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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Tuesday, October 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Colleges Lead the Way to Open Education

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Community colleges and institutes are publicly funded higher education institutions in Canada and the US providing affordable pathways to 4-year degrees and career workforce certificates. Their open enrollment admission policies and lower fees reduce barriers to post-secondary education, promoting the development of an educated workforce and a more equitable society. The goals of these policies align closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #4 and more broadly with the goals of open education.

“ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” UN SDG #4

Community colleges serve a larger proportion of minoritized, first-generation, low-income, and working adult students than other higher education sectors. Nearly half of all post-secondary students in the United States and Canada attend a community college or institute and yet there is lower per student funding available. This recognition of the funding gap along with promising OER research has led state/provincial governments to fund OER programs to meet the needs of students served by these institutions. Key examples include the development of culturally reponsive, learner-centered OER and OER/ZTC pathways that enable students to earn degrees without high textbook costs.

Join our panel of open education leaders from diverse backgrounds who guide the work from online education, instructional design, workforce development, and libraries. The unique programs they lead illustrate the many approaches possible to expanding equitable access and outcomes at community colleges and institutes through open education. Featured programs include:

• The UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship, a global award-winning program, in its sixth year, has 13 institutional partners worldwide. Founded at Montgomery College, Maryland, it provides faculty with resources to create renewable assignments that empower students to become agents of change in their communities. Faculty teams work across disciplines and institutions in partnership with their students and demonstrated in their end-of-program student showcases.

• Reimagine Higher Education 2030 is a NorQuest College initiative whose goals include making the college a zero-textbook-cost institution by 2030. Open education is helping and will continue to help us promote access to education and fulfill our strategic priorities around inclusion and Indigenization.

• Conestoga supports faculty and learners in collaboratively developing and publishing Open projects with release time and wrap-around support. Providing free resources and development opportunities for those who might not have had those opportunities. Projects examples range from interactive digital textbooks, simulations, game simulations, instructional resources, and the Open Access Teaching Case Journal.

• The California Virtual Campus’s (CVC) Exchange is a major initiative of the California Community Colleges (CCC), the world’s largest higher education system. It provides students from any of the 115 colleges the capability to search and enroll in online courses at all participating colleges. The Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) search filter makes the Exchange a game-changer for both students and colleges looking to create fully OER/ZTC pathways. Leveraging the collective power and inventory of the entire CCC system, hundreds of thousands of students can complete their goals without paying for a single textbook.

Keywords: UN Sustainable Development Goal #4, Community colleges, Public Institutes, open enrollment policy, open educational resources, sustainable open education, zero textbook cost

Session outcomes and takeaways: The panelists will share their unique open education programs including successes, challenges, lessons learned, and sustainability plans. The audience will be invited to consider how these approaches might be adapted for use at their institutions.

• Describe why community colleges have such an important role as open education leaders in post-secondary education.
• Identify unique approaches for improving outcomes of minoritized students through open educational resources and practices.
• Engage the audience in constructive dialogue of how the shared programs might be adapted and sustained on their campus with faculty, students, and administrators.

Presenters
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Shinta Hernandez

Dean of the Virtual Campus, Montgomery College
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Robert Lawson

Norquest Community College
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Kimberlee Carter

OER Consultant, Conestoga College ITAL
I am in a newly created role as an Open Educational Resource Consultant. I was faculty in the School of Business for 13 years and prior to education worked in many front-line health administration roles while running a small construction company with my partner. I have always felt... Read More →
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Una Daly

Director, CCCOER, Open Education Global
Una Daly is the Director of the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER), a community of practice for open educators in North America. CCCOER promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources. We believe that these practices will promote... Read More →
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Marina Aminy

Executive Director, California Virtual Campus
Dr. Marina Aminy is an equity-minded leader, author, and speaker in higher education, with expertise in instructional technology, online education, teaching, and learning. Dr. Aminy is currently the Executive Director of the California Virtual Campus, a state-wide initiative to help... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre