Adobe Acrobat Pro at LCC

 

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.

 

 

Summer 2017 OER Stipends at Lane

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 Application for Lane’s Summer 2017 OER Stipends is now open.

A Global Conversation About OER

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.

We have a bit of a history using OER at Lane and are perceived as a leader in the way we’ve encouraged faculty participation in the adoption of OER in classes. While this has been a great start, we have only just begun and are looking how the college should move forward.

In addition to the materials we sent out on Monday, we’ve added a few more to see different perspectives on OER from students and faculty at Lane.

Students Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Faculty Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Results from an ASLCC survey of students on main campus in the Fall of 2014. This was a face to face poll of the Lane student body, originating from the work that ASLCC had taken amongst themselves to do.

Join Us for a Global Conversation About Open Educational Resources

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.

What are Open Educational Resources?

What do other educators say about them?

A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

What have other colleges done with OER?

 Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation

Maricopa Millions

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.

http://www.oeconsortium.org/projects/showcases/maricopa-millions-case-study/

Finishing your conversion work? Final steps.

Some of you are wrapping up your OER conversion work in one term. If you’re nearing the end, review these last steps from the “Evidence” column of the fellowship rubric:

  • All course materials shared

    • including syllabus, content resources, activities, assessments, etc.

    • If your course is built in Moodle, share an OER copy of the entire shell.

      • Email Kevin Steeves and ask him to “make an OER copy” of your shell. Specify the course title. CC me (Jen Klaudinyi) on this email.

      • Kevin will create a copy of your shell and categorize it as a “Shared OER Course” listedon this page.

    • OR syllabus and individual materials can be shared in MERLOT. See MERLOT instructions.

  • 3-5 minute video/screencast posted on the OER blog describing what you’re using and how; and links to course materials in either Moodle or MERLOT.

    • Show your completed course template (in Moodle, or whichever course platform you’ve used).

    • Comment on some challenges and victories.

    • Give advice for future fellowship participants..

    • Tell us how you plan to implement the class template (next steps).

    • Upload your screencast to Youtube and post youtube link in your final blog post. You may supplement the short screencast with additional text if you wish. Jen can assist with screencast creation and uploading.

Once you’ve completed these steps, apply for your incentive here.

If you’re still at it, and plan to continue working next term (hurray!), remember to post your mid-project progress report by the end of this week. From the rubric:

  • Blog post 2. Mid-project progress report.

    • Due by week 11 of your first Fellowship term.

    • What have you accomplished so far?

    • What challenges have you overcome?

    • What remains in order to meet your goals?

    • Can be text, audio, video or combination.

Fellowship Orientation Videos

What is OER? This “about” page on the OER Commons (an OER repository) has a great explanation and video to introduce you to the world of OER.

I’ve created 3 short videos to orient you to the Lane OER Faculty Fellowship:

Part 1: Jen, History, and Fellowship Goals

Part 2: The OER blog

*If the quality of this video is poor, while the video is playing, click on the “change quality” icon- looks like a sprocket- and set the quality to 720HD

Part 3: The Fellowship Rubrics

Rubric “classic” for individual participants

*If the quality of this video is poor, while the video is playing, click on the “change quality” icon- looks like a sprocket- and set the quality to 720HD

Discipline team rubric for teams:

*If the quality of this video is poor, while the video is playing, click on the “change quality” icon- looks like a sprocket- and set the quality to 720HD

 

Also see the “How do I get started?” post for step-by-step instructions of how to get going.

Water Conservation Resources

There is buzz throughout the utility world to push residential customers to reduce their current utility water use 75% by 2025.  Soon, we will all have to be more in touch with the water we use, where it comes from, where it is going to and how we treat it before and after we have had our way with it.  Hopefully, the information that I have provided here will help to answer some of these questions as well as address what alternate water sources there are to help meet our needs.

The world of water conservation is a burgeoning field with new water conservation positions opening up around the world daily.  Join us in LCC’s Water Conservation Technician Program to learn even more!!!

Here is a link to a you tube video about why I prefer a textbook-free class:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgqM_PUoqPw&feature=youtu.be

Here is a link to several resources and assignments that I use in the Water Conservation: Residential Indoor class: http://contentbuilder.merlot.org/toolkit/users/swhitney/waterconservation

Enjoy!