Developing Culturally Relevant OER with CC ECHO

The California Consortium for Equitable Change in Hispanic-Serving Institutions Open Educational Resources (CC ECHO) has implemented a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework for Open Educational Resources. CC ECHO is an initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Program, by which four California community colleges promote textbook affordability, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to benefit all students. The program provides professional development for integrating DEI in OER and curriculum to create culturally relevant OER through a peer-reviewed process for twenty high-enrolled courses that have limited or no OER available.

We are thrilled to welcome a student moderator, Paul Medina, the Region Vii Regional Affairs Director for the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges. Paul also serves as the co-chair for our Distance Education committee and is a phenomenal student leader. Our panelists are Marty Alvarado, Executive Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and executive committee member of the Alliance, as well as two representatives from West Hills Community College District, Kelsey Smith, OER Librarian, and Ron Oxford, Librarian. Join your colleagues to hear more about one group is doing to advance equity and OER offerings in their state. There will be ample time to share the approach your state, system, and/or institutions are taking and to brainstorm new ideas with your peers.

This webinar is open to members of the Alliance and Forum.

LibreTexts OER Showcase and ED’s Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program

The Department of Education is currently accepting applications through July 25, 2022, for the Open Textbook Pilot Grant, which supports projects at eligible institutions of higher education to create new open textbooks and expand the use of open textbooks and course materials. Join WCET and NCOER for a conversation with Josh Halpern of LibreTexts, the 2018 awardee of the Open Textbook Pilot Grant. Today, LibreTexts’ interactive collection has expanded to nearly 400 textbooks and saved $31 million, serving 223 million students in 154 courses.

Join this webcast to learn about the grant process, LibreTexts’ free, open, online materials, and how using them can help students save money and increase access.

Designing Inclusive Classrooms: Recommendations on Where to Start

This webcast is hosted by WCET in partnership with Wiley University Services.

As higher ed continues to focus on ways to increase equity within our learning communities, one area in which we find challenges is within the coursework and classrooms themselves. Oftentimes, faculty and administrators want to address DE&I issues in their coursework, but they may not know where to start.

Join leaders from Northern Illinois University, University of New Haven, and Wiley University Services as we explore best practices and recommendations for designing more inclusive classrooms. This dynamic conversation will address a range of topics, including:

  • How a strong instructional design serves as the foundation for building an inclusive course.
  • Why expanding course materials to reflect diversity prepares students for their personal and professional lives.
  • Ways to prioritize student well-being and self-care behaviors.
  • Ideas on how to promote student support resources.

Meeting of the Alliance and Forum Executive Committees

The executive committees of the Western Alliance of Community College Leaders (Alliance) and the Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum) are meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The executive committees will be busy planning programing for the coming fiscal year as well as partaking in professional development on (re)shaping policy with an equity lens.

Fireside Chat: Educational Innovations that have Transcended the Pandemic

Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer with the Chronicle of Higher Education, will lead a fireside chat with members of WCET and WICHE’s Forum and Alliance members in July. Goldie will give a brief presentation on recent innovations in higher education that have lasted through the pandemic and discuss what these means for:

  •  Broader changes across colleges and universities.
  •  Technology adoption and support.
  •  Student expectations.
  •  Faculty and staff expectations and their evolving roles.

Following the overview, small groups will explore trends and innovations at their institutions and why they have stuck.

The session will conclude with a broader discussion about current trends that have become commonplace and emerging trends to think about strategically. The session will take place live via Zoom meeting. Registration is required and limited to 100 members from the following institutions.

Responding to Student Demand with Agile Teaching and Learning Strategies

This April, Bay View Analytics and Cengage released the latest findings of the Digital Learning Pulse Survey. This longitudinal study, launched in April of 2020, explores student, faculty, and administrator perspectives on the pandemic-driven shifts in higher education. Join us for a deep discussion of the latest results and how two institutional leaders are responding to student demand with agile teaching and learning strategies.

WCET 35th Annual Meeting

Save the date for the WCET 35th Annual Meeting.

The WCET Annual Meeting brings together higher education professionals to share advances in digital learning practices and to explore emerging policy challenges facing institutions and organizations today.

No Holding Back: Administrative Holds Policies and Practices

It can be difficult to get the attention of a college student. Professors can always connect with students in class. However, advisors and administrators have few means to command attention, especially if calling, texting, emailing or using the postal service aren’t successful. The ability to use holds to prompt a student to take an action is one of the few resources in an institution’s toolkit. Recent research reveals the ubiquity of this practice, but also the limitations. Members of WICHE’s Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum) and Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (Alliance) are invited to attend a one hour webinar to hear about the latest research on administrative holds policies and practices at the state, system, and institution-level from panelists from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Education Commission of the States (ECS), Ithaka S+R, and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Innovations and Challenges: Colorado and Beyond

Hosted by WCET in collaboration with the Western Academic Leadership Forum and Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders.

Community colleges across the nation are experiencing similar challenges: decreased enrollments, state funding challenges, and streamlining pathways for degree attainment and transfer. In this upcoming webinar, presidents from several community colleges in Colorado will join in a lively discussion to share strategies to respond to these challenges, such as promoting partnership over competition and cultivating a culture that supports innovation on their campuses.

Cybersecurity Part 2: Postsecondary Cyber Risks Associated with 3rd Parties Due to a Ransomware Incident

SAN & WCET present a two-part webinar series. In part two, Dave Sonheim, Chief of Cybersecurity, Region VII, CISA, Department of Homeland Security will address the management of cyber risks associated with 3rd party vendors due to a ransomware incident.