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Monday, November 9

5:00pm EST

Open for Who?: Assessing the Accessibility of Open Textbooks
Proponents of open educational resources are quick to tout how they are accessible for everyone, but this definition of accessible means they are simply free. It does not include making OERs accessible so that anyone with a disability can still consume them. As the open education community seeks to reimagine itself, then we need to ensure that we include everyone. This presentation will discuss a research project that seeks to determine to what extent open textbooks on average meet a number of accessibility criteria based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG guidelines are an important standard for all online content creators and providers to work toward as they help ensure that disabled consumers can use and interact with online content. The presentation will discuss the results of the evaluation, including the problems most commonly found and which broad categories books were most and least likely to do well in. The presentation will help anyone involved with open textbook creation and adaptation determine where they can focus their efforts to ensure open textbooks are truly accessible for all. The data will also help to establish a baseline for the accessibility of open textbooks that the community can use to assess its own work toward making all open textbooks accessible.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will: Understand how well open textbooks meet various online accessibility standards and discuss ways to incorporate this knowledge into their work

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Teresa Schultz

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno
Prior to becoming Social Sciences Librarian, Teresa served as Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian at UNR, where she still provides copyright education. Her first career was in journalism.
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Elena Azadbakht

Health Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

Monday November 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:25pm EST
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Tuesday, November 10

1:00pm EST

Collaborative Creation of the OER Metadata Rosetta Stone
The OER Discovery Working Group is a newly formed collaborative effort among OER advocates, facilitated by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), involving metadata and cataloging librarians, and relevant specialists in the U.S. and Canada. This group’s focus is to support the community in developing best practices and outline potential next steps for how metadata standards could contribute to platform-neutral discovery of OER.

Members of the OER Discovery Work Group consist of stakeholders from eCampus Ontario, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education’s (ISKME) OER Commons, State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo’s Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS), and Mt Hood Community College Library’s (MHCC) OER MARC template. They created a document that translates core functionality across 3 commonly used metadata vocabularies - MARC21, Dublin Core, and Schema.org/LRMI - to meet the specific needs for OER.

This presentation will share the OER Metadata Rosetta Stone (CC-BY), highlight the collaborative process, and welcome discussion with attendees to inform future applications and collaborative developments for the community as a whole.

Learning Outcomes:
Attendees will be able to describe how metadata enables discovery and current needs for OER
Attendees will appraise and critique the OER Metadata Rosetta Stone based on their experiences with OER discovery
Attendees will be able to employ the OER Metadata Rosetta Stone for use at their own institution

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Bill Jones

Digital Resources and Systems Librarian, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo Milne Library
Bill Jones is the Digital Resources and Systems Librarian at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library. He is the lead developer of Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) and currently serves as the webmaster for ALA RUSA STARS. Bill supports SUNY libraries through his service in SUNYLA... Read More →
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Camille Thomas

Scholarly Communication Librarian, Florida State University
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Heather White

Library Technical Services & OER Coordinator, Mt. Hood Community College

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:25pm EST
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1:00pm EST

Re-envisioning Accessibility for Math-Intensive OER
The accessibility of publications is critical for learners who rely on screen readers. What happens when an OER you plan to use, remix, or are creating is math intensive and you neither know LaTeX nor the accessibility options involved in presenting machine-readable equations? Issues abound! How can math display in OER be re-envisioned? This highly-interactive presentation builds off of the experiences of six people at three different institutions who met up to discuss their respective math & accessibility journeys, math-intensive OER accessibility failures, successes, and solutions that work for their level of capacity. From the extremely labor-intensive to the “automatic,” this case study-based presentation will aid participants in what not to do, and how re-envision processes and decision points for creating, adapting, and retrofitting OER that contain equations. Participants will have opportunities to share their knowledge regarding tools, solutions, and approaches in a common document and will leave with a tool kit of potential solutions for different electronic environments and platforms.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will be able to summarize standards, common issues, and options for displaying, printing, and developing screen-readable math in OER;
  • Participants will be able to recall specific issues with math display in OER as these will be connected to particular examples of OER;
  • Participants will leave with a tool kit of potential solutions for different electronic environments & platforms.
  • Participants will also be able to share their knowledge regarding tools, solutions, and approaches.

