Empowering Faculty and Students With High Quality Modular

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

In this session we will explore emerging trends in the use of openly licensed educational content, and demonstrate how openly licensed digital courseware solutions can be used to replace textbooks and demonstrate documented improvement in student outcomes.


Steve Ernst is Vice President of Content and Learning Services at Boundless. In this role, Steve oversees content development and deployment of products and services to Boundless customers. Steve has extensive experience with content development and deployment, enterprise-level data analytics, adaptive learning, management of online learning programs, and higher education administration. Steve has held leadership roles in both private industry and education, including the positions of CLO, COO, and other senior roles in learning-oriented organizations. Steve was trained as a geneticist and was a tenured professor prior to moving into higher education administration and private industry. Steve earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Extended Abstract

Meet the future of educational content and associated teaching and learning: Affordable, ready-to-use, digitally native courseware that can be quickly customized by instructors and personalized for students’ learning needs, and offers real-time data and analytics to help drive student success. In this session we will present case studies from multiple higher education institutions to demonstrate the positive impacts on student outcomes and student and faculty satisfaction. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to adopt and customize openly licensed digital courseware, and to deploy the courseware using the LMS of choice to create a simple, seamless learning and teaching experience for students and faculty.

Using Boundless courseware as an example of curated, high quality openly licensed digital courseware available under CC BY-SA license, we will explore how the courseware leverages a learning outcomes-centric model that aligns the triad of (i) learning objectives, (ii) content and (iii) assessments. That triad makes it very easy to customize the courseware to meet the unique needs of faculty and students by creating a highly engaging and active learning environment for students. In addition, the triad enables students and faculty to directly monitor and assess achievement of student outcomes, and personalize approaches to help students to achieve desired outcomes.