Project Description

Introduction

The focus of this service-learning project is the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness. While the outcome of this project will support the missions of many organizations that offer adult basic education, those participating on this service-learning project are volunteers of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women, and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, including a one-year residency program for adult male and female clients recovering from drug, alcohol, or other challenging issues.

Clients in the Grace Centers of Hope residency program who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) are required to take in-house classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test in order to stay in the program. According to U.S. Census Bureau educational attainment data, over 30 million adults over the age of 18 have not attained a high school diploma (or equivalent). In 2014, the GED Testing Service amended the requirements for the GED test from the former 2002 version. The new GED test aligns with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards released in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education as a guide for adult education programs that prepare learners for post-secondary college and career training.
Grace Centers of Hope has asked Designers for Learning to facilitate a volunteer service-learning project focused on the design of instructional materials and learning activities to meet the parameters of the College and Career Readiness standards. The request for help includes instructional resources for learners, as well as instructors and volunteers who work as tutors. In response to those inquiries, three pilot projects have been developed to explore the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness, including:
  • Pilot A - Mapping and Mining of Open Educational Resources
  • Pilot B - Design and Development of Prototype Instructional Unit
  • Pilot C - Design and Development of Computers for Learning Instructional Unit

About Grace Centers of Hope

As described in their most recent audited financial statements, Grace Centers of Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is classified by the IRS as a public charity with $5.4 million in total revenue and support for the year ended 2012. Grace Centers of Hope's goal is, "total rehabilitation by meeting all of the needs of the homeless, including food, clothing, shelter, educational courses, daycare, job training, and assistance in preparing resumes, substance abuse programs, medical care, and housing placement." 

The Pilot Projects

Pilot A: Mapping and Mining of Open Educational Resources

Overview:

Volunteers in Pilot A will be responsible for mapping and mining existing open educational resources to the 2013 College and Career Readiness Standards

Scope of Work:

  • Estimated Total Project Hours: 120 hours
  • Project start date: February 15, 2014
  • Deliverable due date: May 3, 2014
  • This is a 100% virtual volunteer opportunity that does not require any volunteer to be physically present at any location. 
  • Volunteers must agree to:
    1. collaborate remotely with the client and other volunteers on this project using phone, email, and other freely available online asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies
    2. collaborate with others assigned to this project using the Google Sites platform at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr
    3. volunteer a minimum of 30 hours from the project start date to the deliverable due date

Deliverable Summary:

  • Volunteers will be responsible for collaboratively preparing a written report that identifies existing  (if any) open educational resources that align with the 2013 College and Career Readiness standards for both (a) English language arts and literature, and (b) mathematics. 
  • The written report should focus on resources applicable to Group and Level E (see description below), including:
    1. CCR Anchors 1 - 10 for Reading Standards
    2. CCR Anchors 1 - 9 for Writing Standards
    3. CCR Anchors 1 - 6 for Speaking and Listening Standards
    4. CCR Anchors 1 - 6 for Language Standards
    5. Level E for Mathematics Standards 
  • To assist in the use or adaptation of open educational resources developed for K12 education, the written report must also align the College and Career Readiness standards with the K12 Common Core State Standards.
  • Note that unlike the Common Core Standards, the College and Career Readiness standards are bundled into five grade-level groupings: A(K-1), B(2-3), C(4-5), D(6-8), and E(9-12). The written report should focus on educational resources applicable to Group E (for English language arts and literature) and Level E (for mathematics).
  • All work produced for this project will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Pilot B: Design and Development of Prototype Instructional Unit 

Overview

Volunteers in Pilot B will be responsible for the design and development of one unit of instruction that will be an exemplar for future units.  [To clarify ... only one unit of instruction is expected per project team for Teams B1, B2, and B3]

Scope of Work

  • Estimated Total Project Hours: 120 hours [per team]
  • Project start date: February 15, 2014
  • Deliverable due date: May 3, 2014
  • This is a 100% virtual volunteer opportunity that does not require any volunteer to be physically present at any location. 
  • Volunteers must agree to:
    1. collaborate remotely with the client and other volunteers on this project using phone, email, and other freely available online asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies
    2. collaborate with others assigned to this project using the Google Sites platform at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr
    3. volunteer a minimum of 30 hours from the project start date to the deliverable due date

      Deliverable Summary 

      • Volunteers will be responsible for the design and development of one unit of instruction that aligns with one anchor standard as presented in the 2013 College and Career Readiness standards in either (a) English language arts and literature, or (b) mathematics. [To clarify ... only one unit of instruction is expected per project team for Teams B1, B2, and B3]
      • The unit of instruction must include:
        1. All necessary content presentation, learner practice, and assessment materials for one hour of tutored instruction.
        2. An instructor guide for the tutor.
      • The unit of instruction will be a prototype for the design and development of future instructional units.
      • All work produced for this project will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

      Pilot C: Design and Development of Computers for Learning Instructional Unit 

      Overview

      Volunteers in Pilot C will be responsible for the design and development of a unit of instruction that introduces learners to the use of computers for learning.  [To clarify ... only one unit of instruction is expected for Project Team C]

      Scope of Work

      • Estimated Total Project Hours: 120 hours [per team]
      • Project start date: February 15, 2014
      • Deliverable due date: May 3, 2014
      • This is a 100% virtual volunteer opportunity that does not require any volunteer to be physically present at any location. 
      • Volunteers must agree to:
        1. collaborate remotely with the client and other volunteers on this project using phone, email, and other freely available online asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies
        2. collaborate with others assigned to this project using the Google Sites platform at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr
        3. volunteer a minimum of 30 hours from the project start date to the deliverable due date

      Deliverable Summary

      • Starting in 2014, the GED test is only offered via computer. Volunteers will be responsible for designing and developing an instructional unit that introduces learners to the use of computers for learning.  [To clarify ... only one unit of instruction is expected for Project Team C]
      • The unit of instruction must include:
        1. All necessary content presentation, learner practice, and assessment materials for one hour of tutored instruction.
        2. An instructor guide for the tutor.

      Key Project Timeline Dates

      • January 31, 2014: Deadline - Call for Volunteers
      • February 15, 2014: Volunteer Selection for the Pilot Projects Announced
      • May 3, 2014: Pilot Project Deliverables Due

      Questions or Comments?

      Please contact Designers for Learning with any questions or comments.