[New Research Release]
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
is excited to release a new report on how faculty members use open educational resources:
Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation
Based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system, and built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty, this study is meant to be shared widely. Download the full report at http://goo.gl/dERBtX.
Please contact the authors of this paper, Boyoung Chae (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Jenkins (email@example.com), with any questions.
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The current edition of Transformative Dialogues: teaching and learning ejournal, Volume 7, Issue 2, TA and Grad Student Experiences with SoTL, is newly published (and freely accessible)!
Transformative Dialogues is a forum for conversations intended to foster the improvement of adult teaching and learning. TD facilitates the multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
This is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal.
The articles are available as .pdf files. The reader can be downloaded for free from Adobe.
Tranformative Dialogues also has a call for submissions for Volume 8, Issue 1, which will be open until October 1, 2014. This will be an open issue and intended for publication January, 2015.
Read the previous issues of Transformative Dialogues!
If you do not already serve as a reviewer for Transformative Dialogues and are interested in applying to be a member of our Review Board please contact us at: TD@kpu.ca
The Institute for Systems Biology just published an article in their newsletter, Molecular Me.
“Shifting the Education Paradigm” shares pictures of Washington State CTC faculty learning from ISB scientists, as well as a snapshot timeline outlining collaborations between ISB and SBCTC.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today launched OPEN Washington, a website that connects faculty to the nation’s finest open resources to save students money.
With OPEN Washington, SBCTC assembles links to top quality open educational resource collections and adds step-by-step training and other tools to help instructors identify, adopt and modify relevant materials. The goal is to make the best materials available to all students at a cost much lower than that of published textbooks.
The Open Educational Resources (OER) available through OPEN Washington are released under licenses managed by the nonprofit Creative Commons, allowing users to reuse, alter and repurpose the content with attribution.
OPEN Washington extends Washington state’s groundbreaking work in open education in a significant new direction. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington state Legislature, SBCTC and community college faculty built the Open Course Library, a collection of open course materials for 81 of the community and technical college system’s highest-enrolled courses. SBCTC has also implemented an ‘open’ policy that ensures products of public and grant-funded educational projects at community and technical colleges are openly licensed and freely available.
In addition to assembling a high-quality collection of resources, OPEN Washington provides training materials and resources, stories of the impact of successful OER use in the Washington community and technical college system, and a community-driven Q&A forum to help instructors learn open licensing and how to use, license and modify OER in their own teaching. SBCTC’s “How to Use OER” training course is nationally recognized for its success in teaching instructors and librarians how to use OER the right way. A self-paced version of that course is available on OPEN Washington.
“The value of the new site is that it provides a one-stop center for instructors and anyone else to find open resources and use them effectively,” said Mark Jenkins, SBCTC director for eLearning and open education. “OPEN Washington gives us the means to represent the best of what’s out there in OER and to provide help and resources for both new and experienced instructors committed to teaching with it.”
SBCTC is one of five organizations nationwide to provide training and support to all U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grantees (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Products resulting from the DOL grants must be openly licensed. The other partners in this grant are Creative Commons, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).
Supporting students in a competency-based education (CBE) program is somewhat different from traditional on-line programs. Most CBE programs offer some form of coaching to assist students in navigating through the program and keeping them on track.
Join presenters from Bellevue College, Broward College, Sinclair Community College, and Western Governors University and as they describe their unique student coaching models developed for and operating in their CBE programs. Each institution has developed a model for supporting their students that fits within the structure of their own campus operations. This interactive webinar will allow you hear about each model and ask questions of the presenters.
Who will benefit from attending: academic administrators developing CBE programs as well as faculty supporting CBE students
The webinar will be held on July 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 EDT/12:00 – 1:30 CDT/ 11:00 – 12:30 MDT/ 10:00 – 11:30 PDT/ 9:00 – 10:30 AKDT/9:00 – 10:30 HST.
You must register to participate. Registration is open until July 27.
The webinar will be archived in October 2014.
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Kingsborough Community College offers a two day series of active, collaborative, workshops on the “nuts and bolts” of designing and building learning communities and LC programs. The autumn workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, on our campus in Brooklyn, NY.
The workshops are appropriate for individuals new to learning communities as well as those who seek to reflect on and strengthen their practices. We have been joined in the past by teams from across the nation, from two year and four year colleges. I’ve attached more detailed information to this email.
If you would like to send a team from your school we welcome you.
If you know of colleagues elsewhere who might be interested, please feel free to share the attached, or to direct them to Ms. Stephanie Akunvabey, Associate Director of Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org; 718.368.6634).
Apply for an NEH Enduring Questions Grant!
The National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question.
This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.
Enduring Questions | National Endowment for the Humanities
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Apply for a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant!
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities is currently accepting proposals designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities.
By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.
Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Two levels of awards will be made in this program: Level I and Level II.
Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. In addition to early planning towards an innovative prototype, Level I proposals should identify a problem or research question, explore a research agenda, or discover appropriate methodologies or technologies. Outcomes for Level I projects would likely include reports, position papers, and plans for subsequent steps and future research or development. Level I projects may also fund conferences or workshops addressing specific topics related to the impact of technology on the humanities. Proposals should include specific plans for broad dissemination of project outcomes.
Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept. Level II proposals should therefore include a more articulated plan of work leading to concrete and tangible outcomes, such as working prototypes, test beds, or demonstration projects.
Applicants must state in their narrative which funding level they seek. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the needs of the proposed project.
Program Number: 42117
Program staff recommends that draft proposals (which are optional) be submitted at least six weeks before the deadline. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.
Mark Carbon, of SBCTC’s eLearning department, has scheduled several student retention software demonstrations.
If you are interested in attending (they are hosted via Collaborate and recorded), please visit the WAOL website.
If you have any questions, please contact Monique Kovalenko at email@example.com
The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD for short) funded Suffolk University to collect data and produce a guide on an important topic around online accessibility– how to increase collaboration between Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) and Offices of Disability Services (ODSs) to establish institutional support.
Join in the conversation on August 7th at 1PM (EST) to learn more!
Questions? Contact Kathryn Linder at klinder@SUFFOLK.EDU