Chemeketa Instructors awarded OER Grant from Open Oregon

Congratulations to Chemeketa instructors, Kristina Powers, Marcus Sharpe and Adam Privitera, who were recently awarded a Open Oregon Educational Resources grant for 2016-2017.  Powers, Sharpe and Privitera are expanding the use of OER in the Psychology department, and specifically for PSY 104.  Their collaboration is part of the Noba project and the open Workplace Psychology textbook will promote the importance of soft skills, I/O knowledge and the essential workplace laws to prospective workers.   Adam Privitera, was also awarded an individual grant for work with PSY 201, 202: Noba Project and the Online Psychology Lab. Privitera has already adopted a Noba open textbook for his course, and will use grant funding to create test banks, supplementary readings, and assessments in order to enable the entire department to adopt open resources for all sections of these courses. The Open Oregon Educational Resources grants represent collaborations with 15 different institutions that have the potential to save over 7,000 Oregon students an estimated $1,142,624 in the pilot year of the program. This represents an impact of over $5 in savings for each $1 of grant money spent. Beyond the pilot phase it is expected that these fully accessible and openly licensed course materials will be used even more widely and increase the student savings impact. More information about the Open Oregon Educational Resources grant can be found at: http://openoregon.org/2016-17-oer-grants-awarded/

Open Education Resources – Webinars

OER – Beyond the Basics Open Oregon is offering two, free, OER webinars in May.  These “beyond the basics” sessions are useful for faculty that have found open content for their courses and now want training on implementation. Webinar Info Open Licensing May 9, 2-3pm Join the session Call-in only: 571-392-7703 | PIN: 906 635 885 172 More info: Slides and Handout (http://openoregon.org/events/event/open-licensing-webinar/) Assessment   May 10, 2-3pm Join the session Call-in only: 571-392-7703 | PIN: 833 970 032 669 More info: Slides and Handout (http://openoregon.org/events/event/oer-assessment-webinar/) Recordings will be made available on openoregon.org .

Open Education Grant Opportunity

The Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLI) seeks to learn from faculty and institutions in the field who are implementing or advancing digital courseware in ways that increase student retention and success.   The award prizes ($100,000 at the institutional level and $10,000 at the faculty/faculty team level) are supported with funds from the Gates Personalized Learning Initiative and are therefore specifically focused on underrepresented, undergraduate students in higher education foundation courses. The awards are limited to US institutions.   This is an opportunity to increase student retention and success using OER (including open textbooks) and open pedagogy. Home: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/digital-learning-innovation-award FAQ: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/digital-learning-innovation-award-faqs Press release: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/news_item/online-learning-consortium-opens-call-submissions-2016-olc-digital-learning-innovation-award-2   The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal: http://awards.onlinelearningconsortium.org   If you have questions, you can contact Nori, grant project director, at: nori.barajas@onlinelearning-c.org More information about the Online Learning Consortium can be found at: onlinelearningconsortium.org

OER Grant Opportunities with Achieving the Dream

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative seeks to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students, by engaging faculty in the redesign of courses and degree programs through the replacement of proprietary textbooks with open educational resources.  Over the next three years, the Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative will lay the groundwork for nationwide adoption of OER Degrees. Recognizing the growing expertise and interest in developing OER degrees beyond US borders, the Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative invites two-year public higher education institutions and systems in the U.S. and Canada to apply for three-year grants to support the creation of new OER Degree programs. Download the application. When you are ready to submit your proposal, please visit the submission site here to upload your narrative and accompanying components. Final proposal due: April 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m. (PST)   CCCOER is offering a webinar that provides an overview of the grant and application process along with time for Q&A – March 3, 11 PST. Login: http://www.cccconfer.org/GoToMeeting?SeriesID=07b84adf-e571-4627-b9d3-93377bf7375a Phone if needed:  1-888-886-3951 (Passcode: 907931) More information on the grant can be found at: www.achievingthedream.org/resources/initiatives/open-educational-resources-oer-degree-initiative