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Introducing the Kaleidoscope Project. Kim Thanos, Program Manager, Kaleidoscope Charles Snare, Vice President Academic Affairs, Chadron State College. Key Topics. How effective is the Kaleidoscope approach?* What is next with the project ?

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introducing the kaleidoscope project

Introducing the Kaleidoscope Project

Kim Thanos, Program Manager, Kaleidoscope

Charles Snare, Vice President Academic Affairs, Chadron State College

key topics
Key Topics
  • How effective is the Kaleidoscope approach?*
  • What is next with the project?
  • What is the collaboration/community approach and why does it matter?
  • How does a team “develop” a Kaleidoscope course design?
  • How does a faculty member use a Kaleidoscope course design?

*This is not a sales pitch.

use open educational resources to improve student success
Use open educational resources to improve student success

Project Goals

  • Eliminate textbook cost as a barrier
  • Drive assessment-driven enhancement of course designs and materials
  • Create a collaborative community to share learning and investment
faculty experience
Faculty Experience
  • 100% will use open educational resources again
  • 100% found the quality of the texts to be equal
  • 100% continued in Kaleidoscope project

“This project is the most rewarding professional experience I have ever had.”

“This is an issue of social justice. How, in good conscience, can we not contribute to this movement?”

Source: Bliss, Hilton, Wiley, Thanos (2012)

student ratings of quality of open texts

“It was very concise and aligned with exactly what we were working on in the class.”

“Having the textbook catered to us by our teacher was perfect.”

Student ratings of quality of open texts

3%

56%

41%

Source: Bliss, Hilton, Wiley, Thanos (2012)

student preference for kaleidoscope courses

“I enjoy having online texts provided for me because I\'m poor. I spend the money I have left after rent on school, so having free online texts provided for me benefits me very much.”

“GREAT WAY TO DO ONLINE CLASSES!!!!”

Student preference for Kaleidoscope courses

13%

13%

73%

Source: Bliss, Hilton, Wiley, Thanos (2012)

kaleidoscope phase ii
Kaleidoscope Phase II
  • Improve existing courses
    • Close the loop on assessment, analysis, improvement
    • Tighten links to outcomes and deeper learning
  • Develop 20 additional course designs
  • Grow and mature the project
    • Project governance
    • Faculty leadership
    • Add 20 new partners using a high-touch process
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Santa Ana

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Santiago Canyon

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Palo Verde

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Redwoods

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Kaleidoscope

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collaboration points
Collaboration Points
  • Kaleidoscope Leadership Team (KLT)
    • Meets monthly by phone
    • OpenEd Leadership Summit June 5 – 6, 2013 in Denver
  • Faculty Fellows
    • Facilitate collaboration within discipline across institutions
    • Guide course enhancement
the tale of a math course
The Tale of a Math Course

+ 140% student success

Spring improvements

Dept.-wide adoption

Replace Pearson texts

Broader community

Full evaluation of options

Open math lab

OER/adoption experts

Steering committee strategy

OCL text and videos

Inefficient tools

New adopter concerns

Lack of quality OER

Two faculty members

Align outcomes

Identify opportunity

the tale of a math course1
The Tale of a Math Course

+ 140% student success

Spring improvements

Dept.-wide adoption

Replace Pearson texts

Broader community

Full evaluation of options

Open math lab

OER/adoption experts

Steering committee strategy

OCL text and videos

Inefficient tools

New adopter concerns

Lack of quality OER

Two faculty members

Align outcomes

Identify opportunity

how do you explain
How do you explain…

100% on Day 1

“Only” $20

Personal connection

kaleidoscope pilot support
Kaleidoscope Pilot Support

Step One: Leadership Workshop

  • Facilitate institutional planning process
  • Facilitate review of materials
  • Support customization and augmentation
  • Connect to faculty communities
  • Complete detailed analysis of learning and success results
  • Suggest opportunities for next iteration
  • Complete program review
  • Analyze consolidated results

Step Two: Review and Prepare

Community Connection

Step Three: Faculty Course Workshop

Step Four: Faculty Support

Step Five: Analysis

Step Six: Research

faculty members
Faculty Members
  • Adopt an existing course, emphasize support and ease of use
  • Use your own OER
  • Use Kaleidoscope as a starting point and customize your course, with little collaboration
  • Actively engage in the project and community
institutional leadership
Institutional Leadership
  • Monitor project leadership and support local work
  • Use Kaleidoscope as a starting point for institutional open strategy
  • Identify areas for shared investment and deep collaboration
system leadership
System Leadership
  • Monitor project leadership support colleges
  • Lead a regional initiative
  • Strategically create an open niche for Nebraska and the system
    • Bridging programs with high schools
    • Systematic support for adoption
    • Textbook Zero programs
  • Engage in policy efforts to facilitate and fund open education
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