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June 8: Designing for Open Pedagogy

May 25, 2016

Designing for Open Pedagogy

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on Designing for Open Pedagogy.  Open Pedagogy was first introduced by Lumen Learning co-founder David Wiley, as a way to capture how the use of OER can change educational practices.  He relates that using OER in the same way as traditional textbooks is like driving an airplane down the road – it is missing out on what open can provide for student and teacher collaboration, engagement, and learning.

When: June 8, 10amPST/1pmEST

We will hear from two professors who have not only adopted OER but have redesigned their courses with the principles of open pedagogy.  Although reduced cost is what originally attracted them to using OER, involving their students in creating and evaluating OER course materials has significantly increased student engagement and critical thinking and their courses are continually being updated and improved as a result.

Watch the Archive or Download Slides NOW!

Featured Speakers:

  • Suzanne Wakim, Biology Faculty Butte College, OER Coordinator

Will share her open course design strategy where students in subsequent semesters build on the work of those before them to create an open textbook and ancillary material. Students discuss and decide on how best to present material in the book, what applications are relevant for each topic, and what materials can help other students learn the course content.

  • Mike Elmore, Political Science Faculty, Tacoma Community College

Will share how he has engaged students in collaborative writing of an Introduction to Political Science open textbook.  His students report that writing assignments take on new meaning when they realize that other people are going to read their work.  Not just repeating what they have read or heard in class, they compare their understanding with their peers and collaborate to present their ideas in the best way possible.

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Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email: unatdaly@oeconsortium.org

 

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May 11: Faculty Perspective on OER Adoption

April 27, 2016
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Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on the Faculty Perspective on OER Adoption.  We will hear from professors in multiple disciplines including English, Physical Geology, and Psychology on how they have adopted and developed OER to improve teaching and learning and reduce costs, and how they evaluate the results.  They will also share what has inspired them to do this work and how their students are benefiting from the pedagogical enhancements.

When:

Wed, May 11, 10amPST/1pmEST

Featured Speakers:

  • Alisa Cooper, PhD Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning & Engagement | English Faculty Glendale Community College | Tri-Chair, Maricopa Millions Project

sharing how a Saylor.org literature class sparked a re-development of her own course using digital learning materials to replace links and also how her online/hybrid English department colleagues at Glendale Community College are in the process of crowd sourcing an OER ENG101 (Freshman Composition) course.

  • Ryan Cumpston, MS, Department Chair, Earth Sciences Faculty, College of Lake County, Illinois

sharing how he has built a lab manual for his Physical Geology class and devoted a lot of time to building digital resources (instructional videos and interactive learning modules).  Demonstration of interactive learning module features.

  • Rajiv Jhangiana, PhD, Psychology Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Open Textbook Fellow, OER Research Fellow, Associate Editor NOBA Psychology

sharing how he has adopted open textbooks in his psychology courses, editor and reviewer for for the NOBA OER Psychology Project and other OER communities, and performs OER efficacy research.

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Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email: unatdaly@oeconsortium.org

 

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OER Degree Initiative to Fund 20-30 Colleges to Develop OER-based Degrees

March 7, 2016

Achieving the Dream (ATD) has announced the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, an opportunity for public two-year colleges in the U.S. and Canada to apply for funding  to develop OER-based degrees to increase completion rates and access by involving faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources.

Achieving the Dream, Community Colleges CountAn OER-based degree, sometimes referred to as a Zero-Textbook-Cost degree, is a pathway to a degree or credential with no textbook costs because all the courses have been redesigned to use  open educational resources (OER) for instructional materials. OER-based degrees have been gaining in popularity over the last few years particularly at community colleges where students can save 25% or more on the cost of attendance.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has been a leader in developing OER-based degrees with Tidewater Community College and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) each offering these degrees.  Early research has shown that their students enrolled in these pathways are doing as well or better than students in the same courses using expensive commercial textbooks.

Between 20 and 30 community colleges will be selected to develop new OER Degree programs, including both individual colleges and college systems. Participating institutions will be expected to meet specific criteria, including a commitment to share data and materials, active support of high-level administrators and faculty champions, willingness to seek matching funds, and attention to underserved students.  Additional partners in the grant include Lumen Learning, the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), and SRI International.

