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Busy preparing your fall classes? Looking for fresh, exciting, and free, yes, free open educational resources for your students? Ready to adopt and adapt a fully OER course built by pros, ready for popping into your Bb shells?  We can help you with that.  We have these three Zx23 webinars happening next week, and we would love to have you join us:

  • CHM 101/102 & 111/112 Monday, July 27 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • ART 100 & 101 Wednesday, July 29 10:30-11:30am ET
  • ENG 241 & 243 Thursday, July 30 12:00-1:00pm ET

All are welcome: faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER. Go ahead and sign up here.  You will receive a link to our Zx23 Bb Collaborate space where you can join us.

Zx23 Webinar & Events Registration

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Can’t make it?

Let us know and we’ll make sure you have another  opportunity to join in.

Don’t see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we’ll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list!

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Jul 232015
 

This morning’s lively Zx23 webinar about adopting open Algebra & Precalculus courses like MTH 163, MTH 164, MTH 166, MTH 158, via Lumen’s Candela and MyOpenMath (MOM) included twenty-five participants, some whom helped adapt and develop these materials. There was ample sharing open resources, with a curated list of online calculating tools like: https://www.desmos.com/calculator; http://www.opengraphingcalculator.com/; http://dlippman.imathas.com/graphcalc/graphcalc.html; http://dlippman.imathas.com/3dg/index.html; and even a fancy 3D one: http://web.monroecc.edu/manila/webfiles/calcNSF/JavaCode/CalcPlot3D.htm !

Several Zx23 colleges are ready to roll out OER math courses for their students this fall, saving them money and improving their ability to succeed in their math classes. Others are developing pilots for spring.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores complete courses based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges, and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open math course or materials. You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Want to sign up for an upcoming webinar? Check the event schedule to the right. Click here and submit a short, informative form.

Faculty looking to adopt any courses can click here to submit a brief form, which is also accessible to the right in the bullet box under Request Open Courses.

We are looking forward to the next webinar: July 27, 2015: Zx23 Webinar: CHM 101/102 & 111/112!

 Posted by on July 23, 2015 VCCS News, Zx23 No Responses »
Jul 172015
 

New Zx23 Webinars are scheduled!

If you are teaching any of the the following courses, sign up to attend a webinar to learn where your course fits in with open courses already in use, and how to find the shortest path to bringing open educational resources (OER) to your students:

  • Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of OER already curated by your VCCS colleagues, with instructions and how-to’s for adopting, adapting and delivering your own courses with OER materials.
  • Webinars are offered by subject and course: e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on OER BIO 101-102 would attend a BIO webinar. You will meet your discipline colleagues who are also focused on OER, share materials and best practices, and have the opportunity to join forces to enrich available OER even further.

Upcoming Webinars

  • PSY 200 & SOC 200: Monday, July 20 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • HIS 121-122: Wednesday, July 22 10:30-11:30am ET
  • MTH Algebra & Precalc: Thursday, July 23 12:00-1:00pm ET (Focus: Algebra & Precalculus courses like MTH 163, MTH 164, MTH 166, MTH 158)
  • CHM 101/102 & 111/112 Monday, July 27 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • ART 100 & 101 Wednesday, July 29 10:30-11:30am ET
  • ENG 241 & 243 Thursday, July 30 12:00-1:00pm ET

All are welcome: faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER.

Zx23 Webinar & Events Registration

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Can’t make it?

Let us know and we’ll make sure you have another  opportunity to join in.

Don’t see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we’ll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list.

 

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Jul 162015
 

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Over 45 VCCS participants attended the Zx23 webinar focused on ENG111-112, Composition I&II,  on 15 July 2015.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores complete courses based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges, and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open ENG111-112 course.

You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Want to sign up for an upcoming webinar? Check the event schedule to the right. Click here and submit a short, informative form.

Faculty looking to adopt the ENG111/112 courses should email support@lumenlearning.com with the following information:

  • Faculty name
  • Name of the course (ie, SDV 100)
  • Name of your institution
  • Academic term in which open course will be offered
  • Number of students expected to enroll
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Jul 132015
 

Cheryl Huff, professor of English and humanities at Germanna Community College, is rethinking textbooks.

