Track Session Type

Evaluation: Research in OER, Evaluation student engagement, OER Impact and Programmatic Assessment

Presentation Type

Presentation

OER Level of Expertise

Beginner, Intermediate

Audience

Faculty, Librarian, Administrator

Session Abstract

This session will discuss a listening tour conducted to learn more about how faculty choose course materials and their use & perceptions of OER. It will discuss the process of planning and carrying out the listening tour, findings from the interviews, and next steps to advance support of OER.

Objectives of the Session

  1. Attendees will be able to undertake a listening tour at their own institution using our presented workflow.
  2. Attendees will be able to incorporate & adapt improvements made to the Tisch Library OER program to their own institutional context

Full Description of the Session

The Tisch Library OER Steering Committee was formed in 2020 to strategically identify how to grow support for OER at Tufts University. During the Fall 2021 semester, the committee conducted a faculty listening tour (on the model of Temple University https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.80.6.317). Our goal was to learn more about how our faculty choose course materials and their use & perceptions of OER so that we could better understand needs around course materials and plan future outreach & services.

This presentation will discuss our process of planning and carrying out the listening tour, including IRB submission, recruitment, and other logistics; our findings from the interviews; and short and long-term next steps we’ve identified to advance our support of OER at Tufts. In addition to questions & discussion at the end of the session, we will incorporate audience participation through real time polls so that audience members can contribute their experience to further the conversation and so we can see similarities and differences across institutions.

This session will be primarily of interest to librarians, though administrators & faculty may be interested in hearing about how peers at other institutions select course materials and use OER. It is geared towards attendees or institutions at the beginner to intermediate level of working with OER. After the presentation, attendees will be able to plan a listening tour at their own institution using our presented workflow and be able to incorporate & adapt improvements made to supporting OER at Tufts to their own institutional context.

Special Zoom Requests

n/a

Presenter Bios

Andrea Schuler is the Copyright & Open Scholarship Librarian at Tisch Library at Tufts University. She supports the Tufts community in copyright, publishing, author’s rights, and sharing scholarship in order to encourage open access & wide use of scholarship. She is chair of the library’s OER Steering Committee which is working to build support for the use of OER at Tufts to reduce cost burdens to students and to increase the use of open, accessible, and inclusive course materials. Prior to coming to Tufts, she was a visual resources librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andrea has a BA in history from Boston College and an MLIS from Simmons College.

Alyn Gamble is the Research Librarian for the Sciences at Tisch Library at Tufts University, a Ph.D. candidate at Simmons University, and an affiliate faculty member at Emerson College. Through their support of academic communities, they have noticed a need for affordable resources, but an unawareness of how this can be done and how these scholars can contribute their own knowledge. Formerly, Alyn has worked as a research associate at Harvard University and a science librarian at New College of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory. They hold an MLIS from Louisiana State University, an MLA from Tulane University, and a BA from Spring Hill College.

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Start Date

26-5-2022 10:30 AM

End Date

26-5-2022 11:00 AM

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Advancing library support of OER with a faculty listening tour: what we learned and how you can do it too

The Tisch Library OER Steering Committee was formed in 2020 to strategically identify how to grow support for OER at Tufts University. During the Fall 2021 semester, the committee conducted a faculty listening tour (on the model of Temple University https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.80.6.317). Our goal was to learn more about how our faculty choose course materials and their use & perceptions of OER so that we could better understand needs around course materials and plan future outreach & services.

This presentation will discuss our process of planning and carrying out the listening tour, including IRB submission, recruitment, and other logistics; our findings from the interviews; and short and long-term next steps we’ve identified to advance our support of OER at Tufts. In addition to questions & discussion at the end of the session, we will incorporate audience participation through real time polls so that audience members can contribute their experience to further the conversation and so we can see similarities and differences across institutions.

This session will be primarily of interest to librarians, though administrators & faculty may be interested in hearing about how peers at other institutions select course materials and use OER. It is geared towards attendees or institutions at the beginner to intermediate level of working with OER. After the presentation, attendees will be able to plan a listening tour at their own institution using our presented workflow and be able to incorporate & adapt improvements made to supporting OER at Tufts to their own institutional context.