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Thursday, April 26 • 11:20 - 12:10
OER Degrees: Critical Conversations for Successful Planning and Implementation

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The first college degree featuring all OER materials was launched in 2013 at Tidewater Community College in the U.S. state of Virginia and named the “Z-degree” because of the zero textbook costs. Students enrolled in the “business administration Z-degree” could save 25% of the cost of earning a degree with this new program. In the last four years, it is estimated that the number of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada developing OER degrees has grown to over 65. For many of these institutional efforts, the access and affordability benefits of open education are the motivator for the investment of staff time and money. However, beyond developing courses using OER instead of commercially published textbooks, colleges must organize an infrastructure featuring professional development to create awareness and engagement for faculty, staff, and students; IT support; sustainability planning and policies, and articulation relationships to support all constituents in teaching and learning with OER.

This panel of college leaders will identify critical conversations in the planning process that lead to successful OER degree implementations. Rather than focusing on best practices, this panel will share lessons learned about the challenges of devising a plan to integrate OER degree pathways into institutional practices. Emphasis will focus on the five key stakeholders and how to both support and leverage their OER needs: faculty, staff, institutions, students, and external partners. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions to guide the panel discussion.

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Una Daly

Director, Open Education Consortium
Open Education at Community Colleges
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Rajiv Jhangiani

Associate Vice President, Teaching & Learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Quill West

OER Project Director, Pierce College
Librarian, AdministratorI am the OER Project Director at Tacoma Community College and I believe that adopting, adapting and accessing OER empowers faculty, students and administrations to grow educational opportunities. I've been a user, a pusher, a creator and a teacher of OER. (From... Read More →
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Lisa Young

Faculty Director, Center for Teaching & Learning, Scottsdale Community College
I serve Scottsdale Community College as the Instructional Design and Educational Technology faculty member.I am passionate about helping our students learn whether it be through excellent instructional design, the use of educational technology to resolve and mitigate instructional... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:20 - 12:10 CEST
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