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Open Educational Resources (OER)

A guide to educational material that are freely available to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

Current Academic Year ('22/'23)

HAPPENING AT UVA: 

The Affordability and Equity Grant is now on a rolling cycle for applications.  We encourage any faculty member who has an interest in OER adoption, adaption, or creation to apply.  Questions can be directed to Judy Thomas (jet3h) or Bethany Mickel (bbm9u). Current awardees and their projects can be found on the OER LibGuide

Hold the Date: We are partnering with Learning Design and Technology with support from the Institute on World Languages and the Contemplative Sciences Center to hold a one-day conference on February 17 that centers OER and Open Pedagogy at the University.  We'll provide additional details and ways to participate as plans solidify.  

Emily Scida (faculty member in Spanish language) and Bethany Mickel were selected for the OEN Certificate in Open Educational Practices program. The year-long, inaugural program brings together faculty members and librarians in a partnership to collaborate on the development of an action plan related to Open Pedagogy.  

Consider joining the conversations taking place in the Open Education Community of Practice Teams site.  All are welcome to join.  

The Contemplative Sciences Center, with support from UVA Library, the College of Arts and Sciences Learning Design and Technology, and the Center for Teaching Excellence, welcomed Robin DeRosa, Director of Plymouth State's Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative.  DeRosa presented a public talk and a focused roundtable that examined "the twin values of equity and openness." 

Inspired by a May workshop led by Hope Fitzgerald (Learning Design and Technology), a group of faculty members in the Institute for World Languages have developed a weekly OER writing community.  The team meets on Friday mornings in the Language Lab in New Cabell.  Anyone interested in attending may contact Esther Poveda (mp8yk) to learn more. 


PRESSBOOKS: 

Summer 2022 saw the launch of Pressbooks, an online software that allows for the design and creation of publications.  Commonly used for the creation of OER, Pressbooks allows for customization and multiple forms of dissemination of completed texts.  The Technology Solutions team, namely Carla Arton and Dave Griles have been fundamental in its implementation.  

To learn more, we encourage you to access the OER LibGuide  In addition, you can listen to a previously recorded workshop session.  Stay tuned for additional training opportunities.  In the meantime, we invite you to visit the UVA Pressbooks page and create an account.  All faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible for an account.  Questions?  Please use the Contact form.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: 

 VIVA's Open and Affordable Community Forum will take place on October 14.  This year's theme is "One Size Doesn't Fit All" and includes participants from across the Commonwealth--including UVA.  To learn more and register for the in-person or virtual option, please visit the following: https://vivalib.org/va/oacc-forum-2022

Registration for the 2022 Open Education Conference on October 17-20 is open.  Register at: https://openeducationconference.org/2022/registration

The Michigan OER Summit of 2022 is taking place online on September 29-30.  The virtual summit's theme is "Looking Back, Looking Forward" and focuses on how work in open education has been changed and transformed during the past two years. Registration is free at: https://mhec.eventsair.com/2022-mi-oer-summit

Join the Program for Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) and New America for the Creating Culturally Responsive Materials with Open Education resources: Beyond Commercial Publishing II webinar on October 6.  Register at: https://auwcl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gNNVqQfNTRSnHQCaSislRw


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 

 The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and MERLOT seek proposals for Innovate 2023.  There is a designated track for Open Learning.  Proposals are due October 19.


HOT OFF THE PRESS:

Teaching in the University: Learning from Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty is a collaborative effort aimed at "[providing] insight and strategies for successful teaching, advising, and mentoring of postsecondary students.  In particular, the authors offer support and encouragement for implementing student-centered teaching practices relevant to the college classroom.  The book is designed for new university teaching faculty and graduate teaching assistants looking for innovative teaching resources."

 

WHAT WE’RE READING: 

Turning Point for Digital Curricula: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2022 

"A Best-Selling Textbook is Now Free"

"The Impact of Open Education"

"Textbook Publisher: NFTs Will Let Us Squeeze Even More Money Out of Students"


RESOURCE FEATURE: 

Open Education in Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Development is a compilation of resources to help faculty and staff advocate for the inclusion of open educational practices (OEP) in promotion, tenure, and faculty evaluation practices at their institutions. 

