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The Michelson 20MM OER Initiative is kicking off 2023 alongside Creative Commons (CC) and the California Community College’s (CCC) Academic Senate’s Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) with the CC Certificate Bootcamp at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, January 9–13th. By the end of the weeklong program, participating CCC faculty will gain CC certified open licensing expertise. 

The CC Certificate is a rigorous training program designed to help educators, academic librarians and other learners develop comprehensive knowledge in open education, open access, and open practices. Through the CC Certificate Bootcamp, faculty members will develop an understanding of the types of open licenses available and the value each poses to educators and students. Participants will collaborate on group projects that will build open resources from which OER practitioners across the CCC system can benefit.   

This week of learning, collaboration, and OER was funded through a 2022 SPARK Grant in order to support the capacity of the CCC system to implement Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) degree programming following Governor Gavin Newsom’s historic commitment to the program. ZTC degrees primarily rely on open education resources to bring costs down to zero for students, but navigating the unfamiliar terrain of copyright licensing can be a serious barrier for educators looking to go open. 

To follow along next week, stay tuned to the Michelson 20MM Twitter page for daily updates, pictures, and lessons from Cailyn Nagle, our OER Program Manager, as she meets the fantastic educators, facilitators, and partners working to make a more open higher education system in California. 

Michelson 20MM is a private, nonprofit foundation seeking to accelerate progress towards a more just world through grantmaking, operating programs, and impact investing. Co-chaired and funded by Alya and Gary Michelson, Michelson 20MM is part of the Michelson Philanthropies network of foundations.

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