Open Education Week and Upcoming EventsJanuary 23, 2012
With recent announcements and events happening this week and over the next few months, 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting OER year. CCCOER Staff and board members will be involved in the following efforts and we invite you to join us.
Open Education Week March 5-10
March 5-10, 2012 has been named Open Education Week and is devoted to creating awareness of open education and its benefits worldwide. Please consider contributing a short video, handouts, highlighting your college’s open educational projects. Submit your participation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 31st.
Apple eBook Counter-Revolution
I’m sure no one missed the Apple announcement last Thursday and it has been a disappointment for many of us in the OER community. Although Apple is offering its iBook Authoring tool for free, the output format is proprietary and content offered through the iBook 2 store will be subject to an exclusive licensing agreement between you the author and Apple. Whether the exclusive license agreement applies to OER is still debatable but there does not appear to be an easy way to specify a Creative Commons license at this time.
Open Licensing for Educators Starts Today (January 23)
If you still have administrators and faculty who develop that glazed look when you mention Creative Commons and open licensing, there is a free online workshop being offered this week on Open Licensing for Educators. It is being facilitated by several well-known OER leaders including Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons; Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the OER Foundation; Jane Hornibrook, Public Lead, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand. It is going to be a fun and interactive way to learn about open licensing and make new online friends.
Open Online Math Homework System Webinar January 31st
Our first CCCOER webinar of 2012 Open Online Math Homework Systems will be presented by math instructors David Lippman of Pierce College and Philip Sousa of Phoenix College next Tuesday, January 31st at 10:00 am Pacific. If you use online homework systems in your courses to help improve student learning, please tune in to find out more about an open online system where you can customize the questions for your courses.
Lest you think we are abandoning the humanities, February’s webinar will be on English composition featuring Dr. Joe Moxley and staff of the writingcommons.org site and will take place Tuesday, February 28, at 10:00 am Pacific. More details to follow here.
CCCOER Attending Conferences
CCCOER staff and board members will be attending educational conferences over the next few months and we want to meet up with members and share ideas in-person. Please let us know if you will be attending any of the following:
- eLearning Long Beach, CA Feb 19-22
- ACCCA Long Beach, CA February 22-23
- League of Innovation, Philadelphia, March 5-10
- AACC Annual Meeting Orlando, FL, April 21-24
- ACRL Iowa, May 25
Contact me, Una Daly, (email: unatdaly AT ocwconsortium.org)