Academic Year 2021-2022

HAPPENING AT UVA: 

Call for Grant Applications: The Affordability & Equity grant is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. We encourage applications from faculty who are seeking to adopt, adapt, or create OER content. All applications are welcome. Faculty who are new to OER might consider this an excellent opportunity to adopt an open resource. Applicants are encouraged to consult with Judy Thomas or Bethany Mickel.   More information, including the application form, can be found at: https://guides.lib.virginia.edu/oer/grant-opportunities

Judy Thomas, Bethany Mickel, and Brandon Butler discussed Library OER services at the Institute on World Languages yearly retreat.  This year’s theme focused on OER and Open Pedagogy.  
 
Clare O’Reilly, a third-year student and a member of PIRG Campus Action, accompanied by Judy Thomas and Haley Gillilan, delivered a presentation to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate on the importance of supporting open and affordable course content.  

Bethany Mickel and Hope Fitzgerald (LDT) presented a session at the Innovations in Pedagogy Summit titled “Making Learning Open: Materials Design for Open Education.” 

Teams of faculty in Spanish and Russian languages, some of whom are Affordability & Equity grant recipients, participated in a week-long work sprint—an effort spearheaded by Hope Fitzgerald (LDT)  in collaboration with Bethany Mickel.  Participants utilized backwards design planning and established project timelines with actionable, scaffolded steps.    

Our Lunch and Learn series continues in May and June.  Join us for one—or all—of the upcoming sessions from noon-1pm.   

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: 

Open Oregon is hosting a webinar titled Thinking about Fair Use as a Tool on May 23 (4-5pm ET). 

Indigenous Open Educational Resources: Respectfully Uplifting Community Voices, a webinar hosted by BC Campus, will take place May 24 (1-2pm ET).   

The Higher Education Resources for Open Education’s Spanish Group (HEROE-S) invites participants to join them for their Summer Forum on May 17.  The event (beginning at 11am ET) will include a series of short workshops.   

The Knowledge Equity and Justice Spring Seminar is offering a rich slate of public lectures at various dates and times in May and June.   

The Centre for Global Higher Education’s annual conference, Higher Education in a Plural World,  although not specifically about OER, covers a wide range of congruous themes relating to equity, justice, and plurality in higher ed.  

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 

The call for proposals for the 2022 Open Education Conference is now open.  Details on submission requirements, session types, and how to submit a proposal are outlined in the call for proposals.  The deadline for submission is May 27. 

Proposals for the CAL OER Conference are now being accepted.  Details are located on the proposal submission formThe deadline for submission is June 5.  The conference will be held virtually August 3-4. 


HOT OFF THE PRESS: 
 
Boise State’s ambitious Pathways Project just released a series of Let’s Chat open texts for Spanish, French, and German.  The Pathways Project is a “collaborative network of OER including language teaching materials and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and students.” 

Middlebury College announced the publication of The Asynchronous Cookbook.  This text “draws on research and good practice in online course design to provide recipes—concise and specific instructions and examples—for adding asynchronous activities to a course.  


WHAT WE’RE READING: 

“Embracing OER Institutionwide” 

Toward Convergence: Creating Clarity to Drive More Consistency in Understanding the Benefits and Costs of OER (Midwestern Higher Education Compact) 

Expensive Textbooks Are Still a Problem.  Will Higher Quality OER Help? 

Local Hosting of Faculty-Created Open Education Resources: Launching Pressbooks 

Small Actions, Big Impact: Centering Student Voices and Advocacy with a Library Student Advisory Board 

HAPPENING AT UVA:

The inaugural cohort of Affordability & Equity grant recipients’ work is now underway. We wish to extend our congratulations to the following recipients. Their self-authored project descriptions provide insight into their work.
 

Anna Borovskaya-Ellis, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Our project seeks to fill a perennial need in language instruction while working within the Open Educational Resource sphere to contribute to Russian classrooms inside and outside of UVA. We aim to create linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant open educational resources for First-Year Russian courses (RUSS 1010 and 1020). Our authentic and engaging interactive videos, vocabulary presentations and grammar reviews are being created with specific grammatical and cultural goals in mind and allow our students to work with level-appropriate, contemporary resources that reflect modern Russian lexicon and style. We plan to turn this collection of materials into a full-fledged, digital textbook replacement for our students to ease a significant financial burden that buying textbooks imposes on them. Aaron Thompson, a PhD student in Slavic Languages and Literatures is a project partner.
 

Stella Mattioli, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese 

Resources currently available for the study of Italian do not comprehensively reflect the reality of Italian culture and society.  This project will fill this gap with open educational resources that show students how Italian society is changing and evolving.  Authentic videos and other inclusive material will be included in the Italian language syllabi for first- and second-year courses (ITAL 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), allowing the students to learn the language by exploring diverse topics pertaining to the reality of life in Italy. 
 

