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Wednesday, November 11 • 4:00pm - 4:55pm
The Open Pedagogy Incubator as a Model for Building an Online Community to Support Open Pedagogy

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How can we build sustainable open education programs that nurtures a growing community of faculty participants? How can we model the unique power of open-enabled pedagogy in the face of publishers’ co-option of textbook affordability with inclusive access programs? How can we introduce and support emerging models of open education that center faculty expertise and student agency in an environment of shrinking budgets and precarity? And how can we do all those things in the middle of a global pandemic? At our institution, one answer has been the Open Pedagogy Incubator - a Libraries program that brings together a cohort of faculty instructors to develop competencies in open pedagogy through a series of hands-on workshops, curated readings, and cohort discussions.

As a window into these questions about openness, community, and shared agency, a team of two librarian facilitators and two faculty participants will introduce the Incubator and situate it in the broader context of open education and open pedagogy. We will discuss the design and aims of this project and offer the Incubator as one promising model for sustainable open education work. We will also offer reflections on the successes and challenges we encountered in our pilot season and suggest strategies for bringing this model to other institutions in a way that reflects local needs and experiences.

With one model on the table, and more in the works, we will lead a discussion about different experiences of introducing and supporting open pedagogy as well as how to build open communities online. We will begin with small group breakout rooms where we will facilitate discussion about these issues and invite other models and approaches. These ideas and questions will be gathered in Padlet and shared with the full group. Next we will use those to frame a full group conversation about how the open community can engage with these models as a way to reimagine open education as a values-driven community of practice.

Participants will leave with new models for supporting open pedagogy as well as critical discussion on the opportunities and challenges of those models. After this discussion we hope we all will be better prepared to explore and evaluate open pedagogy as a set of practices and values that can be applied any time as well as tools for building a community that reflects local context and shared values of agency, equity, and openness.

Learning Outcomes:
Our attendees will be introduced to and invited to learn from the first iteration of our Open Pedagogy Incubator model as a precursor for a wider critical discussion about working with faculty to implement similar open pedagogical practices into their courses. Our session attendees will learn from our panel’s and other attendees unique experiences of stimulating and facilitating local interest in order to build a sustainable values-driven community.

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Will Cross

Director, Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy, North Carolina State University
Will Cross is the Director of the Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy at N.C. State University where he guides policy, speaks, and writes on copyright literacy and open knowledge. He recently served as a Hewlett-funded Open Education Fellow and as an instructor for... Read More →
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Carlos Goller

Associate Teaching Professor, North Carolina State University
I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and teach in the Biotechnology Program (BIT) at North Carolina State University. I am very interested in integrating open practices in the courses I teach. I believe strongly in non-throwaway assignments... Read More →
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David Tully

Librarian for Student Success & Affordability, North Carolina State University Libraries
Librarian at NC State University. Interests include Open Education, Development, Assessment and Outreach.As a Fellow I am leading a strategic initiative which places our Libraries at the heart of the University’s effort to support vulnerable students, especially those who are economically... Read More →
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Erin A. McKenney

Assistant Professor | Director of Undergraduate Programs, North Carolina State University
I make science accessible and relatable, for students of all ages as well as the general public. I design innovative experiments that engage participants in authentic research, and translate the results into compelling stories about microbial ecology. As an educator, I cultivate critical... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:00pm - 4:55pm EST
Concurrent 2
  Collaborations, Interactive Discussion