A course development team from Chadron State College recently showcased CSC’s award-winning process for facilitating OER/no-cost course development at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
NOLA is known for its rich history of mixing and remixing music, languages, religion, cultures, and culinary delights that create a vibrant city. The venue was an appropriate one for CSC’s course development team to present its own version of remix: “OER Remix Ology: A (Gently) Shaken, Not Stirred, Curriculum and Course Design Model” (see page 13).
The team was comprised of a student, a librarian, an instructional designer, a faculty member, and an LMS specialist–Ms. Maggie Darnell, Ms. Christine Fullerton, Ms. Elizabeth Ledbetter, Dr. Jesse Sealey, and Mr. Bryant Serres, respectively. Team members shared details of the history and evolution of the course development process which uses open education resources (OER) and no-cost materials. They also described the work and expertise their respective roles contribute in specific stages of the process.
Dr. Jesse Sealey offered reflections of his experience working as the team’s subject matter expert (SME) to create his course, Elementary Teaching Methods for Science (one of several courses being developed for CSC’s no-materials-cost Elementary Education Program). He noted that the major benefit of the process is a high-quality, rigorous course, which he characterizes as far superior to any courses he previously taught. The experience allowed him to develop a course utilizing a variety of resources that align more closely with the course outcomes; the content is more targeted than it has been with textbooks. For students, he sees benefits of embedding course content for easy access and alignment of course elements which work in sync to support learning.
The major pitfall he identified (with emphasis on major) is the time challenge to faculty involved in the development process.
The NOLA presentation elicited questions from a ranking AASCU official regarding scalability of the model and prospects for collaboration with other institutions. The presentation also generated an informal offer to Maggie Darnell, a CSC student who serves as the eScribe (or OER researcher) in the process, to attend graduate school at the institution of a VPAA attending the session.
For more information, view the “OER Remix Ology: A (Gently) Shaken, Not Stirred, Curriculum and Course Design Model” Prezi presentation. Also, feel free to contact any of the presentation participants:
eScribe: Maggie Darnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
OER Librarian: Christine Fullerton: email@example.com or 308.432.6271 x6149
Instructional Designer: Elizabeth Ledbetter: firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.432.6275
Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Jesse Sealey: email@example.com or 308.432.6336
LMS Specialist: Bryant Serres: firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.432.6132
Note: This article was written in collaboration with Dr. Jesse Sealey.