Emily Scida, Kate Neff and Matthew Street, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese 

This project has two goals; the first is to move online materials for our recently developed 6-week non-credit refresher course SPAN 160 (Elementary Spanish Online) from UVA Collab to Pressbooks, making them free and accessible to other language educators. The second is to develop additional modules and assignments, expanding the content for use in our SPAN 1060 (Accelerated Elementary Spanish) course offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer.
 

Lunch and Learn workshops: These sessions will scaffold the cohort’s work and provide the basis for asynchronous resource creation around faculty-driven OER projects. Stay tuned!
 

Call for Grant Applications: We’re excited to announce that we have opened the Affordability & Equity grant for rolling submissions from faculty seeking to adopt, adapt, or create OER content. All applications are welcome. Faculty who are new to OER might consider this an excellent opportunity to adopt a textbook.. Applicants are encouraged to consult with Judy Thomas or Bethany Mickel.  

More information, including the application form, can be found at: https://guides.lib.virginia.edu/oer/grant-opportunities

 

NOTABLE OER NEWS:

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate have reintroduced the Affordable College Textbook Act. The bill “seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other open educational resources) that everyone can use, adapt, and share freely.”

In March of 2022, Congress passed its fiscal year ’22 funding package that included a total of $11 million—an increase of $4 million from the previous year—for its Open Textbook Pilot Program.
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Join Open Education instructors and advocates Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani for an open discussion via Zoom on Frameworks for Going Open. Robin and Rajiv will explore how Open Education can shape a hopeful and humane vision for the future of higher education. Learn more and register.

Save the Date--#OpenEd22.  The Open Education Conference has announced that #OpenEd22 will be held as a virtual event on October 17-20. Organized around a community-driven process, this year’s conference seeks to, “engage advocates and practitioners who strive to make education more accessible, affordable, and equitable to everyone.” 

The Institute on Open Educational Resources, AAC&U’s immersive, year-long, team-driven institute on OER, is accepting applications for its 2022-2023 program. This is an excellent opportunity for interested groups of individuals to think meaningfully about and act upon open efforts within the campus environment. Applications are due April 29.
 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS:

The Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (JOERHE) is a new, scholarly, open peer-reviewed journal.  They are currently seeking submissions related to “quantitative and qualitative research articles and discussion pieces concerning OER, Open Access, Open Data, and anything ‘open’ in higher education.”

The peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy has put out a call for papers for its winter 2022 OER-themed issue. The issue is particularly special, as it is slated for our first ever to be launched in Manifold, the journal's upcoming platform, which includes robust OER functionality itself. The deadline for submissions is May 15th.

SPARC is accepting applications for its Open Education Leadership Program. Applications are due May 6.
 

HOT OFF THE PRESS:

Teaching in the University: Learning from Graduate Students to Early Career Faculty serves to “provide a resource for graduate teaching assistants who are looking for practical strategies and guidance as they being their careers as postsecondary STEM instructors.”  The new release comes from Virginia Tech Publishing. 
 

Introduction to Anthropology is “authored by professors from the University of Pennsylvania, Oregon State University, and the University of West Georgia. The book is a four-field text integrating diverse voices, engaging field activities, and meaningful themes like Indigenous experiences and social inequality to engage students and enrich learning. The contributors to and dangers of socioeconomic inequality are fully addressed, as is the role of inequality in social dysfunction, disruption, and change.”

 

WHAT WE’RE READING & WATCHING:

“Towards Better Sharing of Cultural Heritage—An Agenda for Copyright Reform”

World Campus Bachelor’s Program Implements Cost-Free Materials in Core Courses

OER Challenges Facing Newcomers (Open Education Network’s Office Hour Series)

OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians

“Online Strategies to Improve Quantitative Skills in Microbiology Laboratory Classes”  
(work supported in part by VCU’s Affordable Course Content Award)

 

RESOURCE FEATURE:

OER Metrics, part of Open Syllabus, “tracks the adoption of openly-licensed textbooks and monographs in higher education, using licensing information from the Open Textbook Library and the Directory of Open Access Books.”

HAPPENING AT UVA 
The Affordability & Equity program, which promotes and supports open education, has selected three grant recipients for its inaugural cohort: Anna Borovskaya-Ellis (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), Stella Mattioli (Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese), and Kate Neff and Matthew Street (Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese). These faculty members will develop open educational foreign language resources to aid language acquisition, listening skills, and cultural knowledge.
The Affordability & Equity program will issue another call for proposals in the late spring.   

