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Wednesday, August 11

3:20pm EDT

Student Panel
This panel of student government leaders from the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) will talk about OER advocacy and partnership with the MSU Libraries’ OER Program. Students will share their experiences in advocating for OER usage, adoption, and creation through the drafting of the OER Bill, leading the OER awareness week, and other strategies that will inspire others to take action.

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Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
Regina Gong is the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries. In her role at MSU, Regina leads and oversees the OER program including the OER award and the OER publishing services. She also facilitates the Open Pedagogy... Read More →


Aaron Iturralde

Student Body VP for Academic Affairs, Associated Students of Michigan State University
Aaron Iturralde (he/him) is the student body Vice President for Academic Affairs. He works with administrators, faculty leadership, and students to carry out ASMSU’s academic-related policies. Prior, he served as the undergraduate representative for the College of Education.
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Austin Grondin

College Of Arts And Letters Representative, Asmsu

Jordan Kovach

Vice President For Internal Administration, The Associated Students Of Michigan State University

Wednesday August 11, 2021 3:20pm - 4:00pm EDT
Thursday, August 12

12:15pm EDT

Going Beyond the Jargon: Research-based Messaging and Communications Guidance to Help You Scale OER
OER have the power to improve education, but the sad truth is that the most educators haven’t heard of open educational resources—and those who have often don’t fully understand their benefits. So, what’s the best way to introduce OER to those who aren’t aware of them? And how can you encourage those who are on the fence about OER to give them a try?

To answer these questions, GMMB, a full-service communications firm that supports the OER field, conducted messaging research with hundreds of educators across the country. They have used their findings to develop adaptable messaging and guidance that OER advocates and leaders can leverage to communicate about what OER are and their benefits in ways that will grow faculty’s interest in and use of OER.

In this session, which is intended for intermediate to advanced audiences, we’ll walk through GMMB’s communications guidance and provide examples of OER messaging in action. The session will include a fun, interactive online quiz to engage participants. We’ll also an employ an online chat to take participants’ questions, feedback, and contributions. After the discussion, we’ll follow up by providing every participant with a digital copy of the OER messaging guide as well as the slide presentation.

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Kelsey Howe

Senior Account Executive, GMMB
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Allie Chamberlin

Vice President, GMMB

Thursday August 12, 2021 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
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