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Spring CCCOER Activities: Apr 27, May 11, May 18, and June 8

April 21, 2016

Please join us for our remaining Spring CCCOER online Activities, open and free to everyone in the open education community.  Our focus is on faculty OER adoption featuring both instructors who have successfully adopted/created OER, free platforms available for customization of OER, and how to design open courses that include students in analyzing and contributing to open educational resources.

  • CCCOER-Advisory meeting on Wed, April 27, 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST   In addition to our usual updates, please join us to hear from Peter Lindberg of the NOBA Psychology OER project and Adam Privitera, Psychology professor and department chair at Chemetka community college who has adopted NOBA OER in two of his psychology courses and has also contributed to the NOBA OER collection by authoring a learning module on Sensation and Perception. NOBA currently has over 92 modules that cover the scope and sequence for introductory psychology developed by experts in the field and free for you to re-use in our courses.  It also contains ancillaries for many modules including instructor guides, slides, test banks, etc.  You can use their textbooks as assembled or compile your own by mixing and matching modules through their authoring platform.
  • CCCOER webinar on May 11, 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm ES   The focus is Faculty Perspective on Adopting OER.  We will have 3 outstanding instructors presenting on proven practices for adopting OER in their courses and how they to work with other colleagues to expand use of OER to enhance teaching and learning.   Featured speakers will be instructors in Psychology, English, and Physical Geology who have successfully adopted OER in their courses.
  • CCCOER webinar on June 8, 10:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST   The focus is Designing for Open Pedagogy.  We will have several innovative instructors sharing how they have incorporated open pedagogical practices into their teaching since adopting OER.  Student are involved in analyzing and synthesizing open educational resources to enhance their learning and their work is built upon by subsequent semester students for continuously improving the learning resources for the course.
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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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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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No pre-registration is necessary.  Please use the link below on the day of the webinar to login and listen.

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Telephone: 760-744-1150 ext 1537, 1554 or 1542 
Email: clientservices@cccconfer.org

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

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Oct 14: CCCOER Webinar on OER and Accessibility

September 29, 2015

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for aenabld car license free and open webinar on selecting and creating open educational resources that support all learners regardless of disabilities. The mission of the Open Education community is to expand access to education, which highlights the importance of ensuring that OER used in the classroom follow guidelines for accessibility as well as affordability.

Speakers will share their experiences in adapting open textbooks and interactive science simulations to meet the needs of diverse learners.   Important standards including the international Web Content Access Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) from the Worldwide Web Consortium will be introduced and the role they play in developing accessible digital content.

Date: Wed, October 14, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST


Featured Speakers:

  • Amanda Coolidge, Open Education Manager, Open BCcampus 
    • Will describe the process of user testing open textbooks with post-secondary students who have print disabilities focusing on lessons learned in this process and how this data fed into the creation of a toolkit on accessibility for open textbook authors.
  • Emily Moore, Director of Research & Accessibility, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Will share ways that PhET SIMs teachers currently use to support diverse learners and give an update on the main accessibility efforts in the prototype and development phase. She will also demonstrate a few of the new accessibility features that teachers can look forward to in the future.

Participant Login Information:

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

http://www.cccconfer.org/MyConfer/GoToMeetingAnonymousely.aspx?MeetingSeriesID=74c80e61-ddff-4123-8c46-6e1e0071ff37

READ THIS PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST CCC CONFER MEETING TO ENSURE YOUR COMPUTER IS READY!

FOR ASSISTANCE: CCC Confer Client Services – Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Telephone: 760-744-1150 ext 1537, 1554 or 1542 
Email: clientservices@cccconfer.org

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 360349)

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

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Sept 9: Finding and Adopting OER with Canvas Commons, OpenStax College, and Saylor Academy

August 27, 2015

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free, open webinar on finding the most recently updated open textbooks, open courses, and open educational resources for college. Speakers will share their open collections: how to find content, peer review processes, and strategies for encouraging faculty adoptions to improve teaching and learning and expand access for learners.

Date: Wed, Sept 9, Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST
Featured Speakers:

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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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READ THIS PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST CCC CONFER MEETING TO ENSURE YOUR COMPUTER IS READY!

FOR ASSISTANCE: CCC Confer Client Services – Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Telephone: 760-744-1150 ext 1537, 1554 or 1542
Email: clientservices@cccconfer.org

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 600905)

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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 13: The Growing Community of College OER Projects

May 4, 2015
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Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free open webinar on the growing community of
College OER projects. We will be featuring college OER projects from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), College of the Canyons in California, as well as updates from the Maricopa College District in Arizona and the growing OER movement at Oregon community colleges.

Our speakers will share strategies to support faculty awareness and adoption of open textbooks and open educational resources. We will also have faculty sharing how open textbook adoption affects course design and departmental policies as well as feedback from their students on the use of free and open textbooks.

Slides Posted:  http://www.slideshare.net/UnaDaly/the-growing-community-of-college-oer-projects-may-20

  • Date: Wednesday, May 13
  • Time: 10 am PST; 1:00 pm EST

Featured speakers:

  • Katie Coleman and Thea Alvarado, Sociology faculty and open textbook editors, College of the Canyons, California
  • Todd Digby, System Director of Academic Technology, MnSCU, Minnesota
  • Paul Golisch, CIO & Dean of Information Technology Paradise Valley College, Arizona and Maricopa College District OER Committee co-chair.

Participant Login Information:

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

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Dial-in if needed:  1-913-312-3202 (passcode: 518203)

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

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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