A Wikiversity Logo for Open Educational Resources. It was first used for the German OER-project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
|Textbooks can be very expensive. Tacoma Community College is using Open Educational Resources(OERs) to allay some this cost. They are already saving students thousands of dollars. Their goal is $250,000 in savings for students by Academic Year 2014. In first two quarters, they have saved student $128.000.Using OERs faculty at Tacoma Community College are discovering replacements for their textbooks. oer project – home.
Watch this video of the faculty who are making a difference in their students’ lives. Spoiler Alert! There is a bonus for the faculty, too.Faculty on OER in Teaching
The article outlines the courses and savings this pilot has netted: ‘Liberate 250K’ – Tacoma Community College’s OER Project
Information on OER
OER Finding Aids
If you are interested in incorporating OERs in your classes and you would like some assistance, please contact me.
I wonder what is the effect on learning?
On Friday November 9th I attended the Blackboard Innovation Conference 2012 at HWC.
It was nice wrap up to the week’s Bb Listening Tour campus visits.
The conference started with “Why use Digital Tools in Teaching and Learning” with David Gibson from Bb. A preview of the upcoming upgrade to service pack 9 and multiple session choices presented by experts from across CCC and Bb. During the conference, it was tweeted, “Getting some good tips of things that I can incorporate into my classes. I just need to make the time to do them. #castBbfa12’
Ephrem and the Cast crew did a fantastic job hosting this event.
David Gibson from Bb mentioned three resources that might be useful to you: Bb video tutorials- http://ondemand.blackboard.com/ , faculty best practices using Bb- http://go.blackboard.com/faculty, and Bb feedback- http://www.blackboard.com/Contact-Us/Feedback/Overview.aspx.
Remember Coursesites is available to test the newer versions, Respondus and Collaborate-
Mark your calendar for 2013’s TiE Day at HWC April 12, 2013.
The Office of Information Technology is aware of an issue with CCC email which may be affecting some of our users. The issue affects people using Outlook and mobile devices such as smart phones or iPads. Email access from http://mail.ccc.edu is NOT affected. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working with Microsoft to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
If you have any trouble accessing your email from Outlook or from a mobile device, please open a web browser and visit: http://mail.ccc.edu. There, you can send and receive email and access your Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks as usual.
Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and will let you know as soon as this issue has been resolved. Student email is unaffected by this issue.
If you have any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: 1 pm 8/20/2012
CCC Email is once again available from Outlook and mobile devices, as well as from http://mail.ccc.edu.
We appreciate your patience as we worked to resolve this issue. Should you continue to have any difficulty accessing your email, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com.
The New Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet – July 2012
Google has just released a tablet by Asus, that it helped design: the Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 operating system, Nvidia Quad core Tegra 3 processor and 12 core GPU. The tablet is priced at $199 for the eight (8) gig model; $249 for the 16 gig model and has a seven inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It provides a seven inch screen area and weighs just 12 ounces.
The Nexus tablet has support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB port and NFC (New Field Communication); NFC allows the tablet to support mobile transactions such as credit card payments, transportation, ticketing, physical access, etc. This is the really cool part of this new device. It runs faster than the Kindle with its Nvidia Quad core Tegra 3 processor and has battery life of some nine (9) hours of video playback and 300 hours on standby (beats the iPad). Some of the negatives are: no cellular connection, or micro SD card slot; and no rear camera. The memory is not expandable.
The Nexus 7 provides Google Chrome and integrates the Goggle Service apps: Google Play, Music, Book, Maps, Gmail, Google Plus, etc. The devices includes some artificial intelligence features and is able to answer some questions as well as Google Now ability to present relevant information to you such as schedule and location. It is lacking in applications and has fewer choices for music, movies, or TV shows than the iPad. However, this tablet is a good choice for the budget conscious consumers who want a tablet that is lightweight, easy to carry and use and who like Google applications, cloud services and content.
The mobile markets have been primarily driven by consumers and this is one that will please many buyers. In the market, Microsoft is now promising a new release of the Surface tablet running the new Office 15 in the cloud and a full blown version of MS 8 so the tablet will operate like a real laptop. If the pricing is right, corporate markets will want to take a serious look. Also, Apple is rumored to be coming out with the mini iPad with a 7.85 screen size and lower price tag.
