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Wednesday, August 11
 

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.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Gong

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 →
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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
Zoom

12:10pm EDT

Deeply-Digital, Standards-Aligned, OER Curricula for K-5
The Center for Digital Curricula, College of Engineering, and the University of Michigan, has been supporting Michigan teachers and students this past school year with year-long, free, curricula. 5000+ K-5 students – the digital-first, Alpha Generation – and teachers, primarily from Title I schools, have found the visual, interactive, collaborative “Roadmap” lessons engaging and, as evidenced by their Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) test scores, effective. The University of Michigan, Center for Digital Curricula is looking to expand to other Michigan schools for the 2021-22 school year.

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avatar for Monique Coulman

Monique Coulman

Teacher, Haas Elementary, Genesee Schools, MI
avatar for Billie Freeland

Billie Freeland

Teacher, Kent City Elementary School, Kent City, MI
Just in the last two years I have become a K-5 STEM Teacher. Our district was fortunate to be part of the George Lucas Edutopia/MSU MLPBL Study that recently released its results.  This project based learning curriculum is fully aligned to the NGSS and infused with language and mathematics... Read More →
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Dawn Michalak

Teacher, McAlear-Sawden Elementary School, Bay City, MI
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Liat Copel

Educational Technology Researcher, University of Michigan, Center for Digital Curricula
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Elliot Soloway

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan
Learning at home and learning at school must be seamless - that's what we have learned from COVID. Digital curricula makes it so. The Center for Digital Curricula at the University of Michigan provides K-5, deeply-digital, standards-aligned curricula for K-5  - all four core subjects... Read More →


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Sebesta

Judith Sebesta

Executive Director, Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas


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

12:10pm EDT

Using OER Resources in the Social Sciences: Providing Resources that Matter
This presentation is designed to address the successful use of OER resources in social science courses. Specifically, this presentation will address the issue of social science resources that are up-to-date and allow instructors to utilize current social science research and applications to allow courses to maintain relevance.

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Darrick Brake

Instructor of Sociology, Delta College


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

2:15pm EDT

Building an institution-wide program to support and grow OER at Saginaw Valley State University
The OpenStax Institutional Partnership program works with schools directly to help them expand their OER programs. In this presentation, you will hear about what strategies have worked well this year, and learn about how Saginaw Valley State University is using mini-grants, student surveys, and other initiatives to expand OER use on their campus. This presentation is suitable for anyone who's interested in learning more about expanding campus-wide OER initiatives, whether you're a beginner or an expert!

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Sonya Bennett-Brandt

Assistant Director of Institutional Relations, OpenStax
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Tina Mullins

Research & OER Librarian, Saginaw Valley State University
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Gabrielle Likavec

Instructional Designer for Title III, Saginaw Valley State University


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

2:15pm EDT

Expanding Your Search Strategies
The pivotal point for librarians making the case to faculty for OER adoption is the ability to offer a list of viable alternatives to commercial textbooks. Depending on the nature of the course and the pedagogical approach of the instructor, these lists can be as simple as a single OER textbook and as complex as a painstaking spreadsheet of links to OER, public domain, library resources, and fair use materials to correspond with each topic in the course.

What do you do when there simply isn’t an OER textbook for an instructor who would like to trade their expensive commercial textbook for free materials? This session will cover lesser known OER collections and advanced search strategies for OER librarians. It will incorporate an OER Content Sharing Template (Abbey Elder, Iowa State University) as an organizational structure to convey details to faculty. Participants will receive a handout with links to more out-of-the-way sources for free text materials and search strategies for more difficult topics.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Ulrich

Tina Ulrich

Librarian/Consultant, Tina Ulrich
I am a freelance OER librarian currently working with Central Michigan University, Oakland Community College, and Michigan Colleges Online.  I am interested in the development of new OER text materials that I can recommend to the faculty I work with. I am also interested in the development... Read More →


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

2:15pm EDT

Let's Hear It From Our Students: An Analysis of OER Feedback Survey
The MSU Libraries' OER Program is a student success initiative that was launched in the Fall 2019 semester. The OER program goals are affordability, access, agency, innovation, and engagement in innovative pedagogical models that facilitate learning. This presentation will provide an overview of the OER program, including the courses using an OER as course learning materials. It will also present survey results and course success metrics disaggregated by relevant demographic background factors from over 8,000 students enrolled in Fall 2020 courses that adopted OER learning materials. We will discuss how the cost of textbooks has impacted our students' lives and how OER has provided them the means to address the affordability and accessibility of learning materials, especially during the pandemic.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Gong

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 →
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Jason Almerigi

Director of Assessment, Michigan State University


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

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.

