Zx23 Project

Overview

The Zx23 Project is a one-year grant to support the VCCS’s goal of scaling Z-Degrees to all 23 VCCS colleges. The $200,000 grant from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, combined with matching funds from Chancellor DuBois and the System Office, is being used to support and train faculty and staff at sixteen Virginia community colleges to build Z-Degrees at their institutions. Lumen Learning is providing technical support to at each participating college to help faculty and staff build these pathways, host an OER course catalog in Blackboard Learn, and evaluate the overall cost savings and impact on student success.

This project is an important component in meeting the single, ambitious goal of VCCS’s new strategic plan, Complete 2021. To achieve this goal, Virginia’s community colleges must provide every student with access to an affordable educational pathway that leads to a meaningful postsecondary credential, as well as eliminate unnecessary technical, bureaucratic, or financial barriers that could delay or derail a student’s academic progress. With growing evidence that fewer students drop out and more students succeed when they have all of their course materials on the first day of class, establishing broad institutional adoption and support of open course materials will be a significant tool in meeting the challenge of Complete 2021.

Request for Proposals

Download a copy of the Zx23 Project Request for Applications here: Zx23 Project RFP  adobe_reader

Click on the tabs above for additional information about the Zx23 Project.

Zx23 Colleges

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College First Last Type of credential Type of program Grant
CVCC William Sandidge Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies and Business Administration 15000.00
GCC Ann Woolford, Ph.D. Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 14855.00
JSRCC Jane Rosecrans Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Social Sciences 14912.00
JTCC Leonda Keniston Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
MECC Vickie Ratliff Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Management 15000.00
NRCC Pat Huber Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
NVCC Dr. Braddlee Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Liberal Arts 15000
PDCCC Tara Atkins-Brady Credential* Certificate in General Education 14100.00
PVCC John Donnelly Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 14760.00
RCC Marty Brooks Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Arts and Science for Transfer 15000
SVCC Tara Carter Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) University Parallel - Business Administration 15000
TCC Daniel DeMarte Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Administration of Justice 15000.00
TNCC Patrick Tompkins Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Social Science 15000.00
VHCC Barbara Manuel Credential* Gen. Studies 8250
VWCC Elizabeth Wilmer Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
WCC Lorri Huffard Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) A & S in Science, Specialization in Mathematics 15000.00
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Events

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Resources

Resources

VCCS Blackboard Learn OER Courses
https://learn.vccs.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/SO/OER/courses.html

Lumen Learning
http://www.lumenlearning.com

Pathways Course
https://courses.candelalearning.com/pathways/

Tidewater Community College Z-Degree Website
http://www.tcc.edu/academics/zdegree/

The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
http://www.hewlett.org

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
http://oerconsortium.org

Creative Commons
http://www.creativecommons.org

OER Commons
http://www.oercommons.org

Open Courseware Consortium
http://ocwconsortium.org

Open Culture:

http://www.openculture.com

Open Stax College
http://openstaxcollege.org

Saylor
http://www.saylor.org

GoOpen Wiki:

http://wikieducator.org/GoOPEN

Maris Stella Library of OER:

http://www.stellavirlib.org/userGuide.htm

FAQ

What is a z-course?
A z-course is the term used for a VCCS course that consists solely of free and openly licensed
content that is part of a credential, coded appropriately in SIS, and subject to a college-defined
standard of continuous improvement in course content, course delivery, and/or course design.

What is a Z-Degree?
A Z-Degree is a set of z-courses in a specific program area that allows a student to earn a college
credential, such as an associate degree, with zero textbook costs.

Can Zx23 Project grant funds be used to develop a certificate instead of a degree?
For the Zx23 Project, preference will be given to colleges interested in developing an all-OER
associate degree. However, depending on the level of participation and availability of funds,
alternative credentials may be considered.

What does “adopt and adapt” mean?
The term adopt and adapt means the focus of the project is on the reuse of existing OER rather
than the creation of new OER.

Is it possible to pilot z-courses over two semesters instead of one?
This is acceptable for colleges participating in Cohort 1. Colleges in Cohort 2 may request a similar
exception, but approval may depend on the receipt of additional funding beyond the end of the grant
term of June 24, 2016.

What is Pathways?
Pathways is a six-module, instructor-lead course developed by Tidewater faculty member Linda
Williams as part of the 2014 Chancellor’s Innovation Fund. The course provides participants with an
in-depth understanding of open licensing, open repositories, and creating, revising, and sharing
OER. The Pathways course can be found here: https://courses.candelalearning.com/pathways/.

How much should I pay my faculty members for developing a z-course?
Colleges awarded a Zx23 grant have some flexibility in how to spend the funds. However, it is
strongly recommended that the majority of the funds be used to incentivize participating faculty and
staff for their work. The traditional rate to adopt and adapt, with external support, is $800-1000 per
person.

Can a faculty member use web links or licensed library resources instead of OER?
All required z-course materials should, whenever possible, consist solely of free and openly
licensed content. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the Zx23 Project Program Manager
and Principal Invesitigator. While the VCCS supports the use of internet resources and licensed
library materials, use materials that are not openly licensed complicate the sharing with VCCS as
well as non-VCCS institutions.

How do I join the OER Peer Group ?
You can subscribe to the OER Peer Group Mailman list here at https://lists.vccs.edu/lists/listinfo/vccs-oer-peer-group.

How do I join the OpenVA mailing list?
You can subscribe to the OpenVA Google Group here at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/openva.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

OER still retain their original copyright. However, the copyright owners explicitly allow the reuse of these materials by applying an open license to them. The most popular of these open licenses are Creative Commons licenses.

Zx23 News

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 GMU - OER for IST for class Dr. Jane Roberton from VT - OER for Statistics class

This webinar will feature Dr. Greg Hartman from Virginia Military Institute on his authorship of APEX Calculus, which is CC-licensed, Dr. Jane Robertson from Virginia Tech who teaches with an open statistics platform, and Dr. Ioulia Rytikova from George Mason University who teaches Information Systems Technology (IST) with OER material.  Each faculty member will give a 15 minute presentation on their experience in creating a course with OER, their experience teaching it, and student feedback. There will be a short question and answer session afterwards.  The information to log into the webinar is below:

Link to Join WebEx meeting <https://vccsedu.webex.com/vccsedu/j.php?MTID=m5e85b84b7658ebf9d13488179a1b2e24>
Meeting number: 641 193 930
Meeting password: 1OERwebinar
Join by phone :1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 641 193 930
Toll-free calling restrictions<http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf>
Add this meeting<https://vccsedu.webex.com/vccsedu/j.php?MTID=me3c8b9210bc93c9fc189ce4ccf10f589> to your calendar. (Cannot add from mobile devices.)

Posted by Cheryl Huff on March 31, 2016 in Zx23 Webinar Professional Development OER Academic Services & Research

OER Resources: where to begin

letters o-p-e-n on books

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, including faculty response, this is a place to start: the Open Education Group: http://openedgroup.org/ and David Wiley's blog: http://opencontent.org/blog/.
From our colleagues in the UK: http://oerhub.net/
By and for community colleges in particular: http://oerconsortium.org/
Orgs like OpenStax, Noba, and My Open Math are run by faculty collaboration and they provide an enormous amount of support and course resources for faculty. OpenStax newletter has 67 articles on OER right now, including how faculty can participate in developing course materials and get paid for it: https://openstaxcollege.org/news
My Open Math (MOM) has active instructor discussion boards.
Most of these organizations and people have active blogs and conversations in social media, particularly twitter (#OER, #textbookrevolution), and they hold and attend conferences. There is in fact much less happening for students, and we have more to gain from finding out their experiences, especially locally, than they do finding out about ours. I'm glad we have started that conversation in the OER list serve. Props to NOVA's Cindy Miller for her survey sharing!