M. Ash 07/16/2012
Water, coffee, coke and other liquids are not good for iPhones or iPods, laptops, or any electronic devices. These are delicate and expensive devices. The corrosive effect of water on the device is not good and water and liquids can short out electrical circuits. Therefore, the best position to take is to protect your phone. Keep your soft drinks and coffee cups away from your electronic devices; do not use your cell phone in the rain. If you know you are hitting the beaches, purchase a waterproof case for your phone. If you work in an environment which is hot, cold or wet; invest in a protective cell phone case.
Per the Apple web site, if the iPhone or iPod has been damaged by liquid, the Apple one year limited warranty or Apple Care Protection Plan (APP) is voided. However, you can receive a refurbished replacement phone for $199.00 with a 90 day warranty.
How does Apple know that your phone has been dropped in water? IPhone models and iPod models that were built after 2006 have built-in liquid contact Indicators that will show whether the device has been in contact with water or liquid containing water. In fact, most cell phones and electronic devices have indicators for contact with water. IPhone and iPod products are equipped with liquid contact Indicators in the bottom of the headphone jack. iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and later models also have an indicator on the bottom of the dock-connector housing. If you bring phone to the Apple store, this is the first thing they will check; the indicator is very clear that the phone has been submerged in liquid. The indicator is not designed to be triggered by humidity and temperature changes.
You can recover your phone if you act quickly and follow some simple steps.
- The first step is to remove the device from water. Do not turn the phone on as the water will cause the electrical components to short out. Remove the SIM card if possible.
- If you have compressed air, blow the parts and the phone dry as you can but be careful not to blow the moisture further in the device. Also, try a lint free cloth/paper towel and remove as much moisture as you can.
- Put the device in a large Ziploc bag filled with dry rice. The rice acts as a desiccant to remove water from the air and aids in drying your device out quicker. You can expect to leave the phone overnight or a couple of days in the Ziploc depending on how much moisture is in your phone.
If time is of an essence, you need a working cell phone and the above process did not work, or you don’t have the $199 dollars to replace your phone, there are also second party cell phone ‘ hospitals’ which provide low cost, on the spot recovery services for damaged phones, e.g., cracked screens, water damage, phones which do not charge, etc. The advertised cost of one cell phone hospital to fix a phone with water damage is about $50.00. This of course voids your Apple warranty, but dropping the phone in water already has. Remember when you do laundry; always check your shirt pockets and pants for your phone before throwing your clothes in the wash. Good luck in keeping your cell phone safe and operating.
Gartner Research, “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company”, is now available to CCC students, faculty, and staff. This new resource has been added to the list of CCC Library Databases. Users will be prompted to enter their CCC user name and password. Or, you can access it at: https://apps.ccc.edu/Gartner/.
If you have any questions or problems with access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCC Phone Directory is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to resolve the issue ASAP. In the meantime, you may download an Excel spreadsheet containing the same data or contact the switchboard at x2500.
Update: Thursday, June 28 4:00 pm
The CCC Phone Directory is once again available.
Thank you for your patience while we resolved this issue.
-Web Services Team
As of April 30, 2010 the last college and District office went live with Offic 365 using Outlook. OIT is available for all users at the colleges and District, with support always avaible by calling the OIT helpdesk at 312-553-2600.
WYCC is the last location to be migrated to Outlook which will be done by the end of May. To view the FAQ’s and training information, go to http://ccc.edu/Office365
In her blog post ‘Google Apps for Education: When Will It Replace the LMS?’Posted on April 26, 2012, Audrey Watters enthusiastically rings the death knell for Blackboard. She points to CSU’s lackluster use of Blackboard(Bb) as an example of extreme wastefulness. Most the Bb tools used have free or open source software counterparts. While Bb tools could be replaced, more creativity, effort, motivation and desire must accompany the use of tools not out of the box.
If an LMS like Bb wasn’t available and supported, would there be an online element in as many classes? As plodding as it sounds having most everyone on the same page is easier. Support can be done by many people throughout the college. As it is we send students here and there to get answers . can you imagine the run-around and the new blame game? Training can be more comprehensive. We do not do a bang up job with one option for online issues as it is. Do you really think we can do train and support disparate solutions as well as we ought?
Having a common challenge is uniting. Bb offers common challenges. Your office neighbor can offer solutions and commiserate with you.