The full results of the VIVA Course Materials Survey are viewable on the OER LibGuide.  
 

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK 2022  
Open Education Week 2022 takes place March 7-11. This worldwide celebration of open education is an excellent opportunity to learn more about efforts taking place to make education more accessible and available to all.  

Consider attending SCHEV-Open Virginia Advisory Committee Open Course Tours on May 9 at 10am to learn how OER is being implemented in courses across the state.  

Interested in more OER interaction? Here are some of the events we will be attending: 

Note: all times converted to Eastern.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS 
The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
 is seeking submissions related to OER for their upcoming issue.  The deadline for full manuscripts is May 15. Thanks to Brandon Walsh for alerting us of this opportunity.  

The International Journal of Open Educational Resources always welcomes submissions. The submission deadline for the Fall/Winter 2022 publication is August 1. 


HOT OFF THE PRESS
Teaching in the University: Learning from Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty “provides insight and strategies for successful teaching, advising, and mentoring of postsecondary students.” 
 

WHAT WE’RE READING: 
Education for All: Ten Years of Open Education Luminaries from Around the World
 

“University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Textbook Fee Model Keeps Students’ Interests at Center” 

“Student Groups Take Action Against Overpriced Textbooks” 
 

RESOURCE FEATURE 
Openverse is a joint effort between Creative Commons and WordPress that provides a new home for the CC search engine, CC Search. “Openverse is an online search engine that allows users to search for openly licensed and public domain works.” Currently, it only includes images and audio; however, the aim is to expand to other media types. 

HAPPENING AT UVA: 
In October 2021, UVa participated in VIVA’s Course Materials Survey, intended to discover the impact of course material costs on students throughout the commonwealth. An overview of UVa’s results can be found here: https://guides.lib.virginia.edu/oer. The survey, administered to students at VIVA member institutions, randomly sampled 20% of UVa students to examine the cost of course materials and the impact on education and equity. In addition, it sought to identify the type(s) of course material formats students indicated as most beneficial to their learning.   

The Library and PIRG UVa teamed up to talk about textbook affordability. Haley Gillilan facilitated the effort that asked students to sign a petition that would raise textbook affordability as a concern for the UVa Board of Visitors. Students were able to talk about how much they’re spending and how they offset textbook costs. Look for further updates on the results of that effort.  

Application review for the Affordability and Equity Grant is now taking place by a committee comprised of both Library and University faculty and staff.   

Bethany Mickel was accepted into the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship 2022 cohort. 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: 
Save the Date!  SCHEV-OVAC will be holding its Open Education Week Event on March 9 from 10am-12:30pm. Details forthcoming.  

The University of Alberta’s Center for Teaching and Learning will celebrate Open Education week by hosting its second Open Education Symposium March 7-11. Registration is free: https://www.ualberta.ca/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/events/oer/index.html 

James Madison University offers an Open Textbook Workshop self-paced tutorial that takes 60 minutes (or less!) to complete. 

 

VIVA OPEN COURSE GRANTS: 
The application cycle is open for VIVA’s Open Course Grants (formerly known as Course Redesign Grants}, a program to “make textbook and course materials free to students by empowering faculty with the resources and time they need to develop their curricula using open, library, or no-cost resources.” Funding ranges from $2,000-$30,000 per grant. Applications are due February 23 and those interested are encouraged to attend the upcoming information session on February 10. Both Judy and Bethany are available for consultations or to answer any questions you or your faculty may have regarding the process.  

 

VIVA’S COURSE MAPPING PROJECT: 
VIVA’s Course Mapping Project is well underway. The initiative seeks to, “consolidate and align OER for high enrollment courses at Virginia higher education institutions.” The VCCS Transfer Mapping Hub aids in discovery of OER aligned with Virginia Community College System transfer courses.  
 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS:  
Out of British Columbia is a call for chapter proposals for the open text, Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education. The submission deadline is March 15.  

The Open/Technology, Education, Scholarship, and Society Association (OTESSA) is seeking proposals for its upcoming conference OTESSA: Critical Change. Deadline for submission is February 15.  

The OER22 Conference will be held online and in London, UK on April 26-28. Proposals for presentations, workshops, and alternative forms of connection may be submitted through February 10. Learn more about the conference and proposal process: https://www.alt.ac.uk/OER22Cfp 

 

HOT OFF THE PRESS:
A joint effort of instructors at Spelman College, the University of New York, and the University of Vermont, the Writing Guide with Handbook “aligns to the goals, topics, and objectives of many first-year writing and composition courses.” 

