Virtual Workshop for Integrating Open and Affordable Materials into Your Course

What was going to be an in-person workshop co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Teaching and Learning Commons on campus June 3, 2020 at 10:00am has now been moved online, like just about everything else. We will be sending out a link to register or contact us for access to the virtual classroom.

This workshop is even more important as we anticipate that we will remain in distance learning mode until at least the fall, and want to do all we can to ensure continuity of access and affordability for our students.

While many of the benefits of using openly licensed materials remain constant, their importance is amplified as students are facing increased bandwidth and financial obstacles.

Benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER):

  • Immediate and sustained access. Students, faculty, and researchers are dispersed across the globe. OER do not require VPN or subscription access. Students will have access at the start of their course and well beyond for future reference.
  • Free to use. OER can be read, adapted, modified, and shared at no cost to the reader. Freedom from financial burdens are especially important and appreciated during this time of economic instability.
  • Adaptability. Many instructors are faced with loss of access, for a variety of reasons, to their teaching materials as we’ve had to rapidly shift to online teaching. Quality educational materials can be adapted to fit your needs if they are openly licensed.

Workshop instructors: Allegra Swift, Dominique Turnbow, and Laura Schwartz. UC San Diego Library.

Workshop sponsors: UC San Diego Library Scholarly Communications and UC San Diego Teaching & Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub

COVID19, online teaching, and OER solutions

Source: Johns Hopkins accessed 2020 March 12

Here at UC San Diego the situation is similar to many other universities as we rapidly flip our classrooms from in person to online due to the #COVID19 situation. The library remains open and librarians mobilize to support our faculty, students, staff, and even the larger public with information on the virus (COVID 19 resources: official word by our health sciences librarian), government resources (Coronavirus by our gov docs librarian), and even legal access to resources as courses are moved online to #flattenthecurve.

This is an opportunity for the campus staff, especially EdTech and Centers for Teaching and Learning as they offer strategies for remote instruction, to partner with libraries. Mention of the application of Fair Use (COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers) or utilizing Open Educational Resources #OER when posting resources online, even on password protected learning management systems (we use CANVAS) is imperative. Librarians are sharing this information and resources through list-serves (SPARC OER) and guides (also, just straight up talk to your librarian for resources).

OER for Faculty – UC San Diego Library Scholarly Communications
Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0). Accessed on Wikimedia 2020 March 12.

OA textbooks published at the UCs

UC Berkeley Library just announced the recent publication of an #OER #opentextbook resulting from their @UCBerkekyLib faculty grant program. The library used @pressbooks as a platform for “Interpreting Love Narratives in East Asian Literature & Film.”

CC-BY-SA John Wallace https://berkeley.pressbooks.pub/interpretinglovenarratives/

Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions for the multi UC campus course, Bending the Curve is edited by UC San Diego’s Veerabhadran Ramanathan has previews (OA June 2020) on the UC Office of the President’s section of eScholarship. One of our faculty contacted us to get access so that he can use the preprints for his Fall 2019 semester class!

CC-BY-NC-SA The UC Regents https://escholarship.org/uc/bending_the_curve_digital_textbook

OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians

Looking forward to reading this #OER guide! Especially the chapters on intersections of #scholcomm and #infolit, and social justice.

Wesolek, Andrew; Lashley, Jonathan; and Langley, Anne, “OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians” (2018). Pacific University Press. 3.
https://commons.pacificu.edu/pup/3

Description

We intend this book to act as a guide writ large for would-be champions of OER, that anyone—called to action by the example set by our chapter authors—might serve as guides themselves. The following chapters tap into the deep experience of practitioners who represent a meaningful cross section of higher education institutions in North America. It is our hope that the examples and discussions presented by our authors will facilitate connections among practitioners, foster the development of best practices for OER adoption and creation, and more importantly, lay a foundation for novel, educational excellence.

Also useful for advocacy is the SPARC page on successful OER adoption models by academic libraries.

CFP for the Florida OER Summit 2019 Poster Session

The Florida OER Summit Executive Advisory Committee is pleased to invite proposal submissions for the OER Summit 2019 Poster Session.  The 2019 summit will be held February 27th and 28th at the Sheraton Orlando North (600 North Lake Destiny Rd., Maitland, FL 32751) and is designed for attendees to learn how to implement the use of OER at their college or university.  Accepted posters will be featured during the evening reception of the first day.


Topics of interest for this year’s summit:

1.      How institutions implemented and organized OER through grants, partnerships, etc.

2.      Staff and Faculty OER training

3.      How to locate and organize library OER resources

4.      How to locate peer reviewed ancillaries

5.      Develop ancillary materials to track OER usage

6.      Key instructional design issues related to the development of OER courses

We encourage submissions to include handouts, resources, and a better understanding of how to implement OER within attendee’s institutions. Poster proposals will be due on January 11, 2019Submissions will be received online.

If you have any questions about the proposal process or summit please contact Rebel Cummings-Sauls, rsauls@flvc.org.  We are seeking vendors or organizations interested in sponsoring the 2019 Summit.

Consider registering early as we anticipate increased participation from last year.