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Friday, November 13 • 3:30pm - 3:30pm
Empathy is the New Design for OER Development

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How can you effectively support fast-paced OER development to overcome the challenges of remote teaching? In this session, the presenter will share experiences from a state-wide OER development project using components of the design thinking process and an agile development approach.

In an effort to support faculty members going beyond the emergency pivot to remote learning, the University of North Carolina System office has initiated a project to develop 10 collections of open educational resources that can be used to enhance courses online.
The project is intended to provide resources that can be shared, adopted, and revised freely for online or blended courses by faculty members new to online or blended learning. The project team was also challenged with a fast-paced development cycle to provide these resources before the start of the new academic year, while making sure that faculty members across the 16 system institutions of various sizes and characteristics can find value from and easily adopt the course collection.

During the project, the development team started by reviewing factors that affect consideration and adoption of OER by individual faculty, and emphasized "empathy" through the design thinking process, while working in series of "scrums" to quickly adapt and adjust the project during the rapid development process. The project placed focus on the immediate and wide adoption of the newly developed OER collection, agnostic of individual course or curriculum setups, as well as modalities of course delivery.

The presenter will share examples of using the design thinking approach to facilitate faculty buy-in and adoption, as well as strategies to encourage adoption through networks of educators. The participants will be invited to brainstorm and share additional ideas to encourage OER in their institutions.

Learning Outcomes: The audience will be able to:
- Review factors that affect OER development and adoption
- Identify and apply design thinking strategies in development and adoption of OER
- Identify and apply rapid development strategies in OER development
- Brainstorm ideas to increase OER adoption through peer networks

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Enoch Park

Quality Matters / Online Learning Specialist, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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