Community College Online

I am a little late posting this report by The New America Foundation on online learning in the community colleges. Some of the findings in the report came directly from research on the VCCS done by the Community College Research Center. Findings such as this: Given the lack of large-scale studies about online education in the public two-year sector, the […]

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Open Education Week: Monday Events

Monday March 9, 2015 A Discussion on Open Pedagogy http://open.bccampus.ca/2015/02/06/open-webinars-for-open-education-week/%20 2:00 PM Sustainability Strategies For Open Educational Resources https://connect.athabascau.ca/oew2015/ 3:00 PM Recursos Educacionais Abertos no Brasil https://plus.google.com/events/cn608m2u2eorohqnre6f7cfj3oc 6:30 PM Stop Believing in Magic: Business Models for Open Education https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/636658645%20 7:00 PM

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New America Foundation Event in DC: Community College Online

On February 17th, the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program will host an event that will focus on the use of information technology at community colleges. The event will occur in conjunction with the release of a new report by New America, Community College Online, which features case studies of how community colleges are harnessing technology to improve remediation, student services, […]

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The Digital Revolution Will Be Livestreamed

The Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources (TCDLR) Committee released this final report a few weeks ago at the last meeting of the Reengineering Task Force. I co-chaired the committee with the wonderful Dr. Mark Estepp, President of Southwest Virginia Community College. The committee was charged with the following tasks: examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost […]

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OpenVA: Live Stream

It is almost like you are really there! Session 1 Open Educational Resources Panel 8:30 am to 10:00 am Moderator: Diane Ryan (TCC) Raising OER Awareness – Anita Walz, Virginia Tech T Library The Z-degree – Daniel DeMarte, Tidewater Community College Write Your Own Textbook / Student Generated Texts – Jennifer Kidd, Old Dominion University Session 2 Open Infrastructure Panel […]

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Affordable College Textbooks Act

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Al Franken of Minnesota have introduced legislation called the Affordable College Textbook Act with the goal of making college textbooks affordable and openly available under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Bill S.1704 does 5 things, according to Senator Durbin’s press release: Creates a grant program to support pilot programs at colleges and universities to […]

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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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