Friday, November 21 • 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Increasing Opportunity, Access, and Speed to Degree through Open Courses

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Life alone presents many barriers for adults when returning to school. Minimizing cost and time, and maximizing course relevance is the goal of Open Campus, a new initiative of a for-profit university offered in collaboration with a small consortium of schools. It is the result of creating and organizing a one-stop-shop for all things "open" with the goal of awarding college credit. Like other open courses, learners can access courses and resources in a self-paced environment at no charge; however, what makes Open Campus unique is the opportunity to earn college credit by filling course gaps in a degree program and earning credit for open courses. The consortium partners provide a variety of educational options to the learners.

The intent of Open Campus is to revolutionize the traditional approach to learning through the use of open resources, creating transparent opportunities for learners to accelerate their time-to-degree at low or no cost. Open Campus is a "sense making" venture. Sense making for learners in that it combines no risk, open access, self-paced, and relevant courses with the opportunity to earn college credit in a one-stop-shop.

Open Campus, built on a proprietary platform, allows learners to build a personal learning plan (or portfolio) by choosing courses developed by the university and working at their own pace. Students can also supplement their portfolio by bringing in open courses that they may have taken elsewhere. The added value that this brings to learners is the opportunity to earn college credit in one of multiple ways. First, the portfolio can be submitted for faculty evaluation. Faculty evaluators trained in evaluating prior learning, review and provide a credit recommendation for the portfolio. Second, challenge exams are available for all of the university's open courses. Successful completion of the challenge exams results in credit awarded by the university. There are charges for the evaluations, but none for taking the courses, including the one designed to help the student create a portfolio.

Lastly, to make that important connect to career resources, Open Campus also provides the learners with free access to CareerJourney, a self-paced course which provides practical strategies for career advancement, professional development, and personal innovation; CareerJourney also includes the ability to match skill gaps to courses.

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Susan Huggins

Executive Director, OC@KU
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John Ittelson

Professor Emeritus,, CSU Monterey Bay
John is a Professor Emeritus of Information Technology and Communications Design at CSUMB. He earned his Ph.D. in 1978 from Northwestern University in Educational Psychology/Instructional Design. John also servers as CalStateTEACH Faculty Technology Advisor and is an  Apple Distinguished... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 4:45pm

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