Throughout her career, Pierce College Open Education Project Manager Quill West has designed and led projects that have saved students more than $1 million in textbook costs. Thanks to her efforts, West was recently recognized with the 2015 Individual Award for Open Education Excellence by the Open Education Consortium.
“I love that my work brings greater access to students who don’t have as many choices as other students,” West said. “I love that I help faculty to teach their courses the way that they want to, using open materials.”
West joined Pierce College in October 2014, and works hard to work as an inspirational leader, motivating faculty and students to increase the adoption of openly licensed resources. According to West, she builds projects where success is measured not only in dollars saved, but also in student achievement, faculty satisfaction and increased advocacy.
West is currently working with Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to help develop a full associate degree with no textbook expense.
This international Award for Open Education Excellence program provides annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community. These awards recognize distinctive open education sites, technological innovations, notable open courses and exemplary leaders in open education worldwide.
The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.