Chancellor’s OER Adoption Grant Announced

Today, Chancellor Glen DuBois of the Virginia Community College System announced a Request for Proposals for the Chancellor’s OER Adoption Grant. The goal of the grant is to enlist VCCS faculty to help reduce costs for their students by adopting free, openly-licensed materials for their courses. Fifteen proposals will be selected to receive a $3000 grant to be used to customize existing […]

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2012-13 Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Grantees

Congratulations to this year’s CIF grant winners! College Project Title Award BRCC Soldering Certification Training Program $44,962.50 CVCC Region 2000 Fast Track Technical Training Initiative $40,000.00 DSLCC Developing Fast Track Training in Advanced Manufacturing with Stackable Credentials $22,500.00 JTCC Early Intervention to Increase College Math Readiness in High School Students $36,500.00 LFCC Collaborating For Student Success $24,000.00 LFCC Fiberoptics Certification […]

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Deadline Extended: Open & Digital Learning Resources Conference

Procrastinators, Johnny-come-latelies, and busy people: the proposal deadline for the Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference has been extended.  You now have until January 18th, 2013 to submit your brilliant proposal. Don’t dawdle. The online proposal form is fairly simple and should take you only a few minutes to complete. To review the proposal guidelines for the conference, go to http://openva.org/proposals/.

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The Buffet Rule

The VCCS’s recent partnership with WGU to create a low-cost Nursing degree has ruffled some feathers in the higher education community in Virgina, so it’ll be interesting to see the response to the recently announced partnership between Straighterline, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and The Saylor Foundation? The details haven’t been worked out yet, but if Straigtherline’s All-You-Can Eat […]

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EdTech Magazine: VCCS & Emerging Technologies

    Check out this article in the October edition of EdTech Magazine (brought to you by CDW-G) on the essential role technology is playing in the Reengineering efforts of the VCCS. Despite shrinking budgets and soaring enrollment, the Virginia Community College System has embarked on an ambitious six-year plan to improve student achievement, keep tuition affordable and increase job training opportunities […]

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MOOC to the Future

Yesterday was the kickoff of the newest MOOC on the block, The Current/Future State of Higher Education, or #CFHE12 for you folks who speak #hashtag. It is divided into six, weeklong sections, and includes readings, discussions, assignments, and creative challenges. It being a MOOC, this structure is inherently loose and liable to loosen even more as the course gets cranking. […]

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Duncan’s declaration

Yesterday, Arne Duncan planted a flag squarely in the camp of digital textbooks in remarks to the National Press Club: Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Tuesday for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” he declared. It’s not just a matter of keeping up […]

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