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As more federal agencies begin requiring grant recipients to make research results freely available to the public, college librarians have taken on a new role: helping researchers comply with open-access rules. A February 2013 memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said federal agencies with more than $100 million in research-and-development expenditures would have to require that results be available within a year of publication. Read more about this http://chronicle.com/article/Librarians-Leap-to-the-Aid-of/231997/?key=HG1yd1M7Pn1HZnFgMTZAZT4Ab3BvNh4rYnRIOn1wblxRGQ==  

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A few notes from the recent OER webinar from Affordable Learning GA Implementation Getting started with OER – how to craft a syllabus Include a statement of how OER is utilized Create multiple, visible access points Identify and publicize print options Ensure full text navigation Create tutorials Create navigation elements ..an overview of E-core Increased options – online, short & full classes ; first 2 years of undergrad; transfer potential 8 week session option Decreased tuition (169$) per per credit hour utilizes OERs and MOOCs Focus on nontraditional – military, adult learner, join/dual high school enrollment (new) OER increases retention for ecore from 2005: 65% to 2014: 87% Implementing Chemistry 1 & 2 for Fall 2015 6 month process to rewrite curriculum to match open textbook (openstax) Instructional designer working with 4 faculty to rewrite curriculum and create supplemental material for 2 classes Highly customized – very important to customize content Instructional Designer builds class Chemistry I & II OpenStax includes testbanks & exercises Instructional designer maps OER to curriculum; faculty create supplemental content like exercises Tutorial/training session to students about how to use ebooks (loaded in LMS; created by ecore staff) Advantages of OER Joint/Dual enrollment in Georgia is…

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Fulfilling our mission of supporting faculty in student achievement, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) of Athens Technical College, takes a variety of roles in projects from coordinating educational technology projects to serving as instructional and educational support for ATC faculty. Staff have helped with Caterpillar Job Fairs, Open Access Week, Engineers Week,  and other community related events. Faculty, if you need assistance from us, such as help with Blackboard or would like to book an equipment/technology reservation or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us, using our helpdesk form (Intranet login needed).   Highlighted Projects: OER / Building a Community of Open : CTL staff are actively involved in facilitating the growth of open technology and open instructional materials from chairing the OER Committee to hosting OER Brown Bag Lunches. CTL was involved in ATC’s application to join the CCCOER (Community College Consortium on OER)  – the first college in the state of Georgia to join!  CTL staff are actively involved in OER professional activities and have presented numerous times on their OER efforts. Read more about our efforts here. Blackboard Migration : CTL staff are guiding faculty through the migration from ANGEL to Blackboard through…

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What is Open? Open focuses on free, unrestricted online access to content created by users (faculty, students, trainers, teachers, researchers, scientists, everybody!)  Open is an entire movement which includes Opensource software, Open Data, Open Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and much more. Open content can be reused, shared, and often, modified. Although Public Domain content which has no copyright is often included in Open resources, copyright content is also included if it is licensed for use, such as under a Creative Commons license, which makes it easy to determine usage and citation policy (attribution). Examples may be educational (Open Educational Resources aka OER, like lesson plans and course content in OER Commons), research oriented (e.g., journals in the DOJA), images such as those shared via social media and licensed for sharing and reuse, public domain content (like the Prelinger Archives in the Internet Archive), and much more. Community colleges are getting involved with Open Educational Resources through the OE Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), http://oerconsortium.org. Check out how Community Colleges are innovating with Open Education in this webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b8eDlmZeBg Athens Technical College is exploring open resources through building a repository of open content, participating in the…

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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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