SkillsCommons IMPACTcommunities

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What Are IMPACTcommunities?

IMPACTcommunities are comprised of TAACCCT grantees, community colleges, industry sectors, professional organizations, national/state/local workforce development programs, and others interested in leading and participating in essential and sustainable initiatives that advance workforce development programs. IMPACTcommunities evolve as collaborative problem solving processes to common challenges found in higher education today.

Our goal for the IMPACTcommunities is to enable affordable innovations in workforce education and workforce development programs to be easily and widely adopted and adapted by teachers, learners, industries, and professional organizations.  This focus is designed to help scale the benefits of the US Department of Labor’s TAACCCT investment in workforce development programs at community colleges across America.

SkillsCommons is leading these efforts as part of its sustainability strategy for TAACCCT and will be leveraging the extensive experience and technology infrastructure of MERLOT as part of our strategy.

Learn more about our SkillsCommons Sustainability Strategy. (PPT)

Learn more about SkillsCommons IMPACTcommunities: Sustaining and Scaling Impact through TAACCCT Communities (TLN Blog Post)


StoryTelling Network

StoryTelling Network

StoryTelling Network

Purpose: To use storytelling as a way to share solutions to the challenges of workforce development in higher education. This community will span all industry sectors and may include broad scale discussions of student engagement in learning, successful completion of skills development programs, job placement, building partnerships and pathways, and others. Learn more…

We want to help share your story!  Join the movement to share TAACCCT successes and challenges overcome. Fill out our Tell Your Story form and get started today.

 Join Us!

  1. Sign up as a member of MERLOT Voices website (it is FREE and Easy).
  2. You’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your registration within MERLOT Voices.
  3. Join the specific StoryTelling Network Community Conversation
  4. Explore the discussion forums and resources and PARTICIPATE!

Industry Expert to Expert Teacher (IE2ET) Network

 

 

 

 

 

Industry Expert to Expert Teacher (IE2ET) Network

Purpose: To support workforce development programs across all industry sectors preparing industry experts to become excellent teachers. This community will focus specifically on building an open access library of videos, tools, and resources for exemplary teaching practices that individuals and community colleges can easily and freely adopt and adapt to produce successful transitions of industry experts into expert teachers. Learn more…

Join our online community forums for the IE2ET at our MERLOT Voices website.   MERLOT Voices is a collection of over 100 online communities forums led by a wide range of individuals and groups.  We have biweekly conference calls to keep our project moving forward, and you can review our activities and progress at the IE2ET Community website within MERLOT Voices.


 Join Us!

  1. Sign up as a member of MERLOT Voices website (it is FREE and Easy).
  2. You’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your registration within MERLOT Voices.
  3. Join the specific IE2ET Community Conversation
  4. Explore the discussion forums and resources and PARTICIPATE!

Skills2Work


 

 

 

 

Purpose: To build bridges between educational institutions and employer/workforce training solutions that lead to effective workforce pipelines. This community includes employers, industry organizations, education experts and representation from the U.S. Department of Labor. Its work reaches across sectors and is designed to create better access to high quality training/educational options and pathways for building relationships between employers, workforce centers, and the educational arena.

The intention of the S2W IMPACTcommunity is two-fold:

  1. to create better access to high quality training/educational materials, options, and pathways for educational institutions, workforce centers, and employers (SkillsCommons OER library development, use, and reuse)
  2. to curate adoptable and adaptable processes leading to sustainable relationships between employers, workforce centers, and the educational arena (practical, applicable methods/models)

Join Us!

  1. Sign up as a member of MERLOT Voices website (it is FREE and Easy).
  2. You’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your registration within MERLOT Voices.
  3. Join the specific Skills2Work Conversation
  4. Explore the discussion forums and resources and PARTICIPATE!

Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

Purpose: To improve the affordability of workforce development programs across all industry sectors by enabling easy access of existing no-cost and low-cost curriculum, such as free and open etextbooks, that complements TAACCCT OER. This community will focus specifically on leveraging MERLOT and delivering an open access library of free and open learning modules, online courseware, etextbooks, journals, and more that individuals and community colleges can easily and freely adopt and adapt to reduce the cost of course materials, hopefully to be no cost for students.  The SkillsCommons Open Online Library for Education (www.SCOOL4Ed.org – coming soon!) will provide a “one-stop shop” for these complementary resources.

Join Us!

  1. Sign up as a member of MERLOT Voices website (it is FREE and Easy).
  2. You’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your registration within MERLOT Voices.
  3. Join the specific AL$ Conversation
  4. Explore the discussion forums and resources and PARTICIPATE!

More IMPACTcommunities

More IMPACTcommunities are in the works!  As each community forms we will be adding them here. Check back often.


IMPACTcommunity: Ambassador Agreement

The CSU-MERLOT SkillsCommons IMPACTcommunity Ambassador Initiative is putting a wide range of educational innovations into practice to problem solve common challenges in workforce training. Interested in learning how you can be more involved in these sustainability efforts? Take a look at the Ambassador Agreement or contact Maria Fieth at mfieth@calstate.edu for more details.