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Special Interest Group Archive: High School to College Transition 11/15/2018

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

About the meeting

The High School to College SIG met on November 15, 2018, from 1pm-2:30pm on the eve of a early-season nor'easter. The attendees who were able to make it had a discussion about Open Educational Resources, led by Lara Sibley of SUNY Orange. The group's next meeting will be on February 28, 2019

OER's: a SWOT analysis

Strengths of OERs:

  • Currency: Information that changes regularly, like social studies and science
  • FREE!
  • They are formatted like ebooks in pdf form
  • They can be Print on Demand
  • Students can get a copy of the book so they get better grades (according to an Inside Higher Ed study.)
  • You can break out textbooks into sections, in case the course doesn’t cover the entire textbook.
  • You can get creative, like mixing historical fiction with history text.
  • Accessible copies are easier with OER.

Weaknesses of OERs:

  • You get what you pay for
  • Quality control: It’s important to know if it’s been vetted, edited, or peer reviewed.
  • Copyright
  • The definition is becoming broader and looser.
  • File management is a bit of a technology burden – these are large pdf’s, and not everyone has access to a computer at home.
  • Teachers have to create more lesson plans

Threats of OERs:

  • Pushback from bookstores, publishers, instructors who don’t want to make new lesson plans.

Opportunities of OERs:

  • Teaching more obscure topics that might not have a full textbook available.
  • Make people aware of new and available resources.
  • You can work with teachers who want to create a new course or elective.
  • Collection development and budget changes.
  • Students want things to be online, they even read a lot on their phone.


Other discussion from the meeting

K-12 Follett has an OER section that they vet.

It would be interesting to see what schools are using it and how they are using it.

Can you teach a class without a textbook?

Encouraging audiobooks is another way to get these materials to reluctant readers

It’s good for schools to have options for either/or paper vs. e-materials. Gradual transitions are worthwhile. They also make it easier for accessibility issues.

Classroom teachers can stand to learn a little bit about the issues in academia to know why traditional publishing still prevails and why peer review doesn't always live up to the standard.

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