|Melanie Meyers||Project Manager|
|Dave Shaykewich||Manager, Dev Ops|
|Alex Paredes||Software Developeremail@example.com|
|Selina McGinnis||User Experience Designer/Information Architectfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Advisory Group Members
Discovery and requirements-gathering with audiences and stakeholders to determine barriers to OER find-ability, map common OER search workflows/methods/patterns, and identify and architect opportunities for improvement.
For the BCcampus collection, review and evaluate current technical infrastructure. Upgrade or replace technical infrastructure with the goals of:
Build, adopt, adapt, or reference a federated search system that includes multiple repositories of open textbooks and other global OER, using available repository-specific data (e.g., titles, subjects, learning objectives, pedagogical methods).
Out of scope:
Increase opportunities for instructors to find relevant OER and integrate it in their courses.
Educators will be able to find appropriate curriculum for their courses in an easy to use search tool that searches multiple repositories. Expand access to OER materials from around the world.
|The target audience: faculty, students, staff from multiple subject areas interested in finding more open education curriculum.|
|4. Risks and Planning||8. Requirements||7.Budget|
Overall budget is $350,000.00 including all administrative fees and staffing costs.
See budget details below.
High Level Project Budget
Updated Budget April 8, 2020
|Salaries and Benefits: Project Management||$100,000|
|Salaries and Benefits: Software Developer||$100,000|
|Institutional Infrastructure Supports||$60,000|
|Project Fees: 10% Admin Cost||$35,000|
Hire Project Manager
Post and hire UX/IA position
|Please add key dates and items that are relevant for an announceable|
|Consult with users, partners and stakeholders to determine priorities|
December 2019-February 2020
March - May 2020
|1||May 2020||Deploy software on operational host.|
Information provided April 7, 2020
Support – In testing, many of the findings support past research about open textbooks adoption, such as:
- Quality is a concern for switching to open textbooks. The assumption is that books have not been peer-reviewed, therefore are of lesser quality than publisher books.
- Instructors are uncertain what kind of books are available, and are skeptical that a relevant book exists for their course
- Once users find books, they struggle to understand what they can do with the book (understanding the licensing)
Successes – we found some critical successes that exist on the current site:
- Once users are on the current BCcampus site, they are able to successfully find and download books if they know the title.
- When users have the opportunity (and time) to choose and customize their materials, it is very rewarding for instructors and students
- The ability to customize textbooks and materials is appealing to instructors and is one of the main attractants of open textbooks
Areas for improvements – there were some challenge areas for users or areas where the user’s understanding didn’t match the intended message:
- Users aren’t familiar with BCcampus
- Users, even familiar ones such as librarians and learning and teaching offices, do not understand the scope of the open site (they believe it only contains books from BC authors or has all OER’s)
- Users struggle to find relevant books with confidence when searching by keywords or topics
- Some language on the site is confusing, such as ancillary resources, faculty reviewed, print, and the various synonyms used to describe adopting a textbook (use, browse, find, adopt, get)
- Once users find books, they report that the effort to determine whether the books is relevant for their class is too high for them to invest in adopting books
- Users report that changing course materials (whether to openly sourced or commercially published books) is too high to do unless required
- Users are unsure of whether books have been peer-reviewed or not