Thursday, January 12, 2012

Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources (CCCOER)

Dear Community College Faculty,

Some of you attended my presentation Open Education Revolution: From Open Access to Open Participation or gave me your card  at the Mid-Pacific ICT conference in San Francisco last week.  I really enjoyed the conference and found the presentations informative and inspiring but as James Jones said -- the interaction with peer faculty is the high point.   I recently became the Community College Outreach Manager at the Open Courseware Consoritium and wanted to give you a little background on the OER movement at Community Colleges in the U.S. and invite you to join us on the journey to make college more affordable and improve teaching and learning for faculty and students.

The Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources (CCCOER) was founded almost 5 years ago by Dr. Martha Kanter (now, undersecretary of Education) when she was Chancellor of the Foothill-DeAnza College District.  Since that time it has grown to include 200+ colleges in 14 states and merged with the Open Courseware (OCW) consortium over the summer.   I moved from the Foothill-DeAnza College district to the Open Courseware Consortium to be your Community College Outreach Manager and I look forward to hearing about your needs and thoughts on adopting and creating open educational resources including open textbooks and open courseware. 

Please check out my blog at the Community College Consortium for OER website if you missed my presentation or wanted to review it.   Also, we will be sponsoring monthly webinars featuring Community College faculty engaged in creating and/or reusing OER.   Come to our January webinar featuring Open online Math homework systems for using with open textbooks with David Lippman from Pierce College in WA .    Contact me if you would like to be a featured speaker this year.

We need your ideas for growing the consortium and setting direction for 2012.  If you have an OER project at your college (no matter how small), please contact me so we can share what is happening across the nation at community colleges.  Also, please find attached the information for joining the OCW Consortium as a institutional member of the Community College associate consortium.   You can join as an individual college, college district, or a statewide consortium.  So far  we have 72 community colleges nationwide in the consortium and need more voices in this dialogue.

I also welcome you to participate on the CCCOER Advisory board and help us plan events and advocate for OER friendly policies which is possible even without college membership.  I wish you a productive 2012 and look forward to working together to make community college students and faculty successful.

Una Daly

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