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Teaching and Learning Symposium 2019: Open Educational Resources

On April 19, 2019 the Office of Distance Education partnered with Rohrbach Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) the to offer the 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Open Educational Resources (OERs). The goal was to provide the Higher Education community with a variety of speakers on the topic of using and teaching with affordable or free learning resources. The event was attended by librarians, faculty, and administrators from public and private institutions across Pennsylvania.

OER Symposium title slide


Keynote: John Shank | Penn State University-Berks
OER: A Wide Open Future for Higher Education

This presentation focuses on how the use of Open Educational Resources promotes increased student access, success, as well as faculty member's academic freedom. Participants will learn effective & efficient methods for both discovering and adopting OER as primary or supplemental resources to enhance their courses.

Stephanie Pennucci, Greg Szczyrbak & Dr. Chris Stieha | Millersville University
Open Education Week: An Opportunity to Collaborate Locally and Globally

In 2018, librarians and faculty at Millersville University collaborated to deliver 7 online webinars during Open Education Week. Our faculty presented about various aspects of Open Education using online teleconferencing software. The sessions, promoted by Open Education Consortium were attended by educators from around the world. The experience working together has resulted in continued collaborations between the faculty and librarians involved including additional conference presentations and grant proposals. We'll share about our experience co-leading the group and the positive outcomes form the join efforts in promoting awareness about Open Education.

Michele Mislevy | Albright College
Road Trip: Navigating to the OER Superhighway

There have been some bumps in merging onto the OER superhighway, but successes in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) project inspired faculty in the traditional program to explore and implement OER/ no-cost/ low cost text alternatives. This session will recount Albright College's tale, including detours, challenges and successes. The experiences resulted in benefits to SPS budget as well as potential savings achieved by traditional day students.

Shanna Hollich | Wilson College
Open Licensing and Creative Commons

OER is only made possible through the use of open licensing, most commonly provided through Creative Commons licenses. How does Creative Commons affect copyright? How does open licensing work? This program will provide an overview of what Creative Commons is and how it works; how the Creative Commons licenses interact with existing copyright law; an in-depth look into how the licenses are designed and enforced and what the six different types of CC licenses mean; how to use and share CC licenses and CC-licensed works; and the role that CC licenses have in open textbooks, OER, and open pedagogy.

Dr. Eric Landquist, Dan Stafford & Melody Diehl Detar | Kutztown University, Duquesne University
Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

The advantages of adopting open educational resources (OERs) are deeper than merely reducing the costs incurred by students. OERs increase the accessibility of higher education and have been shown to improve academic success rates. In this talk, we'll cover motivations for using OERs, how to find potentially suitable OERs for your courses, and explain additional Professional Development opportunities through the Open Textbook Network.

Lisa Kowalski | KUSSI
The Course Material Affordability Spectrum (recording coming soon)

Campus bookstores are important partners in providing the lowest-cost solutions to students. Learn how the Kutztown University bookstore has worked to keep costs low while providing the greatest choice to students.