Thursday, February 20, 2014

The third annual Open Education Week takes place from March 10-15, both online and offline around the world. Through the events and resources, we hope to reach out to more people to demonstrate what kind of opportunities open education has created and what we have to look forward to.

Some FAQs about OER

What are OER? The concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) describes any educational resources (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that are openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or license fees.

Importantly, there is only one key differentiator between an OER and any other educational resource: its license. Thus, an OER is simply an educational resource that incorporates a license that facilitates reuse, and potentially adaptation, without first requesting permission from the copyright holder.

How can education benefit by harnessing OER? The most important reason for harnessing OER is that openly licensed educational materials have tremendous potential to contribute to improving the quality and effectiveness of education.
The transformative educational potential of OER revolves around three linked possibilities:
1.     The principle of allowing adaptation of materials provides one mechanism amongst many for constructing roles for students as active participants in educational processes, who learn best by doing and creating, not by passively reading and absorbing. Content licenses that encourage activity and creation by students through re-use and adaptation of that content can make a significant contribution to creating more effective learning environments.
2.     OER has potential to build capacity by providing institutions and educators access, at low or no cost, to the means of production to develop their competence in producing educational materials and carrying out the necessary instructional design to integrate such materials into high quality programs of learning.
3.     Deliberate openness thus acknowledges that:
·       Investment in designing effective educational environments is critically important to good education.
·       A key to productive systems is to build on common intellectual capital, rather than duplicating similar efforts.
·       All things being equal, collaboration will improve quality.
·       As education is a contextualized practice, it is important to make it easy to adapt materials imported from different settings where this is required, and this should be encouraged rather than restricted.
Watch for more information on OER as we move closer to OER Week 2014.
If you have questions about OER, feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Kelley L. Meeusen

Kelley L. Meeusen, eLearning Coordinator

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Course Coding for Online Spring Schedule Classes

It is already time to begin making decisions about the Spring Quarter schedule and classes.  It is also time to decide if you will be using the Canvas Learning Management System to enhance those courses.  Please contact whoever takes care of your division scheduling or contact Kristy Crosby directly and have your courses coded properly. The earlier this is done in the process the better. The sooner you have your classes available for the next quarter the sooner you can begin preparing them to ensure a smooth start for your future students.

Fully Online courses require a coding of 3.  (All coursework accomplished online except required proctored exams)*

Hybrid courses require a coding of 8.  (Some seat time is replaced by coursework done online)*

Web Enhanced requires a coding of 9.  (No seat time is replaced but extra materials are housed and available online)

*All new Online and Hybrid course need to go through an approval process.  Contact eLearning for more information.

I understand that some of you do not know the exact item numbers of your courses as of yet. You do however know that you will be using Canvas for them. Just let Kristy know that any class you are teaching will be using Canvas and should be coded as ENHANCED if it is not already coded as ONLINE or an HYBRID.

Why is Proper Coding Important?

This coding is important for:
·        Keeping statistics for Canvas use accurate in our Washington State system, and making sure we are able to keep this valuable resource available to students.
·        For making sure the words “Online”, “Hybrid”, or “Web Enhanced” appears in your course description in the schedule so students are aware of the potential for computer use with their classes. This should not be a surprise to them when they register.
·        To make sure that the automated process of online course creation with student and faculty enrollments occurs as expected and when expected.
·        Providing accurate statistics of resource use here at Clover Park so that resources are adequately managed to support online learning.

Thanks to everyone who makes sure this is already done properly and thanks to everyone who will make sure it is done in the future.

If you are not currently using Canvas to enhance your courses, we will be offering our required “Building Quality Courses in Canvas” early in winter quarter.  Information will come out soon.

Thanks as always!

Cindy (253) 589.4534 or Kelley (253) 589.5730

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The eLearning office will be closing early until the fall quarter starts.  Our hours from now until September 22nd are 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Thanks and have a great break!  See you in fall and don't hesitate to call us if you need assistance with anything eLearning.


Cindy (589-4534) and Kelley (589-5730)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bitten by the Online Bug and What's Next in Online Teaching

Interesting articles from Innovative Educators

eLearning Office August 2013 Closure

The eLearning office will be closed from August 27th from 2pm in the afternoon through August 29th.  The office will reopen on August 30th at 7am.  We will be checking email from our off campus meeting location, and will make every effort to assist you if a problem arises with your Canvas classroom.

Fall Building Quality Courses in Canvas

Any faculty members who are currently not using the  Learning Management System, Canvas, here at CPTC to Web Enhance their face to face courses can do so in Winter quarter upon the successful completion of "Building Quality Courses in Canvas".  This course is offered as a hybrid or totally online course and takes about 20 hours to complete.  This training can be used to help satisfy the Skill Standard D portion of your yearly training requirements.

Registration can be done at

For more information about this training opportunity or additional questions about teaching Online with Canvas please contact us at eLearning.

Kelley Meeusen
eLearning Coordinator

Cindy Overton
eLearning Support Specialist

eLearning is conveniently located in Building 15 Room 108. Stop by and see us soon!