9:00 am -10:00 am (CST) Teaching Politics of a Decade using OER: The 1990s
In the Fall of 2019, I created a course: Politics of the 1990s. The course was designed without a template and required no textbook. One hundred percent of the course was taught with open educational resources. The course was taught as a capstone course to seniors with a major or a minor in political science. The course was taught again in the Fall of 2021. The purpose of the paper is to discuss my approach to the course along with challenges, successes, failures, and recommendations as it related to the use of open educational resources in this setting. Another primary purpose is to address teaching this course at a regional public university. The paper will also discuss student attitudes about the course. The paper includes data from a pretest and posttest completed by students in the Fall of 2021.
Learning Objectives: OER sources. Challenges in using OER. Student perceptions of OER.
Presenter: James A. Newman
11:00 am -12:00 pm (CST) We’ve built an ark: Now you can get on board!
This presentation will discuss how the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park Mathematics department moved toward exclusive use of OER for course materials. We will address how this implementation took place on our campus and some of the obstacles to expanding the initiative to other campuses and departments at the College. We will also demonstrate some of the tools that we use most frequently in both synchronous and asynchronous settings.
Learning Objectives: Participants will gain an understanding of the experience in the StLCC mathematics department with respect to the process for adopting OER, promoting greater use of OER among colleagues, and options for materials in STEM fields.
Presenters: H Michael Lueke & Brandy Englert,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CST) A Book Revised
How two librarians formed a team of scholars (without a monetary incentive) to revise, reimagine and turn an old OER textbook into a new OER textbook. We'll dive into what we did and how we did it, as well as things to consider when revising an OER.
Learning Objectives: Present an order of operation for revising an OER. Learn tips and tricks for revising an OER of your own.
Presenters: Helena (Lena) Marvin & Judy Schmitt
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST) A Texas Path to Advancing a Statewide Ecosystem for OER
This presentation will give an overview of Advancing an Ecosystem for Open Educational Resources: OER in Texas Higher Education. This biennial survey and report is a collaboration between the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. The 2021 OER landscape survey was administered to all 158 two- and four-year public and independent, as well as 11 health-related, institutions across the state. The survey analysis, building on findings from the 2019 OER landscape survey, shows, among other insights, continued growth in commitment to OER across the state. Furthermore, about one-third of institutions across the state are beginning to provide comprehensive, systems-based supports for OER by engaging multiple offices and roles on campus. At the same time, the survey findings reveal insights into priority areas and challenges for some institutions as they work to advance OER adoption and use, including the importance of increasing both 1) faculty buy-in in and participation in OER professional learning in order to grow OER adoption, and 2) participation in statewide OER support initiatives. The report concludes by outlining opportunities for addressing existing barriers to OER scale, and for advancing the work being done by the state’s OER champions—including new collaboration, professional learning, funding, and curriculum development supports focused on building an OER ecosystem within and across Texas institutions. After this overview, attendees can share their own work and ideas to build an OER ecosystem in Missouri.
Learning Objectives: Understand the landscape of Open Education, including opportunities and challenges, at postsecondary institutions in Texas. Identify benefits to institutions of adopting OER. Gain insights into building their own survey and analysis of Open Education at their institution and/or across Missouri.
Presenters: Judith Sebesta, Michelle Singh, and Kylah Torre
Missouri A&OER Conference Committee
United States of America, Missouri