Posts Tagged ‘oer’


Oct 8 : Open Course Design and Development with UMUC, Lumen Learning, and NOVA College

September 26, 2014
Come In, We're Open

Photo: gary simmons via flickr, cc-by-nc-sa

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free, open webinar on emerging guidelines for the design and development of open courses to enhance teaching and learning.   Open courses are designed and developed collaboratively by faculty and instructional specialists (designers, librarians, technologists) using open educational resources rather than traditional publisher materials to lower costs and improve outcomes for students.  Speakers will share the process of designing open courses using competency-based methodology,  adaptive learning, and other strategies.

Date: Wed, October 8
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST

Featured Speakers:

  • Karen Vignare, Associate Provost, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Maryland
    • sharing the lessons learned  as UMUC has converted 50 percent of undergraduate courses to free and open electronic resources at no cost to the students by Fall 2014.
  • Kim Thanos, CEO and Co-Founder, Lumen Learning
    • sharing the process that Lumen Learning uses to develop Supported Open Courses, which compare with traditional publisher etexts, and Open Mastery Courses, which take advantage of adaptive delivery and competency-based course design.
  • Wm. Preston Davis, Director, Extended Learning Institute, Northern Virginia Community College
    • sharing the process that his unit used to design, develop and implement a successful OER program at NOVA.  He will also share how the OER program is impacting NOVA, and influencing other community colleges in Virginia.

Participant Login Information:

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


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

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 130333)


May 14: A Primer on Open Licenses and Intellectual Property – How to Share and Remix Legally and Easily

May 2, 2014

Please join the Community College Consortium (CCCOER) at the Open Education Consortium for a free webinar on how to share and remix open educational resources and open textbooks.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific


When we create, copy, or otherwise use instructional materials, copyright law is somehow present, whether or not it is visible. With copyright law, the things that a person creates are copyrighted by default at the time of creation. Others who want to copy, adapt, or build on that work need permission of the copyright owner for each use. That is true even for content that is publicly available on the Internet. For those who want to encourage others to use and build on their work, open licenses are one method to increase the impact and reach of your work by letting others know, in simple language, how they can use it, all while retaining your copyright. There are two practical reasons for using open licenses. First, open licenses signal your intent that you encourage others to use and share your creations under some minimal conditions. Second, open licenses enable others to make marginal improvements or enhancements.

After the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how copyright affects them as producers and consumers of educational content
  • Understand how copyright implications differ in the classroom setting versus public settings, such as public websites
  • Define the motivations for and different types of intellectual property: copyright, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.
  • Define the three qualities of open content such as Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Explain the basics of the Creative Commons licensing scheme
  • Identify, classify, and label third-party content contained within educational materials


About the presenter:
Ms. Kathleen Ludewig Omollo is the International Program Manager for the Office of Enabling Technologies within University of Michigan Medical School Information Services. She has been part of the Open.Michigan initiative at University of Michigan since 2008. Kathleen was a member of the dScribe pilot program at the School of Information – a distributed model for creating open educational resources (OER). Through that experience, Kathleen developed great fascination with copyright as well as an interest in the worldwide use, adaptation, and impact of OER in across different contexts and cultures. In her subsequent roles, Kathleen has explored policy, design, and technological processes to locate, create, distribute, adapt, integrate, and assess OER. She has conducted dozens of workshops and has advised joint open education activities between University of Michigan and partner universities in Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Liberia.

Participant Login Information:

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


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

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 549615)

Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach


Apr 9: OER Impact Research at Community Colleges

March 27, 2014

Does OER usage improve teaching practice, foster open policies at institutions, and make access to education more equitable?   These are the hypotheses that the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources oer research hub(CCCOER) has been investigating in collaboration with the OER Research Hub at Open University.  Through the use of faculty surveys and interviews with college administrators and leaders from over 20 community colleges, data has been gathered on teaching practices and perceptions of how open and online educational resources enhance student learning and foster institutional open policies.

