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Oregon Community Colleges launch OpenOregon

June 16, 2015
Amy Hofer

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 openoregon.org 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.

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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:  http://www.slideshare.net/UnaDaly/the-growing-community-of-college-oer-projects-may-20

  • 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.

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Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email: unatdaly@oeconsortium.org

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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.

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Posted by: Una Daly, Director of Curriculum Design & College Outreach, OEC Consortium, email: unatdaly@oeconsortium.org

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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.

 

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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,
unatdaly@oeconsortium.org.

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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

Description: 

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

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