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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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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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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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OER Degree Initiative Webinar | March 10 @ 3pm

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: http://www.openeducationweek.org/. I do want […]

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OER + Math = My Open Math! We call her “MOM”…

Exciting news for math faculty and administrators! VCCS CIF grant winners Libby and Matthew Watts from TCC have created a schedule of learning opportunities for math faculty to discover all the awesome tools for teaching math in the VCCS without expensive publishers’ textbooks and materials. Saving students money on expensive textbooks: excellent. The results can mean more credits, faster completion, fewer […]

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Many hands make light work: USDOL adopts CC-BY licensing

OER advocates scored a major victory on Monday with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) announcement that it has adopted a department-wide Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license requirement for all intellectual property developed with funds under a competitive Federal award process. Requiring a CC BY license on DOL-funded resources has a number of advantages: The DOL increases the impact, reach and scalability of […]

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