 

WHAT WE’RE READING: 

 “Building and Renewing Community Support: A Recap of the 2021 #GoOpenConvening” 

“Why are Students Paying So Much for Textbooks?” 

Biennial Report: Advancing an Ecosystem for Open Educational Resources: OER in Texas Higher Education 

“The Impact of Open Education Resources on Various Student Success Metrics” 

“The Effects of Gender Stereotypic and Counter-Stereotypic Textbook Images on Science Performance” 

 

RESOURCE FEATURE:
COERLL seeks to, “improve teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing [OER] that can be employed in various settings. 

AFFORDABILITY & EQUITY GRANT:

Applications continue to be accepted for the Affordability and Equity Grant Program, sponsored by the Jefferson Trust and offered by the University of Virginia Library.  The two-year pilot program will provide support to faculty who want to adopt, adapt, or create open educational resources (OER).  Please share widely.  Learn more about the program and feel free to reach out to Judy Thomas (jet3h) with questions.  Learn more: https://news.library.virginia.edu/2021/10/11/affordability-and-equity-a-program-promoting-the-use-of-open-educational-resources/

The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 7 with a notification date of Friday, February 4.  

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  

OER Camp Global is a user-generated "unconference' that is free and offers around-the-clock programming on December 9-11.  Registration is free!  Learn more and register: https://www.oercamp.de/global/

ISKME and the Department of Education invite educators and leaders to the 2021 #GoOpen Virtual National Convening on Friday, December 10 from 11 AM-2:30 PM ET.  Registration is free!  Learn more and register: https://sites.google.com/iskme.org/goopen-us/events

The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will take place on Monday, January 24, 2022.  With a choice of two different tracks, the Open Learning path will, "highlight evidence and best practices regarding how open learning, open pedagogical practices, and open educational resources are being leveraged in the service of student learning, agency, and success."  You can learn more about this paid event: https://www.aacu.org/annual-forum-open-learning-and-eportfolios#open

The fall semester saw the OER team offer eight workshops for faculty, as well as eight workshops geared towards Library staff.  We thank Brandon Butler for his contribution of the Copyright & Intellectual Property sessions.  Stay tuned for more workshops in Spring 2022!

 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

The Journal for Multicultural Education continues to accept submissions related to the intersections of open educational practices and equity pedagogy.  Submissions are due December 22.  

 

WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING:

Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education (SPARC Europe)

Framing Open Educational Practices from a Social Justice Perspective

Dr. Robin Derosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University, is joined by panelists for this presentation titled, Open Pedagogy in Practice: Faculty Perspectives.

 

RESOURCE FEATURE:

QUBES is a "social cyberinfrastructure that provides an open and inclusive virtual space for sharing STEM classroom activities and resources."  

Seeking diversity in images?  Consider the following:

 

OPEN PEDAGOGY IDEA:

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, Anna Andrzejewskideveloped a two-fold open textbook creation project for her Art History students.  Easily adaptable for a variety of disciplines, the project takes a chapter-based approach to student authorship.  

 

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Auburn University's Writing Department released a new open resource that provides writing resources specific to introductory college courses.  These resources include both assignments as well as exercises to help students improve writing skills. 

VIVA Open Publishing has released Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens.  The survey text explores the foundations of American education through a critical lens.  Topics include: the teaching profession;  influences on student learning;  philosophical and historical foundations;  structures of schools;  ethical and legal issues;  curriculum; and the classroom environment (and much more!).

 

AFFORDABILITY AND EQUITY GRANT: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED:

We're delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Affordability and Equity grant program, sponsored by the Jefferson Trust and offered by the University of Virginia Library.  The two-year pilot program will provide support to faculty who want to adopt, adapt, or create open educational resources (OER).  Please share widely.  Learn more about the program and consider registering for one of the upcoming information sessions:

 October 28 - 4-5pm

November 1 - 10-11am 

Questions may be directed to Judy Thomas (jet3h)

 
OPEN EDUCATION WORKSHOP SERIES:  
The Library continues its Open Education Workshop series with sessions aimed at both faculty and Library staff. In our first round of the workshops, we heard from faculty and staff who are curious about, engaged with, or considering adopting OER and open pedagogy practices. Consider joining us and please share with any interested faculty members. Questions can be directed to Judy Thomas (jet3h) or Bethany Mickel (bbm9u).