Posted by Cheryl Huff on March 18, 2016 in Zx23 OER

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 to draw attention to one event that may be of particular interest to Virginia's community colleges. A few weeks ago at the annual DREAM conference, Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national, nonprofit organization that supports evidence-based institutional improvement, announced a 3-year, OER Degree Initiative Grant to support the development of OER Degrees at 20-30 community colleges in the US and Canada. Proposals are due soon, on April 8th, 2016. Selected colleges will receive grants of up to $100,000 to develop new OER degrees. Community college systems with at least 3 participating colleges are eligible as well, for an increased grant award. Technical assistance, evaluation, and community-building support provided by partner organizations are built into the grants at no cost to awardees.

ATD has scheduled a webinar for Thursday, March 10 at 3pm EST to share details about this exciting initiative, introduce the partner organizations (Lumen Learning, SRI International, and CCCOER), and answer questions from participants interested in submitting a proposal. The webinar is free, but you will need to register to participate. Use the link below to sign up:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2640760121589964290

I encourage you to share the webinar information, as well as the Open Education Week website, with your colleagues, particularly your administrative and institutional leaders.

Photo credit: Caveman_92223 on Flickr

Posted by Richard Sebastian on March 7, 2016 in Zx23 Webinar OER Events

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 job hours needed and more study time. But being sure every single student in class is prepared to succeed from day one = priceless!

Here are the upcoming workshops and the link for participants to register.  The registration is very important because it asks if you already have an instructor account for MOM, and if you don't, instructions are provided on how to sign up.

  • March 18 - Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach campus)
  • Apr 1 - Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton campus)
  • Apr 8 - Wytheville Community College
  • Apr 22 - Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria campus)
  • Apr 29 - Reynolds Community College (Parham Road campus)​
There are two workshops, described below.  We would do the first one from 10-12pm with a lunch break and the second from 1-3pm.
 
***Participants will need to have an instructor MOM account which takes up to two weeks to obtain.***  Here are the instructions​ on how to create that account.
MyOpenMath Orientation for VCCS Educators (MOVE) 101 - The purpose of MOVE 101 is for faculty to experience MOM as a student and to learn the basics on how to set up and run a course in MOM.  The course is split into two parts.  The first part is going through a MOM course as student and doing everything a student would need to do.  The second part involves copying a course and then editing it.  Both parts are divided into modules.  Once all the modules are complete, the course is complete.

MOVE 102 - Having been introduced to the basic features of MOM in MOVE 101, faculty are likely to use the site for assessments in their classes. While canned courses are available with complete sets of assessments, modifications are likely needed to align with the VCCS prescribed outcomes for specific courses or just to suit the preferences of the instructor’s teaching style. Since the MOM site is still somewhat nascent in its development, the database of questions is limited and in need of contributions from subject matter experts such as yourselves. Move 102 will have you creating assessments, configuring the settings, and searching, modifying and creating questions like a pro!

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to change students' lives! Send questions to LWatts@tcc.edu or MWatts@tcc.edu or cheryl@lumenlearning.com.

Posted by Cheryl Huff on March 1, 2016 in Zx23 Webinar VCCS News Training Professional Development OER CIF

Report: Textbook Costs and Student Financial Aid


College textbooks cost too much. If you've watched the news or read a newspaper in the past few years, you are aware of this. If you are the parent of a college student, or a college student yourself, you, and your wallet, know this firsthand.

The soaring cost of college textbooks is well-documented. Since 2006, the prices of college textbooks have increased by a whopping 73%. If you visit a college bookstore today, it would not be unusual to find the cost of textbook for a single college course to be over $200. Browse the shelves a bit more and you may find textbooks that cost as much as $400. For some speciality courses, like Nursing, textbooks can cost even more.

We know a lot about the increase in cost of college textbooks. However, we know very little about how these high costs actually affect college students' financial standing and behavior. A new report by the Student Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Covering the Cost, aims to deepen our understanding of how soaring textbook costs impact our students. The key findings of the report are:

  • Almost one-third (30%) of students replied that they had used financial aid to pay for their textbooks.
  • For those students that used financial aid, the amount of financial aid dollars they put toward purchasing textbooks was more than $300 on average per semester.
  • Textbook prices disproportionately impact community college students (emphasis added): 50% of students report using financial aid for books at community colleges, compared to 28% at 4 year public schools and,
  • On average, community college students use more financial aid than their peers at 4 year schools.

What the report makes clear is that U.S. undergraduate students spend a staggering amount of financial aid to pay for their textbooks: a total of $1.5 billion dollars each semester, or $3 billion per year. The report includes potential solutions and recommendations for decision-makers on all levels to address this growing problem.

You can download and read the full report on the Student PIRG site at http://studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/covering-cost.

 

Posted by Richard Sebastian on February 4, 2016 in Zx23 OER News

Call for Papers: VCCS OER Peer Group Inaugural Meeting April 29 & 30th!


open sign
OER Peer Group Meeting
Friday, April 29, 2016 – Saturday, April 30, 2016
John Tyler Community College – Midlothian Campus
Call for Papers

Are you interested in Open Educational Resources (OER)?  Do you have experience with OER that you would like to share with colleagues across the VCCS?  The 1st biannual meeting of the OER Peer Group will take place in April 28 and 29, 2016.

Information about the meeting is posted here.  The CFP is here.  More information about the sessions and the schedule is below.

We invite proposals based on the following schedule:

Friday, April 29
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with Keynote by David Wiley, Co-founder, Lumen Learning
1:00 - 1:10 p.m. Break
1:10 - 2:00 p.m. Session 1: VCCS Panel on Zx23 Initiative: Richard Sebastian, Facilitator
2:00 - 2:10 p.m. Break
2:10 - 3:00 p.m. Session 2:  Introductory OER Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break & hotel check-in
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. Session 3: Discipline and Constituency Group Meetings
4:20 - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 - 5:20 p.m. Session 4: Workshop in the Disciplines
5:30-6:30: Social
Saturday, April 30
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Hotel check-out
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Session 5:  OER Policies and Training
9:50 - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Session 6: OER and Student Success
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Session 7: Q & A Panel: The Future of Zx23

Introductory OER Sessions:  These sessions are designed for those new to OER and/or for OER faculty and staff to learn from the efforts of OER initiatives at other colleges in the system.

Discipline and Constituency Group Meetings:  These sessions aim to bring together faculty from individual disciplines across the system – English, Math, History, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business, Health, and Humanities – as well as other constituencies such as OER Librarians, Faculty Leads, Program Heads, Administrators, and Instructional Designers.

Workshop in the Disciplines: These sessions will bring faculty from similar disciplines together for a hands-on workshop.

OER Policies and Training: These sessions are aimed at helping OER faculty develop and share effective OER policies and procedures, and to adopt/adapt OER training materials and PDOs.

OER and Student Success: These sessions are aimed at helping OER faculty and others share what they have learned about OER and the quality of teaching, as well as efforts to measure the success of OER at their colleges.

Posted by Cheryl Huff on February 1, 2016 in Zx23 VCCS News Professional Development OER Events

OER Office Hours This Week: Join Me.


Had enough holly and tinsel? Waiting around for the ball to drop for 2016? Polishing up your Spring OER classes? Adding some last minute flourishes? Brainstorming about even more powerful content to achieve those learning outcomes?

Quick reminder: we have daily scheduled OER office hours at Lumen, and it is your open forum for discussions of anything you want to explore in OER theory and practice, including any technical help and support you need. Click here for instructions and to see the days and times on the calendar. This week, Monday Dec 28-Thursday Dec 31, 4:30-5:30pm ET, or by appointment, too. 

No sign up is necessary - you will join us in a virtual space in Uber Conference, which does not require a pin to log in: www.uberconference.com/oerofficehours  Couldn't be easier!

