VCCS Launching Comprehensive Learning Management System Needs Assessment

 Beginning in October 2016, the VCCS will be launching the first comprehensive learning management system (LMS) needs assessment since 2002. The needs assessment will be a collaborative process that will heavily incorporate faculty, staff and students from all 23 colleges. “It’s time. The LMS marketplace has changed dramatically in the past ten years,” shared Jenny Quarles, new Director of Teaching […]

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Six Community Colleges Receive “Achieving the Dream” Grant Funding for OER

Continuing on the path to lower the cost of education for community college students in Virginia, 6 colleges have been awarded an Achieving the Dream grant to complete zero textbook cost degrees or certificates. Central Virginia, Germanna, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, Northern Virginian and Tidewater Community Colleges are the institutions selected to participate. Working with 26 community colleges from across […]

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OER Policy? What the?

Everyone talks about OER Policy, but what does it mean? What do OER policies look like in practice? How do they impact OER initiatives? How does our government and our world perceive Open policy? Is policy always necessary in OER implementation? The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges invites you on a journey, one where you will explore different […]

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OpenVA to Launch OER Webinar: The State of OER Join Your VA Colleagues and Learn!

The State of OER :  OpenVA  will launch its first webinar on April 15th from 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.ET to highlight the open educational resource (OER) material faculty are creating and/or teaching around the state. Webinar: The State of OER Friday, April 15th 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.ET Featuring: Dr. Greg Hartman from VMI – OER for APEX Calculus Dr. Ioulia Rytikova from […]

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OpenEd16: The Call for Proposals is now open!

News: The Call for Proposals is now open! It’s that time of year again! The 13th Annual Open Education Conference, the “annual family reunion” of the open education movement, is happening November 2 – 4 in Richmond, Virginia. #OpenEd16 is the premiere venue for sharing your research, practice, policy, advocacy, and other work related to open education. We’ve kept our proposal submission […]

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OER Resources: where to begin

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Like most everything in education, there will always be room for more research, analysis, exploration, and especially, conversation about open education and OER, which is probably why most of us find it so compelling! If you’re only OER curious, or if you’re seasoned and always exploring, there is a big world out there. For research being conducted about open ed, […]

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So Long, Farewell, Adieu: Leaving the VCCS


March 15, 2016 will be my last day at the System Office of the Virginia Community College System. I am leaving my position as Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies to begin the next stage of my career as the Director of Programs and Policy at Achieving the Dream (ATD).  In my new role I will be overseeing ATD’s new OER Degree Initiative, an effort to fund the […]

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OER Degree Initiative Webinar | March 10 @ 3pm

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Happy Open Education Week! There’s a lot happening this week in the world of open education and open educational resources, and it’s happening all over the world, from institutions across North America as well as Europe, Asia, and the global south. You can check out all of the exciting events scheduled for Open Education week on the website: I do want […]

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