Finding, Evaluating, and Reviewing OER:

Join us for a hands-on session where we will briefly review the landscape of OER and then focus on strategies for finding materials that meet your needs.  Faculty members will receive information on how to submit a textbook review for the Open Textbook Library and receive $200 renumeration for that effort. 

Please visit the Library calendar to register. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
The VIVA Open! Advancing Open Educational Practices Workshop Series "explore[s] topics in open education that advance development of practices such as collaboration, curation, authoring, and more.  Faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and others are encouraged to register.  All sessions are recorded and shared with registrants.  

The Iowa OER Virtual Summit's registration is open.  The conference is free and takes place March 1-3, 2022. 


WHAT WE'RE READING THIS MONTH:

Open Education in Promotion, Tenure, & Faculty Development

"The Non-Economic Value of Open Educational Resources" (Opinion)

Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science

"Why OER are a Great First Step Towards Education Affordability" (Opinion)
 

RESOURCE FEATURE:

The Open Case Studies project at the University of British Columbia brings together faculty and students from different disciplines to write, edit, and learn with case studies that are free and open.


OER COMMUNITY OF INTEREST--NOW FORMING: 

Interested in learning more about OER and open pedagogy?  Curious about the Library's current efforts and what the next steps might be as we increase our support and outreach.  Seeking an inclusive space to discuss, process, and learn more about open education?  Consider joining our OER Community of Interest.  We'll plan to meet twice per semester (beginning in Spring '22) for informal discussion and information sharing.  All are welcome to join!

Interested Library staff may indicate their interest via Confluence.

Non-Library faculty and staff, please complete this brief form.

OPEN EDUCATION WORKSHOP SERIES:  
The Library will be hosting two workshop series--one for faculty and one for Library staff-- that provide foundational knowledge of OER.  Abbreviated descriptions for each workshop are located below.  Registration is requested and dates and times are listed for the asynchronous sessions.  Please share with any interested faculty members. Questions can be directed to Judy Thomas (jet3h) or Bethany Mickel (bbm9u).

Introduction to OER: 
Interested in learning more about OER? This workshop is intended for those looking for open alternatives to traditional materials or for those hoping to learn more about the possibilities of open education.

Staff Sessions:

September 27 - 12-1pm

October 26 - 4-5pm

Faculty Sessions:

October 1 - 2-3pm

October 28 - 9-10am

Finding, Evaluating, and Reviewing OER:

Join us for a hands-on session where we will briefly review the landscape of OER and then focus on strategies for finding materials that meet your needs.  Faculty members will receive information on how to submit a textbook review for the Open Textbook Library and receive $200 renumeration for that effort. 

Staff Sessions: 

October 5 - 2-3pm

November 1 - 12-1pm

Faculty Sessions:

October 8 - 2-3pm

November 5 - 3-4pm

Intellectual Property & Copyright in OER

In this workshop, learn about Creative Commons licenses and how to incorporate copyrighted content, including student work, in OER. We'll also discuss intellectual property and its role in reuse, remixing, and creation of OER. Brandon Butler will facilitate this session.  

Staff Sessions:

October 13 - 10-11am

November 10 - 3-4pm

Faculty Sessions:

October 15 - 2-3pm

November 11 - 9-10am

Open Educational Resources: Open Pedagogy

How does open pedagogy apply to OER? In this workshop, we’ll examine examples of how some faculty are applying this high-impact approach to creating a more active and inclusive classroom. There will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing of practices.

Staff Sessions:

October 27 - 4-5pm

November 17 - 1-2pm

Faculty Sessions:

October 22 - 2-3pm

December 3 - 2-3pm

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
The Open Education Conference will take place October 18-22 in a virtual format.  "The Open Education Conference ("OpenEd") is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open education resources, open pedagogy, and open education." 


VIVA OPEN ADOPT GRANTS:
The application cycle remains open for VIVA's Open Adopt Grants, a program that, "provides awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators."  Applications are due October 4.  Both Judy and Bethany are available for consultations or to answer any questions you or your faculty might have regarding the process.  

 

WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING:

"Teaching with OER During Pandemics and Beyond" 

“Who Gets to Wield Academic Mjolnir?”

OER Hub Researcher Pack

The Michigan OER Network has shared the excellent library of recordings from its recent summit:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo6M1xqPGfl6ZIEo3-U69kg/videos

 

RESOURCE FEATURE:
OpenStax provides, "high-quality educational tools gives students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost."

 

COMING SOON
Planning for our Jefferson Trust funded project, Affordability and Equity: Open Educational Resources, is now well underway.  Continue to stay tuned for information sessions and ways to become involved.