Join us for the next CCCOER Quarterly Meeting – June 7th – Foothill College
The next quarterly Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) meeting will be held at Foothill College’s Campus Center (Toyon Room) in Los Altos Hills from 10 am to 1 pm on June 7, 2010. Attendees can join in person or attend online.
• Keynote presentation with Q&A: Mark Miller, business development at Textbook Media, with a major open textbook announcement.
• CCCOER leadership and changes in the coming months.
• Geoff Cain of College of the Redwoods and representatives of other member colleges will provide presentations on their best practices.
• Panel discussion on textbook accessibility led by College Open Textbooks Associate Director Una Daly featuring - Jared Smith from Web Accessibility in Mind; Gaier Dietrich, acting director of the High Tech Unit of the California Community College; Julie Carpenter, Collections Director at Bookshare; and Alice Kreuger, president of Virtual Ability – who will be discussing the motivations and processes for making OER accessible to diverse learners.
We would also like to invite three other member colleges with new OER websites or other recent initiatives to give short presentations. If interested in sharing your best practices and being one of the three presentations or have any questions, please contact Monica Sain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort by the OER Center for California, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the League for Innovation in the Community College and many other community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources (OER) and especially open textbooks in community college courses.
Foothill College’s Una Daly (Associate Director Community College Open Textbooks) will be a panelist at this years Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Ed Tech Industry Summit.
This event will take place in San Francisco (at the Palace Hotel) during May 23 – May 25. It looks like this is the place to be if you want to be a part of the the latest happennings in the intersection of K12 and post secondary education and technology.
Una will be participating in a session called “Governmental and Institutional Drivers of Open Educational Resources”. If you are attending, check your schedule for the time of this session which shoould be on May 24. The contents of the session will launch off of the description presented in the program:
“The Obama Administration, state policy makers and institutional leaders
are driving development and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER)
in many pockets across the country and throughout the K-20 system. This
panel of local, state and higher education leaders will explore the goals
of OER, the definitions and models, and the current and future impact on
students, educators, government agencies and publishers/developers.
Questions to be answered include: What needs are these OER initiatives
trying to solve — cost saving, filling a market gap, encouraging digital
and innovation, flexibility to edit content, other? What is the long-term
sustainability model for OER? What does OER mean for publishers and
The opening keynote address is called “What Does Going Mobile and Global Mean? Lessons From the Industry Trenches.” If you have read some of my previous blog posts, you may have noted that the mobile readiness of educational resources is on the minds of alot of people. Enjoy the show, and check out Clement Street while in San Francisco for a fantastic selection of good food.
Brian Evans, instructor in the Economics Dept. at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, has just made available the results of his study comparing the costs of using Open Textbooks vs traditional textbooks. Brian presents the factors involved in the study, statistics on the choices made by the students, student opinions, and some thoughts looking forward. Brian’s Powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post.
I talked with Brian about his results. One point that was summarized in this study, and also brought out in other studies, is that some students still like traditional textbooks and at times find them easier to use. Could it be caused by a deficiency in the tools (notebooks, touch screens, and associated s/w) that are in place to deliver the content? Hopefully with the new platforms such as the iPad and beyond, the user interface will improve and win more people over.