You know how happy you are when students show up at office hours? We feel the same - we are looking forward to seeing you there! Please let me know if you need help joining us for OER Office Hours: cheryl@lumenlearning.com

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Posted by Cheryl Huff on December 28, 2015 in Zx23 Professional Development OER

zELI: NVCC Turns It Up To 11


Last week the Extended Learning Institute (ELI), Northern Virginia Community College's online program, and Lumen Learning issued a joint press release announcing that nine of the 24 courses that make up NVCC's all-OER General Education degree are now available to the public on Lumen's Candela platform. Eventually, all of these "zELI" courses--Z-Degree + ELI-- will be publicly available as well.

Perhaps you are a bit surprised that these courses, and the courses that make up Tidewater Community College's Z-Degree, aren't already publicly accessible. Weren't they created, like, two years ago, you ask? While the courses have been available "by request," you had to find the unmarked door and know the secret knock to get them. This is the first time a full Z-Degree will be shared on the open web. For those of you shouting, "It's about time! These are supposed to be open, you know!"  keep in mind that ushering these precious little darlings into the sunlight is more difficult than it looks.

With the eventual release of the full set of zELI courses, along with Tidewater's Z-Degree courses and the 104 or so courses being developed for the Zx23 Project, it looks like 2016 will bring a dramatic increase in publicly available, high-quality OER courses. It will be interesting to see if having these degree pathways out there for public consumption will spur an increase in adoption of both individual courses and full Z-Degrees. The joint press release is below. You can access the zELI courses on the Candela platform by clicking here: http://lumenlearning.com/partner-nova-zeli/.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on November 21, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News OER

Hello, I'm MTH 240: Introducing New OER for Statistics


Hi there. Let me introduce myself. I'm MTH 240, but you can call me Statistics. I am a blend of OpenStax College's Introductory Statistics and OER from other trustworthy sources, making me the ideal, and first, open course in statistics designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics and engineering. Before you take me you should have been exposed to intermediate algebra. With me,  you're going to learn the application of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. By the way, the foundation of the OpenStax text above is Collaborative Statistics, by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, so you know I've got good bones.

Each of my chapters has an accompanying set of randomized, auto-graded assessments delivered through MyOpenMath. My text, and my assessment sets, have been combined into a single handsome course shell in Blackboard Learn, making it as easy as pie to take me home with you. One more thing: Unlike those other textbooks (you know the ones I'm talking about), I am fully editable, so you are free to customize me how you like. How's that for academic freedom?

Topics I cover include:

  • Probability
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Distributions: Binomial, Geometric, Poisson, Uniform, Exponential, Standard Normal, Chi-Square, F
  • Distribution
  • Central Limit Theorem
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Hypothesis Testing With One and Two Samples
  • Linear Regression
  • Correlation
  • One-Way ANOVA

Interested? Find me on the OER Courses tab in Blackboard Learn and click Bb Preview to request access. I am sure you'll like what you see. I know your students will.  You can also request a department or personal-level version should you wish to take advantage of this added feature.

 

Posted by Richard Sebastian on November 13, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News OER

Join Us In OER Office Hours, daily


Quick reminder: we have daily scheduled OER office hours at Lumen. Some of these sessions (as announced) will be a meet-up for those collaborating on specific course building and planning, and others will be your open forum for discussions of anything you want to explore in OER theory and practice, including any technical help and support you need. Click here for instructions and to see the days and times on the calendar. No sign up is necessary - you will join us in a virtual space in Uber Conference, which does not require a pin to log in.

You know how happy you are when students show up at office hours? We feel the same - we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Please let me know if you need help joining us for OER Office Hours: cheryl@lumenlearning.com

Posted by Richard Sebastian on November 9, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News OER

Dr. Eddie Watson and OER at Virginia Tech, Monday Nov 16th


From OER champion and colleague Anita Walz at Virginia Tech:

Please help me in sharing this information widely. Events on Monday, Nov 16th will be of interest to teaching faculty and administrators, curriculum decision-makers, those concerned about student affordability and academic success, and librarians and instructional designers that work with faculty. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

On Monday, Nov. 16, the University Libraries, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at Virginia Tech will welcome Dr. Eddie Watson. Dr. Watson is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia and expert on Open Educational Resources (OER). He will be leading several workshops.

Open Educational Resources (OER) have saved students at University of Georgia $2 Million in 2013-2016. OER are free and editable teaching, learning, and research resources free of most copyright restrictions and often available under a Creative Commons license (http://www.creativecommons.org). For examples and more information about OER, see http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer. For more information about UGA's OER initiative, visit http://ctl.uga.edu/oer.

Opening Reception for Eddie Watson
10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Open Educational Resources in Teaching and Learning: What, Why, and How
10:20 a.m. - noon, Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Supporting Faculty OER Exploration, Adoption, Adaptation, and Authoring
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Open Educational Resources: Institutional Costs and Benefits
2:45 - 3:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

For more information about the workshops or to register visithttps://www.lib.vt.edu/libnews/2015/2015-10-22.html

All events are free and open to the public. Complimentary on-campus parking permits are available at the Virginia Tech Visitor Center at 925 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA. Campus maps are available at: http://www.maps.vt.edu

Questions? Please contact Anita Walz arwalz@vt.edu

Thank you,

Anita
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Anita R. Walz
Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian
Library Liaison to Economics, Mathematics, and Legal Studies
arwalz@vt.edu | Tel: 540-231-2204 | Fax: 540-231-7808 | Newman Library 207B
Open Educational Resources Guide http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer

Virginia Tech
University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
http://www.lib.vt.edu

Posted by Richard Sebastian on November 9, 2015 in Zx23

TWO OER Collaborations This Week in OPEN Office Hours: PHI and SOC


If PHI is your field and you're ready to go free and open, unshackled by publisher's ideas, please join us on Wednesday, Oct 14, at 4:30-5:30PM ET

If you teach SOC, and you want to replace expensive textbooks while helping students be prepared from day one, join us this Friday, Oct 16, 1-2pm ET. 

Both collaborations will take place in our OPEN Online Office Hours: http://lumenlearning.com/office-hours/

No pin or log in needed! See you there. 

Posted by Cheryl Huff on October 13, 2015 in Zx23 Professional Development OER

CVCC's Z-Degree featured in Lynchburg's News & Advance


Here is another Zx23 Project article from a hometown newspaper--this time The News & Advance, based in Lynchburg, home of Central Virginia Community College. Like today's R T-D article on JSRCC's OER project, this one includes multiple perspectives, including interviews with several CVCC students and zx23 Project lead Juville Dario-Becker. Excerpt below:

Out of a half dozen students interviewed for this story, some students had to buy textbooks for most of their courses, but others, like Nicole Ayers, did not. Ayers said she thinks some of her professors are choosing not to assign textbooks because they are concerned about students struggling to pay for them. Realistically, she said, many students chose CVCC because they are financially unstable and CVCC is relatively affordable compared to some other schools. She is enthusiastic about the idea of the new open resource courses and the guarantee ahead of time a class won’t cost an extra arm and a leg.

“I think it will actually encourage people to come to college,” she said. “I think it will encourage people to come specifically to this college.”

You can find the full article here: http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/cvcc-develops-associate-degrees-that-don-t-require-buying-textbooks/article_a2147713-6ada-5617-bdf2-8c973a66efae.html

 

Posted by Richard Sebastian on October 12, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News OER

Reynold's OER project in the Richmond Times-Dispatch


Today's Richmond Times-Dispatch story, Reynolds offers classes with no book costsdescribes J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College's Zx23 Project, with interviews with students, project leader and English faculty member, Jane Rosecrans, and a few faculty skeptics who are still not convinced about the quality or efficacy of open educational resources. I thought the quote from JSRCC student Eric Eichenlaub was incredibly poignant, and underscores for me why reducing the cost of textbooks is so critically important:

Eichenlaub said he has paid up to $200 per course for a new textbook and supplemental materials to make sure he gets the most from the class.
So he was especially gratified when he enrolled in two of English professor Jane Rosecrans’s American literature courses that are part of a pilot program using free open-source educational materials rather than traditional hardcover textbooks. Eichenlaub, father of twin 14-month-old boys, calculates his savings meant extra cash for diapers, formula or his education.

