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Tuesday, November 10 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Employing Students as Partners in Open Educational Resource Creation

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Open educational resources are linked to a more accessible and affordable format of higher education, as well as being shown to increase student learning overall (Hilton, 2016). Despite these benefits, the uptake of OERs has been slow in the post-secondary sector. Some educators have been hesitant to pursue OERs in their courses due to confusion of ownership and licensing, funding, institutional recognition, and most commonly, time (Hocevar, 2017).

This presentation seeks to address these barriers by introducing the concept of using students as partners in the creation, adaption, and adoption of OERs. The given presentation will provide an overview of three main points:
Why hiring students as partners in OERs serves as a solution to the barriers faced by educators in OER creation.
How to navigate student funding, including discovering existing grant and employment opportunities, and the training required for OER creation.
The benefits for both faculty and students for participating in a partnered OER creation.

This presentation will walk participants through a conceptual methodology of how to pair the need for greater OER initiatives on campuses, with the need for students to develop skills and attributes for success in post-secondary education and beyond. The processes and benefits students gain as full-time collaborators of OER partnerships will be based off of High Impact Practice and Students as Partners literature (cf. Kuh 2008, (Frison & Melacarne, 2017; Bovill & Felten, 2016).

Bovill, C., & Felten, P. (Eds.). (2016). Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching: Implications for academic development. International Journal for Academic Development: Special Issue, 21(1), 1-90.

Frison, D., & Melacarne, C. (2017). Fostering “student voice” to improve teaching & learning methods in higher education. Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education, 1(20). Retrieved from http://repository.brynmawr.edu/tlthe/vol1/iss20/6

Hilton, J. (2016) Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Education Tech Research and Development, 64(4), 573 – 590.

Kuh, G. (2008). High Impact Educational Practices. What are they, Who has Access to them and Why they Matter. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Learning Outcomes:
Throughout this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the role of students as partners (SAP) in adopting, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OERs). This session will focus on how to navigate hiring students, training students, and the mutual benefits of student partnership for both students and faculty as backed by SAP literature (cf Bovill, C., & Felten, P., 2016)

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Kim Mears (she/her)

Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Robertson Library
Kim Mears is the Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island. She manages the Robertson Library's repository and faculty profile system, IslandScholar, and supports researchers with data management through data.upei.ca. Kim also... Read More →
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Meghan Landry

Scholarly Communications Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University
Meghan Landry is currently a Scholarly Communications Librarian at Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her scholarly interests and projects include institutional repositories (Islandora), open access, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning... Read More →
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Tiffany MacLennan

Research Analyst, Higher Education Strategy Associates
Tiffany MacLennan is a recent graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS and has been a strong advocate for OER adoption in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Through her time as the Vice President Academic for the StFX Students’ Union, a Senator for the StFX Senate... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 3:00pm - 3:25pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Presentation