LMS Needs Assessment Gathers Volunteers

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The Learning Management System (LMS) Needs Assessment is moving forward and the VCCS System Office needs your help. Assessment committees are forming now. Volunteers will have access to sandbox spaces in new LMS platforms and will participate in writing of the final report and recommendation to the System Vice Chancellors. Participation will take a maximum of 10-15 hours over 6 […]

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Education Technology and the Sciences

It was literally electric as science faculty gathered at Lord Fairfax Community College’s stormy Middleton campus for their bi-annual peer group. While sessions ranged from the discipline specific to common challenges of teachingand learning, a number of sessions focused on technology in education and open educational resources (OER). Shalini Upadhyaya, Associate Professor of Biology at Reynolds Community College encouraged faculty […]

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A Bold Challenge

At the 2016 Chancellor Retreat, former VCCS Vice Chancellor Monty Sullivan laid out a bold challenge to those in attendance. “We need to rethink not just who is learning, but how they are learning,” said Sullivan as he drew his smartphone out of his pocket. The word challenge is appropriate. As a system, the VCCS has an exciting opportunity to […]

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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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