Open Education

Co-editing an open book, Marking Open & Affordable Course Materials: Best Practices and Case Studies

  • The book aims to help institutions of higher education implement a course designation system for open or affordable educational resources. It provides case studies, summarizes relevant state legislation, provides tips for working with stakeholders, and analyzes technological and process considerations. To date, the team includes 33 contributors from 31 institutions and organizations.
  • The project served as a beta project for the Rebus Foundation, an oDSC_6323nline community and tool that connects contributors from myriad organizations to collaboratively author, edit, and review open resources.
  • The co-editors will present an OpenEd19 panel on this project entitled “Meta Lessons: What OER Advocates Can Learn from Collaborative OER Creation.” The presentation explores how the book has inspired authors and editors to reflect on our own OER advocacy efforts.

Created and taught a six-week, asynchronous course on Open Educational Resources and OER outreach for librarians and new professionals through Library Juice Academy 

Co-taught (with Ali Versluis and Lillian Ringling) a week-long course on Open Educational Resources at the Force 11 Scholarly Communication Institute 

  • Course syllabus
  • Excerpt of description: This course aims to fill in the gaps, providing an intensive opportunity to become conversant in foundational topics related to OER. By the end of the course, students will be able to define and explain core concepts related to open education. They will be able to identify resources used to find and create OER and will be familiar with methods for evaluating relevance and suitability. Learners will also be able to identify key stakeholders within their local context and craft meaningful, persuasive pitches that will resonate with these individuals. Students will critically engage with the open education movement, tackling issues such as underrepresented voices, accessibility and labor. 

Named a 2018-2019 OER Research Fellow by the Open Education Group

Served as a SPARC Open Education Leadership Program Mentor 

  • Assisted one fellow with the creation of a community resource for librarians interested in creating an OER outreach program

Created an Open Education tab on the IU Open Scholarship website, consolidating key services and resources for IU instructors 

Invited to present a break out session at the annual Kentucky Library Association Conference in Louisville, KY

Received two grants to partner with a faculty member and the Education Librarian to re-design a doctorate-level research methodology course, L700, at Indiana University

  • Information Literacy Course Grant, 2018-2019, $5,000
  • School of Education Teaching with Technology Grant, $3,000

Helped establish the Affordable Learning Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana

Co-presented (with Willa Tavernier) a workshop for IU faculty and librarians on OER at Indiana University 

Co-presented (with Mark Goodner and Amy Minix) a workshop for IU STEM faculty on finding and using OER and affordable course material 

Peer reviewed the Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings, an important resource for institutions complying with Senate Bill 810

Created and executed a “Driving Student Success through Affordable Course Material” Symposium, which featured three guest speakers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Moderated a panel on OER and STEM Librarianship entitled “OERs: Science Liaisons Strengthening the Academy with Open Resources” at ALA Annual 2017 

Traveled to Berlin, Germany with a cohort of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff (Spring 2017 History 338/ German Studies 438) to teach students about open access and public scholarship

Helped establish an Oberlin Group OER Forum on liberal arts OER adoption and creation

  • Presented on the Duke Endowment Libraries stipend program (with Christy Allen from Furman University)

Served on an OER panel (with librarians from the University of Hawaii and Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, and Leeward Community College) for Libraries & Information Centers (LIS 672) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Created a blog series [See Post 1, 2, and 3] for librarians new to OER outreach on ACRLog

Invited to be a part of the 2016 OpenCon Open Education Cohort to explore how liberal arts colleges might become more involved in the open education movement 

Co-authored a grant with librarians from Furman University, Duke University, and John C. Smith University to receive Duke Endowment Funding to support faculty OER adoption across the Carolinas

  • 40 faculty received stipends for meeting with a librarian to find OER and reviewing one or more OER for accuracy and usefulness
  • Administered stipends for Davidson faculty, including helping faculty find OER relevant to their areas of expertise

Created an Open Education Pilot of four $500 faculty stipends to incentivize Davidson faculty to adapt, adopt, and/or create OER in their Fall 2016 courses

  • Oversaw the implementation of the stipends, including creating support teams and information sharing opportunities for all stipend recipients
  • Guided some faculty through the process of re-sharing OER, some of which included student work. This includes instruction on finding an OER repository to submit to, selecting the proper license, assigning relevant metadata, and understanding preservation and accessibility of materials

Published a peer-reviewed article on critical OER practices for In the Library with the Leadpipe

Assisted with Planning Davidson’s Annual Teaching Showcase to Focus on OER

Created and facilitated an Experimenting as Teachers (EAT) workshop for faculty on open education

  • Abstract excerpt: As more instructors embrace digital pedagogy, students are often asked to share their work with the wider public through websites, apps, and other open projects. Asking students to “open up” their research and discovery process beyond the walls of their classroom can make their learning more authentic and meaningful. In what other ways does working in public affect students? Should students doing open work have the ability to choose how their IP will be shared through anonymization, licensing, or other means? What copyright considerations are there? If students are hesitant to do open work, how might we assuage their concerns? How can we make that a moment for learning and reflection?

Presented a workshop on OER at Illinois’ Faculty Summer Institute on Moving Beyond Consumption and faculty creation and sharing of OER (with Crystal Sheu)

Presented a workshop for librarians from around the world on OER for the Mortenson Center’s International Associates Program (with Crystal Sheu)

Guest lectured on the role of OER in library instruction for a graduate LIS course, Instruction and Assistance Systems (LIS 458) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Created workshops and a LibGuide on Open Education Resources for UIUC Faculty and Librarians for Open Education Week 2015