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OER Development Grants, Phase 6

OER (Open Educational Resources) hold great promise for reducing costs and increasing access to required course materials. Community colleges around the country (Washington, California, Virginia) have joined in with national efforts to increase the production and use of OER materials. Washington’s OER project saved students over $1.25 million in just the 2011-12 academic year, and over $5.5 million since 2011.

The main goal of the Maricopa Millions Open Education Resources (OER) Project is to reduce educational costs for students. Spending less money on textbooks and materials will foster greater access to materials for students, which may enable them to stay on track with completing their courses.

The Maricopa Millions OER Project includes developing a strategic, sustainable OER infrastructure that would include: awareness, professional development, OER development and technical support, marketing and technical structure. In order for OER to be successful at MCCCD, we have established an OER strategic planning and implementation team to establish and oversee specific OER outcomes over the next 5 years.

The driving objective for the project is to save MCCCD students $5 Million Dollars over the next five years through the use of OER materials. And we’ve already reached our goal in 2 1/2 years, but we’re not stopping there.

This Maricopa Millions OER project, through an internal grant process, supports the adoption, adaptation, and development of complete OER course materials for high enrollment courses in the MCCCD.  The final product will be OER course materials that can be easily adopted and modified by other faculty (including adjuncts) teaching that course. Phase 1-3 targeted high enrollment courses. In Phase 4-5 we welcomed all courses to be submitted for the grant.

In Phase 6 we continue to welcome all courses to be submitted for the grant. However, most math courses and the following courses (ENG091, ENG101, ENG102, RDG091, CHM130LL, GBS151, PSY101, PSY230, BIO156, CHM130, CHM150/151/152, HES100, and SWU292) are not eligible, as they have already been funded and/or developed.
A statement of interest is requested by 5pm on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. If submitted, this information will be used to introduce faculty who may have interests in creating the same course in an effort to encourage collaboration. The statement of interest is not required but strongly encouraged.  

Proposals are due by 5pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Group proposals will be accepted and are encouraged.

Grant proposals are now being accepted for OER Development Grants. For more information regarding the OER Development Grant program, please visit our website .

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MCC Spring Training Workshops

Register TODAY! MCC’s CTL will offer workshops as part of the MCCCD Spring Trainings Series. Collect tickets, trade cards and take souvenirs for teaching and learning back to your classroom. Workshop details are available on the CTL calendar. The CTL is featuring the OER Ideation Circle during the spring semester. Participate on the main campus and MCC-RDM CTL as scheduled on Mondays. Afternoon sessions available on Tuesdays. Ideation Circles provide space to collectively explore educational topics.

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MCLI Sum16 Project Applications DUE

The deadline for submitting MCLI Summer Project applications is next week, Thursday February 11th by noon.

Applications must be emailed to facultyprofessionalgrowth@domail.maricopa.edu

Three documents that will help you apply for a Summer Project: the summer project application, the application guide and the rubric used to score applications.

The maximum dollar amount for 2016 Summer Projects is $2,500.00. Please note Summer Projects can begin May 14, 2016 and must be completed by June 30, 2016.


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OER Ideation Circle

The CTL will be featuring an OER Ideation Circle during the Spring semester. Ideation Circles require a small group of faculty or staff from any area of the college who come together for at least a semester to discuss a teaching and learning topic that they can delve deeply into during group discussions. Annapurna Ganesh and other Education Studies faculty have formed an ideation circle on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

You are invited to explore and learn about OERs. The group intends to meet regularly (twice a month) in the CTL to exchange and share ideas. The same ideation circle will be offered at two different times Mon 10:15 – 11 and Tues 4:30 – 5:15, you are welcome to choose either time to participate.

See the CTL calendar for the dates of the OER Featured Ideation Circle. The first session will be offered on February 8 or 9. Bring your questions, resources and ideas as we discover OERs together. We will be meeting in the CTL lobby at the Southern & Dobson campus. MCC-RDM faculty will be meeting in the CTL spot located in the PV instructional support room (adjunct office area).


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Turnitin Originality Checking and Canvas Integration

Faculty who use Canvas have had the option of running their students online composition assignments against Turnitin.com right within the Canvas assignment since we first adopted Canvas in 2012.

Beginning Spring 2016, Turnitin.com is changing the way that Learning Management Systems such as Canvas integrate with their services. This will require a few simple steps to re-configure any existing assignments faculty wish to re-use from a previous semester.

Please click this link for instructions to the new way of  configuring NEW assignments.

For help with configuring existing assignments click here.

There will be a workshop presented in the CTL workshop room (AS175) on Thursday Jan 14 at 11:00am with finer details/training on how to work with this new integration of Turnitin for Canvas.

If you are a faculty member needing help/assistance with these techology tools, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 480-461-7331 or email: ctl@mesacc.edu

Turnitin Revision Assistant Demonstration


Revision Assistant Demonstration

Maricopa is investigating the opportunity to become an early adopter of a new tool called Revision Assistant to help students in the writing process. The primary audience is writing faculty, especially developmental and freshman composition courses. We are excited about this opportunity as a District and want to help you learn more about this leading edge tool.