Applications may be downloaded from the OER Degree Initiative page and are due back April 8, 2016.

The recording from the March 10 informational webinar to review the program and answer questions from interested applicants is now available.   Slides and resulting FAQ can now be downloaded as well.

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Mar 9: OER Adoption to Scale — Highlights from 4 States

February 26, 2016

oew 2016 logoPlease join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on OER Adoption to Scale.   A panel of OER college leaders from Arizona, California, Virginia, and Washington states will share how they grew their OER projects into successful multi-disciplinary programs with full OER degree pathways.

Hear about lessons learned from building OER teams of faculty, staff, and students to expand access and improve learning outcomes. There will be time at the end for you to ask questions of the panelists.

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Date: Wed, March 9, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST


Featured Speakers:

James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons presenting the Social Studies OER Pathway project.

Paul Golisch, CIO & Dean of Information Technology at Paradise Valley College Maricopa County, AZ presenting the district-wide Maricopa Millions Project

Quill West, OER Project Manager at Pierce College District, WA presenting the Pierce Open Pathways degree.

Preston Davis, Director of Instructional Services, ELI at Northern Virginia Community College presenting the OER-based General Education Project.

Richard Sebastian, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Virginia Community College System presenting the statewide Z-23 Project.

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No pre-registration is necessary.  Please use the link below on the day of the webinar to login and listen.

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Posted by Una Daly, Director, Curriculum Design & College Outreach

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Feb. 10: OER and Best Practices for Faculty Development

January 25, 2016

Faculty meetingPlease join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on best practices for Faculty Development to promote OER adoption.   Two librarians who are leading efforts in their states to inform and inspire faculty to adopt OER will be featured.

Open Oregon is a project of the Oregon’s community colleges focused on reducing textbooks costs and open education is gaining momentum as an innovative and long-term solution to the problem. Amy Hofer is the statewide coordinator of these efforts and works with all 17 community colleges in Oregon to help promote these efforts through faculty development and sharing resources centrally.

Lansing Community College held its first OER Summit in fall of 2015.  With support from their Provost,  Regina Gong and her team organized a statewide event for Michigan community college featuring OER thought leaders from many organizations including CCCOER and also faculty from Lansing Community College.  It was an important event to inform and advocate for using open educational resources to reduce costs and expand faculty’s curriculum choices.

Date: Wed, February 10, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST


Featured Speakers:

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Image: Flickr faculty meeting fun by Alex Ragone cc-by-nc-sa

Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email: unatdaly@oeconsortium.org

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Oregon Community Colleges launch OpenOregon

June 16, 2015
Amy Hofer

Amy Hofer, image by Korey Brunetti.

Oregon’s community colleges are working on textbook cost reduction in many ways, and open education is gaining momentum as an innovative and long-term solution to the problem. This January the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association hired me as Coordinator of Statewide Open Education Library Services to support and promote these efforts. The 17 community colleges in Oregon are autonomous – each with their own board – so it is important to have a central role to help share resources and information as each college starts from a different place and moves the textbook bar in its own way.

The past six months have been busy. The website openoregon.org launched in February. It is being used to promote relevant resources and events. A listserv of the same name launched in March in order to facilitate communication and information sharing. One of the features of the website is campus reports that showcase the different work being done by community colleges all over the state.

Portland Community College, Blue Mountain Community College, and Lane Community College hosted four regional OER conferences this spring that brought together faculty, staff, and students for day-long workshops. Central Oregon Community College hosted an OER Day on their campus as well. My position comes with funding to travel throughout the state and I have begun to visit colleges to offer workshops and facilitate campus discussions. OER support is evident not just from faculty and students but also from the enthusiastic involvement of bookstore managers, accessibility services staff, media and IT departments, and librarians.

Keep an eye on the OpenOregon site for an announcement about OER grant awards. The grant proposals could have spent the available funds six times over, which demonstrates the energy, enthusiasm, and creative thinking that is going towards the textbook problem at community colleges here. With this kind of momentum, we expect to see real progress this year.

The Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA) which represents Oregon’s 17 community colleges has been a member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) since 2012.

