OpenVA closed for the winter

Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Because of the threat of severe winter weather, the First Annual Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference to be held at the University of Mary Washington this Thursday (March 7th) is going to be rescheduled for Fall 2013. It can’t be helped. While it is uncertain how badly the […]

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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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VCU Online Learning Summit 2013

If you are in the Richmond area on May 14th, or want to justify a spring trip to our fair capitol city, you may want to consider attending the Online Learning Summit at Virginia Commonwealth University. Seasoned keynoter Gardner Campbell will be headlining. There is no opening band or cover charge. That’s right: it’s free. If you haven’t seen or […]

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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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Flat World textbooks no longer free

Textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge has been an early leader in providing free access to open textbooks, offering a business model that has traditional publishers scrambling to maintain their relevancy and preserve their customer base. FWK textbooks have been available to read for free on the company’s web site, or for a modest cost, downloaded in several digital formats or […]

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California is now Open

Did you hear about what they just did in California? Here’s a great infographic showing clip art of Governor Jerry Brown signing the bill that creates a library of free, digital textbooks for the 50 most highly enrolled college courses in California, and the impact this effort will have on college students. Best of all, the rest of the world will have […]

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