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:

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 is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology enhanced learning in higher

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