A great example of why community colleges are 2015’s rock stars

Washington state community colleges are launching an online CBE degree program using OER in a self-paced environment.

OER-WashingtonWashington state community college students seeking an associate degree will soon be able to opt for a competency-based online business transfer degree that uses open educational resources (OER) in all courses.

The courses are under creation in partnership with Lumen Learning. In addition to eliminating textbook costs, the self-paced courses are designed to adapt content and activities based on a student’s prior knowledge or areas in which they need to demonstrate course objective mastery.

Faculty members from participating Washington state community colleges are collaborating with Lumen Learning on course design as they define learning outcomes and related competencies for the 18 courses in the degree program. After waiting for approval from the accrediting commission, the full program is expected to launch for the July 1 term. Progress is detailed here.

(Next page: How the courses are structured to promote OER use)

Laura Ascione