GCC professor and Zx23 Program Manager Cheryl Huff got a nice write-up in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star about her role in the VCCS’s Zx23 Project.

Cheryl Huff has heard the excuses over and over from her students at Germanna Community College. Those who started class without the required textbooks would explain that they were having problems getting their financial aid or had to wait until their next paycheck to buy them.

“It’s very frustrating on both sides,” said Huff.

Now the GCC associate English and humanities professor is working to eliminate their frustration and hers. She’s on a one-year leave of absence to head the Virginia Community College System’s new Zx23 Project.

Read the entire article online at http://goo.gl/EqYNFM.

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Jul 102015
 

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Over 40 VCCS faculty signed up and over 30 attended the Zx23 webinar focused on BIO101-102 Biology I & II,  on 9 Jun 2015.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores a complete course based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open BIO101-102 course.

You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Want to sign up for an upcoming webinar? Check the event schedule to the right. Click here and submit a short, informative form.

Faculty looking to adopt the BIO courses should email support@lumenlearning.com with the following information:

  • Faculty name
  • Name of the course (ie, SDV 100)
  • Name of your institution
  • Academic term in which open course will be offered
  • Number of students expected to enroll
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Jul 102015
 

Over 30 VCCS faculty signed up and over 20 attended the first Zx23 webinar focused on SDV 100 College Success Skills on 8 Jun 2015.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores a complete course based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open SDV 100 course.

You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Faculty looking to adopt the SDV 100 course should email support@lumenlearning.com with the following information:

  • Faculty name
  • Name of the course (ie, SDV 100)
  • Name of your institution
  • Academic term in which open course will be offered
  • Number of students expected to enroll
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Jul 072015
 

Three Zx23 Webinars are scheduled!

If you are teaching any of the the following courses, sign up to attend a webinar to learn where your course fits in with open courses already in use, and how to find the shortest path to bringing open educational resources (OER) to your students:

  • SDV 100+: Wed 7/8/2015 10:30-11:30am ET
  • BIO 101-102: Thu 7/9/2015 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • ENG 111 + 112: Wed 7/15/2015 10:30-11:30am ET

Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of OER already curated by your VCCS colleagues, with instructions and how-to’s for adopting, adapting and delivering your own courses with OER materials.

Webinars a offered in cohorts by course: e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on OER BIO 101-102 would attend a BIO webinar. You will meet your discipline colleagues also focused on OER, share materials and best practices, and have the opportunity to join forces to enrich available OER even further.

All are welcome!

Faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER.

Can’t make it?

Let us know and we’ll make sure you have another opportunity to join in.

Don’t see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we’ll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list.

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Jul 072015
 

Congratulations to all of you for being part of the Zx23 Grant Project! I know you are eager to make plans for the coming months. Please dive into the information below, and surface with your questions! I’m happy to be working with you on this meaningful project that will bring positive change to the Commonwealth. The sooner we adopt and adapt, the sooner that change can happen.

Cheers, Cheryl
Cheryl Huff, Zx23 Shepherdess
cheryl@lumenlearning 540.669.0623

What’s in store?

We are thrilled to have so many colleges joining us in this adventure. We have met with many of you already, getting everyone on board, and want to fill you in on the plans made to work with you in the months to come.

There are three main activities in our work together:

  1. Faculty collaborating to adopt, adapt, teach, and when necessary, build OER courses to share across the VCCS and beyond. We’ll help you figure out where your course fits in with open courses already in use and how to find the shortest path to bringing OER to your students.
    Next Step: Join a scheduled virtual meeting for your course or discipline, or reach out for consultation on where to start: Cheryl@LumenLearning.com.
  2. Zx23 project participants planning credential pathways for their institutions to offer zero textbook costs for students.
    Next Step: Schedule Zx23 team onboarding and kickoff meeting for your college for team leaders, faculty and supporting librarians, instructional designers, faculty support staff and Blackboard administrators by emailing Cheryl@lumenlearning.com.
  3. Generating shared understandings and community around OER and open educational practices.
    Next Step: Sign up for the VCCS OER Peer Group list vccs-oer-peer-group@lists.vccs.edu and to go deeper, take the short course, Pathways: Adopting OER in the Classroom (sign up form) http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup. We recommend at least two members of your Zx23 project team complete Pathways to build a foundation for local understanding and community around OER and open education.

