OpenEd 2013: Opening the VCCS

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This my presentation from my session at the OpenEd conference in Park City, UT.

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  • …14 community colleges who together have acute needs in college readiness and college going. The Rural Horseshoe Initiative seeks to elevate Virginia’s rural communities and economies by increasing rural Virginia’s high school graduation rate (79%) to meet the state average (86%) and by doubling to 52% the percentage of rural Virginian residents who hold a postsecondary credential.

  • Challenge of navigating college for 1st gen students, others
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    SS isn’t just about academics but about an environment of support that nurtures them as learners, students, leading to student success
  • OpenEd 2013: Opening the VCCS

    1. 1. Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license. Please attribute any duplicate or derivative works to Richard Sebastian, Virginia Community College System. OpenEd 2013 Opening the VCCS Richard Sebastian Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies Virginia Community College System rsebastian@vccs.edu
    2. 2. Puddles Pity Party “Royals” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmCJEehYtU
    3. 3. Cast of Characters OTIS
    4. 4. From the Golden Crescent to the Rural Horseshoe
    5. 5. fully online degree programs 80
    6. 6. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
    7. 7. Richmond, Virginia Useless Playboys Jonny Cecka GWAR
    8. 8. Task Force on College Textbooks JUNE 2004
    9. 9. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004 1. Faculty members receive education about the cost of textbooks. Particular attention is paid to those parts of the ordering process over which they have leverage and how this leverage can be used to help control costs. 2. Textbook adoption processes are formalized and include textbook cost as a consideration. 3. The same textbook is adopted for all sections of a given course within colleges and across multi-campus colleges. 4. Textbook adoptions are consistent across statewide or region-wide college groups. 5. Textbooks are adopted for a minimum of three years. 6. Academic divisions’ textbook orders are accurate and timely.
    10. 10. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004 7. The College encourages faculty to adopt or develop alternatives to traditional textbooks for their classes. 8. The college provides students with alternative ways to pay for textbooks. 9. The bookstore provides a used textbook sales and purchase program that results in significant cost savings to a significant number of students. 10.There is a positive working relationship between bookstore personnel and college personnel. 11.Bookstores make use of less expensive sources for textbooks. 12.The bookstore utilizes alternative approaches of providing textbooks at lower cost to students.
    11. 11. ENG 111 & 112
    12. 12. Textbook Costs & Digital Learning Resources Workgroup May 2012
    13. 13. 1. Examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost of academic textbooks 1. Explore how networked digital technology can best be leveraged to lower the overall cost of textbooks, including using open educational resources
    14. 14. 3. Investigate ways which currently licensed electronic resources can be used in electronic "course packs," as a substitute for text books, or for the supplementary material often required for a course of study 3. Identify opportunities for interested VCCS faculty to explore using openly licensed resources in their courses
    15. 15. 5. Examine the current relevance of printed textbooks in an age of interactive, web- based content, digital publishing, and collaborative social networks. 5. Recommend strategies and policies for creating an institutional culture that embraces and practices openness, transparency, collaboration, and sharing.
    16. 16. PLANNING RETREAT August 2012
    17. 17. $20,000 November 2012
    18. 18. • $3000 • Emphasis on adoption • High enrollment courses • Cohort-based • Lumen-supported • Stealth course-resdesign Spring 2013
    19. 19. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
    20. 20. Textbook Costs & Digital Learning Resources INTERIM REPORT September 2013
    21. 21. VCCS Presidential evaluations should be revised to include metrics for measuring the goal to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks and related course materials in at least 10% of all course sections offered each year, in each of the next ten years. Full-time faculty evaluations should include required criteria to “select high- quality learning resources, such as textbooks, bearing in mind appropriateness, necessity, accessibility, and reduced student costs”.
    22. 22. Ex. PSY 200 Utilize the VCCS faculty peer group structure to articulate learning outcomes for courses, beginning with prerequisite courses and courses with high enrollment currently demonstrating low success rates and/or low persistence rates to subsequent courses and award completion.
    23. 23. PSY 200 http://vccs.libguides.com/psy200
    24. 24. 1. BIO 101 2. BIO102 3. BUS 100 4. CHM 111 5. CST 100 6. ENG 111 1. ENG 112 2. HIS 101 3. ITE 115 4. MTH 163 5. PSY 201 6. SDV 100 FALL 2013
    25. 25. 520 Students 20 sections 12 colleges $52,000-92,000 FALL 2013
    26. 26. • Z Courses • Associate degree in Business Admin • $0 Textbook Costs FALL 2013
    27. 27. 1. ENG 111 2. ENG 112 3. ENG 125 4. MTH 151 5. PHY 201 6. PHY 202 7. HIS 121 8. HIS 122 9. ART 101 10. ART 102 11. HIS 262 12.SDV 100 FALL 2013
    28. 28. OPEN TEXT INITIATIVE SYSTEM (OTIS)
    29. 29. VCCS Intellectual Property Policy
    30. 30. Rambling Professor http://www.youtube.com/ramblingprofessor
    31. 31. INSTITUTIONAL & FACULTY CULTURE “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” –Peter Drucker
    32. 32. IMPORTANCE OF LIBRARIES
    33. 33. LOOK FOR CONNECTIONS
    34. 34. Holla back Richard Sebastian Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies Virginia’s Community Colleges rsebastian@vccs.edu @rasebastian http://edtech.vccs.edu

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