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The work you do in OER matters. We can spout numbers about dollars saved and the impact on student completion and retention. But today, in honor of Open Education Week, I’d like to talk about one student. Sara (not her real name) was a student in my Survey of American Literature course in fall 2016 and she offered me permission […]

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A Little Professional Development

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Hands down, the Virginia Community College offers some amazing professional development opportunities. While I hope to see many of you at the VCCS signature conference, New Horizons on April 12-14, the reality remains that not every staff or faculty member has the ability to attend. We have a lot of work to do in order to offer more digitized means […]

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Data, data and more data

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As part of the learning management system (LMS) needs assessment, I have visited 22 colleges, attended 2 peer groups and talked with over 400 faculty, staff and students. I promised the data I collected would be transparent and available before the end of January. While I was cutting it close, survey data and my initial analysis is now available on […]

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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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