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Wednesday, August 11

12:10pm EDT

Being the First: Experiences of OER Creators Who Were the First to Create or Adapt OER at Their Institutions
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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

12:10pm EDT

All Hands On Deck: Building An OER Program at a Research University From the Ground Up
The MSU Libraries’ OER Program was created to address affordability, access, equity, and faculty innovation, leading to overall student success. Since its launch in the Fall 2019 semester, the OER Program has grown considerably, with 27 courses in 272 sections and 70 instructors utilizing these materials in the Spring 2021 semester. This presentation will highlight the success of the OER Program at MSU, including the services that we are offering to faculty, such as print-on-demand services, open textbook publishing, copy editing, and accessibility checks. We will also discuss our partnerships with the student government and other units on campus. We will also talk about the OER Award Program, an incentive program for instructors that encourages and supports the use of openly licensed materials as a pathway to increase student success.

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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 →

Arlene Weismantel

Senior Asc. Dean For Scholarly Communication And Faculty Affairs, Michigan State University
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Joshua Newman

Publishing and OER Support, Michigan State University
I work as an Editor and Publishing Support Assistant with the MSU Libraries' OER & Publishing Services Programs.
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Julie Taylor

Library Assistant, Michigan State University
I'm the Publishing Services Coordinator at Michigan State University Libraries. We offer print-on-demand book production, publishing consultation, and design services. I'm available to present book design workshops using either Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign, and I have also produced... Read More →

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

2:15pm EDT

The Open Textbook Initiative at Wayne State: A Conversation between Faculty, Library, and Student Partners
This self-moderated roundtable is intended for all audiences, particularly faculty authors, library publishers, and publishing interns. Our own authors, publishers and interns will detail their efforts to develop and successfully implement open textbooks at Wayne State University. Beginning with a history of open educational initiatives in the library and progressing to the current grant-funded project (currently supporting four new textbooks), participants will focus on prior efforts with associated successes and what fell short, expected present and future impact, and how libraries and faculty can support the success and wider dissemination of these textbooks going forward. Strategies to support open education in the university, identification methods of primary stakeholders involved in developing open textbooks, and motivations for and challenges in pursuing an open curriculum will be examined and discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in conversation with the presenters.

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Cheryl E. Ball

Director, Digital Publishing Collaborative, Wayne State University
Talk to me about Vega, a new academic publishing platform; or Kairos, the longest continuously running scholarly multimedia journal; or the Council of Editors of Learned Journals!
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Joshua Neds-Fox (he/him)

Digital Publishing Coordinator, Wayne State University Library System
I coordinate Digital Publishing for the Wayne State University Libraries in Detroit, Michigan, USA, where I oversee library publishing, digital collections, and the institutional repository.
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Clayton Hayes(he/him)

Digital Publishing and STEM Librarian, Wayne State University
At my job I am the liaison for our Honors College and College of Engineering, along with the Departments of Urban Studies & Planning, Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies, and Mathematics. I also work with our publishing unit managing our IR and several journals published by the... Read More →

Elizabeth McQuillen

Faculty, Wayne State University
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Jogindra Wadehra

Faculty, Wayne State University
I am a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Wayne State University.  For the last few years I have been teaching a course (PHY 3700: Mathematics for Biomedical Physics) which is a required course for undergraduate students majoring in our Department.  I just completed... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Ziehm

Student Intern, Wayne State University

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

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

2:00pm EDT

The Textbook You Want Is at Your Fingertips
LibreTexts is an OER online textbook platform with which you can create your own textbook, use an existing textbook, or modify existing material to meet your needs and your students needs. LibreTexts materials are flexible, adaptable, and accessible. Advantages of use will be discussed, and specific examples of textbook development and classroom use will be presented.

Contact Tom: tneils@retiree.grcc.edu

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Tom Neils

Professor of Chemistry (retired), Grand Rapids Community College
I taught various chemistry courses over a 30-year career at Cornell University, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College. I retired in December 2020 after teaching for 25 years at GRCC. Most of the courses I taught... Read More →

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