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Wednesday, November 11

7:30pm EST

Oh wE aRe in the Dark! [OER in the Dark!] Reconnecting Learning in Disconnected Spaces
In a COVID-19 pandemic learning environment, faculty and students may feel like they are ‘working in the dark’, as they remain disconnected from each other with exchanges mediated through a virtual delivery platform. Disconnection may be exacerbated by attempts to teach and learn with rolling power outages, and experiences with weak connectivity due to limited services, accessibility, and basic equipment. The unprecedented changes to the way we are expected to teach and learn is only further exacerbated for vulnerable populations encountering financial stability, food insecurity, and limited or no health coverage. Affordability of education remains a roadblock for students encountering financial hardships. In the USA, the cost of attending a 4-year public university has increased by 31% from 2007 to 2017 (U.S. Ed. Dept., 2019). The required closure by government mandated “stay-at-home” orders caused massive layoffs for students. The students who are often disproportionately impacted are low-income students who are more likely to be women, members of underrepresented ethnic minority groups, and first-generation college students (Carnevale & Smith, 2018). With a lack of quality digital access to learn remotely, students must ultimately decide if financial hardships will force them to disrupt their studies. Across the nation, degree completion rates, academic quality, and affordability are the three greatest challenges in higher education for students, their learning, and student academic success (Colvard, Watson & Park, 2018). Some departments were prepared to respond rapidly to alternative delivery modalities due to ongoing efforts with the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative that eliminated textbook costs by providing no-cost digitized resources for students. Textbook affordability is a pressing issue that relates directly to retention and graduation rates. The use of OER to reduce costs for students revealed challenges that were embedded in the technological design solution which was intended to level the uneven playing field. Different levels of digital distress are evident for students who rely heavily on the university campus onsite resources to complete their class assignments with OER materials for courses. We discuss challenges encountered for modifying OER for off-line use. Steps for attendees to consider at their own campuses when responding to improving the integration of OER in university classroom courses are provided.

Learning Outcomes: This session includes the benefits with using OER in reducing textbook costs during a rapid switch to alternative virtual delivery format mid-semester. We discuss challenges encountered for modifying OER for off-line use. Steps for attendees to consider when responding to improving the integration of OER in university classroom courses are provided, with the intent of access on or before the first day of classes to ensure equity in the distribution of educational resources.

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Elaine Correa

Professor and Chair, California State University, Bakersfield
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Sandra Bozarth

Library Dept. Chair, California State University, Bakersfield

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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7:30pm EST

Pushing Open During an Unprecedented Pandemic
During the last six months, members of the Online Education team at Western Colorado University have had unprecedented access to faculty curriculum. Library and Online Education Director Dustin Fife and Instructional Technologist Kimberly Yadon have used every opportunity available to them to insert Open resources into their own classes and the curriculum of their colleagues. They have found that a little bit of preparation before conversations about Online Education in general has led to the adoption of OER by several faculty. By having resources in mind when they were called upon to discuss any aspect of online pedagogy, Dustin and Kimberly have found they have been able to convince faculty who might not have been interested in the past.

Since the Online Education department manages Canvas, the learning Management System at Western, and has been helping move numerous faculty to online or remote learning environments, there has been no shortage of opportunities to initiate conversations about OER. Dustin and Kimberly are committed to not wasting this crisis by leveraging their positions in Online Education to always champion Open Education. They will be discussing how to identify appropriate resources before any conversation, identify faculty most likely to adopt, and build momentum at a small, public university.

Learning Outcomes: Strategies for identifying resources before conversations.

Identifying possible partners and faculty on the fly.

Learning to "never let a good crises go to waste."

