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Wednesday, August 11

12:10pm EDT

Texas Learn OER
Join us (virtually) in the Lone Star State for a tour of Texas Learn OER, a set of ten peer-reviewed, openly licensed, self-paced modules for faculty, staff, and administrators that can be remixed and adapted for any college/university and/or state. This presentation is for all attendees levels.

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Judith Sebesta

Executive Director, Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas

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

2:15pm EDT

REMC Micro-credential for OER
REMC Association has implemented a micro-credential program, for educators to provide evidence of the application of their learning. One of our micro-credential domains is OER! Learn about this new program, how it works and how you (or other Michigan educators you know) can earn an OER micro-credential.


Melinda Waffle

Educational Technology Consultant, REMC Association

Wednesday August 11, 2021 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
Thursday, August 12

12:15pm EDT

Introducing the MiALA OER Certificate
The Michigan Academic Library Association OER Interest Group tasked a newly created Faculty Education Committee with making an online Michigan OER Certification, the MiALA OER Certificate. The certification is made up of learning modules that cover copyright and Creative Commons licensing; finding, evaluating, and using OER content; communicating the value of OER to campus communities; and an overview of the Michigan OER landscape. The modules include embedded assessments, worksheet templates, and a summative quiz at the end.

The goal of the certification is to provide Michigan colleges with an out-of-the box professional development unit for faculty that can be paired with new or existing OER initiatives or incentive programs. Institutions can also use or adapt modules independently for OER education or promotion efforts.

This session will provide a background of the project's history, and an overview of the tutorial and automatic certification process. Attendees will come away with practical suggestions for promotion, faculty professional development opportunities, and ideas on how to pair the certification with campus OER initiatives.


Christina Radisauskas

Librarian, Aquinas College
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Tina Mullins

Research & OER Librarian, Saginaw Valley State University
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Molly Ledermann

Reference Librarian, Washtenaw Community College

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

12:15pm EDT

Partner Up: Raising OER Awareness at a Regional Campus of a Public Research University
For those beginning an OER initiative on your campus, come find out how Assistant Librarian of Access & Technical Services Beth South and Instructional Technology Consultant Zihang Shao have collaborated to create a series of introductory OER-focused webinars for their faculty and take other action steps to promote OER awareness and education at Indiana University East. This presentation will share how each presenter became involved with OER, how their departments, respectively the Campus Library and the Center for Faculty Development, work together to promote OER, and the various initiatives, both completed and planned, that they are pursuing to expand OER and open education at their regional institution. The presenters will go into detail on the design, development, and delivery of three OER-focused introductory webinars, looking at research opportunities and campus grants for OER education, conducting a campus wide faculty assessment on OER use, and future OER workshop and networking plans.

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Beth South

Assistant Librarian of Access & Technical Services, Indiana University East
Beth South is the Assistant Librarian for Access and Technical Services at the Campus Library and the Archivist for Indiana University East. She earned her dual Master’s degrees in Library and Information Science, specializing in rare books, in 2012 from Indiana University and her... Read More →

Zihang Shao

Senior Instructional Technology Consultant, Indiana University

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

2:00pm EDT

OER as Professional Development: Building Bridges Among Faculty, Staff, and Students
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.

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Michele Pratt

Library Manager, Delta College
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Amee Schmidt

English Professor, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
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Donald Winter

English Professor, Delta College

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