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Thursday, April 26


Global virtual exchange: transforming formal education
Worldwide there are thousands of MOOCs available. Millions of learners can use these MOOCs from all ages, countries and different backgrounds. Delft University of Technology offers 68 MOOCs on the edX platform and already attracted more than 1.5 million learners and these numbers are growing rapidly. Our regular on campus students were not benefitting enough from these MOOCs.
Two years ago our Vice-President Education & Operations Anka Mulder raised the question with our partner universities. Wouldn’t it be great if our students could use the wide variety of MOOC offerings in their on campus degree? A vision emerged: virtual exchange of online courses. In Europe we have an elaborate system for offline exchange but virtual exchange is still a novelty.
In 2016 TU Delft partnered up with leading universities around the world, such as University of Queensland, EPFL, and Hong Kong university of Science and Technology, to launch the new initiative: Credits for MOOCs – Virtual exchange. A three-years pilot to explore the possibilities of virtual exchange. There were several challenges to overcome before we could start, ranging from organising exams, dealing with different time zones, different academic calendars and embedding each other’s MOOCs in our regular process of credit recognition (rethinking education). In 2017 the first students participated in this initiative. The aim of this presentation is to share with you our lessons learned, overcoming barriers and how we are gradually transforming education within our universities by incorporating informal education.

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Marinke Sussenbach

Manager Education & Student Affairs, Global Alliance Virtual Credit Exchange
Marinke has a wide ranging policy experience in the educational sector in a highly political national and European environment. She has a background in managing, organizing, conceptualizing, developing, coordinating and implementing national policies, subsidy schemes and laws. Her... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 10:30 - 10:55
Classroom 1


Developing OER Degree Pathways in the US and Canada
Learn about three large-scale implementations of OER degrees in the United States and Canada. OER-based degrees provide students pathways to a degree or credential with no textbook costs. These pathways are also called “Zero-Textbook-Cost degrees” in the United States or Zed Cred in Canada. Courses in a specific program use OER as instructional materials and are aligned to provide students a clear pathway from start to finish of a program. OER pathways are gaining in popularity particularly at community colleges where registering for these courses can save students up to 25% on the cost of attendance for a 2-year degree. Students following a guided pathway complete their educational degrees more quickly resulting in less costs. Developing an OER degree builds institutional capacity for designing clearer and more efficient pathways to credentials and better connecting student learning outcomes to curriculum and pedagogy. Project directors from initiatives across the United States, in California, and in British Columbia will share updates and describe lessons learned to date.

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Amanda Coolidge

Director Open Education, BCCampus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →
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James Glapa-Grossklag

Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons
James Glapa-Grossklag is the Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons (California, USA). He directs the statewide CCC DECT grant and also co-coordinates Technical Assistance for the CCC Zero Textbook Cost grant program. James... Read More →
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Richard Sebastian

Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Dr. Richard Sebastian is the Director of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative, an effort to support colleges across the United States in designing degree programs using open educational resources.Before joining ATD, Richard was the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 10:55 - 11:20
Classroom 1


OER Degrees: Critical Conversations for Successful Planning and Implementation
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 Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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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 and 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
Classroom 1