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for this free webinar on Wed, April 9, 11:00 am (PT), 2:00 pm (ET) featuring Dr. Rob Farrow, lead researcher for the community college collaboration at the OER Research Hub project. Dr. Farrow will share his year-long journey including many visits to U.S. community colleges to observe and interview administrators, faculty, and students engaged in open education practice and advocacy.

Participant Login Information

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


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

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 364629 )

Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach


March 12: Celebrate Open Education Week with Community College OER Showcases

March 4, 2014

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for three free webinars on Wednesday, openeducationweek14March 12 to celebrate Open Education Week.  Each webinar features multiple innovative community college OER projects from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, California, and Virginia.  Hear from faculty, librarians, program managers, deans, and curriculum developers involved in college-wide, district-wide, and state-wide projects to support the adoption of OER and open textbooks to expand access and enhance teaching and learning.

Community College OER Showcases:  Washington’s OER Faculty Training and Lane College’s OER Faculty Fellowship Program


This webinar starts at 11:00 am (PDT), 2:00 pm (EDT) and will showcase two innovative OER faculty development projects at U.S. community colleges in Washington and Oregon. Login:

Boyoung Chae, Program Manager of Open Education and eLearning, at the Washington State Board of Community and Technical colleges will demonstrate the public online faculty training course: “How to Use Open Educational Resources”.

Jen Klaudinyi, Reference and Instruction Librarian, will give an overview of Lane Community College’s award winning faculty professional development initiative that incentivizes instructors to adopt OER.

Community College OER Showcases: Maricopa Millions OER Project, Kaleidoscope at Cerritos College, and Northern Virginia’s OER-based General Education Program


This webinar starts at noon (PDT), 3:00 pm (EDT) and will showcase three innovative OER projects at U.S. community colleges in Arizona, California, and Virginia.  Login:

Paul Golisch, Dean of Instructional Technology, Paradise Valley College will share the strategies and successes of the Maricopa Millions OER Project, a district-wide effort to promote faculty development and adoption of OER for the 10 highest-enrolled courses.

Dr. Cynthia Alexander, Distance Education Coordinator and Educational Technology Department Chair will share the Kaleidoscope OER course development and adoptions at Cerritos College.

Natalie Clewell, Librarian at the Extended Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College, will share the team-based approach of librarians, faculty, and instruction designers working together to successfully launch the OER-based General Education Program in fall 2013.


Community College OER Showcases: Scottsdale College’s OER Math Program and Tacoma College’s Liberate Project


This webinar starts at 1:00 pm (PDT), 4:00 pm (EDT) and will showcase two innovative OER projects at U.S. community colleges in Arizona and Washington State.  Login:   [fixed login 3/07/2014]

Dr. Donna Gaudet, Mathematics Department Chair at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona will share the three-year odyssey of developing and adopting OER for all the math curriculum from arithmetic through pre-calculus.  Results presented will include the cost savings and feedback from students on using the new materials.

Quill West, OER Project Director, has lead the Liberate Project at Tacoma Community College in Washington since 2011 promoting OER awareness and adoption among faculty and students.  The project saved students an estimated $271,000 in textbook costs in the first nine months and encourages student advocacy in OER selection and adoption.



Nov 13: Fostering Open Policies on Your Campus and Beyond

November 4, 2013

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Wed, Nov 13, noon Pacific, 3:00 pm EST for a Come In, We're Openwebinar on fostering open policies on your campus and beyond.  OER leaders from Tacoma Community College, Maricopa Community College District, and Creative Commons will share their strategies for successfully growing open educational policies and practices.

Archive and Slides Now Available!!

