ASCCC Formally Launching OER Initiative!



During Spring 2017, the ASCCC established the ASCCC Open Educational Resources Task Force. Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials freely available in the public domain. A definition of OER from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is: “OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.”

The ASCCC will be formally launching its OER Initiative (OERI) in the spring 2019 term. The ASCCC OERI received funding via a trailer bill during the last budget cycle and proposed that the ASCCC would create an initiative that serves to:

   coordinate OER activities in the CCCs, including content curation, review, modification, and development;

   engage in ancillary resource curation and development; and

   provide support to address copyright, accessibility, technical, and other related issues (e.g., print on demand).

 In an effort to prioritize the OER work, there is a need to determine what OER is currently in use in our system and what the perceived needs are. In order to approach this in a manageable way, we are piloting information collection from select disciplines. It is our goal to gather as much general and specific information from faculty in the identified disciplines as possible. If you are in any of these disciplines, we look forward to your participation. If you are not, please share this with all appropriate faculty. At the present time, we are gathering information from faculty teaching courses in the following disciplines:

1. Child Development (Early Childhood Education)

2. Communication Studies

3. Computer Science

4. Cybersecurity

5. English

6. Math

7. Psychology

8. Sociology

 The ASCCC OER Task Force would appreciate if you would spent 10-15 minutes of your time completing this survey designed to inform our work. 

OER Discipline Survey

Thank you for your time, it is greatly appreciated.  

Miguel Rother 

C-ID/OER Program Manager

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 340

Sacramento | CA | 95814

916 445 4753 | ph

916 323 9867 | fx  


NameCoach tool allows students to easily share their name pronunciation and gender

NameCoach is excited to announce their partnership with the Foundation for the California Community College System and the Online Education Initiative! NameCoach is a new tool provided by the OEI to California Community Colleges that nurtures inclusion campus-wide. It is now available to all OEI consortiums colleges at no cost and available to all CCCs at a discount.

Can•Innovate: NameCoach for Equitable Classrooms

Please join NameCoach’s CEO Praveen Shanbhag to learn about how NameCoach helps build a more inclusive and equitable classroom.

 Friday – October 26 – 12 PM Pacific


 NameCoach provides students with a simple way to record a pronunciation of their name and convey their gender that is easily shared with their instructor and student peers. In this webinar, you will see NameCoach in action and hear how Foothill College has used it in Canvas and for commencement to foster belonging and address equity gaps.

 **If you are not able to attend the webinar but interested in receiving a recording of it, simply register here and we’ll deliver it directly to your inbox.**

 NameCoach can be used in conjunction with a variety of campus technologies to provide on-demand playback of student name pronunciations wherever they may be needed. The core features of NameCoach solve many of the challenges universities face with building inclusive campus communities.

NameCoach Resources

Discover More About NameCoach: Explore Our Website


Ritika Dewan 

Director, Partner Community Development

NameCoach  || Hear the name, Say it right || Direct line: 408-414-7514

More Helpful Webinars from the OEI!

The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative invites you and members of your College Implementation Team to attend an upcoming Notebowl Implementation Webinar to introduce the service, explain the benefits for student success, and review the implementation process for your college, and provide an important service to your students with the support of the CVC-OEI.  All are welcome!   

Notebowl Implementation Webinar

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 7 from 1:00PM – 2:00PM.  

Please use the following link to join us:

The webinar will be recorded and sent to participants with captions after the live session. For real-time captioning services, please contact Karen Oeh ( at least 7 business days prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at



Karen Oeh, M.A.

Program Coordinator – College Support Representative

California Virtual Campus Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI)

(650) 949-7814

Visit us online at

The OEI is funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Folklore and Cultural Films Database

Screen Shot 2018-10-18 at 11.06.24 AMThis is a great database for independent documentary films on traditional American cultures.  Check out their library of films:

And while you are visiting, take a look at the feature documentary done by the Director of the Digital Design Studio, Scott Kecken.

We Are Arabbers | Folkstreams

We Are Arabbers follows the horse-and-wagon produce vendors along the streets of Baltimore, Maryland as they struggle to make a living and maintain their unique culture.


OER Webinars for Specific Subjects

I’ve been attending these every Friday and learning something new each time. If you or someone you know are interested in Open Educational Resources these webinars from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges are an excellent place to start.

Register Today!

Open Educational Resources Webinar

 In preparation for launching its own statewide OER initiative, the ASCCC is hosting weekly OER webinars on Fridays at 9:30am. Each of November’s webinars will focus on the available OER resources for a specific discipline, with faculty sharing their OER-adoption experience. Each webinar is designed to provide information, share resources, and hear from you. All will be recorded for later viewing or use and posted on the ASCCC website.

Click the link below to register for one or all of the upcoming webinars.  

Register HERE!                                                                                                

English – Friday, November 2, 9:30 – 10:30 am                               

Child Development/Early Childhood Education – Friday, November 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am                                                                                       

Counseling – College Success/Personal Growth/Career Counseling – Friday, November 16, 9:30 – 10:30 am                                                       

Biology – Friday, November 30, 9:30 – 10:30 am                            

Communication Studies – Friday, December 7, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Please forward this message on to all interested parties.

Simonson Video on Distance Education

During the 2011 Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Dr. Michael Simonson was interviewed by Cynthia Burfield about current trends and future issues in the field of instructional technology and distance education.

Simonson on Trends in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Michael Simonson on Vimeo.



Embed Free OER Interactive Lessons in your courses from Softchalk Cloud!

From the SoftChalk Team

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We’re here to highlight the wonderful work educators, like you, are doing at your institution. Each week we select a standout, top notch, lessons from SoftChalk Share and feature it across our social media platforms.

These lessons are interactive, engaging and cover a wide variety of subjects. Through these, you can see the endless possibilities SoftChalk has to offer and learn something new in the process.

Simply click the title of the lesson or picture to view it in its entirety. If you like it, share it!


Anna Grau
DePaul University
The objectives of this lesson are to be able to distinguish between the various citation styles, format Chicago-style bibliography citations and to format Chicago-style footnotes.


Doug Mossengren

Van Buren High School

In this lesson, students learn about different species concepts including ecological, evolutionary and phylogenetic. They also learn about the issues with the various concepts and why we don’t know the exact number of species.

Wendy Arch
Indianola High School
This lesson discusses how authors use figurative language to reveal the hidden meanings embedded in the words and phrases used to write their stories. Students learn to define and identify examples of similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, and symbolism.


Rachel Dorn
Yakima Valley College

This lesson serves as an overview of the organization for an ART 150 class, including individual and planning assignments, project requirements and due dates, creative problems, and project ideas.