OER Jan-Feb Newsletter

Welcome Back!

A belated Happy New Year! Whether you are weeks into the term, just starting, or you still have a few weeks off, it is not too soon to start thinking about using open educational resources in the future – or taking your use to the next level. And if any of these things are on your mind, please reach out to your local OER Liaison or directly to us for assistance. During the Spring 2020 term, we will highlight OER resources and approaches to OER use to, hopefully, inspire increased use.

  • OERI 2019 RFP Completed Projects – And 2020 Awards •

The finalized projects from our 2019 RFP are now in the hands of reviewers. We hope to be sharing these products by the end of February. We learned a lot through this process that will impact how we support our new awardees.

Our 162 Letters of Intent to Submit yielded 64 responses to the 2020 Request for Proposals. A review team was convened in mid-January to review the responses and, in the weeks since, we have been working to get clarifications on some proposals and are still in the midst of this process. But we are pleased to announce that we will be funding 24 of the proposals.

We will soon be determining how best to support these awardees and will be making professional development opportunities available to all of our faculty.

  • New OER for Your Consideration – Anthropology and Child Development/Early Childhood Education 

We’re pleased to share that “EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation To Biological  Anthropology” is now available for your consideration and adoption. ASCCC OERI supported the development of ancillaries for this text as part of the 2019 RFP, so additional resources will soon be available to facilitate your adoption.

In addition to “Child Growth and Development” (C-ID CDEV 100), College of the Canyons has now made a text titled “Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education” (C-ID ECE 130). Currently, both can be accessed at the College of the Canyons ZTC site or at LibreTexts where they can be customized.

  • OERI Weekly Webinars, Thursdays, 1pm-2pm 

OERI Weekly Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! Please share with your colleagues

February 6, 2020 | Register Now!

ASCCC OERI Spring 2020 – An Update

The OERI formally launched just a year ago. What have we accomplished during that time – and what do we have planned for 2020? Join us for an overview of accomplishments, resources, and future directions.

February 13, 2020 | Register Now!

CCC “Marking” of No-Cost Course Sections – An SB 1359 Update

One semester after the requirement to mark no-cost course sections in our online schedules when into effect, the ASCCC implemented what would be a yearly survey to track the use of this designation. What do the Fall 2019 data indicate regarding local practices?

February 20, 2020 | Register Now!

Where did that come from? Ownership and Attributions in OER

Creating an OER does not mean you create something and put it out in the ether without any recognition of your authorship. All Creative Commons licenses require the inclusion of an attribution. Why is this important and how do you handle attributions when you are creating a new resource from a variety of existing resources?

February 27, 2020 | Register Now!

Open Forum

Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

Academic Senate  for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916.445.4753  fax: 916.323.9867

New Online English Lit Course at WLAC

Prof. Nuala (NuNu) Lincke is teaching this online course in Spring 2020: English 205, English Literature 1.  Learn with her about poetry, plays and novels from the Medieval Ages to the decline of Neoclassicism. And remember … NuNu NEVER times quizzes, tests or essays, and embeds literary terms in discussions of literary works, so the learning process is enjoyable, and not stressful–academically rigorous rather than arduous for students, especially students with LDs, who learn DIFFERENTLY, but not less proficiently, than students without LDs.

– NuNu

Anyone interested should register for the class!

$50 Grocery Gift Cards Available for Students In Need

Sent on behalf of the WLAC Foundation 

The Los Angeles Community College District Foundation in collaboration with Ralphs/Kroger/Food4Less is providing grants in the form of $50 grocery gift cards to LACCD students who face food insecurities that compromise their ability to continue their studies or successfully engage in their classes. To be eligible, students must apply online by logging into the Student Information System (SIS) using the link below. I have attached a copy of the application for your information.

Please note, that each college will have a single point of contact who will review and approve the applicants. Awardees will pick up gift cards at their home college.

I encourage you to spread the word across campus and reach as many students as possible who can benefit from this grant. Please provide them with the link to apply.  Feel free to forward this information to anyone that I might have missed in this email. I thank you in advance for your assistance.



Etelvina De La Torre, MSPA

Director, Foundation

Access Vision Resource Center from the Portal!

Sent on behalf of Shannon Krajewski, Professional Development Coordinator, Center for Professional Excellence 

Greetings LACCD!

As of today, you can now launch the Vision Resource Center from your SIS Portal! Just look for this icon:


What’s the Vision Resource Center?

The Vision Resource Center (VRC) is a statewide system for accessing, tracking, sharing and promoting professional development. It allows all employees in the CCC system to Connect and Learn about countless topics that affect our work and our students. (An earlier version was called the Professional Learning Network (PLN).)

The VRC is a hub for MANY things, from a calendar of professional learning workshops, a place to track your professional development/FLEX activities, a place to connect with colleagues across the district and the state, and a place to find thousands of trainings, including those from Lynda.com and Skillsoft, as well as original content from the state Chancellor’s office and much more! Poke around! Click on the Workshop Calendar and see what’s interesting to you and Request it. Go to your Learner Home and see what cool things are waiting for you. Do a Training Search on something you’d like to learn. Update your profile with a photo and some topics of interest. Visit Connect and see what Communities interest you.

Need help navigating the VRC? Here’s a helpful guide to help you with the basics.

Shannon Krajewski
Professional Development Coordinator

EAP Coordinator

Center for Professional Excellence

Identity Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Finally! Canvas student names will match their preferred name.

A message from our Associate Vice-Chancellor, Betsy A. Regalado:

During the past year, the IT staff and I have received several inquiries about changing the student’s primary name on the Canvas shell to the preferred name. This email will serve as official notification that the Canvas file has been updated to send a student’s preferred name instead of a primary name.

This change in the Canvas business process will not remove the student’s primary, also known as legal name, from the student’s official school record in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions SIS or from the grade roster. Only the attendance roster and the Canvas shell will display the student’s preferred name.