Speakers
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Melinda Waffle

Educational Technology Consultant, REMC Association


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

Speakers
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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
Zoom

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.

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Christina Radisauskas

Librarian, Aquinas College
avatar for Tina Mullins

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
Zoom

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.

Speakers
avatar for Beth South

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 →
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Zihang Shao

Senior Instructional Technology Consultant, Indiana University


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

12:15pm EDT

Valuing OER in Tenure and Promotion: The DOERS3 OER Contributions Matrix
Anyone familiar with the OER community knows that questions about the role of OER work in tenure, promotion and reappointment are constants at conferences and on listservs where OER practitioners and administrators congregate. However, as the criteria for tenure and promotion can vary wildly between different types of institutions and even between different departments within an institution, answering questions about the role of OER in the tenure and promotion process can seem daunting. In order to approach this conundrum, Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3) has developed an adaptable advisory model to help guide faculty as they attempt to include their OER work in their tenure and promotion portfolios. DOERS3 is a collaborative of state, province, and system wide OER initiatives who work together to help its members and the larger OER community realize the potential of OER in a sustainable fashion. What we call The OER Contributions Matrix is the result of the research and collaborative work of the DOERS3 Capacity Building Work Group and the feedback of many faculty and OER stakeholders. In this presentation we will share the OER Contributions Matrix, discuss how we came to produce it, and share what we think are some potential uses of the document. We will also lead a short brainstorming session for how participants might adapt the document for their institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Coolidge

Amanda Coolidge

Director, Open Education, Bccampus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →
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Andrew Mckinney

OER Coordinator, CUNY


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

2:00pm EDT

From Resources to Practice: Convening an Open Pedagogy Learning Community
Over the last decade, much of the focus of the open education movement has been around the creation and adoption of open educational resources (OER). OER are openly-licensed educational materials, usually, with Creative Commons licenses, that can be reused, retained, redistributed, revised, and remixed. Some of the most exciting frontiers in open education are in open pedagogy, widely understood to consist of teaching and learning practices enabled by the use of OER. It can also be called open educational practices, a site of praxis, where theories about learning, teaching, technology, and social justice enter into a conversation with each other and inform the development of educational practices and structures. The open environment empowers educators to step away from the confines of static textbooks and traditional assignments and opens the door to imaginative, collaborative, engaging educational experiences that can help transform teaching and learning for the better. We will talk about how we facilitated this learning community that brings together educators who have been using or thinking of adopting OER in their courses and would like to incorporate practices that leverage the affordances of these openly-licensed materials and open education more broadly. Specifically, involving students in the co-creation of knowledge as well as sharing practices that demonstrate effective student participation and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Gong

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 →
avatar for Andy Boyles Petersen

Andy Boyles Petersen

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University


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

2:00pm EDT

Introducing Quiz Exchange: A Collaborative Authoring Tool to Create Free, Textbook-Agnostic Test Banks
Introducing Quiz Exchange, a recently launched web-based tool that allows faculty to create, review, share and search for assessment items for their courses. Quizzes can be exported as a file that can be used with multiple learning management systems. Quiz Exchange also powers the collaborative test bank authoring of Content Camp, which connects instructors from across the country to create new test banks that can be populated with of thousands of peer-reviewed questions. This session will provide the opportunity for attendees to see a demo of this web app, gain access to its content, and learn about opportunities to participate in the next Content Camp. It is best suited for intermediate audiences who are looking to support the adoption of open educational resources.

Speakers
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Alexis Duffy

ALX Project Coordinator, The Ohio State University
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Ashley Miller

Associate Director for Affordability and Access, The Ohio State University
Affordable Learning Exchange, The Ohio State University


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

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

Speakers
avatar for Tom Neils

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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