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Are you ready to revise and remix, but uncertain about tools and techniques? Then this is the webinar for you. http://openoregon.org/events/event/adapting-and-authoring-oer-lessons-learned/ Central Oregon Community College librarian Michele DeSilva is a member of the 2015 Open Oregon special projects grant cohort. She is working with two writing faculty on developing an OER textbook for a technical writing course. The team worked through issues likely to arise for any OER adopters/adapters, including questions about platforms, accessibility, and attribution. In this webinar, Michele will discuss answers to these questions and other practical lessons learned while supporting faculty in their OER work. Join the session: Oct. 16, 2015 https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008418&password=M.00FA0F3D48C58152D470CA7471E2EE Call-in number: 571-392-7703 Participant PIN: 924 186 726 350 NOTE: We’re starting at 10am Pacific time! (Pacific time! 1 PM EST)

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http://www.sparc.arl.org/blog/affordable-college-textbook-act-reintroduced-congress Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress SPARC is excited to share that today the Affordable College Textbook Act was introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. The bill aims to reduce the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of open educational resources on college and university campuses. It was introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (D-ME) and Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill would create a federally-funded competitive grant program for colleges and universities to establish open textbook pilot programs. Pilots would seek to expand the use, creation and improvement of open educational resources on campus, with emphasis on high enrollment subjects and other areas that would achieve the greatest textbook cost savings for students. As a condition of the grants, any educational materials developed would be released under an open license and freely shared with other schools and the general public. The bill was originally introduced in the 113rd Congress in 2013, and today’s reintroduction signals the continued national significance of open educational resources as part of higher education’s future. Hundreds of campuses across the country are already leveraging open educational resources to reduce costs for students and improve academic success. From Tidewater…

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MAKING IT HAPPEN HP LIFE E-LEARN LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS Sign up for an HP E-Learn account at this link: http://www.life-global.org/go/atc   Click on Join now and complete the form. Follow the instructions from there.                         That’s it for now. Check out the Camp webpage or ANGEL group for information about your first assignment.  

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Press release from NMC: The NMC has selected three innovative learning-focused organizations and institutions to join the Sparking Entrepreneurial Thinking program. The goal of this initiative is to stimulate forward-thinking educational experiences that feature the learning and demonstration of real-world skills. Three $4,000 USD mini-grants have been awarded by the NMC to organizations that will facilitate opportunities for teachers and students to gain critical entrepreneurial knowledge and experience, leveraging HP LIFE e-Learning — a series of online courses designed to build business and ICT competencies within teachers, students, and entrepreneurs across the globe. “Professional development is at the heart of the selected mini-grant projects,” said Samantha Becker, manager of this program at the NMC. “All of the awardees have acknowledged that ongoing training is critical for both teachers and aspiring business owners. We look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these projects will make on each organization’s learning community.” We are pleased to announce the Sparking Entrepreneurial Thinking awardees: Making it Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp Athens Technical College The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) of Athens Technical College (ATC) will host five faculty bootcamps looking at a different HP LIFE e-Learning course each week. Participants will attend weekly meetings to discuss topics…

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MAKING IT HAPPEN BLOG INSTRUCTIONS QUICK CHEATSHEET (DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOW) Google/GMAIL account Check to make sure your name  appears under “Contributors” Blog weekly (see calendar) following instructions: Title post as follows Reflections on Finance: (Module you completed) by Your Name , e.g., Reflections on Finance: Basics of Finance by Robin Fay Tag (“label”) with week no. and topic, e.g., week 2, finance NOTE: You will need to use the Google account you are using for your tablet to post to the Blog.   Review your user name example of blogger participant list http://mihbootcamp.blogspot.com/ Make sure your name (Google Login) is listed under Contributors.    Is it ok? If so, you are ready to get started blogging.         Writing your first reflection: Week 2: Finance See calendar for dates and make sure to follow the Discussion Guidelines Log in and click on New Post. Title post as follows Reflections on Finance: (Module you completed) by Your Name , e.g., Reflections on Finance: Basics of Finance by Robin Fay Write your post following the Discussion Guidelines Tag (“label”) with week no. and topic, e.g., week 2, finance    You can save your work and continue to work on it…

