A NITLE Working Paper

Open Education in the Liberal Arts: A NITLE Working Paper

Open Education in the Liberal Arts: A NITLE Working Paper

Lisa Spiro and Bryan Alexander

March 28, 2012

Revised April 11, 2012

1. Executive Summary              

2. Introduction             

3. Defining Open Education                  

4. Surveying the Open Education Landscape               

5. The Rationale for Open Education

5.1 Lowered Costs, Increased Flexibility
5.2 Improve Learning
5.3 Improve Outreach and Visibility
5.4 Promote Social Good and Extend Access
5.5 Shape Innovation

6. Open Education on Campus                  

7. Survey Results

7.1 Levels of Engagement with Open Education
7.2 Supporting Open Education
7.3 Reasons for Not Pursuing Open Education
7.4 Impact of Open Education, Current and Future

8. Case Studies    

8.1: Openness as Academic Mission: Empire State College
8.2 Using OER to Support Learning: Bryn Mawr
8.3 Open education and the MOOC: University of Mary Washington
8.4 Faculty production of open textbooks: Southwestern University, Washington
and Lee University, and DePauw University
8.5 Student Production of Open Resources: Vassar College and Kenyon College
8.6 Open courseware and multi-campus collaboration: the case of CLAMP

9. Obstacles Facing Open Education at Liberal Arts Colleges

10. Recommendations             

11. Conclusion                


Works Cited           

Appendix: NITLE Survey on Open Education in the Liberal Arts Context