Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of this project was to increase the use of OER in the health degrees, particularly in the new health science associate’s degree. Other more specific objectives are listed below.
Convert at least eight (8) courses in the health sciences or their prerequisites taught by at least eight (8) faculty to an OER curriculum (free of any materials cost)
Save at least two hundred (200) students an estimated $175 on textbook costs for the semester
Publish at least eight (8) OER objects created by STCC faculty to the OER Commons database for public use
Reduce the amount of money students spend on textbooks and other course materials
Promote OER materials on the STCC campus
Encourage faculty to revamp their assignments and materials or create their own as to better fit learning objectives and outcomes
Improve the diversity of the student body within the School of Health and Patient Simulation
The grant funds were used to develop an OER faculty fellows program. Qualified faculty members were awarded a stipend to convert their current course curriculum materials (textbooks, assignments, quizzes, etc.) to freely available OER or library materials, consequently saving students thousands of dollars on textbooks and course materials.
Faculty interested in a stipend to convert their course materials to OER were asked to apply. The application asked faculty to provide information about the course including the number of sections taught per year, the number of students in each section, and the total cost of the traditional course materials (see Appendix 1). Only courses in the health sciences or their prerequisites were eligible for a stipend. Faculty also had to agree to follow specific project guidelines (see Appendix 2). The amount of funds each faculty received was dependent on the details of their course redesign.
Stipend amounts were tiered, as shown below; the tiered system is based on similar models at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Community College Go Open Project:
Adopt – Tier 1: $300 Courses redesigned to incorporate an existing open course textbook or existing course content or library material, as is.
Adapt – Tier 2: $500 Courses redesigned by combining and/or remixing new and existing open content and/or library resources in order to bridge gaps in available resources.
Build – Tier 3: $800 Courses redesigned with a substantial amount of new and original open content where it is possible to demonstrate that there is no open content or library material in existence that meets the course learning objectives.
Faculty applications were reviewed, graded with a rubric (see Appendix 3), and recipients were chosen by the OER committee; priority was given to courses with the greatest student impact. All faculty who applied were eligible and accepted.
All faculty chosen were required to participate in an online training session that emphasized freely available online resources from the National Library of Medicine (see Appendix 4). The training was created by the OER librarian and hosted on the library’s website. Additionally, each recipient was required to have an initial meeting with the OER librarian to discuss their plan for redesign and implementation. They were also required to meet with the STCC Office of Disability Services in order to ensure that all materials used are ADA compliant and follow Universal Design standards.
Team Member Contributions
Provided leadership and guidance for the OER committee as they reviewed faculty applications
Conducted training for faculty on finding and using free/open materials as well as basic copyright and fair use
Provided one-on-one guidance to faculty as they completed their course redesign
Reviewed faculty applications and chose award recipients based on applications
Marketed and shared project details with colleagues and campus community
Provided information to faculty who considered applying
Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Patient Simulation
Supported the OER Librarian by providing information about the SHPS, its courses and faculty
Supported and encouraged SHPS faculty to apply for course redesign
Office of Disability Services
Worked with faculty to ensure that materials used and created via this project comply with Universal Design standards
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Will help the OER librarian evaluate the effectiveness of the program through surveys and institutional data