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Open Education

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Official Website @SaltLakeCC

Type: Public 2-Year
Annual Enrollment: 30,248


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The Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative began in the spring of 2014 with the pilot of two sections in the Math department. This pilot was supported by the College’s participation in a grant-funded project called Project Kaleidoscope. The initial goals of the SLCC OER Initiative were; to save SLCC students 3 million in 3 years; by Fall 2017 to have 75% of SLCC students to benefit from at least one OER course; and the creation of an OER-based pathway.

SLCC has worked to integrate OER into the normal of operations in areas such as Library Services, eLearning, Faculty Development and evaluation as well as textbook review committees. This effort has produced a position in the library dedicated to helping faculty and Education Initiatives locate open content that meets the needs of different academic areas. ELearning now regularly encourages faculty to consider open content, and Faculty Development routinely offers trainings around open education resources and copyright.

SLCC now runs one of the largest OER initiatives in the country. Since the inception of the OER Initiative in Summer 2014 to Spring 2020 the initiative has grown to include 7,134 total section with approximately 12.5 million dollars in student cost savings and 151,387 students benefiting from the program. Open content has allowed faculty to develop courses that address the learning needs of our actual students, rather than a synthesized student hypothesized by the national textbook market. Overall, the involvement of every faculty member, associate dean, bookstore employee, advisors, or instructional designer has been influenced by the inherent value that accompanies the use of OER. Ultimately, OER benefits students in a multitude of ways and that in-and-of-itself is a positive outcome that SLCC continues to advocate.

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Open SLCC Advisory Committee

The Open SLCC Advisory Committee provides college-wide guidance on work around Open Educational Resources (OER) at SLCC. The committee is charged with providing a set of recommendations and continued guidance on how Open SLCC can be effectively coordinated across the College. This includes addressing the challenges of how we better involve the bookstore in OER work, how we provide technical and editing support to faculty, how the library supports copyright review, and how eLearning helps with instructional design of OER. The committee also provides guidance on how to market Open SLCC. This is an ongoing committee whose yearly work will guide continued efforts to build, adapt, and adopt open content at SLCC. The committee is chaired by the Director of Faculty Development and Educational Initiatives. All other members serve two-year terms and membership must have at least four faculty, two Associate Deans, and representatives from the library, eLearning, and the bookstore.

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Duration: 09/2013 - Present

Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Curation

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Adoption

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OER Events

Utah: The State of OER

Utah: The State of OER, was the first conference focused on OER development and implantation across the Utah System of Higher Education. Presenters from across the state discussed how they are using OER at their colleges and universities. The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University. The conference was held in the Karen Gail Miller Conference Center at Salt lake Community College in Salt lake City.

Date: Feb. 23, 2018 - Feb. 23, 2018

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Event Hashtag: #utahoer18

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Open Education Week Celebration

Open SLCC (OER) has saved students $3,000,000 in costs by providing an alternative to traditional textbooks. All students, faculty and staff are invited to join in the celebration and learn more about the open education resources offered at Salt Lake Community College.

Date: March 28, 2017

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Event Hashtag: #OPENSLCC

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Participants learned about the open content movement in higher education and why they might be interested in either supplementing their course with OER or completely replacing traditional textbooks with open content. Faculty was also introduced to the licensing framework that enables open content and various open content repositories.

Date: Oct. 20, 2016

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Open Education Week Celebration 2019

Salt Lake Community College celebrated Open Education Week with one or more scheduled activities each day. Including a No-Cost/Low-Cost Open Education Week Celebration for students, faculty and staff. Activities included; SLCC faculty authored project showcase, and a SLCC OER advocates panel discussion. At the conclusion of Open Education Week OPEN SLCC hosted an appreciation luncheon for faculty, staff and administration who contributed to the success of OPEN SLCC. Finally, Jason Pickavance brought Open Education Week to a close by publishing a blog featuring the journey of SLCC's OER initiative, "Reflections on OER at Salt Lake Community College." Overall Open Education Week 2019 was a great success at Salt Lake Community College.

Date: March 4, 2019 - March 8, 2019

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

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