Posts Tagged ‘open textbooks’


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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Dec 10 Webinar: OER Research on Librarians and Open Textbook Adoption

December 1, 2014

Have you been asked by your college administration or colleagues about open textbook usage and perceptions? Recent studies have shown that awareness and usage of OER by faculty is not yet mainstream. Come and hear results of surveys conducted by the OER Research Hub on open textbook usage by faculty and librarians including understanding of open licenses, quality, and how librarians can inform open textbook adoptions. In addition, we will hear from the SPARC organization about the direct connection between open access and open education and the important role that libraries have in curating and promoting open educational resources adoption in the classroom.

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for this free, open webinar and a chance to ask questions of our two expert speakers.

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

Featured speakers:

Beck Pitt, PhD, OER Researcher, OER Research Hub, Open University, UK, sharing results of studies from surveys conducted with faculty who have adopted OpenStaxCollege textbooks and with librarian on perceptions and usage of OER.

Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC, sharing SPARC’s transition from an Open Access advocacy group to an Open Access and Open Education group that promotes librarians’ role in both of these important and intertwined initiatives.

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Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Consortium for OER,


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.

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Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach


Tri-C Joins OpenCourseWare Consortium Community Colleges

October 14, 2013

The OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortium welcomes Ohio’s  Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) to its community college consortium (CCCOER). Tri-C is Ohio’s oldest and largest community college and leads in high-quality, affordable education with the lowest tuition in Northeast Ohio and among the lowest in the state.

“By joining the Open Courseware Consortium, Tri-C is signaling to our students that we are committed to working with our faculty to help them find high-quality OER content that can help our students be successful in their online, blended and on-campus courses,” said Dr. Kelvin Bentley, associate vice president of eLearning and Innovation.

On Sept. 27, Tri-C hosted the 3rd annual Ohio Textbook Affordability Summit at its Corporate College East in collaboraTri-C Cuyahoga Collegetion with Ohio Board of Regents, bringing together stakeholders from throughout the Ohio state university system.  Tri-C President Alex Johnson encouraged faculty, administrators and students to look at affordability as a component of efficient instructional delivery and student success.  Una Daly, the OCW Consortium’s community college outreach director, delivered the keynote address.  Daly urged educators to seek high-quality open educational resources to expand student access and to improve quality through faculty creativity and collaboration.

Dr. Sandy Robinson, vice president of Academic Affairs, led a panel featuring faculty members from around Ohio who have written open math textbooks, created open calculus courses and adopted free and open digital solutions to support their students’ needs for low-cost, mobile and easy-to-use instructional materials. Tri-C English professor Kim Hill shared the free audio book site LibriVox and text-to-speech capabilities that she uses in her classroom to provide extra support for reading comprehension. Students explained how open educational resources adopted by their professors increased their success, including making these courses more affordable and giving them access to an expanded set of materials to support their learning.

Tri-C offers more than 1,000 credit courses in 140 career and technical programs and liberal arts curricula in addition to 600 non-credit professional development and workforce courses each year at its multiple campuses and through online programs in the Cleveland area. “In joining the OCWC, we are collaborating with faculty to further explore the adoption of open educational resources as one method to increase student access and completion,” said Danielle Budzick, district director of Innovative Learning Design and Quality.

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has more than 200 member colleges in 15 states and provinces. CCCOER is part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing the impact of open education globally.



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.


Apr 30: CCCOER Webinar on Open Education, MOOCs, and Student Access

April 16, 2013

Join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and CCC Confer on April 30, 10:00 am Pacific for a panel discussion on rebooting California’s higher education system with Open Education, MOOCs, and an online Student Access Platform.

image of speakers and webinar descriptionThe California legislature, responding to shrinking budgets and huge wait lists for gateway courses, has proposed:

  • Open textbooks
  • Credit for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • The California Online Student Access Platform

Three leaders in the field share their thoughts on this revolution in higher education. What are the next steps for ensuring the success of our students? How do we continue the prominence of California’s institutions of higher education?

Dean Florez, CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation, and former majority leader of the California senate, has been a driving force behind the new legislation and instrumental in bringing stakeholders and MOOC thought leaders together to reboot higher education in California.

Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Mathematics professor and open textbook faculty co-author at De Anza Community College. An early developer of open educational resources to make college affordable, Dr. Illowsky has continued to push for digital interactivity to improve student learning outcomes.  In fall 2013, she plans to teach an introductory, descriptive, not-for-credit statistics MOOC.

Dr. Michelle Pilati, Psychology professor at Rio Hondo College and current president of the CCC Academic Senate has been closely involved with the implementation strategy for the new legislation to set up an Open Educational Resources (OER) Council containing faculty representatives from the three public higher education systems.

Sign up here to attend the webinar on April 30, 10:00 am Pacific


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