Project Kaleidoscope

Project Kaleidoscope is implementing a set of fully open general education courses across eight colleges serving predominantly at-risk students. The project will dramatically reduce textbook costs and allow collaborative improvement of course design to improve student success.

While the project is quite complex, there are four key attributes that define the approach:

Kaleidoscope is a cross-institutional collaboration. The Kaleidoscope course designs are created by cross-institutional teams. Each course design is being developed by at least two partner institutions, and will be adopted by faculty members from other colleges.
Kaleidoscope course designs use the best of existing open educational resources (OER). Rather than adding to the wealth of existing OER, the faculty teams are assessing and leveraging existing OER. Where adequate open resources exist, we will not include commercial textbooks or materials in the course design.
Kaleidoscope course designs use a common assessment process. The course designs are created with assessment embedded throughout allowing faculty teams to understand where the course design is supporting student success, and where opportunities for improvement exist. The courses designs also enable rubric-based assessment of deeper learning outcomes.
Project Kaleidoscope will close the loop on improved course design and student learning. Using OER and a common assessment process will allow faculty teams to improve the course design and learning results based on analysis of embedded assessments and deeper learning results. Actually, the project requires this on-going, iterative review and improvement.

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