Open Education Week is happening right now! Open Education Week is being put on by the Open Education Consortium which is a global network for Open Education.
It is truly global, there are presentations from Finland, Cuba, Canada and a plethora of sessions from the United States. The webinars are listed on the top, just scroll through and click on details for ones you’d like to see.
Our recommendations are
Anything that Millersville University is doing! Take a look at their OER guides. They are in Pennsylvania, so check the time and convert to MT! They have sessions each day.
On Wednesday, April 7 at 12 PM ET/ 10 AM MT – 5 PM ET/3 pm MT, there will be TEN OER Degree and Adoption Showcases at Community College.
They do ask for registration and will send you a confirmation email to see any of the 10 colleges and how they have done OER.
The eLearning Consortium of Colorado is proud to announce that we are doing a facilitated keynote for the first day of its 29th annual conference.
Is It Just Me?…Questions facing me and the field
Facilitated Keynote with Dr. Brent G. Wilson
Inspired by radio shows like Is It Just Me Friday, this facilitated keynote creates an inclusive discussion on some critical issues facing e-learning as a field. Dr. Brent Wilson of CU Denver will set up the discussion, followed by roundtable conversation and full-group Q&A.
The focus is on Is it just me concerns – a group reality check on our experience and how the field is adapting to changing conditions of work. Starter issues include: (1) changing roles following higher-ed investments in learning technologies; (2) the growing role of faculty persuasion and institutional change; (3) learning analytics and student success; and (4) advocacy for the profession and self-advocacy as professionals.
Brent G. Wilson is professor of Information and Learning Technologies at CU Denver where he teaches courses in e-learning trends, professional learning, and research in learning design and technology. His research centers around foundational questions such as: What is good instruction? How can we help learners have more transformative learning experiences? How can we help faculty, students, and designers make better use of learning tools and resources?
We would like to thank CCCOnline for arranging and hosting eLCC’s virtual monthly meeting.
The virtual meeting went effortlessly and they could not have chosen two more timely and informative guest speakers. They gave us a high level view of how the state legislature is looking at OER and also what the next steps are so we can tell our colleagues.
I think CCCOnline has developed a pattern of knowing exactly how to setup and facilitate these online meetings. Thank you again!
Here are some of the highlights from the meeting. Agenda(Slides)
The review of this game includes Greek and Egyptian mythology, determinism, transhumanism, posthumanism and discussion of AI. If you click on the show more portion of the YouTube recording, you can see the index portion and go to the area you are most interested in.
READY PLAYER ONE Book Club
The ISTE Games & Sims will be doing the Ready Player One book club!
The online book club will run March 12 – April 8, 2018
Other Topics (Warming Up for – Is It Just Me?… Facilitated Keynote with Dr. Brent Wilson at 2018 eLCC Conference)
Professional Development Speakers – OER Council Presentation
CCCOnline invited Dr. Emily Ragan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Metro, who is the Chair of the state Open Education Resources (OER) Council, and Brittany Dudek, CCCO Library Coordinator, who is a member of the OER Council to talk about this six month group that was created by the Colorado General Assembly. Additionally members of the OER council prepared this pdf on their recommendations. The OER Council was created for a six month period to give recommendations to the General Assembly’s Joint Budge Committee. It has finished its six month period.
Additional OER information
There is a public OER Council website and the agenda and notes from about half of the meetings are on the webpage. The report that was sent to the Joint Budget Committee and the Education Committees of the General Assembly is also available to read on the OER Council website.
On February 7, 2018, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) discussed the OER Report (Recording, go to Index 4, use the blue slider to go to the OER discussion which starts at 2:41:00 – 3:03:30) and move to draft a bill by the end of the month.
Recommendations from the OER Council included promoting the use of free and very low cost textbooks and instructional materials at public institutions of higher education. Staff recommends the Committee sponsor a bill to: • Provide a statewide grant program costing $660,000 General Fund in FY 2018-19, annualizing to annualizing to $1,079,350 for FY 2019-20 and $1,080,720 in FY 2020-21. • Continue the statewide OER Council for the length of the program and add 1.0 FTE in the Department of Higher Education for the length of the initiative.
In addition to the recommendations from the report, the JBC staff recommended that the Committee also consider including a statutory requirement that by fall 2021 for institutional course catalogs to identify which courses use free and very low cost OER materials. A presentation is scheduled for March 12 and a vote is planned to happen between March 12 and 26.
Second Professional Development Event: Net Neutrality
We have been looking at what is happening on the Net Neutrality front. February 27th is actually #OneMoreVote day. You may see this hashtag on social media. We did an overview of Net Neutrality and some possible implications for education recording and slides.
