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Dec 2: OER and Competency-based Learning Webinar

November 12, 2015

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Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on how OER is being used to design and offer low-cost competency-based certificates and degrees.  Competency-based degrees can offer a shorter path to a degree because students advance as soon as they master the subject matter. Students work at their own pace and move as far and fast as their proven knowledge takes them. With competencies that are clearly aligned to career skills, graduates are more employable.

Washington community colleges launched their first competency based degree with an online business transfer degree that uses only open educational resources and no commercial textbooks.  The program has been in pilot mode at single college since summer 2015 but will be expanding to 7 more colleges in Winter 2016.  Students in this particular competency-based program are taught by highly qualified instructors and receive guidance from completion coaches.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) launched competency-based education this fall with their Knowledge to Work program. With approval from its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, LFCC becomes the first institution in the region to offer 100% direct assessment, competency-based education. Direct assessment does not involve counting hours in the classroom. Instead, the focus shifts to documenting learning and the attainment of competencies using OER and low cost curriculum which makes college both more affordable and accelerated.

Date: Wed, December 2, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST

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


Oregon Community Colleges launch OpenOregon

June 16, 2015
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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 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.


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.”

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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.

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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:


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:


Feb 11: Review of OER Research Conducted with Faculty and Students

January 27, 2015

Increasing textbooks costs, coupled with general rising costs of education have begun motivating faculty and their colleges to explore the use of open educational resources. At the same time, recent studies have shown that a majority of faculty and administrators are largely unaware of the quantity and quality of free and open educational resources.   This webinar will feature two experienced researchers sharing recent findings from a wide variety of higher education and secondary education OER pilot studies. In addition they will address best practices for conducting OER research on your campuses to expand usage and understand the benefits and challenges from faculty and student perspectives.

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

  • Date: Wednesday, February 11
  • Time: 10 am PST; 11:00 am MT; 1:00 pm EST

Featured speakers:

Boyoung Chae, Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education; Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges released a report last month on use of open educational resources based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system which was built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty.  Faculty were queried about (1) how and why they chose to use OER (2) six benefits including student savings (3) six challenges of using OER (4) nine supports from college and statewide stakeholders that could help them to expand their OER use.

John Hilton III, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, OER Researcher, Brigham Young University.

This presentation synthesizes the results of eight different peer-reviewed studies that examine (1) the perceptions students and instructors of OER that replaced traditional textbooks (2) the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and (3) the cost-savings resulting from OER. Suggested paths forward to expand the pool of academic peer reviewed research on (1) the perceptions students and instructors have of OER, (2) the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and (3) the cost-savings resulting from OER will also be shared.

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