By Lindsey Gumb, Instructional Technology Librarian
The University Library, in collaboration with the Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching and Technology (CSALT2) is excited to announce this year’s accepted participants for the 2017 OER Faculty Fellows program. After last year’s successful pilot, we knew we needed to offer this opportunity again to our faculty, and here are the individuals who have stepped up to the challenge:
Paula Bailey – Mathematics
Bob Dermody – Architecture
Peter Hahn – Business
Chantelle Messier – Writing
Heather Miceli – CORE
Kathy Micken – Business
Janine Weisman – Journalism
The Fellows are asked to take a course in which they traditionally assign a textbook and to instead collaborate with a librarian and instructional designer during the summer to identify openly licensed resources that will ideally address two factors: they’ll be free (or low cost) for the student, and they’ll also offer the instructor an opportunity to better address student learning outcomes by implementing new pedagogies. The process of locating and evaluating quality OER can be difficult at times, especially when faculty are looking for resources in disciplines that are not fully represented in the OER community. These challenges can also be wonderful opportunities for faculty members to author new resources, which can then be openly licensed and shared with others. OER is all about sharing – whether you are the consumer or creator!
The other vital piece to this program is assessment. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to save students money on textbook costs, but we are also extremely interested in how OER impacts student learning. Our Fellows will work with CSALT2 to create an assessment plan to help them track student engagement with the OER content, and determine what kind of impact it has had on learning. At the end of the Fall 2017 semester, Fellows will be expected to share their results in a scholarly manner by developing a conference presentation and/or manuscript for publication.
If you are a faculty or staff member interested in learning more about OER on your own, please contact librarian Lindsey Gumb to be directed to a new self-paced tutorial.