OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Sustaining an OER Degree: The Z Degree Turns 3

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In 2013 Tidewater Community College created the first Associate of Science Z Degree when they replaced 100% of publisher content in 21 courses with Open Educational Resources. TCC's Chief Academic Officer, Daniel DeMarte and Faculty Lead, Linda Williams will share lessons learned and best practices from the Z Degree. Since 2013, TCC has operationalized the original Z Degree and expanded OER adoption to create 3 additional Z Degrees. Sustaining these efforts over time has been challenging, but through a combination of administrative support and faculty engagement over 5,000 students each semester now enroll in a z course. It is never too early or too late to plan for long term sustainability of OER initiatives. In this session topics will include institutional commitment, faculty engagement, resource allocation, data collection and student success.


Daniel DeMarte

Vice President for Academic Affairs & CAO, Tidewater Community College
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Linda Williams

Professor, Business Administration, Tidewater Community College
Business Professor Linda Williams has become the face of TCC’s Textbook Free Degree. She’s been featured in countless articles and television interviews about the cutting edge program that enables TCC business students to earn an entire degree while spending zero funds for textbooks.“It... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm PDT
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