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Friday, November 21 • 11:00am - 11:30am
NOVA's OER-Based Certificate and Associate Degree Project.

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The need to increase access to and reduce the costs of attending college is a burden shared by all higher education institutions. One way that Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has addressed this growing concern is through an innovative two-phase project to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across the curriculum.

NOVA's OER-Based Certificate and Associate Degree Project is designed to provide any student at NOVA the opportunity to take anywhere from one course to an entire degree, utilizing free and/or open course materials, to deliver a high quality learning experience without requiring the purchase of textbooks. Many of these OER courses are also offered to students enrolled at more than a dozen other Virginia Community Colleges.

The OER-Based Certificate and Associate Degree Project at NOVA was designed to affect the broadest possible population of students by creating course options in a variety of subjects that will save students money and ensure that all students in these courses have equal access to all course materials. Students can take selected courses, complete a General Education Certificate, or complete two Associate Degree tracks that do not require the purchase of textbooks.

Our team of Faculty, Distance Learning Librarians, and Instructional Designers are able to develop, deliver, and maintain effective and engaging courses using quality free and open materials thanks in part to an active and growing global OER community.

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Wm. Preston James

Director, Northern Virginia Community College
I have worked in higher education for 20 years… as faculty, administrator, and consultant. As Director of Instructional Services at NOVA, I oversee the online learning and educational technology services, manage instructional training and certification, and lead the OER initiative... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Crystal Ballroom

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