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.
I think it’s time to acknowledge the many organizations who have put in alot of effort and achieved significant accomplishments in the Open Textbook movement. Starting with this post, I will be putting the spotlight on those organizations on a state by state basis. Just in case I blitz out (and sometimes I do..) and miss some organization that should to be mentioned, comment back to this blog and tell us about it.
FDLC is the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. The consortium consists of Florida educational institutions and promotes and supports Distance Learning.
The University Press of Florida is the official publisher for the Florida State University System. Their goal is to collaborate with all the stakeholders in the chain of higher education to meet their evolving needs.
Orange Grove is an online repository of free educational resources based in Florida. Orange Grove Text Plus is a joint initiative of Orange Grove and the University Press of Florida. These two organizations are partnering to lower textbook costs by providing textbooks that are affordable, available online, and adaptable by both instructor and student.
These organizations are a powerhouse in the State of Florida when it comes to leading the way for Open Textbooks. Great results and positive relationships. Hats off!
I had the opportunity to speak with some individuals who represent these organizations; Cathy Alfano (Orange Grove Proj. Mgr., FDLC), Susie Henderson (Orange Grove Project Director and Associate Executive Director of FDLC), and Meredith Morris-Babb (Director of the University Press of Florida, UFP). All three were very enthusiastic about the interest generated by educators and students in Florida and the success of the programs. They pointed out that all the pieces are in place for continued success and growth (resource repository, delivery method, authoring, motivated end consumer). Orange Grove has six server centers world wide that can be used to deliver content to locations around the globe. Meredith brought up the point that course supplement materials (quizes / homework / tests / etc) are an important part of the resources. They are working with WebAssign to provide the related supplemental materials online 24/7.
In the area of adopting and resource creation, they are working with universities on programs to make it enticing for instructors to participate in and create Open Textbooks.
In summary, they are all set up to deliver quality resources to students in the format of their choice (%100 online/downloadable to printable copies) not only in the state of Florida, but any other locations where these educational resources are needed.
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.
The Europe Asia Business School is located in Pune, the capital of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is said to be the cultural center of Maharashtra. On May 14, this school hosted an Open Courseware seminar with the MIT Senior Associate Dean.
An interesting point was brought up by Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, Director Europe Asia Business School. He emphasizes that when we speak of technology bringing educational resources to the people, we should focus more on mobile devices. To support this point, Dr. Nikhil Agarwal brings up the fact that there are over 600 million mobile users in India compared to 70 million computer users. That is quite a big difference. Dr. Agarwal says, “I think in near future, the most important medium for imparting continuous education will be mobile phones & televisions”.
So, I think the developers of open Courseware and OpenTextbooks should investigate and strive to make these resources available via mobile technology as well as computers.