Using Targeted OERs to Develop Core Academic Skills in the Disciplines

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Logsdon, Seana
Whitley-Grassi, Nathan
D’Adamo-Weinstein, Lisa
Mavrogiannis, Sophia
McCrea, Daniel
Sherman, Brett
Van Bergen, Mildred
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , Adult and Continuing Education , Student Learning Support
Using Targeted OERs to Develop Core Academic Skills in the Disciplines is a project that serves the goals of both Open SUNY and SUNY Excels, specifically the creation of open-source shareable learning resources, the development of modularized content, and the design of innovative resources aimed at improving completion rates of at-risk, nontraditional, and first-generation learners. The project team will use multiple assessment methods to identify 1) “high-risk” courses in three popular disciplines (business, human services, and mathematics) and 2) the core academic skills that students need to cultivate to be successful in those courses. A team of academic support and educational technology professionals collaborated to design a collection of 9 digital learning objects or open educational resources (OERs) focused on core academic skills across the target disciplines. Each of these interactive learning objects will include a pre-assessment, a brief interactive video tutorial on a core academic skill and a learning activity and post-assessment. The team collaborate with faculty to integrate the project’s OERs into courses, both to increase success rates and to demonstrate how better to support students in preparing for the challenges of work in their disciplines. We will share lessons learned in the development process so the project can then be scaled up at SUNY Empire State, across Open SUNY, and at other system campuses.
This was an ambitious project and while we successfully completed development of OER videos, it required significantly more resources and time than originally anticipated. This type of OER development, while worthwhile, required extensive collaboration between content experts and educational technologists. That being said, the experience of this project expanded and enhanced skills sets of a team of people and therefore, we are well-positioned to replicate this project in other content areas.