And cubing public school nah burn collegiate in the University of Toronto so I’m familiar with Toronto’s really nice to be back here after 30 years post-secondary is like really different but there are a lot of crossovers interviews that I think are entirely possible and one of the reasons that Lina passion is our operations director at D campus Ontario.
And I are here is really to find out where those synergies lie and to kind of capitalize on some of them as much as.
Possible because the people who came out of that catered ball system are the entrance to our post-secondary system and they bring with them new knowledge new ways of doing things that are often unfamiliar to our post-secondary educators we’re really not struggling actually are very keen to find out how to use technology enable tools effectively in their classrooms I want to start just by saying Who I am my twitter handle is here.
Be fair but I also want to start by acknowledging the traditional territory in which this meeting takes place today for thousands of years has been the traditional land of Peter on when deaf Seneca and most recently the Mississauga goes today the speeding place is home to many indigenous people from.
Across Turtle Island and we’re grateful to have the opportunity I want to talk about rethinking and it’s the whole notion of what we do and reasons we.
Do what we do and why we might want.
To consider rethinking the ways in which we teach and learn the resources we provide for students and the ways we recognize learning the.
World is changing and it’s changing really fast and it’s really important that we consider new opportunities and experiment with them actively the notion of continuing to do the same thing over and over without really breaking out of the box to me.
Is not good place to be and I think many of the technologies that we use have actually pushed us into that box they are managed environments there are environments that actually don’t allow us to be as creative as you might be and I think that is a central message all of the slides to this presentation are available at that URL I need CC Annie learn 17.
It’s a big deck and so it’s kind of fat when you’ve downloaded the longest time the rhythm of the Academy how to look like this a lot of things happening with her steady pace over time but I would say over the last 10 years it’s really picked up and the issue is how do we capitalize on emerging opportunities that are in front of us and how do we make those responsive adjustments that really help us to do better learning experiences for students and what does that look like indicator 12 sector.
I know what it looks like in a post that sector I’d really like you to think about everything that I say may be.
Coming from my sector of work but I’d like you to think about an analogue to k-12 sector how that the campus Ontario we’re trying to deal with the thousands of Ontarians who are looking for access to a leg up educationally.
There are either people in the workforce currently who want to improve.
Their lot and be better paid that are situated better organized for a career trajectory their students who find that they can’t afford go to school full time it’s for students who also work at the same time as they learn and we began to organize what are 45 universities and colleges 17,000 courses online that are offered.
In Ontario almost 700 programs they’re available fully online in the post-secondary sector it’s a ginormous number bigger than anywhere probably in North America.
Organized the net – it’s huge go onto our website anytime and do a search and you will see who it goes deep try some of the filters and you can.
Move it out even further currently there is no good data on online learning in Canada and this year is the first year the post-secondary institutions across this country have cooperated on an online learning survey that attempts to dig deeply into finding out what’s going on in campuses what kinds of programs people are offering what kinds of strategies and techniques they’re dealing with and what kind of effect it’s having on students and the early data has just come.
In it’s increasing people are busting out of the learning management system and trying other tools actively trying other tools no longer wanting to be constrained by a managed environment they’re trying new things meeting student expectations is the key.
Driver in the post-secondary sector students have post-secondary vote with their feet you offer a crappy course on lunch they tell all their friends enrollments plummet you have to be doing good stuff to survive lack of strategy and issues related to quality are looming issues in the online learning space just because we.
Have the capability to do it doesn’t being work good at it you have to get a lot better we have to.
Begin to set standards we have to.
Start to think about what the value propositions are that we want author our organization has four pillars and it’s kind strategies support students give them a good experience so far faculty help them begin students a good experience enhance our members capability to offer good programs and services online and build an organization that is responsive to emergent opportunities and can offer innovative solutions one of the things that’s driving us is the notion of everything we do needs to be an upskilling experience.
Not a distilling experience it’s about giving faculty and instructors great tools to take the ideas that have in their mind and make them happen in that online space it’s.
About ups going to do that you need to think about the nature of what online learning means in today’s environment technology.
And learning are forever intertwined now they’re not separate they’re intertwined and everything we do is kind of an infinite loop of idea tests evaluate refine talk to students and repeat that cycle many many kinds this requires.
A whole new brand of educator in the matter for we’re using is the anatomy of a 21st century learner our educators to be an educator in the 21st century means you have to have 6th core attributes yep you have to.
Be a teacher you have to be a teacher or learning then one of the ways to achieve that is to also be a.
Scholar actively evaluate what happens in.
Your classroom or your course all the time and be public about the results of that scholarship that’s what scholarship is about not about holding that information tight but telling others so they.
Can benefit more and more resources are becoming available because of.
The net so you have to become a curator you have to make great decisions about the resources you you then one of the ways to do that is also to be an active.
Personal learning network of peers at the scholar level to make that.
Happen and of course you have to be a technologist to pull that off but it doesn’t mean a technologist who’s offering a steady stream of content technologists who is also an experimenter who’s willing to try new stuff things may break things may not work perfectly but we have to be actively doing this this is the.
Basis for a professional learning program we’re offering to post-secondary educators 6:3 our online module to start ramping.
Up your thoughts in this area it’s ultimately license Creative Commons you can download it today from our website and use it packaging up the training program it’s wordpress based so you can just unpack it and use it these are actually badges we’re going to badge people’s work in that environment.
So that we actually know what the competencies are associated with an experimenter a scholar and.
Actively begin to build in that direction that’s how we’re thinking about 21st century educators so Perez rethinking is something that we think should be at the core of professional practice.
