Category Archives: open content

Introducing WCET’s ‘Z Initiative’ on Open Textbooks and OER

Drum roll please! Welcome to WCET’s new Director of Open Policy, Tanya Spilovoy! Tanya is here on WCET Frontiers today to introduce the new WCET Z Initiative and her work with OER and Open Policy. We’re quite excited to have Tanya on the team and see where this work takes us and our WCET members. […]

North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

Overview The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. At the intersection of these three entities are change leaders who have come together for a common goal […]

What Colleges Should Be Doing with Open Educational Resources, At Scale!

Today we’re honored to welcome TJ Bliss, Program Officer, Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to share with us the learning the Foundation has garnered in over 15 years of supporting open educational resource projects.  Thank you, TJ for sharing how to scale OER with your cooperative! The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation […]

Embedded Digital Resources Are In, Traditional Textbooks Are Out At UMUC

During the 2015 WCET Annual Meeting, The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) received a WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award for their work in replacing all of their undergraduate course textbooks with Open Educational Resources.  Thank you to the team at UMUC for sharing the process they undertook to make this transition a reality to […]

Connected Devices, Connected Colleagues

You will not want to miss the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver at the beautiful Westin Downtown,  November 11-13.  Though the fall meeting schedule is packed,  a recent attendee said, “WCET is the one meeting on my agenda that I WILL NOT miss.” The following are a few reasons the WCET Annual Meeting provides such significant return […]

Breaking Bad: Improving College and University Teaching

Tony Bates has had a distinguished career promoting distance learning and open learning and content initiatives around the world.  Today Tony shares with us his latest book – an online, open textbook – as a resource for those teaching in our current digital age.  Thanks, Tony! or: why I wrote an open online textbook for faculty. I’ve just […]

Opening the Doors to Education: Ensuring Accessibility in Open Textbooks

Accessibility is a concern across all of technology-enhanced education.  At BCcampus, they wanted to help content creators incorporate accessible practices into their open materials. Amanda Coolidge, Open Education manager at BCcampus, shares with us how they crafted the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit and how you can take advantage of this great resource. The BC Open […]

eCampusAlberta Quality Rubric for Online Courses

A long time supporter of WCET, we are delighted to hear from Tricia Donovan, executive Director of eCampusAblerta today.  Thank you, Tricia, for sharing with us eCA’s work in developing the quality eToolkit.  eCampusAlberta is a consortium of 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta. From its inception, the consortium was established to increase access to high […]

Open Educational Resources in ND: A Teacher’s Perspective

In a continuation of our look into the Open Educational Resources Initiative in North Dakota, today we are excited to share Teresa Tande’s, Associate Professor of English/Humanities at Lake Region State College, story of incorporating OER into her classroom. When my university life students didn’t see a textbook to buy for the class, they were […]

OER Supported by North Dakota Legislators

Today we have the privilege of hearing from Tanya Spilovoy, director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System, as she shares with us the journey of an open educational resource initiative that has what we all want for higher education — support from legislators.  Folks love to talk about the soaring […]