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Friday, November 13 • 3:30pm - 3:30pm
Developing Faculty Advocates through a Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium

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In early 2020, the OER Committee at Cleveland State University was facing several obstacles to increasing engagement with open materials among faculty. Many early adopters had already participated in CSU’s Textbook Affordability Grant program, and new applicants were both infrequent and clearly unfamiliar with open education and Creative Commons licenses. The OER Committee decided to develop a short, informational symposium that would teach faculty about open education while encouraging them to become advocates within their departments. After the pandemic prevented on-campus events, the symposium was reimagined for an online environment. The symposium was built in Blackboard and required faculty to complete several informational modules, review one OER, commit to using an OER in their course (as a required or optional resource), and advocate for OERs to their departmental colleagues. All faculty participants also received a syllabus map completed by a librarian, which mapped open or affordable materials to the major outcomes of the course.

Twenty faculty participated in the first Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium in August 2020. Faculty feedback showed that many of the participants planned to adopt an open textbook after the symposium, and several asked for opportunities to become active advocates for open education on campus. This presentation will describe the planning and facilitation process of this symposium, including how attendees can develop a similar program. Materials from the symposium will be shared with an open license.

Learning Outcomes: After attending this session, participants will be able to:
-identify the resources needed to offer an online symposium for faculty
-develop an online symposium for faculty to learn about open education and commit to advocacy actions in their own departments

Speakers
avatar for Mandi Goodsett

Mandi Goodsett

OER & Copyright Advisor, Cleveland State University
I am one of the librarians who coordinates our open textbook publishing program, so I would love to talk with others who are publishing in the OER arena!


Friday November 13, 2020 3:30pm - 3:30pm EST
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