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The work you do in OER matters. We can spout numbers about dollars saved and the impact on student completion and retention. But today, in honor of Open Education Week, I’d like to talk about one student. Sara (not her real name) was a student in my Survey of American Literature course in fall 2016 and she offered me permission […]

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A Little Professional Development

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Hands down, the Virginia Community College offers some amazing professional development opportunities. While I hope to see many of you at the VCCS signature conference, New Horizons on April 12-14, the reality remains that not every staff or faculty member has the ability to attend. We have a lot of work to do in order to offer more digitized means […]

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UMW | OER Extravaganza!

Are you familiar with Open Educational Resources (OER)? Would you like to be? Do you care about the academic success of your students? Would you like to save students a substantial amount of money? Are you curious about what’s better than sliced bread? If your answer for any of these questions is yes, then make plans to attend the OER Extravaganza at the […]

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OER Peer Group Conference


A peer group is a natural association of 12 or more faculty by discipline, position or special interest. Each peer group will have the opportunity to meet every other year to discuss substantive issues related to curriculum revision, integration of technology, instructional innovations, and discipline updates. Peer group meetings are organized by a planning committee comprised of individuals in the […]

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Open Education Global

The Open Education Global Conference is the annual opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and educators to deeply explore open education and its impact on global education. Conference participants learn from thought leaders in open education and have the opportunity to share ideas, practices and discuss issues important to the future of education worldwide. Sessions cover new developments in open […]

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Hewlett Annual OER Meeting

Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Annual OER Meeting 2016, will take place on a steamboat that will wind its way along the Mississippi River, departing from and returning to New Orleans, Louisiana. The boat, American Queen, will make its way from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, […]

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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 […]

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