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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.


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.

Watch the Archive and view Slides Now!

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