College in Ontario, Canada
Just following up on a suggestion by Nancy Tremblay to write you directly.
I am the project manager for the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), based in California. As a leader in Open Education Resources / educational technology, my role is to increase growth, member participation and organization sustainability.I am based in Ottawa. My resume: http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Randyfisher
CCCOER is a project of Foothill-De Anza Community College District (California), the League for Innovation in the Community College and many other community colleges and university partners. Since 2007, it has led the identification, development and re-use of high quality, accessible and culturally-relevant OERs including Open Textbooks, and make them available for use by community college students and faculty -- (with $1.5M in seed funding from the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to determine sustainable production models) An example: Collaborative Statistics. See: It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks, Educause Review, 2009
We have 200+ members, primarily in the US. In Canada, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a member, and we have a close relationship with BCcampus (comprising 11 colleges, 11 universities and 3 institutes in the public post-secondary sector in BC). We also have global connections. We hope you will join us!
OERs: A Sustainable Business Model
By using and promoting OER, community colleges can offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials,” says Hal Plotkin, a long-time OER advocate. “Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic governance leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.”
See Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials, by Hal Plotkin, which provides an introduction OER basics; a resource guide and insights from OER providers and institutions who have implemented supportive OER policies.
I look forward to speaking with you further, and exploring the possibilities...
Interdisciplinary, Multicultural Communities
Regarding our chat about the challenges of interdisciplinary projects, I have a lot of experience in building bridges and effective collaboration. For WikiEducator.org - I was responsible for building this global community of 15,000+ educators in 120 countries, from initial needs assessment, to training and coaching faculty to project implementation for specific communities. For example, the Community Media space developed by the Commonwealth of Learning is a community of practice for trainers in community media globally, and in Africa in particular. A spinoff project brought together experts in HIV AIDS and community radio practitioners to develop effective learning programs about HIV AIDS Treatment Literacy, for radio broadcast in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa. Here's the case study.
I look forward to speaking with you further, and exploring the possibilities for working together.
New OER Publication, Lingo
New OER Guide for Higher Education Leaders
An Open Educational Resources guide for higher education governance officials written by long-time OER advocate Hal Plotkin has been released by Creative Commons. Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials provides an introduction to the basics of OER, an OER resource guide and insights from OER providers and institutions who have implemented supportive OER policies.
“Open Educational Resources (OER) offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials,” says Plotkin. “Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic governance leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.”
A living version of this document, which you may iteratively improve, and a PDF version available for download, can be found at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Free_to_Learn_Guide.
Benefits - Joining CCCOER
- a stronger voice for community colleges in determining which open educational resources including textbooks are created, reviewed, disseminated, adopted, and employed by students to gain skills and knowledge.
Please see the article by Dr. Judy Baker: It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks in Educause.
Prior to the creation of CCCOER, the 4-year institutions, graduate schools, and K-12 were dictating the direction of the open resources movement.
Member colleges will be given preference in selection as venues for on-site workshops. These colleges will be reimbursed for the costs associated with the workshops and their employees given some preference in registration.
- Attendance at quarterly meetings
- Visibility on our website, blogs, communication vehicles
- Press release
- Stand for election to Steering Committee
- Joint Venture