Why and How to Improve Learning by Improving OER Content
Concurrent Session 8
How well do your course materials support learning? Join us to explore how learning data can detect common trouble spots for students, using OER courseware. Then experience the process of designing improvements that engage students and strengthen learning. (Bring a device to join the fun!)
As open educational resources (OER) move into the mainstream of higher education, they are making a dramatic impact on affordability and access. But what are we doing to realize the full potential of OER to improve student learning?
By designing digital courseware using OER, we gain better tools to engage students and support learning, as well as powerful learning data that tell us where the content and assessments are and aren’t effective at supporting learning. We can use these data to pinpoint areas where the courseware isn’t doing its job. Then, capitalizing on the flexibility of OER content, we can make continuous improvements aimed at improving learning.
OER give us unique permissions about what we can do with this learning content: retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content (the 5Rs). Learning data help us understand what’s happening in the learning process and where students struggle. As we find new ways to combine OER with learning data, it unlocks phenomenal new possibilities for:
- Recognizing precisely where students are struggling
- Understanding which OER content is or isn’t effective at facilitating learning
- Identifying which instructors excel at teaching in areas many students struggle
- Making and testing iterative improvements to OER to strengthen learning
Join this session to learn about the RISE Framework, a new model for assessing the effectiveness of OER content aligned with specific learning outcomes. Hear from faculty who have collaborated with Lumen to apply this process, and see updates and improvements they have developed. Experience what it’s like to use the RISE framework to identify common trouble spots, evaluate what’s not working, and develop data-driven, continuous improvements to OER course materials to improve learning.
Bring a smartphone or other device, so you have the opportunity to interact with OER course materials that are undergoing this process. Explore alternative approaches for making OER content more engaging, interactive, and effective to support learning. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how data-driven improvements in course materials can enhance student learning, as well as what it feels like to be a student using interactive OER course materials.