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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.


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Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email:


College of Canyons Recognized for Leadership in Promoting Open Educational Resources

May 13, 2015

COC Recognized for Leadership in Promoting Open Educational Resources

 College of the Canyons has been recognized for its continued leadership in promoting the use of Open Educational Resources in the classroom as a means to help reduce student costs and increase access to higher education.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are free, electronic educational content materials, which are increasingly being used in the classroom as an alternative to traditional textbooks and course manuals.

OERs are licensed in a way that allows them to be legally and freely shared, reproduced and modified. For example, when a publisher releases a textbook in an OER format that content can be legally, and freely, used by others.

As such, OERs offer community college students a no-cost alternative to costly commercial textbooks while helping to make the price of college more affordable to all.

College officials estimate that COC students save approximately $750,000 each year by using openly licensed materials rather than commercial textbooks.

“By engaging in the global OER movement College of the Canyons has been able to fulfill one of our missions as a community college, which is to help make education more accessible,” said James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning at the college.

COC has an established history of adopting such learning tools with faculty members in the college’s biology, history, sociology, geology, mathematics and water technology departments all currently using OERs.

That trend should only continue with Glapa-Grossklag having recently been elected president of the Open Education Consortium, a worldwide community of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.

As the global advocate for the use of OERs, the Consortium now includes more than 250 institutional members around the globe. However, COC has been involved with the Consortium since its humble beginnings more than eight years ago.

In 2013, Glapa-Grossklag was also elected to the Consortium’s board of directors — becoming the organization’s first community college representative.

In his new role as president, Glapa-Grossklag will provide oversight of the organization’s management, finances and programs, as carried out by a professional staff located around the world. He will also work to develop and maintain partnerships with non-governmental organizations and professional associations interested in the use of OERs.

But Glapa-Grossklag is not alone in advancing these efforts.

At the recent Open Education Global Conference held April 22 to 24 in Banff, Canada, COC sociology professor Anne Marenco was honored with the organization’s Educator Award for Excellence, recognizing her work to encourage fellow educators to share their materials more openly.

“Anne has worked tirelessly to expand, adapt and even author openly licensed textbooks that are used by the hundreds of students she has in her classroom each year,” said Glapa-Grossklag. “She has also inspired dozens of her colleagues to do the same, thereby expanding that benefits to literally thousands of students.”

It’s estimated that the use of openly licensed sociology textbooks alone saves COC students approximately $180,000 per year.

In fact, a recent national survey released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that 50 percent of students reported taking fewer college courses or different courses due to textbook costs.

In addition, 65 percent chose to not buy the textbook at all, while 94 percent expressed concern that their grades would suffer because they could not afford the textbook.

“Stories and statistics like these have pushed the college to expand its use of OERs,” said Glapa-Grossklag, “so that eventually COC students will be able to complete an associate degree program using only openly licensed materials.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Eric Harnish (661) 362-3429

May 12, 2015


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:

  • 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.

Web login:

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

Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email:


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,


April 8 webinar: OER Authoring and Delivery Platforms

March 26, 2015

The growing adoption of open educational resources (OER) has identified the need for easy-to-use authoring platforms for the development and delivery of openly licensed digital content. Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for this free, open webinar on authoring platforms that support faculty authoring and adaption of open educational resources and institutional delivery of these resources.

Our speakers will share platforms used by faculty to develop open textbooks and also a delivery platform for making openly licensed digital content easily accessible for faculty and students.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 8
  • Time: 10 am PST; 1:00 pm EST

Featured speakers:

  • Clint Lalonde, Open Education Manager, BCcampus
  • Judy Einstein, VP Business Development and Etienne Pelaprat, User Experience Researcher, Courseload Inc.

Participant Login Information:

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

Web login:

Dial-in if needed:  1-913-312-3202 (passcode: 103110)

Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email:


Open Education Week (March 9-13) At a Glance

March 6, 2015

The 4th annual Open Education Week gets underway on Monday, March 9 with the theme The World Wants to Learn.  Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.  Open Education Week highlights open education efforts from around the world and provides an opportunity for educators, administrators, policy makers and learners to gain a greater understanding of open educational practices and impacts.

In addition to the many project showcases, informational videos and other resources, there is an amazing array of live webinars and local events.   Most webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing so no need to miss any of these events but just a quick reminder of CCCOER sponsored or relevant events broadcast during North American business hours.  Have a wonderful week and hope to see you online!

Date/Time Live Event Topic
Mon, 12 PST, 3 EST Sustainability Strategies for OER
Tues, 10 PST, 1EST Open MOOCs with Tufts University and Scottsdale Community College
Wed, 10 PST, 1 EST The Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree with Hewlett, Northern Virginia Community College, and Tidewater Community College.
Wed 1:30 PST, 4:30EST CCCOER Tweet Up – (hashtag #CCCOER)
Thur, 11 PST, 2 EST Education Innovations with Creative Commons: from OER to Pedagogy, to Policy
Mon-Fri, 11 PST, 2 EST BCcampus is hosting 30 minute webinars on key issues in Open Education throughout the week: including Open Pedagogy, Faculty Perception, Accessibility, Library Support, and the Open Web.



Wed, Mar 11: Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree Program

February 20, 2015

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for this free, open webinar:

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 10 am PST; 1:00 pm EST

With increasing costs of textbooks and instructional materials, colleges have been promoting adoption of open educational resources to make sure all students have equal access to their required textbooks.  However, at many colleges, only a few departments have adopted OER so most students still have expensive textbooks to buy for other courses.  With the Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree program, students can be assured that all courses in their degree program will use OER-based materials that do not have additional costs associated with them. Recent data suggests that reducing textbook costs through an OER-degree approach improves student completion rates, decreases withdrawal rates, and positively impacts student persistence and success.

A Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree initiative will be featured in this webinar along with programs at two colleges which are already implementing whole degree programs that feature courses using exclusively OER-based materials.

Featured speakers:

  • TJ Bliss, Education Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation
  • Daniel DeMartre, Vice-president of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Tidewater College, VA
  • Kimberly Burkle, faculty at Northern Virginia Community College.

Participant Login Information:

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

Web login:

Dial-in if needed:  1-913-312-3202 (passcode:441194)


Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email:


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