In the 21st century not enough to keep doing the same old everyday bust it wide open not a hundred percent of the time but maybe 20% of the time we.
Board of directors last September I arrived.
Here on September 12 there was a board meeting September 13th it was like a strategy session and we worked with Ken steel from education who’s a.
Real futurist and serious thinker in the post-secondary space and we focused on three themes for 27 16 17 rethinking learning resources rethinking the learning experience rethinking recognition of learning and these are the kind of programmatic elements.
That have guided our practice and all of the things funded and programmatic things that we’ve done over the past year you you the key to the rethinking learning resources for us is asking your question what happens when we bring teaching and learning into the open what happens when we reveal practice reveal resources and share them amongst our ecology how’s that going to work what’s nothing new in the university sphere across the u. high enrollment first and second year courses are.
Now offering free and open textbook things that used to cost 300 bucks when you went to university cost zero and print up for $50 you can put them on your.
Tablet it’s really lowered the cost for students but more than anything else it has an empowered faculty and instructors to take those resources and break them open and add.
Value to them reorder them do other stuff to localize them use case studies that work in that environment looks like anatomy and physiology hugely popular because they’re low cost they’re open and they’re completely malleable their instructors it’s all based on a simple principle if you own copyright you can decide how people can use your work if you decide you want to share it Creative Commons gives you a licensing mechanism allows you to do.
It easily it’s simple standardized way to grant permissions for creative work and it’s wildly popular in the post-secondary space but my question for you would be why.
Wouldn’t a math program it’s used in every school in the province have free and open tech why wouldn’t that be a good idea a whole country of Poland has just done.
That recently why can’t we do interesting things like the symbol for this is called CCC some rights reserved and it’s starting to take.
Off everywhere especially in somatic areas the Health Professions really good idea so a lot of health professionals building resources our universities and colleges that they’re sharing with their colleagues making it easy to find the resorts making the resorts easy to.
Use same thing is happening in k-12 and other jurisdictions this is only our Commons of California all kinds of subject level topic level resources available completely for free completely malleable completely open for use Rives remix ting redistribution whatever you want to do with them it’s a good idea it’s all.
A set of principles that say this is how it actually works if you want to use something openly the simple way to.
Think about it is that you have five rights.
To retain reuse revise remix and redistribute and the licences are.
Created with little bones that you put on the work that tells people.
Automatically person you can do with it do anything you want with it in some cases but cite us because we’re the authors the big idea around openness is about giving instructional resources expanded power help enable teaching learning going well beyond free and low-cost the first outfit is.
Full legal control customized localized personalized update translate remix these are important opportunities for you to make something yours more local more relevant to your students we’ve been working with student.
Government in Ontario talk about these ideals and principles and you can imagine student government leaders think there’s a cool idea because a they have more money to start the year in many cases up to a thousand bucks that’s significant huge savings to them but they also.
See the advantages of creating libraries and redistributable content but they can work with their colleagues on and that their faculty members are thinking about them about the advocacy needed push this forward we just launched an open textbook library here in Ontario 180 open textbooks for the highest enroll first and second year courses that.
Happened because students went to government had said this is happening in British Columbia this is happening in the state of New York this is happening.
In the state of California why isn’t it have to here when students go to government government listens we’ve also been working to faculty because we know that the Gateway to the classroom and the resources that are chosen particularly in the post-secondary sector are those that are chosen by baffles there’s a principle called academic freedom which means that a faculty member can make the decision about what resource.
Is used in a classroom and many of the key advocates in the open education community our faculty members who believe that freedom that academic freedom is really the empowering mechanism and speak to the.
Colleagues about it simple illustrations at the University of British Columbia in 2015 that decided to go with a free and open physics textbook and they saved students 90 thousand bucks the first time they did it the next year the math department said we can do better and they went with free and open textbooks for math for the first year and saved student.
A million bucks following year they decided nearly every UBC math textbook will be free and open think about how much more money would be available to the system here in K to 12 if we.
Weren’t expending billions on textbook or other print based.
Resources that could use in other way it’s an interesting concept it’s already starting to happen in the US this was announced yesterday August 24th 2017 a free and open math curriculum for grades six to eight completely available now for download and use everything from thin materials teacher materials lessons specific supports strategies for students with disabilities family resources all that stuff you’re starting to see a shift in the publishing industry away from widgets content like textbooks for services and you’re starting to.
See more and more of these kinds of resources becoming open available and reusable and it will continue I used to go to Sam the record man and e sound in.
Places like that they don’t exist anymore same thing is coming to the educational publishing industry and our publisher.
Colleagues know this and they’ve already shifted upstream in the software and services which is a way better place to be and makes more sense for them who writes those textbooks in the.
First place teachers faculty members and instructors the business model is changing in some parts of the US they’re advertising textbook free degrees as a way to market and attract students particularly in college programs we’re about to launch something similar here in Ontario province of British.
Columbia has already started they’re already calling for proposals in the college sector take this forward but it’s more than just a good deal much more lots of research starting to happen access to customized resources improves learning you can imagine that when you use examples from your local community learning improves lots of data starting to arrive that backs.
That up from side-by-side tests in academic journals authentic learning activities think about this one what’s the analog in k-12 this is chem wiki the most popular chemistry textbook on the net co-developed with students at the University of California Davis students write the articles update the articles on a yearly basis like Wikipedia and so that’s how they generate collaborative ways of generating ideas and content University of British Columbia does the same for its soil science courses.