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

Open Education Week – March 7th – 11th

What is Open Education Week? Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.   Who is contributing to Open Education Week? Open Education Week is coordinated by the The Open Education Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organizations around the world that are committed to the ideals of open education.  Universities, colleges, schools and organizations from all over the world have come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. How can you participate? More information about Open Education Week can be found at: www.openeducationweek.org In addition there is an upcoming webinar about OER Adoption within the Pierce College District, in Washington State.   WEBINAR: OER Adoption – Student Voices Panel and Campus Faculty Development Date: Thur, March 10, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST
 Student Voices Panel: A panel of students from the Pierce College District in Washington will share their thoughtful public dialogues, co-sponsored by the Center for Engagement & Learning, with faculty about lowering textbook costs through OER. Moderator: Quill West, OER Project Manager, Pierce College District Campus-wide OER Faculty Development: Sue Tashjian and Jody Carson co-chairs of the North Essex Community College’s

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Open Textbook Workshop: Train the Trainer

A workshop for 1-2 OER champions from each community college campus Friday, March 4th, 2016 9:00 am PCC Sylvania, Oak Room (Cafeteria/College Campus/CC building) 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219 Sarah Cohen and Dave Ernst from the Open Textbook Network will lead a train-the-trainer workshop. After the workshop, you will be prepared to return to your college and offer an Open Textbook Workshop – with the support of the train-the-trainer cohort. The workshop that you will be trained to offer orients faculty to the basics of OER and then offers a $200 stipend for them to write a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library within 6 weeks of your workshop. You should select a date for the workshop that you will offer on your campus before you register for this session. Open Oregon funding will pay for faculty stipends. Travel reimbursement is available and lunch will be provided for the train-the-trainer session. Register now Parking at PCC Sylvania

February is Open Educational Resources Month at WCET

WCET is focusing on OER throughout the month of February. The Frontier’s Blog will feature promising practices and funding opportunities for furthering OER adoption and webcasts will cover tools for finding and managing OER as well as OER across states and systems. Register today for the following OER webinars: · February 18: Strategies and Tools for Finding, Adopting, and Managing OER, featuring WCET members, Matthew Cooper, Associate Provost at the Center for Learning and Technology at Thomas Edison State University and Natalie Murray from Intellus Learning. · February 24: Consortia Success Stories: Institutions Working Together on OER Innovations sponsored by the WCET eLearning Consortia group and featuring WCET members from BCcampus, eCampusAlberta, and the North Dakota University System. Registration is open for our 5th Leadership Summit: 21st Century Credentials: Learners + Institutions + Workforce, June 8 – June 9 in Salt Lake City. The Summit will bring together the perspectives of institutions, workforce, and learners to build a bridge from the traditional academic transcript to the connected credentials 21st Century learners need to be successful in the workforce. This bridge will serve as a guide for bringing the conversation back to your organization. Registration is limited so sign up soon. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals for the WCET Annual Meeting, October 12-14 in Minneapolis.   WCET- WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies – wcet.wiche.edu WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology enhanced learning in higher

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