Track Session Type

Implementing and Scaling OER Initiatives

Presentation Type

Presentation

OER Level of Expertise

Beginner

Audience

Faculty, Librarian, instructional designer, Administrator, Staff

Session Abstract

Representatives from Salem State University will discuss the implementation of the Viking OER & Textbook Affordability Initiative, a program that within 8 months succeeded in securing grant funding and getting over 50 faculty to commit to incorporating OER in their teaching in order to reduce costs for students.

Objectives of the Session

  • Identify best practices for engaging faculty with OER adoption and creation
  • Discover sample strategies for starting an OER initiative with little or no money
  • Develop effective methods for demonstrating and communicating the value of OER adoption and creation to faculty chairs, deans, and senior leadership

Full Description of the Session

In fall of 2018, a cross-campus team of academic professionals at Salem State University, a regional comprehensive institution in Massachusetts, launched a strategic and programmatic OER and textbook affordability initiative. In this session, the team (comprised of a faculty member and the heads of the library and of academic technology) will discuss how they have taken an innovative approach to building an OER initiative through coordinated and intensional faculty development. They will examine how integrating multiple types of faculty development activities have kickstarted OER adoption and creation on campus by meeting faculty at their experience level (beginner to advanced) and learning style (individual to collective). The session will describe four types of learning activities that offer faculty a range of options for OER professional development, which faculty can select according to their level of experience and personal learning preferences. Presenters will also discuss the results of surveys of their faculty and students about perceptions of OER and will use Polleverywhere and small break-out groups to integrate audience participation in the discussion. This presentation will be especially instructive to individuals who are just getting started or want to start a programmatic OER initiative on their campus.

Presenter Bios

Elizabeth McKeigue is the Dean of the Library at Salem State University. Prior to Salem State, she was Associate University Librarian at Santa Clara University, which won the ACRL Excellence in Libraries award in 2017. She has also held library teaching and management positions at Widener Library at Harvard University and at The Catholic University of America.

Roopika Risam is Associate Professor of English and the Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives at Salem State University, where she examines the intersections of postcolonial studies, African diaspora studies, and digital humanities. She codirects several digital projects, including the Harlem Shadows Project, Digital Salem, and the NEH- and IMLS-funded Networking the Regional Comprehensives. She is the author of New Digital Worlds, published by Northwestern University Press in 2018.

Gail Rankin is the Director of Academic and Education Technologies at Salem State University. She has 24+ years of experience implementing and managing academic technology adoption by faculty at Salem State.

Location

174

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Start Date

22-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

22-5-2019 11:25 AM

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OER from the Ground Up: Building a Faculty Development-based OER Initiative

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In fall of 2018, a cross-campus team of academic professionals at Salem State University, a regional comprehensive institution in Massachusetts, launched a strategic and programmatic OER and textbook affordability initiative. In this session, the team (comprised of a faculty member and the heads of the library and of academic technology) will discuss how they have taken an innovative approach to building an OER initiative through coordinated and intensional faculty development. They will examine how integrating multiple types of faculty development activities have kickstarted OER adoption and creation on campus by meeting faculty at their experience level (beginner to advanced) and learning style (individual to collective). The session will describe four types of learning activities that offer faculty a range of options for OER professional development, which faculty can select according to their level of experience and personal learning preferences. Presenters will also discuss the results of surveys of their faculty and students about perceptions of OER and will use Polleverywhere and small break-out groups to integrate audience participation in the discussion. This presentation will be especially instructive to individuals who are just getting started or want to start a programmatic OER initiative on their campus.