You can read the full article on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website: http://www.richmond.com/news/article_f6f457a3-7f0d-5d63-beb9-150a718afe99.html.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on October 12, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News OER

All About That BIO?


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Please join us in an OER BIO 101 + 102 development collaboration during our OER Office Hours on Friday, October 2, 1-2pm ET.

As you know, the goal of the Zx23 Grant Program is to share and enrich the development of key courses for each Z-degree planned, and we have ample materials for BIO 101, with plans for 102 as well. We hope you can join in this conversation, even if you are not on a Z-team. If you think of someone who might be interested, please spread the word - this is fully open to all interested in BIO 101, 102 and onward. 
We will meet in our Uberconference space where we can share screens, etc.; instructions for a quick, easy log in are here - no pin or registration needed: http://lumenlearning.com/office-hours/
We look forward to seeing you all together, making this happen!

Posted by Cheryl Huff on September 23, 2015 in Zx23

New OER Courses Available


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Over the past several weeks, we've added new courses to the OER Course Catalog in Blackboard Learn, bringing the total number of curated OER titles to 15. The newest open course, and one that has been heavily requested by colleges, is ITE 115: Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts.

All VCCS faculty have access to the OER Courses tab in Blackboard Learn. You just fill out a short form to request access to any of the available open courses in Blackboard, or you can preview a copy of the course materials (without assessments, quizzes, etc.) on a public site hosted by Lumen Learning. Just click Public Link.

Lumen Learning is offering daily online office hours for all of their clients. All VCCS faculty are welcome to consult with Lumen experts during these times about any open course or OER topic. You can find the Lumen office hours calendar here: http://lumenlearning.com/office-hours/.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on September 14, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Update: Zx23 Project Featured on WCVE's Virginia Currents


Public radio fans in the Richmond metro area, listen up: the Zx23 Project will be featured on WCVE's Virginia Currents radio program this Thursday, September 10 during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The radio version will air on WCVE at 8:44 am and 5:44 pm respectively. There will also be a longer online version available on the Virginia Current's site.

The piece includes interviews with Kerrigan Sullivan, Professor of Theatre and Department Chair for Visual and Performing Arts at John Tyler Community College, and yours truly,  about the Zx23 Program. The online version will also include interviews with Cora and Marcus, two of Kerrigan's students. I will post the link to the program once it is released.


UPDATE: Here is the link to the longer, online version of the piece: http://ideastations.org/radio/news/virginia-community-colleges-building-degrees-no-textbook-costs

 

Posted by Richard Sebastian on September 10, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

New: Open Office Hours with Collaboration Sessions


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As you know, we are holding OER Open Office Hours daily for any support you might need. Now we are planning focused collaboration sessions during some of these office hours, led by Zx23 team members, allowing faculty who are in the process of adapting, adopting and building in specific courses to meet and share ideas, experiences and materials across the state. Each group can plan to set up a regular collaboration session, determined in the first meeting, with plans forthcoming.

There is no need to sign up; just log in via the link. Click here for instructions.

Scheduled to date (more to come):

ITE119:  Monday, 9/14, @2pm, led by Nasser Maksoud, MECC, et. al;

CHM111-112: Tuesday, 9/15, @11am, led by Shawn Shields-Maxwell, GCC

PSY200+: Thursday, 9/24@11am, led by Cynthia Lofaso, CVCC

We look forward to seeing you!

Posted by Cheryl Huff on September 8, 2015 in Zx23

Now Open: OER Office Hours!


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Starting September 1,  OER Office Hours daily!

After our twenty-one webinars, campus visits, and other events this summer, we feel like we are getting to know many of you, and are happy to be collaborating on adopting, adapting, and building OER courses at your colleges. (Those webinars are archived here.) Did you know: 100+ different VCCS courses are scheduled to go OPEN this fall/spring? (grinning broadly)

You told us that collaboration with your peers across the VCCS in exploring OER is vital to you, and of course, that is the point of this grant project. So we are excited to announce our next step: daily scheduled office hours. Some of these sessions (TBA) will be a meet-up for those collaborating on specific course building and planning, and others will be your open forum for discussions of anything you want to explore in OER theory and practice, including any technical help and support you need. Click here for instructions and to see the days and times on the calendar. No sign up is necessary - you will join us in a virtual space in Uber Conference, which does not require a pin to log in.

You know how happy you are when students show up at office hours? We feel the same - we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Please let me know if you need help joining us for OER Office Hours: cheryl@lumenlearning.com

Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 27, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Zx23: Thanks for having me!


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This week, I had the pleasure of visiting campuses and having kick-off meetings with Zx23 Grant Project Teams at Piedmont Virginia, Central Virginia, Virginia Western, Reynolds, and Germanna. Last week, I visited Mountain Empire in beautiful Big Stone Gap. The promise that I would get to see much of the state and meet terrific colleagues all over is  becoming more true every week! Soon I'll be visiting Virginia Highlands, Thomas Nelson, Wytheville, John Tyler, NOVA Annandale, and several others of the sixteen colleges in our project.

What I'm hearing in my travels is that team members are back on campus, ready to roll up their sleeves and continue work on OER courses and degrees. Everyone is eager to share and share alike in collaboration with colleagues around the state. Folks are coming to our webinars and adopting, adapting, and in some cases, piloting already. We are busy creating the best forums to further facilitate this collaboration and will keep you updated.

For this week, we will be offering a full round of the "Adopt" "Adapt" and "Build" webinars on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and our "Exploring the OER Course Tab" webinar on Tuesday. Many of you defined what your goals are for your courses and will be joining us.

You can see the schedule and sign up here: http://edtech.vccs.edu/oer/z-x-23-project/oer-events/

You will receive the link to the Blackboard Collaborate space when you sign up.

Happy new semester and thanks to those of you who so graciously hosted me!

Cheryl, Zx23 Shepherdess, Lumen Learning

cheryl@lumenlearning.com, @chuffed57

Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 22, 2015 in Zx23

Zx23 Webinar Central


Did you miss the recent Zx23 session in your specific discipline? Looking for a catalog of Zx23 webinar recordings? You will find all of the webinar session recordings in a single place: on the Zx23 Webinar Central Recording Archive page. You can find it at http://bit.ly/zx23_archive.

Sessions are organized by date and labeled with the specific webinar topic. Just click on the purple Collaborate icon, enter your name and email address, and the recordings should launch. Continue to monitor the Zx23 events page for upcoming webinars.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on August 21, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar Training

Adopting OER Just Got Really, Really Easy


There is a new feature in Blackboard Learn that is going to make it extremely easy for VCCS faculty to browse, preview, and adopt open courses to use in their classes. Now when faculty login to Blackboard Learn, they will see a new tab at the top of their screen called OER Courses (OER stands for open educational resources. For a good definition of OER, see the Hewlett.org site). The new tab contains a list of openly licensed courses—courses that use free and open educational materials instead of traditional publisher-created textbooks—that have been developed, reviewed, and shared by VCCS faculty.

All VCCS faculty are welcome--scratch that--encouraged to browse this catalog of open courses to request access to preview any courses they are interested in. Once a faculty member finds a course they like, they can copy it into a Blackboard shell to use. For free. No strings attached.

Simple as pie, right? Well, that's what we hope at least.

Currently, the following eleven open courses are available on the OER Courses tab:

  • BIO 101 General Biology I
  • BUS 100 Introduction to Business
  • BUS 236 Communication in Management
  • CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking
  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENG 111 College Composition I
  • ENG 112 College Composition II
  • ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I
  • PSY 200 Principles of Psychology
  • SDV 100 College Success Skills

If you want to take a guided tour of the new tab, feel free to register for a webinar that will walk you through the features of the tab and provide more details about adopting the courses found there. The next session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 from 9:00-10:00am via Blackboard Collaborate. You can register by completing the short online form: http://edtech.vccs.edu/sneak-preview-of-the-oer-courses-tab-in-blackboard-tuesday-aug-189-10am-sign-up-here/. Once you sign up, you will be emailed the link to join the webinar.

