GOOD NEWS – Adobe Acrobat Pro is available for LCC employees on campus. It is an indispensable publishing software tool for you as OER course creators, especially if you are adapting existing material in PDF format.
The application enables you to run Accessibility checks on existing PDFs. You can fix common issues like adding alt-tags and titles; ensuring that a PDF is properly tagged; and that the document is set to the correct language.
You can also perform editing functions like auto-pagination; direct-text editing; and rearranging pages. Another feature of Acrobat Pro is the ability to combine PDFs with easy drag-and-drop methods.
The free Adobe Acrobat Reader does not perform any of these higher functions.
Acrobat Pro is part of the Adobe Creative CC suite. Any part of the entire Suite can be installed on your work computer.
To place a request, contact your department’s admin and they will forward it to IT.
Creative Commons has introduced a new search engine, CC Search, for finding images that use its licenses.
The engine searches several image repositories (including Flickr, the New York Public Library, and The Met) for access to over nine million images with open licenses. For more on the new search engine, read “Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine” by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch.
Images are a great way to add interest to pre-existing OER materials.
We are pleased to announce that we’ll be starting the process to award stipends for OER course development work for this coming summer. Awards will be in the form of curriculum development hours to convert non-OER courses to OER courses using existing OER materials. Awards will be up to 70 hours of curriculum development funds to complete the work over the summer in time for the upcoming Fall ’17, Winter ’18 or Spring ’18 terms.
Stipend application closes – Beginning of Spring Term – April 7
Announce awards – Week 3 of Spring term – April 21
Questions? Feel free to send inquiries to OER@lanecc.edu
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just changed the licenses of approximately 375,000 images to Creative Commons Zero, or CC0, licenses. This places the images into the public domain and allows for their free download and unrestricted use.
In anticipation of our time together on Thursday, 2/5/15 in the CML at 3:00, we have some more materials that can help shed more light on Open Educational Resources (OER) if you aren’t as familiar with them as we may be. If you are starting at zero, Creative Commons has a good point of departure to help define what they are. The New Media Consortium has a good overview in this PDF as well, approaching it from the standpoint of how libraries can play a role in partnering with faculty when they look at adopting OER.
You are cordially invited to join us for the next topic in Lane’s Global Conversation series. Bill Schuetz and Ian Coronado will be asking for input around the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER) and what should be done to encourage their adoption at Lane.
The meeting will be February 5th, from 3:00pm to 4:30 in CML 214.
In advance of the meeting, we’ve included some resources to help bring you up to speed.
Maricopa Community Colleges District has the goal of trying to save students 5 million dollars over the next 5 years in textbook costs by offering OER or low-cost alternatives. They seem to be on track as they were able to hit 1.4 million in savings in their 1st year alone.
Part of their solution includes a class search option that filters out any classes that has a textbook cost greater than $40.