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Thursday, November 12 • 7:30pm - 7:30pm
OER Development at a Distance: An Online Faculty Grant Program Toolkit

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Some have explored the challenges facing faculty development of OER and the creation of effective publishing pathways (Bachelor, 2019; Lashley, et al., 2017). Regardless, there exists a unique set of obstacles to address when providing support for faculty to compile and adapt resources for their particular needs.Two of the Rs of OER - remix and revise - lie somewhere between straightforward adoption of an OER textbook and the creation of a whole new resource from scratch.

The complexity also increases when attending to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in course materials. Relatively little work has been published to thoroughly explicate how to revise materials for greater equity in the OER context (Nusbaum, Cuttler, Swindell, 2020; Lambert, 2018; Kalir, 2018). Course materials can serve as a vehicle for reinforcing stereotype threat, obscuring systemic structures of oppression, and erasing the contributions of marginalized communities. It is vital to provide space and support within OER programs to not simply create greater awareness of equity barriers but to transform them as they manifest in course materials.

A grant program was developed to address these complex challenges during a particularly turbulent time in higher education. Using a cohort model, this institution fostered the development of remixed OER textbooks via a distance learning experience over the course of Summer 2020. Structured to support faculty in working through the unique challenges of remixing, careful attention was to diversity, equity, and inclusion in course material development. This included space for both reflection on the intersections of equity and the faculty’s given discipline alongside action on principles of inclusive teaching. As a result, a new community of practice was fostered for online faculty that resulted in the uptake of OER adoptions.

This showcase gallery submission will provide a grant program toolkit that enables the audience to institute similar programs in their contexts. The toolkit will contain a series of recommendations for effective facilitation, the curriculum of the program, and logistical information that can set faculty up for success. During a time of inconsistent access to university campuses and libraries, a toolkit for implementing remote faculty OER development is more vital than ever. Ample opportunities for adaptation of the toolkit will be provided.

Learning Outcomes: This showcase gallery submission will offer OER advocates a toolkit for implementing remote faculty OER development during turbulent times. Key takeaways to be provided in this toolkit include: simple strategies for building a vibrant community of practice around OER at a distance; ideas for supporting faculty in leveraging open licenses for greater equity in course materials; and techniques for navigating the particular challenges of remixing resources.

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Monica Brown

OER Coordinator, Boise State University

Thursday November 12, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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