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Kimberly Yadon

Instructional Technologist & Designer, Western Colorado University
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Dustin Fife

Director of Library Services and Online Education, Western Colorado University

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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7:30pm EST

Redefining the Textbook and Embedding Calculators for Online Exams
With the OER model, we can now customize the textbook that we use by adding videos, interactive visualizations, and even games directly into the book. Using the LibreTexts platform, the presenter has taken the OpenStax Statistics textbook and embedded it with over 100 such activities to create materials that address all learning styles. Although, the presentation will demonstrate how this was done for the statistics class, this model can be used for any class.
We will also look at how such materials can be directly embedded into online exams using the iFrame. As many of us have had to move our courses to online, we struggle with how to create secure proctored exams where students still have the use of a calculator. One solution is to embed the calculator directly into the exam. The presenter will demonstrate how this is done using the Canvas LMS and LibreTexts calculator. This can be extended to other LMSs and other materials.

Learning Outcomes: 1. Replace static textbooks with OER books that include multimedia, interactive visualizations, and learning games.
2. Using iFrames to directly embed calculators and other OER information directly into exam questions so that students have access to the allowed exam materials while using an online proctoring system.

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Larry Green

Faculty, Lake Tahoe Community College

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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7:30pm EST

Striving for affordability and access: Reimagining undergraduate courses in times of COVID-19
The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic sent colleges and universities around the globe into a frenzy to transition their learning environments in ways that would sustain and support student success in times of uncertainty and perceived impossibility. At the University of Pikeville in eastern Kentucky, predicament turned into opportunity for improvement as the university made bold decisions to remove barriers to student learning in the undergraduate context. These decisions include transitioning the academic calendar, eliminating textbook costs for students, providing technical and pedagogical training for faculty, and creating peer-led learning communities to support faculty during their course redesign efforts. Session participants will learn about faculty workshops for OER selection, course redesign with OER-focused outcomes, and challenges to universal OER adoption.

As a result of this presentation, participants will:
  • Learn about the potential benefits of block scheduling in relation to traditional semester schedules;
  • Consider the rationale for open educational resources as a no-cost alternative to traditional textbooks and for-cost course materials; 
  • Take away a model for course redesign that prioritizes flexibility and essential outcomes; and
  • Understand some of the lessons learned from UPIKE’s experiences to date in making learning more affordable and accessible.  

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Ella Smith-Justice

Assistant Dean & Professor of Spanish, University of Pikeville
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Jennifer Dugan

Dean - College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pikeville
Focused on authentic innovations in the liberal arts and sciences, inclusive excellence, and meaningful professional development for faculty and staff

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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7:30pm EST

They Made it Look Effortless: OER in Faculty Professional Development in a Pandemic
In this lightning talk, viewers will hear several instructional designers at Boise State University discuss how a training session on OER was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist faculty in quickly switching from in-person to remote instruction. Each speaker will present a different aspect of how the training session—which was part of a larger faculty development initiative at Boise State—was designed and implemented, including how OER was ‘organically’ curated for this session. Speakers will address licensing and usage, including attribution and other requirements as set forth by the author of the OER that was used. In addition, the speakers will discuss the application of OER as a modeling tool for appropriate usage for the faculty’s own courses. Speakers will also address innovative solutions to challenges that come up during delivery of the training session, and if those solutions resolve the issues. Finally, speakers will reflect on ideas for possible improvement to the OER training session.

Learning Outcomes: In this case study, learners will come away with an understanding of: How ‘organic’ OER curation played a role in faculty development. Application of OER in an online faculty workshop. Making OER work with constrained timelines and budget.

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Bob Casper

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University Center for Teaching & Learning
Bob Casper has been at Boise State University, in Idaho's capital, for over a decade. He currently serves a unit of the University's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) called Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant working... Read More →
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Brian Martin

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University
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Allan Heaps

Senior Instructional Design Team Manager, Boise State University
I have been at Boise State for almost 15 years. I am an instructional designer and technologies with more than 30 years in higher education.
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Gina Persichini

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University - eCampus Center
I am an instructional design consultant at Boise State University’s eCampus Center. I've been a librarian since 1995 and, after spending most of my career in training and development with libraries, I made the easy transition to instructional designer in 2018. I love to talk about... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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