First in the World Grant

On Monday, the US Department of Education announced another round of First in the World grants, offering $60 million to eligible colleges and universities for the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies to improve postsecondary education attainment.  A significant chunk of the grant funds–$16 million–is reserved for institutions designated as minority-serving institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and […]

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What’s the (OER) Story Morning Glory?

This is not a request you get everyday: the creators of the OER World Map, a new project to “share information on behalf of the worldwide OER community, using local knowledge to describe the OER ecosystem” have extended an invitation to this community to share your OER story. From the website: We invite you to share your OER story with the community and tell others […]

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OpenVA 2.1: Powdered Wig Version

OpenVA is putting on its breeches and tri-cornered hat, hopping on its pony,  and heading to Williamsburg, VA. OpenVA is evolving from a centrally-organized, annual summit to more of an umbrella term for a collection of institution or group-sponsored gatherings focused on all forms of openness. This is a good thing, I think, and was the goal anyway, shared at the […]

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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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OER policy: Both Big P and little p

The Education Commission of the States, an organization that, among other things, tracks state educational policy trends, recently released a report titled Open-source textbooks can help drive down the overall cost of college. The report highlights both legislative and non-legislative initiatives in a number of states that have been launched to address textbook affordability. The short 5-page report gives some of its precious ink to the […]

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Two steps forward…

Despite a great deal of time, money, and effort spent by foundations, educational institutions, and policy-makers to decrease the number of college students who leave college over the past four years, the opposite has happened. According to recent findings from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year dropped 1.2 percentage […]

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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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VCCS students & technology: ECAR survey results

Last year, the VCCS participated in the Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) Survey of Undergraduates and Information Technology in order to begin to get a better idea of VCCS students’ average ownership of,  comfort levels using, and attitudes toward digital learning technologies. This ECAR survey is a national survey, but last year was the first time community colleges were included. […]

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