On Monday, November 23, 2015, Turnitin visited GateWay Community College to deliver live demonstration Revision Assistant.

This tool is a proprietary product in early adopter phase and subsequently available to limited audiences. Turnitin permitted us to record the session to share with faculty who were unable to attend the live demo, but it is important that the demonstration video not be shared with anyone outside of MCCCD at any time.

  1. Revision Assistant Demonstration. Learn more about the tool and how it works by watching the demonstration video.

  2. Got Questions? If you have any questions about this tool or program, please submit it to the Revision Assistant Questions form.

  3. Participate in the Early Adopter Program. Please complete the Revision Assistant Opt-In form no later than end of day Wednesday, 12/9/15, if you are interested in participating in the program.

Once we determine if we have enough interest in this program, we will follow up with planning and implementation details. Thank you for your interest.

Project Team

Melissa VerSchage

(602) 286-8932


Jeff Anderson

(480) 461-7709


Karen Russo

(602) 286-8925


Learn about Quality Matters at MCCCD

Learn about Quality Matters at MCCCD

APPQMR In-Person Session offered
Friday, February 19th at Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Register Now (Registration through HCM Time & Labor)

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, research-based, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to acknowledge the quality of online/hybrid courses. The QM framework, implemented through a rubric, is about course design and making your course navigation and structure intuitive, so that students’ questions will be more focused on the content of your course. QM recognized courses improve both student learning outcomes, student success, and retention.

Workshop Details

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Friday, February 19th, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. *Lunch included

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
MSQ-150, Center for Teaching and Learning 

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The Quality Matters course is designed to help you prepare your course for QM certification and is a prerequisite for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification (PRC) Course. This in-depth workshop explains the QM Process and the QM Rubric through interactive group activities. Participants will complete the training with tools and ideas to design your course to meet the QM Standards and the skills to become a Quality Matters peer reviewer.


How do I register for the Quality Matters at MCCCD course? Who can register?

Registration is through the HCM Time & Labor) system. View detailed registration instructions.  Anyone in MCCCD interested in the QM Process and Rubric is welcome to attend.


Turnitin Revision Assistant

Come learn about this new tool!

Maricopa is investigating the opportunity to become an early adopter of a new tool called Revision Assistant to help students in the writing process. The primary audience is writing faculty, especially developmental and freshman composition courses. We are excited about this opportunity as a District and do hope you’ll join us to learn more about this leading edge tool.

GateWay Community College
Center for Teaching & Learning (MA-1240)
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Monday, November 23, 2015
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Delivery Options:
In person or via Adobe Connect at https://connect.maricopa.edu/revisionassistant/.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending by completing this form.

Now is the Future

Now is the Future

Now is the Future

October 21, 2015 is the day Marty McFly goes to the future. To celebrate the future being the present, you are invited to visit the CTL to enjoy a screening of Back to the Future 2, popcorn, and some friendly discussion on how the CTL can help you professionally develop to improve your future! Get your self-lacing Nike high tops and hop in your DeLorean because where we’re going, we don’t need roads!

Where: CTL Lobby

When: 12:00pm – 2:00pm October 21, 2015

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Explore WritingXTech

Free Turnitin® Web Series

Join Turnitin® their third annual Student Success Week October 5-9. SSW15 is a five day virtual conference. This year the sessions will focus on “how technology affects writing instruction and the student learning experience”. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for using digital tools to increase student engagement and improve writing skills. Certificates of Participation are provided for registered participants!

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin® is a service that is used by thousands of institutions in over 80 countries.  It has a range of options, but the primary tool is its Plagiarism Prevention component, which has been purchased by MCCCD. Turnitin® is integrated with Canvas making it easy for you check for plagiarism in work submitted by students within Canvas. Learn more about using Turnitin® at MCC.


This FREE series will kick off on Monday, October 5, and will include 45-minute webcasts. Register for one or all 8 sessions!

Monday, October 5:
No Laptop Left Behind?
Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information

Digital Tools for Writing Instruction
Kristine E. Pytash, Richard E. Ferdig, PhD, and Timothy Rasinski

Tuesday, October 6:
Writing and the Visual: Graphically Organizing Your Writing
Thomas DeVere Wolsey, CEO of the Institute to Advance International Education

Wednesday, October 7:
Crowdsourcing in the Classroom to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Presenting
Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Director of Educational Technology at Frisch

Thursday, October 8:
Writing By Hand, Keyboard, Voice and Beyond
Steve Graham, Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation in Teachers College

“The Network Effect”: Amplification and Opportunities for Global Feedback
Michael Fisher, Instructional Coach and Educational Consultant

Friday, October 9:
The Future of Writing: I Wandered Lonely In The Cloud
Anya Kamenetz is NPR’s lead education blogger

Can’t make these times? Register and they will send you the links to the recordings! Visit the SSW15 home page.

For more information, please visit the Student Success Week 2015 website.