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Wednesday, November 11 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Fostering Rapid Institution-wide Curricular Change in Response to COVID-19

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In the spring of 2020, institutions around the world grappled with COVID-19 and looked to the fall with uncertainty. Responding to this unknown, reports that higher education enrollments may be significantly lower, and the recognition that already at-risk students would likely be further harmed financially, one institution in the Appalachian region of the United States decided on a campus-wide initiative. To model a proactive social justice approach to the inequities experienced by students financially unable to purchase learning materials, the University of Pikeville launched a campaign to convert all undergraduate and graduate-level courses from traditional publisher-provided content to free alternatives. Faculty could select Open Educational Resources, materials available from library collections, or those in the public domain. In addition, a relatively small fund was created to purchase resources where no free alternative existed.

This session will discuss this rapid curricular change initiative from its conception to implementation. Insight will be provided from a key upper-level administrator as well as professional development personnel tasked with assisting faculty in locating, assessing, and ultimately selecting free alternatives to their previous textbooks.

We hope you leave this session with lessons we have learned and ideas on how you may be able to initiate change on your campus, as well!

Learning Outcomes:
1. Review the approach taken by one institution to convert all Fall 2020 courses to free text alternative in under 5 months.
2. Describe the suggestions by a key administrator in facilitating rapid curricular change.
3. List the lessons learned by those tasked with fostering rapid conversion of courses from tradition text to free alternatives, such as OER.

Google Drive link to presentation and materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_4KcRWr6lo6Ge_0LJQ0MSZg0jToz46of?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Eric Werth

Eric Werth

Professional Development Manager, University of Pikeville
I am the Professional Development Manager at the University of Pikeville, where I work on campus-wide initiatives aimed and improving student learning in face-to-face, blended, and online courses and research into open education. Specifically, my research has focused on motivation... Read More →
avatar for Lori Werth

Lori Werth

Provost, University of Pikeville
Dr. Lori Werth is the the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Pikeville and has served as a higher education administrator and faculty member over the past 23 years. In her current position, Dr. Werth leads Academic Affairs, Athletics, Admissions, Registrar, Institutional... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams

Professional Development Educator, University of Pikeville
I am the Professional Development Educator at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY. My current research at the institution focuses on Open Pedagogy and OER-enabled Pedagogy as means to promote equity in learning, particularly when looked through the lens of Critical Pedagogy... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am EST
Concurrent 2
  COVID-19, Presentation