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Ideas to get faculty involved in OER Make it easy for faculty Identify OER for specific courses and share it with faculty Training in tools Partnerships & mentoring Between OER staff and faculty Between faculty – can they collaborate on resources? e.g., one biology book for all Between faculty and students – can students – or select students – help write or edit some of the OER? Help identify OER? (this can all be part of coursework) GIve them a reason to do it (money, prestige, part of tenure process, etc – money was mentioned several times.) Have a few physical copies (printed) of what an open book actually looks like – they may need to see an actual textbook. Identify appropriate human resources Find innovators and get them on board Get the word out to stakeholders – whoever is making textbook decisions Get support from administration Staffing for OER Notes from the OpenEd Conference in 2014 by the Portal Manager, Robin Fay.   Download (PDF, 246KB)

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Dr. Powell Program Chair for Engineering Technology, Photograph by Don Nelson, 2014 Engineer Tremaine Powell foresees an exciting future for the new Engineering Technology program at Athens Technical College and for the business community it serves. “I think that we will be able to fill much-needed engineering tech positions in local and statewide industry,” said Dr. Powell, who began work as program chair for Engineering Technology in January 2013.  “I hope that outside industry will see that we have a competent and skilled engineering technology workforce coming out of the program, and that they will want to move or expand to the local area, knowing that they will be able to obtain the personnel they need to make their business succeed.” Dr. Powell’s optimism and several other factors prompted him to join the college to direct the new Engineering Technology program that kicked off in the fall. He also is enthusiastic about a February 19 open house and career fair the college will host to highlight the Engineering Technology program. “We will offer an opportunity for potential students and community members to tour the Engineering Technology department and view the state-of-the-art equipment purchased through a federal grant to support the…

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DOL grant to fund engineering technology programs graphic Date: February 2, 2014 Athens Technical College is leading a trio of community colleges that won a $13.5 million-plus grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Obama administration announced Wednesday, September 19. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. Athens Technical College is serving as the consortium leader for ATC Times Three (ATCx3) , which comprises Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, and Atlanta Technical College, and which submitted a proposal for developing more pathways for students to earn college credentials in engineering technology. ATCx3 colleges will work with engineering firms and companies like Caterpillar, as well as state and local Department…

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The Athens Technical College administration is inviting faculty members, staff, and students to submit their ideas to be considered for our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a student-centered learning initiative and part of ATC’s reaffirmation of accreditation process established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), our regional accrediting organization. “Designation as an accredited college assures students access to federal aid and demonstrates that the college meets or exceeds required quality standards for teaching and learning,” said Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. Athens Technical College was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1988. “The QEP is a new part of the accreditation process for the college, Dr. DiGiacomo said. “It gives our college an opportunity to look at our institution, look for areas around student learning that need to be improved, and then focus on a specific area and develop a plan to address that area of student learning and/or the learning environment,” she said. Already a QEP topic selection team representing faculty, staff and students from all the college’s divisions, has been reviewing institutional data and reports to determine what can be done to improve learning…

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QEP gift drawing winner, Carol Stanley, Athens Technical College’s Director of Library Services expresses her excitement to Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, director of distance education and instructional technology, after Dr. DiGiacomo presented Ms. Stanley with a gift card for brunch/lunch for two to Mama’s Boy restaurant in the first drawing for proposals submitted for QEP. Library services director wins first QEP proposal drawing Carol Stanley, Athens Technical College’s Director of Library Services won a gift card to Mama’s Boy restaurant in the first drawing of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) campaign to garner proposals that would improve student learning at the college. The Athens Technical College administration is inviting faculty members, staff, and students to submit their ideas to be considered for QEP, a student-centered learning initiative and part of ATC’s reaffirmation of accreditation process established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the college’s regional accrediting organization. Designation as an accredited college ensures student access to federal aid and indicates a college meets or exceeds required quality standards for teaching and learning. Athens Technical College was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1987. An Athens Technical College selection team representing faculty, staff and students from all…

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