CCCOnline is pleased to host the Feb 23rd eLCC meeting. As we mentioned at the last meeting, this will be a virtual meeting (WebEx information is provided below), however, anyone that wants to visit in person is welcome. CCCOnline is located at 9026 E. Severn Place, Building 967, Denver, CO 880230. If you wish to attend in person, please let me know at Christopher.Luchs@cccs.edu
For this monthly meeting we will do some things different, we’ll kick things off with the business meeting and then have two professional development events. The first will be a presentation by Dr. Emily Ragan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Metro, who is the Chair of the OER Council, and Brittany Dudek, CCCO Library Coordinator, who is a member of the OER Council.
The second professional development event will be a Google Hangout presentation on Net Neutrality and the Feb 27th: Operation #OneMoreVote. The URL for this hangout is http://bit.ly/netneutralityfeb27 There is a limit of 10 seats in the hangout, so spots will be issued on a first come first admitted basis. If you plan on going into Hangout, please use the Google Chrome browser for best results.
You can also watch the hangout at the GamesMOOC Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesmooc The comments section of the YouTube will be monitored so you can ask questions of our presenters and discussants.
The Agenda is:
10:00 to 10:05am: Welcome
10:05 to 10:30am: Conference Update
10:30 to 10:40am: Awards Update
10:40 to 11:30am: Institutional Updates
11:30 to 11:45am: Other Topics
11:45 to 12:30am: OER Council Presentation
12:30 to 1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00 to 2:00pm: Google Hangout Net Neutrality Presentation: Feb 27th: Operation #OneMoreVote
A big thank you to Regis University for hosting us on Friday for the eLCC Monthly meeting.Thank you Sally, Jeff, Nicole, Doug, Yvonne, Ed and anyone else we might have missed.
Regis University is truly a beautiful campus and we did get some more pictures for our eLCC flickr.
It was great – for REALS. Yes that is the actual acronym for the system setup that they showed us.
REALS (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning Systems)
I think we also had one of our best discussions and sharings. Lee Christopher from Arapahoe Community College is our new treasurer!
We shared out a number of edtech, professional development and art activities. (Just go into the document and add anything that you feel is missing.
Conference proposals are open! So are the eLCC awards, please nominate the outstanding people you work with.
Proposals for the 2018 eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference in Breckenridge, CO April 4 – 6, 2018 now being accepted! We look forward to having you present! Click here to fill out a presentation proposal form
Conference registration will open next week. Conference pricing is the same as last year
Early Registration Discount – through March 16th (all three days – includes most meals – Wed. – lunch; Thurs. -breakfast, lunch; Fri. – breakfast, lunch)
Full Conference Registration – after March 16th (all three days – includes most meals – Wed. – lunch; Thurs. -breakfast, lunch; Fri. – breakfast, lunch)
Regis University looks forward to hosting the January eLCC monthly meeting on Friday, the 26th. We’ve once again put in a special request for warm, sunny weather for your brief stay so we hope you can attend.
Parking (All parking lots are fee-based. Kiosks take credit cards and cash):
Option 1 (easiest): Park in Lot 6 (always available parking) and take the free campus shuttle to Claver Hall
Option 2 (for walkers): Park in Lot 6 (always available parking), walk to the athletic field chain link fence and head west past Lots 7 and 5. Walk up the hill to Claver Hall.
Option 3 (for gamblers): Take your chances parking in Lot 5 and walk up the hill to Claver Hall.
Lunch: Box lunches provided if you RSVP to email@example.com by January 19th. We’ll do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, if specified (and Paul, steak and lobster is not a valid “special dietary request”).
Professional development: Sally Cordrey will facilitate an introduction to two recently introduced IT projects: the Technology Training Center and the REALS (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning Systems) classroom, including a walking tour of the new facilities, weather permitting.
This is a team focused award for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado. The purpose of this award it to recognize the many initiatives, projects, and programs that support best practices, creative solutions, innovation and transformational change in eLearning and the groups that make them possible. The award reflects the complex environment of eLearning and the collaborative nature of our member organizations.
The eLearning Technologies Award recognizes staff, faculty and administrator teams engaged in communicating and sharing out exceptional experiences or projects. The team project may consist of a single instance or a broader implementation of learning technologies.
The term ‘learning technologies’ can also be interpreted widely to include all forms of online content, and may incorporate such things as synchronous learning, use of social media, or mobile technologies. The project may identify with teaching, professional development, academic technology or some combination thereof.
Possible projects include (but are in no way limited to):
Team that worked on a new online student orientation
Team that developed an online faculty on-boarding program
Team that put on a technology conference
Team that did a JIT professional development series
Team that created a hub in LMS for student access to counseling and wellness resources
Team of instructional designers, SMEs and faculty that worked on an exemplary course that they would to highlight
Teams working on technology related grant
A team must be comprised of at least three eLCC members engaged in a project that furthers the mission of eLCC. Self-nominations and cross-institution teams are welcome.