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Wednesday, August 11 • 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Being the First: Experiences of OER Creators Who Were the First to Create or Adapt OER at Their Institutions

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Being the first to do anything has its challenges. Being the first to introduce OER at a campus is a big challenge. Being the first to introduce OER by creating or heavily adapting OER is a MASSIVE challenge, but it’s one to which many brave and courageous faculty have risen. We can learn a lot from their experiences and apply that knowledge to make the leap to creating OER for the first time less terrifying.

This panel will feature faculty members who heavily adapted existing OER or created a resource from scratch, whether it be open textbook, ancillary material, or courseware. Panelists will be asked to reflect on these early projects, sharing what went well, what went wrong, what was an unexpected result, and how the project contributed to the future of OER programs at their institutions. The panel will be targeted to beginner attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Farhad Dastur

Farhad Dastur

Board of Governors, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Farhad Dastur did his graduate work in psychology at Dalhousie University. Currently, he is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Farhad has taught, advocated, and done research in open education. He has developed open courses and resources for Thompson Rivers University... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sibrian

Becca Sibrian

German Educator, Boise State University
Hi, I'm Becca Sibrian. I have been teaching German for more than 20 years, since graduating at Boise State with my Bachelor's of Arts in German in 1998. I received my Master's of Arts in German from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001 and have been a German lecturer at... Read More →
avatar for Amy Song

Amy Song

Customer Success Manager, Pressbooks
I talk to & support many people in the educational community about open education and technology, especially surrounding the creation of OERs at Higher Eds. As the client manager at Pressbooks, most of my days are spent having conversations with faculty and members of the Open community... Read More →
avatar for Ariana Santiago

Ariana Santiago

Open Educational Resources Coordinator, University of Houston
I am the OER Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries. I lead our OER program, including the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program, and support faculty in adopting, adapting, and creating OER.


Wednesday August 11, 2021 12:10pm - 1:00pm EDT
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