Hopefully, this new tab will make it easier than ever for interested faculty at colleges across the VCCS to adopt open courses, giving them more flexibility with their course materials and saving their students money to boot.


Posted by Richard Sebastian on August 18, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

13 Aug 2015 Build OER webinar: recording & slides


In the "Building OER Courses" webinar, we focused on how to build OER courses in for delivery in Blackboard. If you couldn't be there or just want to relive the moment, here is a link to the recording of the session: BUILD OER.

You can also get a copy of the presentation from the webinar that includes useful links from the discussion.

Feel free to pass it on to any colleagues interested in exploring OER!

The entire series of Adapt, Adopt and Build OER webinars will be repeated for people who didn't get to attend, so please join us—no prerequisites! You can sign up now.

Posted by Nate Angell on August 14, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar Training

Sneak peek at the new OER Courses tab in Blackboard: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 9-10am


We are previewing the OER Courses Tab in Blackboard on Tuesday, 18 August, 9-10am, in Blackboard Collaborate.

The OER Courses tab is where you can preview and adopt OER courses and course materials, as part of the Zx23 Grant Program or as an interested faculty member within the VCCS.

Hope to see you there! Sign up using the form below.


















Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 13, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar

12 Aug 2015 Adapt OER webinar: recording & slides


About 50 VCCS faculty and staff—including a group of 10 from Mountain Empire—attended today's "Adapt OER" webinar, where we focused on how to adapt OER courses in Blackboard. If you couldn't be there or just want to relive the moment, here is a link to the recording of the session: ADAPT OER. Or you can access the quick guide to adapting OER in Blackboard.

You can also get a copy of the presentation from the webinar that includes useful links from the discussion.

Feel free to pass it on to any colleagues interested in exploring OER!

We will have a sequel "Build OER" webinar for people interested in building new OER courses for subjects where there are not already curated courses: 12-1pm ET this Thursday, 13 Aug 2015, so please join us—no prerequisites! You can sign up now.

Posted by Nate Angell on August 12, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar

By Popular Demand: More Adopt, Adapt and Build Webinars through August


Because of their popularity, and the fact that we want to reach as many of you as possible,  we are offering our three exciting new cross-disciplinary, virtual webinars in the coming weeks of August, M-W-Th.   No matter what course you are teaching, these can benefit your adventures in OER and the Zx23 Grant program! 

If you would like specific instructions and how-to's for adopting, adapting, and building your own courses with OER materials, join us in the Adopt/Adapt/Build webinars listed below. Invite your friends, too! 

  • Upcoming Webinars - sign up here:

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Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 11, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar Professional Development

Today's "Adopt OER" webinar: the recording!


We had a fabulous full house this afternoon for our "Adopt OER" webinar, with over thirty-five people from many disciplines - ENG, MTH, CHM, CST, as well as librarians and instructional design folks.  If you couldn't be there, here is a link to the recording of the session: ADOPT OER

You can also get a copy of the presentation from the webinar that includes useful links from the discussion.

Feel free to pass it on to any colleagues interested in exploring OER!

We will have the sequel: "Adapt OER" webinar this Wednesday, 10:30-11:30am ET, so please join us - no prerequisites! You can sign up here:

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Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 10, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar

Exciting Week of New Webinars: Adopt, Adapt and Build!


Just a reminder that we are offering three exciting new cross-disciplinary, virtual webinars this week, M-W-Th - no matter what course you are teaching, this can benefit your adventures in OER and Zx23 Grant programs! 

If you would like specific instructions and how-to's for adopting, adapting, and building your own courses with OER materials, join us in the Adopt/Adapt/Build webinars listed below. Invite your friends, too! 

  • Upcoming Webinars - sign up here:

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Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 10, 2015 in Zx23 Webinar Professional Development

Our librarians: Integral to OER! OER @VLA in October:


This just in via our friend and New Horizons 2015 co-presenter Anita Walz of Virginia Tech - sounds like an enlightening workshop:

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for Librarians

Pre-Conference Workshop of the Virginia Library Association

Wednesday, October 21st 2-5pm, Richmond, VA

Cost: $20 VLA members/$35 non-members

Registration required: http://www.vla.org/2015-annual-conference

Librarians of all types can benefit from learning about the Open Educational Resources movement: what it is, why it is growing, opportunities and challenges presented by this movement, and opportunities to explore how each librarian may leverage OER to benefit and contribute to their respective institutions and communities. An increasing amount of free, openly licensed content is available for reuse and modification, ranging from complete textbooks to images, games, simulations and nearly any other type of copyrightable property. Openly licensed content, often licensed with a Creative Commons license, another open license, or available in the public domain, is frequently referenced as Open Educational Resources, or OER. Such content is increasing in prominence through use in a variety of cost-saving, learning, social, creative, and commercial applications.

The session will:

  • Provide a brief overview of what Open Educational Resources are and how they are being used
  • Share some top trends that support use of OER in Virginia and nationally
  • Share evidence and arguments which explain the value of OER for higher education
  • Guide exploration of OER relevant to each participant’s professional role and user community
  • Facilitate discussion between participants regarding the benefits and challenges of using OER in different contexts
  • Facilitate an action plan activity whereby each participant may develop one or more ideas to experiment with using OER relevant to the participant’s institution and community
  • Explore creating a network wherein librarians engaged in OER initiatives can work together toward common goals

Anita R. Walz

Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Library Liaison to Economics, Mathematics, and Legal Studies

arwalz@vt.edu | Tel: 540-231-2204 | Fax: 540-231-7808 | Newman Library 207B

Open Educational Resources Guide http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer

 

Posted by Cheryl Huff on August 3, 2015 in Zx23

Upcoming Zx23 Webinars


New Zx23 Webinars are scheduled!

Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of OER already curated by your VCCS colleagues, as well as instructions and how-to’s for adopting, adapting and building your own courses with OER materials.

If you are teaching any of the courses listed below, sign up to attend a webinar to learn where your course fits in with open courses already in use, and how to find the shortest path to bringing open educational resources (OER) to your students. Webinars are offered by subject and course: e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on OER BIO 101-102 would attend a BIO webinar. You will meet your discipline colleagues who are also focused on OER, share materials and best practices, and have the opportunity to join forces to enrich available OER even further.

If you would like non-discipline specific instructions and how-to's for adopting, adapting, and building your own courses with OER materials, join us in the Adopt/Adapt/Build webinars listed below.

  • Upcoming Webinars - sign up here:

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Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 29, 2015 in Zx23

Three, count'em, three Zx23 Webinars next week! Sign up now!


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Busy preparing your fall classes? Looking for fresh, exciting, and free, yes, free open educational resources for your students? Ready to adopt and adapt a fully OER course built by pros, ready for popping into your Bb shells?  We can help you with that.  We have these three Zx23 webinars happening next week, and we would love to have you join us:

  • CHM 101/102 & 111/112 Monday, July 27 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • ART 100 & 101 Wednesday, July 29 10:30-11:30am ET
  • ENG 241 & 243 Thursday, July 30 12:00-1:00pm ET

All are welcome: faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER. Go ahead and sign up here.  You will receive a link to our Zx23 Bb Collaborate space where you can join us.

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Can't make it?

Let us know and we'll make sure you have another  opportunity to join in.

Don't see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we'll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list!

Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 23, 2015 in Zx23

Zx23 Webinar: Math - Moving to OER


This morning's lively Zx23 webinar about adopting open Algebra & Precalculus courses like MTH 163, MTH 164, MTH 166, MTH 158, via Lumen's Candela and MyOpenMath (MOM) included twenty-five participants, some whom helped adapt and develop these materials. There was ample sharing open resources, with a curated list of online calculating tools like: https://www.desmos.com/calculator; http://www.opengraphingcalculator.com/; http://dlippman.imathas.com/graphcalc/graphcalc.html; http://dlippman.imathas.com/3dg/index.html; and even a fancy 3D one: http://web.monroecc.edu/manila/webfiles/calcNSF/JavaCode/CalcPlot3D.htm !

Several Zx23 colleges are ready to roll out OER math courses for their students this fall, saving them money and improving their ability to succeed in their math classes. Others are developing pilots for spring.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores complete courses based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges, and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open math course or materials. You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Want to sign up for an upcoming webinar? Check the event schedule to the right. Click here and submit a short, informative form.

Faculty looking to adopt any courses can click here to submit a brief form, which is also accessible to the right in the bullet box under Request Open Courses.

We are looking forward to the next webinar: July 27, 2015: Zx23 Webinar: CHM 101/102 & 111/112!

Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 23, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Upcoming Zx23 Webinars


New Zx23 Webinars are scheduled!

If you are teaching any of the the following courses, sign up to attend a webinar to learn where your course fits in with open courses already in use, and how to find the shortest path to bringing open educational resources (OER) to your students:

  • Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of OER already curated by your VCCS colleagues, with instructions and how-to’s for adopting, adapting and delivering your own courses with OER materials.
  • Webinars are offered by subject and course: e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on OER BIO 101-102 would attend a BIO webinar. You will meet your discipline colleagues who are also focused on OER, share materials and best practices, and have the opportunity to join forces to enrich available OER even further.

Upcoming Webinars

  • PSY 200 & SOC 200: Monday, July 20 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • HIS 121-122: Wednesday, July 22 10:30-11:30am ET
  • MTH Algebra & Precalc: Thursday, July 23 12:00-1:00pm ET (Focus: Algebra & Precalculus courses like MTH 163, MTH 164, MTH 166, MTH 158)
  • CHM 101/102 & 111/112 Monday, July 27 4:00-5:00pm ET
  • ART 100 & 101 Wednesday, July 29 10:30-11:30am ET
  • ENG 241 & 243 Thursday, July 30 12:00-1:00pm ET

All are welcome: faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER.

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Can't make it?

Let us know and we'll make sure you have another  opportunity to join in.

Don't see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we'll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list.

 

Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 17, 2015 in Zx23

Zx23 Webinar 15 July, ENG111-112


Over 45 VCCS participants attended the Zx23 webinar focused on ENG111-112, Composition I&II,  on 15 July 2015.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores complete courses based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges, and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open ENG111-112 course.

You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Want to sign up for an upcoming webinar? Check the event schedule to the right. Click here and submit a short, informative form.

Faculty looking to adopt the ENG111/112 courses should email support@lumenlearning.com with the following information:

  • Faculty name
  • Name of the course (ie, SDV 100)
  • Name of your institution
  • Academic term in which open course will be offered
  • Number of students expected to enroll

Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 16, 2015 in Zx23

Zx23 Ink: Freddyburg Free Lance Star


GCC professor and Zx23 Program Manager Cheryl Huff got a nice write-up in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star about her role in the VCCS's Zx23 Project.

Cheryl Huff has heard the excuses over and over from her students at Germanna Community College. Those who started class without the required textbooks would explain that they were having problems getting their financial aid or had to wait until their next paycheck to buy them.

“It’s very frustrating on both sides,” said Huff.

Now the GCC associate English and humanities professor is working to eliminate their frustration and hers. She’s on a one-year leave of absence to head the Virginia Community College System’s new Zx23 Project.

Read the entire article online at http://goo.gl/EqYNFM.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on July 13, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Zx23 Webinar 8 Jun 2015: SDV 100


Over 30 VCCS faculty signed up and over 20 attended the first Zx23 webinar focused on SDV 100 College Success Skills on 8 Jun 2015.

You can watch a recording of the hour-long webinar that explores a complete course based on open educational resources (OER), including materials tailored for specific VCCS colleges and guides faculty on how to adopt and adapt an open SDV 100 course.

You can also view the presentation from the webinar.

Faculty looking to adopt the SDV 100 course should email support@lumenlearning.com with the following information:

  • Faculty name
  • Name of the course (ie, SDV 100)
  • Name of your institution
  • Academic term in which open course will be offered
  • Number of students expected to enroll

Posted by Nate Angell on July 10, 2015 in Zx23

Zx23 Webinars: SDV 100+, BIO 101-102 & ENG 111-112


Three Zx23 Webinars are scheduled!

If you are teaching any of the the following courses, sign up to attend a webinar to learn where your course fits in with open courses already in use, and how to find the shortest path to bringing open educational resources (OER) to your students:

  • SDV 100+: Wed 7/8/2015 10:30-11:30am ET
  • BIO 101-102: Thu 7/9/2015 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • ENG 111 + 112: Wed 7/15/2015 10:30-11:30am ET

Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of OER already curated by your VCCS colleagues, with instructions and how-to’s for adopting, adapting and delivering your own courses with OER materials.

Webinars a offered in cohorts by course: e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on OER BIO 101-102 would attend a BIO webinar. You will meet your discipline colleagues also focused on OER, share materials and best practices, and have the opportunity to join forces to enrich available OER even further.

All are welcome!

Faculty from VCCS colleges participating in the Zx23 program as well as other faculty interested in adopting OER.

Can't make it?

Let us know and we'll make sure you have another opportunity to join in.

Don't see your course?

More webinars are coming. Let us know what course you are teaching and we'll guide you forward.

If you are a Zx23 lead, please be sure to push this out to your team, as we are still working on our growing contact list.

Posted by Nate Angell on July 7, 2015 in Zx23

Congratulations, Zx23 Grantees!


Congratulations to all of you for being part of the Zx23 Grant Project! I know you are eager to make plans for the coming months. Please dive into the information below, and surface with your questions! I'm happy to be working with you on this meaningful project that will bring positive change to the Commonwealth. The sooner we adopt and adapt, the sooner that change can happen.

Cheers, Cheryl
Cheryl Huff, Zx23 Shepherdess
cheryl@lumenlearning 540.669.0623

What’s in store?

We are thrilled to have so many colleges joining us in this adventure. We have met with many of you already, getting everyone on board, and want to fill you in on the plans made to work with you in the months to come.

There are three main activities in our work together:

  1. Faculty collaborating to adopt, adapt, teach, and when necessary, build OER courses to share across the VCCS and beyond. We’ll help you figure out where your course fits in with open courses already in use and how to find the shortest path to bringing OER to your students.
    Next Step: Join a scheduled virtual meeting for your course or discipline, or reach out for consultation on where to start: Cheryl@LumenLearning.com.
  2. Zx23 project participants planning credential pathways for their institutions to offer zero textbook costs for students.
    Next Step: Schedule Zx23 team onboarding and kickoff meeting for your college for team leaders, faculty and supporting librarians, instructional designers, faculty support staff and Blackboard administrators by emailing Cheryl@lumenlearning.com.
  3. Generating shared understandings and community around OER and open educational practices.
    Next Step: Sign up for the VCCS OER Peer Group list vccs-oer-peer-group@lists.vccs.edu and to go deeper, take the short course, Pathways: Adopting OER in the Classroom (sign up form) http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup. We recommend at least two members of your Zx23 project team complete Pathways to build a foundation for local understanding and community around OER and open education.

Not yet participating in Zx23? Everyone is welcome in these professional development opportunities, whether your college is already a part of Zx23 or not.

Contact Channels

Keep up to date on everything Zx23, including future Webinars and OER Events: http://moourl.com/Zx23_Connect

Course Development

We would like you to cultivate this methodology for the project: adopt, adapt, and (only when necessary), build.

