Track Session Type

Implementing and Scaling OER Initiatives

Presentation Type

Roundtable or Special Interest Group Discussion

OER Level of Expertise

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Audience

Faculty, Librarian, instructional designer, Administrator, Staff

Session Abstract

A community of practice creates social capital, fostering new ideas and strengthening existing ones. NERCOMP is hosting a new CoP to inspire regional collaboration. Ideas being explored include maintaining a collection of resources for starting and maintaining an OER program, a repository of finished resources, and an ongoing discussion.

Objectives of the Session

  1. Garner participants; 2. Discuss ideas to build and promote the resource.

Full Description of the Session

The Northeast Regional Computing Program has recently revived several dormant communities of practice, including one for open educational resources. Several people expressed interest in leading it and two, your humble presenters were chosen. Through emails and phone calls the community leaders decided to start with a discussion forum of many threads covering the multitude of topics that come up in the process of creating and managing an open resources initiative. Repositories for OER tools and finished products will also be featured in the nascent project.

The idea of working together for the common good isn’t new but the term was created and explicated by Jan Lave and Etienne Wenger in the late 20th century. They argued that people sharing a common interest or occupation shared resources and experience all participants would benefit both personally and professionally. The result is the creation of a social capital benefitting both the individual and the collective.

While the group leaders have some initial ideas the power of a CoP is strength in numbers; as more people participate new ideas will lead to projects that hopefully create their own intellectual children. We are running this session as a roundtable meeting in order to initiate that process; this will comprise the rebirth of the NERCOMP open educational resources community of practice and will serve as fertile ground for a creative, dynamic partnership of equals.

Special Zoom Requests

AV projector, internet access, flip-chart with markers

Presenter Bios

Presenters:

Robert Alan Harris Asst. Dir., Center for Teaching with Technology William Paterson University of New Jersey

Hired to create a student technology consultant corps in 1995, Harris trained students in both hardware/software skills as well as customer service. His next challenge was Coordinator of Instructional Technology in which he introduced Quality Matters course design and attention to sound instructional models. In 2012 Harris created the Center for Teaching with Technology, a service dedicated to practice clean course design, active teaching, and the promotion of universal design for learning. An historian by education, Harris teaches a variety of US history courses and encourages his staff to teach, reasoning that the best educators lead by example.

Aaron Flint IT Director of Instructional Support Services Southern New Hampshire University

Aaron works with his team to promote the appropriate and effective use of academic technologies across the university. An adjunct instructor in the social sciences at SNHU and biological sciences at NHTI, Aaron has also taught health care management and policy, human resources, management, educational technology, and guest lecturer for the forensic accounting program.

Aaron holds a Master of Arts in Social Policy from Brandeis University, Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Saint Anselm College.

Location

174

Creative Commons License

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Start Date

22-5-2019 11:35 AM

End Date

22-5-2019 12:00 PM

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Introducing the NERCOMP OER Community of Practice

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The Northeast Regional Computing Program has recently revived several dormant communities of practice, including one for open educational resources. Several people expressed interest in leading it and two, your humble presenters were chosen. Through emails and phone calls the community leaders decided to start with a discussion forum of many threads covering the multitude of topics that come up in the process of creating and managing an open resources initiative. Repositories for OER tools and finished products will also be featured in the nascent project.

The idea of working together for the common good isn’t new but the term was created and explicated by Jan Lave and Etienne Wenger in the late 20th century. They argued that people sharing a common interest or occupation shared resources and experience all participants would benefit both personally and professionally. The result is the creation of a social capital benefitting both the individual and the collective.

While the group leaders have some initial ideas the power of a CoP is strength in numbers; as more people participate new ideas will lead to projects that hopefully create their own intellectual children. We are running this session as a roundtable meeting in order to initiate that process; this will comprise the rebirth of the NERCOMP open educational resources community of practice and will serve as fertile ground for a creative, dynamic partnership of equals.