Now in its 16th year the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) continues on its trajectory as a community of practice for open education. Started in 2007 by Dr. Martha Kanter at Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, CCCOER joined what is now OE Global in 2011.

That moment too was when Una Daly began her long running role as Director of CCCOER, where she has led the growth and reach of CCCOER over the last twelve years. This December, Una is starting her “re-wirement” and welcoming Heather Blicher as incoming Director. Now was an ideal time for an OEG Voices conversation with Una about the evolution of CCCOER and to also hear from Heather who will be steering it into the future.

In the OEG Voices studio with (clockwise from top left), Una Daly, Heather Blicher, Alan Levine, and Marcela Morales.

This Episode

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In this episode, host Alan Levine discusses the evolution of the Community College Consortium of OER (CCCOER) with outgoing director Una Daly and incoming director Heather Blicher. Starting with the early days of CCCOER, the episode highlights the milestones, such as its union with OE Global, the OER degree program with Achieving the Dream, and the burgeoning relationship with NorQuest College. The conversation delves deeper into the role of community colleges, the shifting scenario in global open education, the future of CCCOER, and the handover of directorship from Una to Heather.

00:06 Introduction to Community Colleges and Open Education
01:03 The Journey of CCCOER
01:23 Reflections on the History of CCCOER
01:34 Transitioning Leadership in CCCOER
03:24 The Role of Community Colleges in Open Education
06:30 The Early Days of CCCOER
10:32 The Evolution of CCCOER
25:41 The Future of CCCOER
27:50 Farewell to Una and Welcoming Heather
30:31 Closing Remarks

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You know, it’s all about relationship building it’s what our members do and how we can lift them up. But there have been other infrastructure things that have come along too, which have been really helpful.

So there’s been funding that’s come along. About 2010-11 our federal government in the US really propped up the open education space with the original TAACCCT grants. I think it was $2 billion, That changed things dramatically. Prior to that there were believers in open ed, but it just, it didn’t get the same spread.

Una Daly
CCCOER logos over the years

Change happens faster at community colleges than at our other higher ed institutions. And so often we can introduce innovative programs that would take a bit longer even though community colleges do it with less resources.

Una Daly

Having been a student at a community college and later focusing my work with them, I can say that just as the name suggests, community colleges are for the communities they serve. They provide accessible and affordable education that can be a gateway to traditional four year institutions. They can also provide vocational pathways and certifications for in-demand fields that require specialized training, often teaming up with local companies to fill gaps in a skilled workforce. They offer flexible schedules to accommodate students with jobs and family responsibilities. And, because of all of these elements, community colleges can meet the needs of a diverse student body, all ages, income levels, and backgrounds.

Heather Blicher

Our open licensed music for this episode is a track called Infographics Loop by Serge Quadrado licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Like most of our intro music, it is from the Free Music Archive (see our full FMA playlist).

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