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:

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 ( Assessment   May 10, 2-3pm Join the session Call-in only: 571-392-7703 | PIN: 833 970 032 669 More info: Slides and Handout ( Recordings will be made available on .

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: FAQ: Press release:   The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal:   If you have questions, you can contact Nori, grant project director, at: More information about the Online Learning Consortium can be found at:


College-Wide Digital Gradebook Chemeketa has implemented a college-wide digital grade book standard. A college work-team collaborated to research options and propose ideas for moving forward. The team found the grade book within eLearn (Blackboard) to be the most viable, secure, and reliable option. Upon recommendations from the work-team, the Instruction and Student Services team supported moving forward with this as the college standard. What does this mean? Effective Fall term 2016, all faculty teaching credit courses will be required to use the eLearn digital grade book. All graded assignments, as well as final grades, must be posted in the eLearn digital grade book so students have easy access to their current progress and grades via the web. How do I get training on the eLearn grade book? While many faculty already use the eLearn digital grade book, we recognize the need for training and support. A collaborative team from the Tech Hub, Opportunity Center and Employee Development have developed training and support during this transition. For those needing assistance, training will be available beginning Spring Term for groups as well as for individuals in readying for the eLearn digital grade book implementation. We invite you to take advantage of these support resources. More information regarding the various training options can be found at: Why are we using the eLearn digital grade book? The ability for students to access grade status on a regular basis is an important element in student success Students

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