and adapt MIT-created open materials. In addition to direct impact on teaching materials, this pilot also includes communities of practice support, structured reflection and assessment by community college instructors, sharing back adapted and ancillary materials to the OER community, and case study stories for dissemination. Participating faculty are paying special attention to culturally responsive pedagogy in updating and adapting materials.

In this 60 minute panel discussion, leaders from each institution will share how they have laid the foundation for this innovative collaboration. Moderated by MIT OpenCourseWare’s Collaborations & Engagement Manager, topics will include: 1) strategies for and challenges associated with coming to consensus about aims and goals of the work; 2) planning for faculty professional development opportunities across institutions; 3) identifying and leaning into each institution’s strengths; 4) exploring what what “Open” means to each stakeholder community, and its implications for how the project will unfold; and 5) strategies for using reflective practices to inform ongoing work and to anticipate bumps in the road.

Throughout the panel discussion, participants will be prompted to connect learnings from the discussion to work at their own institutions, with ample time for discussion and to ask the panelists questions. Participants will also be invited to help the panelists engage in planning a key stage of the collaboration: documenting faculty member’s experiences adapting and adopting OER from MIT OpenCourseWare. Participants' ideas regarding reflective praxis, storytelling strategies, and interviewing techniques will shape the future of the Maricopa-MIT-College of the Canyons Open community.

Keywords: Curriculum Development, Open Collaborations, Culturally Responsive OER, Community Colleges, MIT OpenCourseWare, Planning Communities, Cross-institution

Session outcomes and takeaways: In this 60 minute panel discussion, we aim to accomplish the following for our participants and attendees:

1. Participants will learn strategies for collaboratively planning for Open collaborations across institutions.
2. Participants will apply learnings from the panel to their own institutional work.
3. Participants will support the spotlighted Open collaboration by contributing ideas for thoughtfully planning how to document faculty members’ experiences throughout the project.
4. Participants will learn about the range of OER from OCW that are being leveraged at Maricopa Community College and College of the Canyons, and which may be relevant to other faculty in their curriculum development efforts.

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James Glapa-Grossklag

Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, College of the Canyons
James Glapa-Grossklag is the Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons (California, USA). He supports the 115 California Community Colleges implementing the Zero Textbook Cost Degree Program. James is past Board President of... Read More →
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Lisa Young

Faculty Administrator, Open Education & Innovation, Maricopa Community Colleges
I serve Scottsdale Community College as the Instructional Design and Educational Technology faculty member.I am passionate about helping our students learn whether it be through excellent instructional design, the use of educational technology to resolve and mitigate instructional... Read More →
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Sarah Hansen

Senior Manager, Open Ed. & Strategic Initiatives, MIT-OCW
Please ask me about the Chalk Radio podcast and MIT OpenCourseWare.
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Shira Segal

Collaborations and Engagement Manager, MIT OpenCourseWare
Shira Segal is the Collaborations and Engagement Manager at MIT OpenCourseWare. In this position, she cultivates and facilitates relationships with members of the open education ecosystem by leveraging resources from MIT OpenCourseWare to enhance teaching and learning. Her previous... Read More →

Tuesday October 17, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Beaver (S12) Edmonton Convention Centre
  Open Practices & Communities