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

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Thursday, October 12 • 10:15am - 10:40am
Tackling the Transition to Open Education: Increasing Z-degrees within Guided Pathways

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This presentation focuses on the collaborative efforts and support necessary to develop sustainable Z-degrees through Guided Pathways. Lansing Community College (LCC) is a Guided Pathways school and has created clear Program of Study (degree) maps that define the courses students take and the order in which they are taken with the goal of increasing timely completion of degrees/certificates. Another main initiative at LCC is Operation 100%, in which the goal is nothing less than 100% completion for the students in degree, certificate, and/or transfer pathways. Both of these initiatives have been strengthened through the adoption of Open materials because research shows that students who are in OER-based classes are able to complete more coursework. The presenters therefore believe by creating Z-degrees within Guided Pathways, LCC is able to better support its students. This session will discuss the implementation of these programs so that participants will gain an understanding of the early stages of developing sustainable Z-degrees within Guided Pathways that could be implemented at their own institutions to increase student success rates. Additional discussion will show how to combine these degrees with available open educational materials to maximize student success. The presenters will share their experiences in managing the collaboration between the Guided Pathways Coordinator and world language faculty to develop sustainable Z-degrees within Guided Pathways. They will also discuss the challenges faced in advocating for these programs and those associated with the beginning stages of creating Z-degrees; strategies to overcome these difficulties will be addressed. The presenters of this session envision the Guided Pathway Z-degrees will rapidly take off at their institution and make LCC a national leader in this area. This session is going to be both educational and interactive and will allow participants to jump in and ask questions when necessary.


Christine Conner

Guided Pathways Coordinator, Lansing Community College

Kari Richards

Foreign Language Program Faculty Chair, Lansing Community College

Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am PDT
Terrace A - C