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Thursday, August 12 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
OER as Professional Development: Building Bridges Among Faculty, Staff, and Students

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For beginning or intermediate audiences. Three panelists--two English professors and a Manager of Library Services and Programs--discuss their collaboration in creating an OER textbook. The continuous development of OER was and is a means for professional development, opening the door for faculty to become leading voices for OER within their institution. Through the collaboration with library staff, faculty gain knowledge of research and copyright. Additionally, librarians open the doors to OER repositories and provide necessary information regarding Creative Commons licensing, which is pertinent to both collecting and publishing open resources. Working with technical support staff provides faculty the opportunity to develop advanced skills in academic technologies, including web-based publishing. These technologies assist faculty in creating effective instructional design, enhancing the pedagogical focus of their classes. Furthermore, faculty develop strong bridges with students through cultivating a strong understanding of students’ technical literacy and their ability to access open resources. Again, by assessing the student population, faculty increase their effectiveness as teachers. When implementing a new open text, faculty learn quickly to be adaptable. Changes within courses and students’ capabilities require faculty to continuously develop and strengthen their OER creations. Finally, as a result of the collaborative nature of OER, professional development continues outside the institution. Faculty make connections with other OER authors and contributors when researching and developing their own texts. With the momentum publication creates, faculty have the opportunity to participate in conferences and contribute in collaborative publications to share their experiences with the goal of continued growth.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Pratt

Michele Pratt

Library Manager, Delta College
avatar for Amee Schmidt

Amee Schmidt

English Professor, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
avatar for Donald Winter

Donald Winter

English Professor, Delta College


Thursday August 12, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
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