As a faculty member you do not need to wait to begin using OER in your courses. You may choose to adopt an OER course that has already been developed by others this fall, and then adapt and refine the course through your institution’s z-degree program. We would be happy to assist you in reviewing and adopting existing courses, both through the webinar process and individually.

Because there are already many great resources available, you will want to adopt them for your class, then adapt them to your needs. We don’t expect many courses to need significant building or creating by faculty, but if you are in this category, you will need to devote considerable time to the project, with our guidance. If, during the initial stages of exploration, you are not finding what you need, please ask us about it. Lumen has many resources beyond the VCCS-developed materials.

 Zx23 Grant Professional Development

As you know from the grant application, there will be professional development required, and in two forms: the Pathways course, and Zx23 Webinars, both taking place in Blackboard.

  • Pathways, a Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) project designed by TCC’s Linda Williams, covers both the theory and practice of using OER. During this five module course you’ll learn how using OER benefits the students and the college far beyond the price of a textbook. You will learn how to select and use the best materials to meet your learning outcomes in a legally and ethically sound way. Pathways will be required of at least two of your team members, preferably the lead on the project plus one. The second could be a faculty member, a librarian, or an instructional designer from your team. If more members of your team want to take Pathways straight away, they are welcome to. The aim is that once your two team members have completed Pathways, they can then train the rest of the team and anyone at your college on an ongoing basis. Cohort I teams will be starting Pathways soon, TBA, as you need to be ready to pilot in the fall. Cohort II folks are encouraged to begin as soon as possible, because getting a jump on fall means you will be that much further along when the winter holidays roll around. If you wish to begin piloting in fall, we would encourage you in your plans, and help you make it happen. Sign up for Pathways here: http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup
  • Our ongoing series of Zx23 Webinars will give you a discipline-specific tour of available OER, with instructions and how-to’s for using Blackboard + Candela materials and courses. These will be offered in cohorts by course; e.g., everyone across the VCCS working on BIO101-102 for their Z-degrees will attend the BIO Webinar. You will meet your Zx23 discipline colleagues, and find out what they are using and doing. You will learn about the Shared Courses tab in Bb and how to use it. Sign up for webinars here: http://moourl.com/x23_signmeup

Policy and Sustainability

Another grant deliverable is to create an OER policy to ensure the ongoing quality of z-courses (see Tidewater Community College’s OER policy: http://www.tcc.edu/policies/2000/2108UseofOpenEducationalResources.pdf). The OER policy should make a distinction between an OER course and a z-course, as well as address the following areas:

  • Faculty training for z-courses
  • College open licensing requirements
  • Guidelines for continuous improvement of course materials and student outcomes
  • Procedures for using the OER attribute in SIS to identify all low-cost and no-cost courses, including z-courses
  • Develop and share a detailed plan and timeline for building out the remainder of the Z-Degree.

Please review the Grant requirements, especially the Project Timeline, the Roles and Responsibilities, and the Project Deliverables linked here, and create a project plan for your team and your college as soon as possible. http://edtech.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Zx23_Request_for_Applications.pdf

Keep in touch:

We at Lumen are excited and challenged by this powerful initiative in the VCCS and hope you won’t hesitate to communicate your questions with Zx23 Program Manager Cheryl Huff (cheryl@lumenlearning.com) along with Dr. Richard Sebastian (rsebastian@vccs.edu), Principal Investigator for the Hewlett-funded Zx23 Project grant.. We are happy to work closely with everyone involved in this project, so don’t think we will only be there for your lead or admins. We encourage you to schedule an on-campus kick-off with Cheryl and your team as soon as possible, so please send some date and time options so she can get you on her calendar.

— Cheryl Huff, Zx23 Shepherdess, with the Lumen Learning Success Team
cheryl@lumenlearning.com 540.669.0623

Posted by Cheryl Huff on July 7, 2015 in Zx23

Announcing the Zx23 Project Grantees


Congratulations to the VCCS colleges selected to participate in the Zx23 Project. Each college will receive grant funds to support faculty and staff in building a Z-Degree at their respective institutions. You can click on the college abbreviation in the first column to see additional application details.

See the Zx23 Project page for news and updates on grantees and other aspects of this groundbreaking project.

There is still a chance for a few additional colleges to participate in the Zx23 Project. Contact Richard Sebastian at rsebastian@vccs.edu for details.

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College First Last Type of credential Type of program Grant
SVCC Tara Carter Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) University Parallel - Business Administration 15000
RCC Marty Brooks Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Arts and Science for Transfer 15000
VHCC Barbara Manuel Credential* Gen. Studies 8250
NVCC Dr. Braddlee Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Liberal Arts 15000
VWCC Elizabeth Wilmer Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
PVCC John Donnelly Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 14760.00
TNCC Patrick Tompkins Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Social Science 15000.00
TCC Daniel DeMarte Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Administration of Justice 15000.00
GCC Ann Woolford, Ph.D. Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 14855.00
CVCC William Sandidge Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies and Business Administration 15000.00
NRCC Pat Huber Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
WCC Lorri Huffard Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) A & S in Science, Specialization in Mathematics 15000.00
PDCCC Tara Atkins-Brady Credential* Certificate in General Education 14100.00
JTCC Leonda Keniston Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) General Studies 15000.00
JSRCC Jane Rosecrans Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Social Sciences 14912.00
MECC Vickie Ratliff Associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) Management 15000.00
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Posted by Richard Sebastian on July 1, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Meet the New Zx23 Project Manager: Cheryl Huff


Cheryl Huff

Last week on this blog I announced the official release of the Zx23 Project Request for Applications. Today, I'd like to announce the selection of Cheryl Huff as the new, full-time Program Manager for the Zx23 Project.  Cheryl (BA, MA-LA, M.Litt) has been teaching, chairing, training faculty, and coordinating projects at Germanna Community College for the past nine years. Her background is in ancient Greek philosophy and the works of Shakespeare. Through Germanna's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Cheryl implemented institutional change in distance learning at the college as well as across the VCCS. She specializes in designing quality online courses and course materials, including open educational resources. In 2012, Cheryl received a Chancellor's OER Adoption Grant to develop OER for her English course and has since become an OER leader at Germanna and the VCCS. Cheryl brings this wealth of experience to the Lumen Learning team. In her new role she will focus exclusively on the Zx23 Project.

Cheryl says, "There is no evidence that Gandhi actually said, 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' but that doesn't make it any less of a good idea. I believe we can change the world of education through OER development for the VCCS, working with Lumen."

As the Principal Investigator for the Zx23 Project, I am extremely pleased to hear about Lumen's selection of Cheryl as Program Manager and I look forward to supporting her and the other Zx23 Project colleges over the next year. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Posted by Richard Sebastian on May 25, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Zx23 Project Request for Applications Released


zzzVCCS colleges interested in being part of the...drumroll please...ground-breaking...innovative...envelope-pushing Zx23 Project can now download the official Zx23 Project Request for Applications.

The Z x 23 Project is a one-year grant to support the VCCS’s long-term goal of scaling Z-Degrees to all 23 VCCS colleges. The $200,000 grant from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, combined with matching funds from Chancellor DuBois and the System Office, will be used to fund, support, and train faculty and staff at up to fifteen Virginia community colleges interested in building Z-Degrees. Each Zx23 Project college is eligible for a grant of up to $15,000 to develop the first twelve courses of a Z-Degree. Lumen Learning, Inc. will work closely with faculty and staff at participating colleges to help build these pathways, host the courses in Blackboard Learn, and evaluate the outcomes of the pilots. The grant period ends June 24, 2016.

Please read the Request for Applications for application deadlines, grant details, project deliverables, and timelines. The Request for Applications and the Zx23 Project online application form can be found on the project website at http://edtech.vccs.edu/educational-technology-resources/oervccs/z-x-23-project/.​

 

Posted by Richard Sebastian on May 21, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

Inquire Within: Hiring Zx23 Program Manager


Looking for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to assist Virginia Community College's dramatically scale open educational resources across the state? Want to work for Lumen Learning, in my opinion one of the most interesting new technology start-ups? Are you lovable, flexible, and committed to the success of community college students? If so, take a look at the description for the Zx23 Program Manager below.