Amy Hofer is Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, in Portland, Oregon. Before this she worked as Reference & Instruction Librarian at Portland State University and as Research Instruction Librarian at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In her spare time, Amy is a fiddler, square dance caller, and auctioneer.

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OEC Global 2015 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

April 27, 2015

I wanted to share some highlights from the amazing conference I was fortunate to attend in Banff, Aoec global 2015lberta last week. It was my fourth Open Education Global conference
(formerly known as OpenCourseware Global) and I can say that it just keeps getting bigger and better. More than 250 registrants from 37 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America helped us to understand the benefits and challenges of open education around the world. The commonality of our educational concerns regardless of which continent we live on always surprises me.

The conference started off Wednesday with a warm welcome from Athabasca, our hosting unAU1iversity, who gave us an overview of the growing open education movement in Canada.   An international panel in the afternoon lead by outgoing president Larry Cooperman of UCI featured open education projects from the Commonwealth of Learning, International Organization of Francophonia, UNESCO, and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). In the evening, James Glapa-Grossklag, CCCOER president and Dean at College of the Canyons was elected to be the Open Education Consortium board president for 2015.

Thursday mornings keynote featuring Dirk Van Damme from the Organization from Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shared a vision for how OER can support innovation in teaching and policy to improve skill development and change the division of labor to be more equitable worldwide.

We enjoyed many great presentations from around the world on Wed, Thurs, and Friday but in particular I wanted to highlight presentations from and about community colleges.

On Thursday afternoon, we held the CCCOER panel on Promoting Student Success through Open Education featuring Phillip Davis, Delmar College; James Glapa-Grossklag, College of tcccoer panelistshe Canyons, Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College; Richard Sebastian, Virginia Community College System, and Quill West, Pierce Community College who shared their OER projects and answered questions from the very engaged audience.

Phillip Davis, Delmar College, also presented Educating the Masses through MOOCs on Tuesday afternoon, sharing the Geographical Information Systems MOOC based on the TAACCCT grant that he developed and ran on the Canvas network.

Kim Lynch and Greg Rathert from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shared their exciting OER programs to engage faculty in OER adoption in Textbooks Can be Affordable?? Getting Faculty in the Game

I presented Faculty Motivation and Reflection on Open Textbook Adoptions featuring interviews with 13 community college faculty from the California Open Online Library (COOL4Ed) faculty showcases.   In fact, two of the interviewed faculty attended the session.

Barbara Illowksy, De Anza College, presented with Mark Santee, WebAssign, Inc on the The maturing OER ecosystem: partners, expansion, and critical questions highlight collaboration between OER producers and business partners.

Thursday night was awards night and in addition to being inspired by the virtuouso violinist and speaker Kai Kight, many community college educators were honored for their contributions to open education excellence. Individual awards featured the following CCCOER members:

  • Quill West, Librarian and OER Proje17225862446_ff56826969_mct Manager at Pierce Community College received the 2015 Open Education Excellence in Leadership award for her many OER projects in Washington State.
  • Anne Marenco, PhD Sociology Faculty and co-author of several open 17250085302_3c36df84c7_mtextbooks, received the 2015 Open Education Excellence in Teaching award for her work at College of the Canyons in California.

 

Winners of Sites, Courses, and Research included the following CCCOER members:

  • The Houston Community College Library lead by Angela Secrest, Library Director and longtime vice-president of CCCOER received an Open Education Excellence Site award.
  • Boyoung Chae, PhD, and Mark Jenkins, PhD from Washington State Bo17250167212_f2c476ab4b_mard of Community and Technical Colleges received a an Open Education Research Excellence award for their Qualitative Investigation of Faculty OER usage.

The Open Education Global 2015 conference ended Friday with a keynote from Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, who offered: “the future is here, it is just not evenly distributed”, quoting futurist writer William Gibson. Various action labs allowed small interest groups to interact around special open education topics including Entrepreneurial Open Education, Open MOOC Development, Open Business Models, the Open Education Information Center, Open Education as an Inclusive Social Innovation, and more.

Although the conference was full of thought provoking presentations and panels, I believe the most compelling aspect may have been the hallway, mealtime, and evening conversations where likeminded folks gathered to have fun, share hard problems, and plan future projects with their open education colleagues.

Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email:unatdaly@oeconsortium.org