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College Open Textbooks Collaborative Recognized for its Outstanding Use of Technology in Higher Ed!

We are pleased to announce that College Open Textbooks is one of the four recipients that will be given the 2010 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, a competition that recognizes innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.  CCCOER members KCTCS and Rio Salado Community College District also received WOW awards.

Since 2004, the WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) WOW award has been presented to higher education institutions and organizations for exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to a significant problem or need. In 2010, the awards go to four ambitious projects, each addressing a challenging issue with a unique solution: changing the role of journalism and new media to promote civic engagement; providing adult learners with on-demand programs and services to encourage degree completion; increasing the adoption of open textbooks to lower student costs; and promoting the integrity of academic online programs.

Here is an excerpt from the WCET WOW award recent press release.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s College Open Textbooks Collaborative addresses the goal of textbook costs for community college students, a problem than can be a barrier to college success. The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has implemented a multifaceted strategy to increase adoption of open textbooks among community college faculty. Within a robust, Web-based participatory-learning community of pioneering faculty and students, the collaborative provides training for instructors adopting open resources; accessibility assurances and peer reviews of open textbooks; mentoring of authors opening their textbooks; research on factors that affect open textbook adoption; and advocacy support for other campus stakeholders in the adoption process.  The collaborative makes extensive use of free and low cost Web 2.0 tools to facilitate shared use of all training materials, peer reviews, and other collateral created by its members.

To focus its efforts on areas of greatest impact, the collaborative identified the top 40 community college courses with the highest enrollments nationwide. To date, more than 500 open textbooks have been identified and catalogued online in such disciplines as math, physics, chemistry, business, economics, and sociology. Nearly 100 of these open textbooks have undergone extensive peer review, and many have been reviewed for accessibility standards. Collaborative members include over 200 community colleges in the U.S. and Canada, several open educational resources (OER) repositories, educational researchers, and the OER Center for California, among others. Watch the video!

We will be honored at the WCET Annual Conference on November 10-13 in La Jolla, California.  Dr. Judy Baker and Una Daly will represent us at the conference and accept the award

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