In fall of 2013, the California Community Colleges became the largest system of higher education in the world to require a Creative Commons Attribution license on works created through publicly funded grants and contracts. Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Wed, December 11, 11:00 am (Pacific) for a webinar on what motivated the chancellor’s office to take this bold step, how the change affects the work of faculty and staff in the California system, and the potential benefits to be realized by students and taxpayers.
- Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons leads the global effort to expand access to education through promotion of open policies, open licenses, and open educational resources around the world. Prior to Creative Commons, Cable lead the Open Course Library project where community and technical college faculty and staff in Washington developed openly licensed courses for the 81 highest enrolled college courses.
- Barbara Illowsky, Academic Affairs, California Community College Chancellor’s Office and Math Faculty at De Anza College lead the effort to make this policy transformation ensuring that all stakeholders at the Chancellor’s office understood the potential cost reductions in making publicly funded work available freely to faculty and their students. Barbara is co-author of the popular open textbook, Collaborative Statistics.
- Beth Smith, President of California Community College Academic Senate and Math Faculty at Grossmont College represents 50,000 college faculty and their approximately 2.5 million students they teach as head of California’s academic senate. Beth will share what this new policy means for faculty within the system including how it expands access to high-quality, openly licensed, low-cost materials that can enhance teaching and learning.
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Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach
The OpenCourseWare Consortium is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence 2014.
The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE) provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the OCW Consortium community. They also recognize individual leadership in moving the ideals of OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources forward. This year new award categories are introduced maximizing the opportunities for nominations and extending the range and variety of the awards.
ACE Awards will be presented at the next global OpenCourseWare Consortium meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia April 23-25, 2014.
A panel of voting members will select ACE winners from finalists culled by the award committee. Individual winners will be selected by a vote of the board of directors.
Nominations will be accepted through January 17, 2014. For complete information on preliminary criteria, rules and eligibility please visit the ACE Awards page. Nominations for sites, courses and projects are encouraged to be submitted as two-minute video/screen capture tours of the relevant content.
This afternoon, US Senators Durbin and Franken introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act for consideration by the US Senate. This act specifically supports the use of OER and open textbooks.
Of note are the findings of the proposed legislation:
Congress finds the following:
(1) The high cost of college textbooks continues to be a barrier for many students in achieving higher education.
(2) According to the College Board, during the 2012-2013 academic year an average student spent an estimated $1,200 on college books and supplies.
(3) The Government Accountability Office found that new textbook prices increased 82 percent over the last decade and that although Federal efforts to increase price transparency have provided students and families with more and better information, more must be done to address rising costs.
(4) The growth of the Internet has enabled the creation and sharing of digital content, including open educational resources that can be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public.
(5) Using open educational resources in place of traditional materials in large-enrollment college courses can reduce textbook costs by 80 to 100 percent.
(6) Federal investment in expanding the use of open educational resources could significantly lower college textbook costs and reduce financial barriers to higher education, while making efficient use of taxpayer funds.
The Affordable College Textbook Act would create a grants program to be administered by the US Department of Education to support the creation and adoption of open textbooks and OER at institutions across the US. These pilot programs may use existing OER, create new OER, remix and adapt OER, or conduct research with the ultimate goal of lowering costs for students.
Follow the conversation about this bill on Twitter at #OERUSA
MIT OpenCourseWare Director of Communications and External Relations Steve Carson accepts the MCCT Leadership Award for MIT OpenCourseWare on behalf of the MIT community. (Photo: Lori Novick-Carson)
MIT OpenCourseWare was honored to receive an award for Leadership in Educational Technology last night at the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut’s annual leadership banquet. The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 with the mission to promote shared values of mutual respect and social responsibility through educational and outreach activities.
The theme for this year’s banquet was “Technology, Equality and Education Reform.” The keynote speaker was MIT Alumnus Dr. Mohamed Aboutaleb (SM ’10, PhD ’12), founder of the Oaktree Institute, an Islamic education and leadership development institute. Honored with MIT OpenCourseWare were the Education Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly, Noor Kids, Hartford Public Library Multicultural Services Director Homa Naficy, and Covenant Preparatory School.
It was a pleasure for the OCW team to learn more about the great community service and intercultural exchange work undertaken by the MCCT, endeavors very much in the spirit of OCW’s efforts to foster educational and cultural exchange through the OpenCourseWare Consortium. We are honored to have been recognized along side the other recipients by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Our congratulations to the other recipients and to the MCCT for a successful year.
cross-posted from mit-ocwcourseware “Open Matters”
Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Wed, Nov 13, noon Pacific, 3:00 pm EST for a webinar 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.
- 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.
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Posted by Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach
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