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About the Bootcamp: In 2015, The Center for Teaching & Learning of Athens Technical College staff (Dean:Mary Clare DiGiaComo, Portal Manager: Robin Fay, and Instructional Designer: Natasha Barreto) wrote a successful grant application for a New Media Consortium (NMC) /HP LIFE E-Learning mini-grant. This grant is facilitating the Fall 2015 CTL Professional Development Program Series: Making it Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp, for teaching faculty. Participants in this Bootcamp are using tablets to engage with content in the HP LIFE e-learning series for entrepreneurs, which focuses on entrepreneurship, business, and IT skills. Campers are participating in weekly meetings to discuss topics and brainstorm ideas such as how higher education can incorporate ideas from startups and maker culture. Weekly blog posts here encapsulate discussion and provide opportunities for reflection and collaboration. Participants will also complete a brief pre-camp survey and post-camp survey, a potential lesson plan and participate in weekly meetings. Potential outcomes of the program include incorporation of innovative teaching practices using entrepreneurial ideas in the 21st century classroom, establishing a community of practice focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, and a stronger network of technology startups and makerspaces within the Athens, Georgia region. Participating faculty will receive HP course certificates, ATC…

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Discussion Guidelines (Synchronous and Asynchronous) Your active participation in during discussion is essential to your overall success this bootcamp. Discussion questions are designed to help you make meaningful connections between the course content and the larger concepts and goals of the bootcamp. These discussions offer you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and facilitators’ guidance. Requirements for Discussion Board Assignments  Campers are required to post one (1) initial post and to follow up with at least two (2) response posts for each discussion board assignment. For your initial post (1), you must do the following: Compose a post of one to two paragraphs. Complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time of the module week. Take into consideration material such as course content and other discussion boards from the current module and previous modules, when appropriate. Reference scholarly or peer-reviewed sources to support your discussion points, as appropriate (using proper citation methods for your discipline). For your response posts (2), you must do the following: Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread. Complete the two response posts by…

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Ten faculty were selected from an application process to participate in the Making It Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp. Interested in learning more about this exciting program sponsored by a minigrant from HP and NMC? Visit our website or drop us an email. Name: Department/Program Brenda Beach General Education Laura Bowen Center for Teaching and Learning Bryson Dye Chemistry Mark Evans Emerging Technologies Ron Gaines Business/Marketing Management Andy Garrison Criminal Justice Technology Courtney Ray FSSE/Financial Aid Stephanie Phillips Dental Hygiene Jackie Wilson Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Charlene Woodham Early Childhood  

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Bootcamp Weekly Checklist Note: See Discussion Guidelines for detailed instructions about writing reflections and participation Week 1 (9/6 – 9/12) September 11: Kickoff at the CTL : 10 AM __ Tablet pickup & kickoff event __ Setup tablet & required apps Instructions : http://ctlblog.athenstech.edu/initiatives/making-it-happen-bootcamp/making-it-happen-instructions-getting-started-with-your-device/ __  Review Bootcamp calendar and HPLife E-Learn review courses (follow instructions above to set up account) __ Complete survey (will be sent via email)   Week 2: Finance (9/13-9/19) __ Complete at least one mini-course from the HP LIFE E-Learn Finance section (Basics of finance,Profit and loss, Finding funding, Cash flow and/or Sales Forecasting) __ Write your weekly reflection on your topic from the Finance section focusing on application to your “pitch” __ Participate in weekly discussion – Video Conference – Google Hangout Discussion Prompt: After reading through the Finance module, discuss what you have learned from this training. Share your thoughts about how you can integrate what you’ve learned into a learning experience for your students. What are you excited and nervous about in regards to integrating this content to your course? What difficulties can you see in integrating these topics into a lesson? What can you do to help alleviate these difficulties? Explore your classmates’ ideas and join an…

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CTL takes leadership roles in various projects, including the Teaching with Technology series and other instructional and learner supported projects. CTL also serves as the hub for ATCx3 , a consortia of Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Atlanta Technical College. Athens Technical College serves as the consortium leader for ATC Times Three (ATCx3), comprised of Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, and Atlanta Technical College. A repository of grant related content was developed and maintained by the Portal Manager, who is housed in the Center for Teaching & Learning. Additional support for the TAACCCT Grant initiatives are shared by the CTL and other departments on campus.  ATCx3 colleges works with engineering firms and companies like Caterpillar, as well as state and local Department of Labor offices in creating the curricula and programs to fulfill this grant. ATCx3 Consortia submitted a proposal for developing more pathways for students to earn college credentials in engineering technology. Read more about the TAACCCT grant in the links below. ATCx3 – TAACCCT Grant News Athens Technical College DOL Grant funds Engineering Technology Programs  Engineering Information Forum /Athens Obama administration announces $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships Open…

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