ATD: Achieving the Dream
ACHIEVING THE DREAM'S OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES DEGREE INITIATIVE
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a national nonprofit that promotes evidence based institutional improvements to increase student success at the community college level.
ATD's Open Education Resources (OER) Degree Initiative provides grants to develop OER courses at the community college level. The short term goal is to increase student retention and success in courses and degree completion by providing a low cost alternative to buying traditional proprietary textbooks. A second goal is to afford faculty greater freedom and flexibility when aligning course material to learning outcomes.
ATD has provided three-year grants to public two-year higher education institutions and systems to create new fully OER one-year and two-year certificate/diploma/degree programs.
EPCC is one of 38 colleges in 13 states awarded the grant. EPCC is participating through the Texas Consortium. The other Consortium schools working on OER are Alamo Colleges (Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College), Austin Community College, and San Jacinto Community College.
Partner support for the project is provided by Lumen Learning (courseware and technical assistance), the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) (OER community of practice), and SRI International (evaluation of Initiative's impact on student success).
All OER materials developed for the grant must be:
Provided in digital format, though they can be for face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online courses.
Made fully accessible/ADA compliant in keeping with E.P.C.C. policy.
Licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution license CC-BY.
Shared publicly. Lumen and the CCCOER will provide assistance with this process.
For more information about OER and Creative Commons Attribution licensing, please visit Asst. Prof. Lorely Ambriz' Open Educational Resources and Knowledge Sharing page.