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Partnerships/Memberships and Open Education Resources
The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies partners with several organizations that are devoted to evidence-based practices implementing instructional technologies in higher education. Our institutional memberships with these organizations provide UND students, faculty, and staff with free and reduced price access to a variety of open education resources (OER). Research studies, online courses, open textbooks, webinars, journals, assignments, animations, and videos are available by searching the different organizations. Consult with our Instructional Designers for help in identifying the best resources to achieve your outcomes.
Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC)
The Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) provides sound leadership and a forum for information exchange. The nearly 800 members are at the forefront of media and technology support for quality teaching and learning in higher education settings. UND is a member of CCUMC along with over 750 post-secondary institutions as well as private enterprises that supply media and instructional technology products. Webinars, annual conference, research and collaborations are available through UND’s membership. www.ccumc.org
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The organization helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. Educause actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.
Create a User Account: click on the Login link in the top right corner of the website (www.educause.edu). There are many valuable resources available through their website, including research, conferences/events, networking with colleagues, webinars and initiatives.
Additional EDUCAUSE Subscriptions:
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) www.educause.edu/ecar
ECAR provides user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities for IT professionals and higher education leaders. Research publications are listed on the website and are available, through UND’s subscription, to all UND students, faculty and staff who create profiles in the Educause website.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) www.educause.edu/eli
CILT has a subscription in Educause that specifically supports our work with faculty integrating technology into teaching and learning. The Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology. The Educause membership also provides UND students, faculty and staff access to ELI events and resources. ELI provides a variety of member resources from white papers to briefs and the always popular 7 Things You Should Know About…™ series as well as podcasts, videos and online event archives to keep you well-informed of emerging trends.
MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed to and used by an international education community. The University of North Dakota has been a partner with MERLOT since 2008 in shaping and supporting the Open Education Resource (OER) Community in Higher Education and K-12 schools.
With UND’s partnership, students, faculty and staff can become members and be a part of the expanding OER initiative. There are many different opportunities available to members, including searching for, using, and reviewing existing resources in the collection, which is an easy way to start. You can add your own resources to the collection to make them available to faculty and students worldwide. Members can also connect with colleagues through the membership network to collaborate on research, be a virtual guest speaker, or just learn more about what others are doing in classrooms throughout the world.
MERLOT collaborates with the Online Learning Consortium - OLC Innovate - to host a conference on an annual basis. UND’s partnership with MERLOT provides reduced pricing to attend the conference.
Create a User Account:
- Visit https://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm
- Click on the Login/Sign Up link in the top right corner of the website.
- In the login box, click on Not a Member? Sign Up Now!
By creating a user account you will have access to more resources, contact names of contributors, access to contribute your own resources to share with others and the option to review other resources. Resources include over 100,000 different learning objects; online textbooks, online courses, animations, assignments, open journal articles and quizzes as a few examples. Check out what is available in your discipline. Use of resources is, generally, identified by Creative Commons Licensing.
New Media Consortium (NMC)
The New Media Consortium (NMC) is a community of hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, and research centers. The NMC stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression. All content is released under Creative Commons licenses.
Create a User Account: http://www.nmc.org/ click in the upper right corner of the NMC website on the Join/Signin link. Click on the “click here to create one” and select University of North Dakota as your organization. You will have access to all of the resources available to members of NMC. Participate in shaping the next NMC Horizon Report, attend the NMC Summer conference, join in one of the many new initiatives, highlight new media and technologies in higher education, libraries and museums around the world.
Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. OLC is a key factor in the transformation of the e-Education field. Through conferences, quality learning opportunities, and tools for individual and institutional success OLC has been a part of this swift growth.
The real value of belonging to OLC is being part of a global community. UND’s membership in OLC means all faculty, staff and students belong to a community of hundreds of institutions and corporations in over 14 countries dedicated toward advancing best practices in online learning. Services available include; faculty training, leadership development, and access to subject matter experts (SMEs). Individuals can benefit from recognized leader affiliation, training by industry experts, networking with community and colleagues, access to scholarly information, and professional development.
Create a User Account: To create a user account, go to the Online Learning Consortium website, http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ click on LOGIN and select CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. Be sure to select University of North Dakota as your affiliation. Check out the workshops, webinars, journals, and conferences available to you as a member.
The Chester Fritz Library has access to open educational resources which include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
The Open Education Resources (OER) Committee, which is made up of the University of North Dakota (UND) Office of the Provost/VPAA, North Dakota University System (NDUS) OER Initiative, UND Chester Fritz Library, UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies, and UND Office of Extended Learning, recently sponsored the 2016 OER Summit on October 27, 2016. Session details as well as recordings can be found on the OER Summit webpage.