  • Paul Stacey, Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons leads efforts to encourage use and development of openly licensed learning materials to expand access to education worldwide.  Prior to Creative Commons, Paul lead the Online Program Development Fund at BCcampus in British Columbia awarding millions of grant dollars to open and collaborative educational projects in Canada and the U.S. for nearly a decade.
  • Quill West, OER Project Director Tacoma Community College, WA holds the first OER position created by students at her college.  Quill creates awareness and encourages faculty adoption of OER through curation of open educational resources and faculty mentoring. The project has saved students $360,000 in just over a year.
  • Lisa Young, Instructional Design Faculty at Scottsdale Community College, Maricopa Community College District AZ is co-chair of the OER Steering Committee to create and sustain OER throughout the district. Lisa has been teaching for twenty years and used “open” materials before they were referred to as such. Lisa will discuss some of the grass roots efforts that have been scaling up in a strategic fashion within the Maricopa Community Colleges.
  • James Glapa-Grossklag, President CCCOER Advisory, Dean at College of the Canyons will lead the panel discussion and share how innovative OER projects lead by College of the Canyons’ faculty are supported through open polices.

Participant Login Information:

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

Test Your Computer Readiness
FOR ASSISTANCE: CCC Confer Client Services – Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Telephone: 760-744-1150 ext 1537, 1554 or 1542

If you need dial-in access, you may use the following number:
1-888-886-3951 (passcode: 358874)

Image licensed AttributionNoncommercialShare Alike Some rights reserved by Gary Simmons

Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach


CCCOER Webinar 2013 Archives

July 1, 2013

These webinars presented earlier this year feature OER leaders on issues affecting community colleges. Youtube archives and slideshare downloads are available forKerstin Muller you to review and share with colleagues.  CCCOER would like to thank the educators who shared their expertise with our community and all of our attendees who participated this last year.

Competency-based Learning and OER: June 11

Competency-based learning is gaining traction as institutions strive to personalize learning experiences and decrease time to graduation.   Students demonstrate mastery at their own pace through e-Portfolio assessments or on-demand tests often using OER and prior learning as a source for learning materials.  Speakers include: Ellen Marie Murphy, Executive Director of Curriculum and Learning Systems, Ivy Bridge College, AltiusEd; Dr. Chari Leader-Kelley, Vice-President of Learning Counts at the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL); Dr. David Shulman, Vice-President of the Virtual Campus and Instructional Technology at Broward College, Florida.  Archive and slides available.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Student Access: April 30

A panel discussion held on recent California legislation aimed at rebooting the underfunded higher education system with OER, MOOCs, and an online student access platform. Three leaders in the field share their thoughts on next steps to maintain the excellence of California’s higher education institutions and ensure the success of the millions of students enrolled in the system.  Speakers include Dean Florez, CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation; Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Mathematics professor and open textbook faculty co-author at De Anza Community College; Dr. Michelle Pilati, Psychology professor at Rio Hondo College and current president of the CCC Academic Senate. Archive and slides available.

OER Authoring Tools : March 26  

Hear about authoring tools available for developing open educational resources including web pages, ePub, and PDF formats.  This webinar will feature three different authoring tools that are being used to develop OER that can be made freely available.  Speakers include: Adrienne Watt, Computer and Business instructor at Douglas and Northwest Community College in British Columbia for Pressbook Authoring; Daniel Williamson, project manager of the OpenStax project at Connexions repository; and Sue Evans, CEO and founder of SoftChalk, LLC. Archive and slides available.

Community College OER Innovation Panel : March 13

From a “Basic Arithmetic MOOC” to an “OER-based General Education Certificate”, learn about the innovation at our two-year public colleges and how to support faculty in the use and adoption of OER.  Featured speakers are: Dr. Wm. Preston Davis, Director of Instructional Services, ELI at Northern Virginia Community College; Quill West, OER Project Director, Tacoma Community College, WA; Dr. Donna Gaudet, Math Faculty, Scottsdale Community College, AZ.  Archive and slides available.

Designing OER with Diversity in Mind : March 11

This Open Education Week panel on OER and accessibility defines terms and current statistics on learning disabilities and then discusses factors which act as barriers and enablers regarding the creation and reuse of accessible teaching resources focusing on approaches of educators towards accessibility issues in the context of OER.  Pedagogical, technical, and policy-based strategies to design, create and deliver OER/OCW learning experiences that can be used by the broadest range of learners will be shared.   Featured speakers are: Prof. Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University; Dr Anna Gruszczynska, Sheffield Hallam University; Una Daly, Open Courseware Consortium.  Archive and slides available.