The Zx23 project Program Manager (Program Manager) is a critical position in helping Virginia successfully meet the ambitious goal of offering a zero-textbook-cost degree (“Z degree”) program at all 23 of its community colleges. Employed by Lumen Learning but working exclusively on the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Zx23 project, the Program Manager will serve as a connection between the innovative work in Virginia and the broad resources and experiences of Lumen and its other clients and partners. The position will start begin immediately, through June 30, 2016, with possible ongoing opportunity for employment with Lumen with continuing focus in Virginia or beyond.

There has not been an open education effort on the scale of the Zx23 project before and the Program Manager position will be critical to the project‘s overall success. Dedicated to defining, guiding, and facilitating a program that has the potential to create positive change across the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as serve as a model for similar efforts around the world, this position will require creativity, flexibility, risk-taking, and critical analysis in order to be successful. The Program Manager is often the initial emissary of openness and of new teaching and learning practices and will be expected to constantly seed and nurture positive change.

To see the original job description or to apply, click on the following link: http://lumenlearning.com/jobs/zx23-project-program-manager/

Posted by Richard Sebastian on April 21, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

OpenVA 2.1: Powdered Wig Version


Thomas Jefferson Reenactment

"P.S., citizens: ye should license openly all of mans' intellectual endeavors to avoid some serious problems down the road."

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 close of OpenVA 2.0 last October at Tidewater Community College with the idea of the college "drive-by."

The W&M event is really an ideal format for the next iteration of OpenVA. Jamison Miller, previous OpenVA participant and graduate student in W&M's Higher Education Program, organized OpenVA 2.1 to address particular needs at his institution, but has designed the event with input from the the broader open community in Virginia. Here is the announcement Jamison posted to the OpenVA mailing list:

We are excited to announce “OpenVA 2.1”, a 3-hour workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) that will be hosted at the College of William and Mary on Saturday, May 2nd. Although OER are gaining exposure and adoption across the globe, awareness remains one of the chief obstacles to implementation. This event, then, is about fostering a rich and varied awareness of the many faces of OER. We are organizing two focused panels to critically discuss:

  1. the current OER landscape and what constitutes OER and,
  2. first-hand accounts of OER implementation from a variety of disciplines and contexts.

These panel sessions will be broken up by an expectedly spirited keynote address from Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University. Space in the agenda will be reserved for audience input, as we hope to encourage an engaged dialogue relevant to attendees. And lunch is on us!

It is good to see the DIY, guerilla spirit of the first OpenVA conference continue. The first conference was created 2 1/2 years ago out of spit and polish, rolls of duct tape, Werner Herzog-recommended bolt-cutters, pure, unrefined human ingenuity, and a small roll of bills that constituted a budget. We referred to it as an "inaugural" event at the time, but that was purely aspirational. Here we are today, with another exciting event at one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious colleges. Who'd a thunk? Details below. It's free, but you have to register.


Saturday, May 2nd, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 10 for coffee)
Media Center, Ground floor, Swem Library
The College of William and Mary
400 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Free weekend parking available in all campus lots
Directions: https://swem.wm.edu/about/directions-parking
The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required as there is a cap of 50 attendees. Register at http://openva.org/register-2/. Please distribute immediately to interested staff and faculty. For questions, please contact Beverly Covington or Jamison Miller.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on April 14, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News Professional Development

The Portable Z: We’re Doing Five Blades


Portable ZOne of my favorite Onion articles is an expletive-laced "op-ed" by fictitious Gillette CEO and President James M. Kilts responding to his company's lack of innovation in the "multi-blade" razor game. Softening up the language a bit so the VCCS will continue to allow me to blog, the modified headline reads: "Screw It. We're Doing Five Blades." I'm not going to link to it for obvious reasons, but you get the drift. Google the Onion + five blades if you want to read the whole, hilarious, testosterone-soaked article. Again: lots of cuss words.

Well, Virginia's Community Colleges are "doing five blades," too. Not in the multi-blade razor/moisturizing aloe strip space, of course. No, instead--building on the pioneering work of Tidewater Community College--the VCCS is taking OER to the next, audacious, metaphorical five-blade level by scaling the zero-textbook-cost degree--or Z Degree--to all 23 VCCS colleges.

The initiative, called the Z x 23 Project, is made possible by a generous grant from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, an organization with a deep interest in understanding how to successfully scale OER. The one-year grant will allow the VCCS to kickstart the process of building out the Z Degree by providing funding, support, and training to fifteen (15) VCCS colleges to begin building pathways to their own Z Degrees. An initial cohort of 6 colleges will begin work right away and work through the summer. A second cohort of 9 colleges will get underway in early fall 2015. Each participating Z x 23 college will pilot the open courses they adopt for this project. Lumen Learning, the VCCS's partner in this endeavor, will work closely with participating institutions to build these pathways, host the courses in Blackboard Learn, and evaluate the outcomes of the pilots. Along the way, we also want to document how OER successfully scales and becomes mainstream, and answer the question, "How do we make Z degrees portable?"

Virginia’s community colleges are known internationally for their innovative OER work and significant accomplishments in developing and using open materials. TCC's groundbreaking Z Degree, the first all-OER degree in the world, is partially responsible for putting Virginia on the OER map. However, much of this attention also comes from Virginia's uncommon central structure, which enables the system to translate a commitment to scale OER into action. Sixteen VCCS colleges have developed and deployed OER courses. Over 70 open courses have been developed using Chancellor's Innovation Funds (CIF), Chancellor's OER Adoption Grants, Professional Development Grants, or local college funds. Collectively, the efforts of Virginia's Community Colleges have saved students millions of dollars in textbook costs. And with the addition of 2 new Z Degrees from NVCC, the VCCS now has 3 all-OER associate degrees. All of this has taken place in less than 3 years.

This is a growing, global movement, and the next three years are going to bring even more dramatic results. This grant from the Hewlett Foundation is going to allow the VCCS to continue to lead the way forward.

Details about how your college can become a Z x 23 college will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, feel free to post a comment on here or contact me directly to express your interest or get additional information.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on April 9, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News

The 3rd Annual Open Textbook Summit is calling


Call_for_Proposals___Open_Textbook_SummitThe call for proposals is out for BCcampus's 3rd Annual Open Textbook Summit. The summit will be held on May 28-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the same location as the Open Education Conference on November 18, 2015, which also has a call for proposals.

Summit topics include:

  1. Faculty experiences adopting, adapting or creating open textbooks
  2. Student advocates and students who have experienced open textbooks
  3.  Open textbook project staff interested in sharing experiences and resources
  4. Government representatives who are, or are interested in, creating policy and establishing funding programs
  5. Librarians supporting open textbooks
  6. Open textbook research initiatives
  7. Open textbook peer review
  8. Institutional support for open textbook adoptions
  9. Technology to support the development and use of open textbooks
  10. Innovative pedagogical activities involving open textbooks  and open pedagogy

Submissions  are due on March 23, 2015. Acceptance announcements go out no later than April 2, 2015. Presenters get their registration fee waived.

Posted by Richard Sebastian on March 19, 2015 in Zx23 VCCS News Professional Development

Contact

Reach Cheryl Huff, Zx23 Project Manager, with any questions or planning: cheryl@lumenlearning.com

Request an OER course from Lumen Learning or ask questions/leave feedback about the Zx23 Project.

Keep up to date on Zx23 Webinars and OER Events

Sign up for the VCCS OER Peer Group list directly: (https://lists.vccs.edu/lists/listinfo/vccs-oer-peer-group)

Looking for a past Zx23 Webinar recording? Click here.