I am presenting at the Two Year College Association (TYCA) Northeast regional conference today and tomorrow. The PCCC Writing Initiative team and our faculty fellows will be well represented with five of us giving presentations.
The conference, "Capitol Improvements: The Two-Year College as an Agency of Change," is November 4-6, 2010 in Washington, DC. TYCA's regional conferences foster the intellectual and pedagogical growth of English teachers and administrators in the two-year colleges throughout the region.
My presentation Saturday is on "Adopting Open Textbooks." Open textbooks are openly-licensed textbooks offered free online by authors. The open license sets them apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, and print. They are also editable so instructors can customize content, cross-platform compatible and work with adaptive technology. My session looks at how to identify, evaluate, and adopt Open Textbooks, and some training opportunities for those wanting to adopt open resources, do peer reviews or open their own writing.
I'll also be co-presenting today on "The Writing Connection: Bridging the Gap between High School and College" with Alexandra Della Fera and Elizabeth Nesius. We will present on the Initiative's Connections program working with area high school teachers across disciplines to create varied opportunities in writing-to-learn rather than the traditional learning-to-write approach that might apply only to the English classroom.