The Critical Role of Librarians in OER Adoption: February 26

Hear about the critical work that librarians do to support OER adoption at community colleges.  This webinar will feature three projects where librarians are leading the way in searching, curating, and creating OER to expand student access and improve teaching practices.  Featured speakers are: Sheila Afnan-Manns and Kande Mickelson, faculty librarians, Maricopa Community College District, AZ; Angela Secrest, director of library services, Houston Community College District,TX; and Shireen Deboo, Open Course Library and Seattle Community District Librarian, WA. Archive and slides available.

Using OER for Workforce Development: January 29

Learn all about finding, developing, and adopting OER for workforce training and job search skills at community colleges.  This webinar features three speakers from projects that are actively engaged in developing and promoting free and open resources to expand student access and improve career opportunities.  Jeff Davidson, The Saylor Foundation, on their Clinton Global Initiative project to provide open and free career skills training to disconnected youth and adult learners through the creation of multiple professional development modules.   Jeff Cohen, Twenty Millions Minds Foundation on using faculty hackathons to create open textbooks for nursing.    The ESL project, KQED Education , directed by Maxine Eisner featuring ESL students who have achieved new careers through programs and skills received at community colleges will be shared.   Archive and slides available.

Image: Kerstin Muller,, CC-BY 2.0.


Online Teaching Conference June 19-21

June 27, 2013

e teaching conference 2013Last week was the California Community College Online Teaching Conference held at Long Beach City College (founded in 1918).  We had the best of both worlds with the morning keynotes and large panel presentations held in the older and more scenic part of campus while the smaller afternoon sessions were held across the street in the smart classrooms with projectors and wireless access.   Four hundred attended in-person with several hundred virtual attendees for the biggest turnout in its 9-year history. The pace of the conference seemed just right this year with the afternoons devoted to individual sessions in multiple tracks while the morning started with breakfast, keynotes from interesting speakers, and time to meet up with other conference attendees.

Stephen Downes opened the conference with “What Constitutes Student Success?” and urged us to think about the course as more than just a final test with an outcome.  He illustrated how our culture (Western?) is obsessed with outcomes and closure in most aspects of our lives e.g. sports events, meals, etc.   Learning is a process and the end of a course should not end the learning.

The keynote was followed by a large panel of experts on the Future of Distance: Education: Disruption vs. Innovation featuring Barry Russell, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Chancellor’s Office
• Steven Downes • Jay Field, Associate VP, LBCC and TTAC 
• Linda Thor, Chancellor of Foothill-De Anza Community College District
• James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Library and Technology, College of the Canyons
• Connor Diemand-Yauman, Project Leader, Coursera.  A scholarly debate between embracing educational technology startups and holding them at arms’ length threatened to ensue but was avoided by the lunch gong.

It was my pleasure to facilitate the well-attended afternoon CCCOER panel with four members of the Community College Consortium for OER including our president, James Glapa-Grossklag.   In addition Cynthia Alexander, Cerritos College; Katie Datko, Pasadena City College and Barbara Illowsky addressed the Kaleidoscope Project Phase 1 and 2, overcoming the challenges of OER integration, and the impact of open textbooks on students and faculty respectively.

I also attended a through provoking session on the Future of the Classroom lead by John Makevich, College of the Canyons, on potential integration of educational innovation including Google Glass and  MOOCs or “external online courses”.  We were asked to consider how to integrate promising new technologies into our college.  How might this benefit our students, enhance learning, or further our mission.

Friday morning’s keynote was with Dr. Tracey Wilen-Dauganti, an expert on the convergence of education, technology, and work.  As she described breakthroughs in nano-technology and robotic manufacturing, she introduced us to the 10 skills needed for the future workforce including: sense making, social intelligence, novel and adaptive thinking, cross cultural competency, computational thinking, new media literacy, transdisciplinarity, design mindset, cognitive management, and virtual collaboration skills.  She urged us all to retool (not just for students) as our life expectancy including work-life grows giving us opportunities for several significant careers in a lifetime.

Many sessions were recorded and slides will be available.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 717 other followers