Not yet participating in Zx23? Everyone is welcome in these professional development opportunities, whether your college is already a part of Zx23 or not.

Contact Channels

Keep up to date on everything Zx23, including future Webinars and OER Events: http://moourl.com/Zx23_Connect

Course Development

We would like you to cultivate this methodology for the project: adopt, adapt, and (only when necessary), build.

As a faculty member you do not need to wait to begin using OER in your courses. You may choose to adopt an OER course that has already been developed by others this fall, and then adapt and refine the course through your institution’s z-degree program. We would be happy to assist you in reviewing and adopting existing courses, both through the webinar process and individually.

Because there are already many great resources available, you will want to adopt them for your class, then adapt them to your needs. We don’t expect many courses to need significant building or creating by faculty, but if you are in this category, you will need to devote considerable time to the project, with our guidance. If, during the initial stages of exploration, you are not finding what you need, please ask us about it. Lumen has many resources beyond the VCCS-developed materials.

 Zx23 Grant Professional Development

As you know from the grant application, there will be professional development required, and in two forms: the Pathways course, and Zx23 Webinars, both taking place in Blackboard.

  • Pathways, a Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) project designed by TCC’s Linda Williams, covers both the theory and practice of using OER. During this five module course you’ll learn how using OER benefits the students and the college far beyond the price of a textbook. You will learn how to select and use the best materials to meet your learning outcomes in a legally and ethically sound way. Pathways will be required of at least two of your team members, preferably the lead on the project plus one. The second could be a faculty member, a librarian, or an instructional designer from your team. If more members of your team want to take Pathways straight away, they are welcome to. The aim is that once your two team members have completed Pathways, they can then train the rest of the team and anyone at your college on an ongoing basis. Cohort I teams will be starting Pathways soon, TBA, as you need to be ready to pilot in the fall. Cohort II folks are encouraged to begin as soon as possible, because getting a jump on fall means you will be that much further along when the winter holidays roll around. If you wish to begin piloting in fall, we would encourage you in your plans, and help you make it happen. Sign up for Pathways here: http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup
  • Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of available OER, with instructions and how-to’s for using Blackboard + Candela materials and courses. These will be offered in cohorts by course; e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on BIO101-102 for their Z-degrees will attend the BIO Webinar. You will meet your Zx23 discipline colleagues, and find out what they are using and doing. You will learn about the Shared Courses tab in Bb and how to use it. Sign up for webinars here: http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup

Policy and Sustainability

Another grant deliverable is to create an OER policy to ensure the ongoing quality of z-courses (see Tidewater Community College’s OER policy: http://www.tcc.edu/policies/2000/2108UseofOpenEducationalResources.pdf). The OER policy should make a distinction between an OER course and a z-course, as well as address the following areas:

  • Faculty training for z-courses
  • College open licensing requirements
  • Guidelines for continuous improvement of course materials and student outcomes
  • Procedures for using the OER attribute in SIS to identify all low-cost and no-cost courses, including z-courses
  • Develop and share a detailed plan and timeline for building out the remainder of the Z-Degree.

Please review the Grant requirements, especially the Project Timeline, the Roles and Responsibilities, and the Project Deliverables linked here, and create a project plan for your team and your college as soon as possible. http://edtech.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Zx23_Request_for_Applications.pdf

Keep in touch:

We at Lumen are excited and challenged by this powerful initiative in the VCCS and hope you won’t hesitate to communicate your questions with Zx23 Program Manager Cheryl Huff (cheryl@lumenlearning.com) along with Dr. Richard Sebastian (rsebastian@vccs.edu), Principal Investigator for the Hewlett-funded Zx23 Project grant.. We are happy to work closely with everyone involved in this project, so don’t think we will only be there for your lead or admins. We encourage you to schedule an on-campus kick-off with Cheryl and your team as soon as possible, so please send some date and time options so she can get you on her calendar.

— Cheryl Huff, Zx23 Shepherdess, with the Lumen Learning Success Team
cheryl@lumenlearning.com 540.669.0623

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