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Thursday, November 3 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Open Education in Virginia's Higher Education Institutions: an environmental scan

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What is the status of open education initiatives at Virginia two- and four-year institutions? Is infrastructure in place to support faculty who are interested in course redesign using open educational resources (OER)? Are there common obstacles that impede or prohibit OER adoption?

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) wanted to find out more about these and other issues affecting the introduction and growth of open education at member institutions. Consequently, SCHEV's Open Virginia Advisory Committee (OVAC) developed and distributed a survey to members in January 2016. Seventeen institutions were initially contacted, with response data currently being collected and evaluated. Here are some preliminary results.

Interest in OER is pervasive, although the stage of institutional programs varies widely, with the Virginia Community College System serving as a model for 4-year institutions. As the predominant learning management systems used, Blackboard and Canvas allow faculty to share learning materials seamlessly at their institutions. Moreover, instructional design support is readily available to faculty who are integrating OER into their courses.

Nevertheless, the lack of 1) policies addressing OER, 2) demonstrable high-level administrative support, and 3) integration into institutional strategic plans are examples of the greatest challenges to institution-wide, not to mention state-wide, movement toward real growth in open resources to replace expensive learning materials. The detailed findings of the OVAC survey of two- and four-year institutions in Virginia will be presented during this talk, as will legislation affecting open education that has been introduced in the Virginia Assembly. Representatives of two- and four-year institutions will share their perspectives and answer questions.

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Preston Davis

Director, Instructional Service, NOVA
I have worked in higher education for 20 years… as faculty, administrator, and consultant. As Director of Instructional Services at NOVA, I oversee the online learning and educational technology services, manage instructional training and certification, and lead the OER initiative. I also find time to teach a philosophy course on occasion. | I earned BS and MA degrees from Old Dominion University, and a doctorate from The George... Read More →
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Claudia Holland

Head, Scholarly Communicaton and Copyright, George Mason University
Claudia C. Holland is Head of Scholarly Communication and Copyright in the Mason Publishing Group, George Mason University Libraries. She leads the libraries’ scholarly communication initiatives and educational outreach, and has served as the University’s Copyright Officer since 2008. As part of her work, she administers Mason’s Open Access Publishing Fund, dedicated to assisting faculty and students with publishing in open access... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:15pm - 3:05pm

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