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Anita Walz

Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:25pm EST
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2:30pm EST

Redesigning an Open Textbook by Leveraging Media, Pedagogy, and Student Collaboration
In Fall 2018, we adopted an Openstax textbook, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, in an introductory economic class that enrolls approximately 800 students every academic year. The result of an end-of-semester survey indicated that the students appreciated the use of a free textbook, and the majority of them were overall satisfied with the textbook. However, they wished the book could be more visual, more interactive, and the assessment could better help them learn. With support from an Affordable Learning Georgia grant, we formed a team that comprises of subject matter expert, content and assessment developer, multimedia and web developer, and instructional designer, working together to redesign the textbook. In this session, we will share our experiences of leveraging media, pedagogy, and student collaboration to redesign this textbook. Specifically, we will discuss how the successful transformation of the textbook was accomplished through rigorous application of the following six strategies:

1.Multimedia learning: We employed six research-based principles for multimedia learning as the guidelines for presenting the textbook content.
2.Active learning: We engaged students with frequent self-assessment exercises embedded in the textbook.
3.Practice with feedback: We provided students with instant feedback on both correct and incorrect answer choices when they practiced with the embedded exercises.
4.Students as producers: We believed in the benefits of a student-as-producer approach – students are not only consumers of knowledge but also producers of knowledge. We recruited several students to help with content, assessment, and web design under the supervision and guidance of the project leads. They have had some experience with the course, for example, completing the course as a student, working as a teaching assistant, or a peer tutor for the course. Their perspectives on how a textbook should be designed for students became valuable assets for the project.
5.Peer review: The textbook was reviewed by people who are not involved in the project before it was made available to students.
6.Student feedback: Feedback will be collected from students for future revision and improvement of the textbook.

The redesigned textbook was put into use in Fall 2020, and we are currently collecting student feedback. During this session, we will also share the initial findings of a student survey on the usefulness and effectiveness of the textbook.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to identify pedagogies, technologies, and strategies for designing and redesigning interactive open educational resources that engage students. They will also be able to discuss how they could adopt and adapt them to their own design and redesign.

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Chaohua Ou

Assistant Director, Learning and Technology Initiatives, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Aselia Urmanbetova

Associate Academic Professional, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:30pm - 2:55pm EST
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6:30pm EST

Where in the World is Your OER Content?: Using Analytics for your Portfolio
You may not know exactly where the content goes unless you have clues and tools to help you find where it all goes. In this session, we will explore the questions of how to track OER that may help faculty promotion and tenure and solve some of the challenges that surround the OER community. This session will showcase technology tools with analytics tools that will help faculty members create a narrative about their OER content impact. Such tools include utilizing well-known library database tools, social media platform analytics, and other OER repositories to discover such impact.

While there is consensus that OER provides many benefits by lowering costs and increasing access to knowledge, there are some OER issues and challenges that still need to be addressed. How do we know when our OER content has been downloaded, used, or modified? Can we determine when someone violates Creative Commons licensing? The following session will cover why faculty members should consider answering these questions and what strategies can they choose to discover such answers.

Learning Outcomes:
Learners will be able to:
1. discuss issues regarding connect OER content to tenure and promotion.
2. identify databases with analytics to measure OER content usage.
3. use analytics as an enhancement to resumes and CVs.

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Ellie Svoboda

OER Graduate Assistant, Strauss Health Sciences Library
I am currently a graduate student in the LIS program at DU. I am passionate about OER and the open movement in general.
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Michael Lampe

Senior Instructional Designer, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Ben Harnke

Librarian, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
avatar for Natalia Vergara

Natalia Vergara

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
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David Bourne

Associate Professor, CU SSPPS
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Jessica Hitt-Laustsen

Education Manager, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Tuesday November 10, 2020 6:30pm - 6:55pm EST
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Wednesday, November 11

11:00am EST

Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Open Education Initiatives: Labor and Ethical Considerations
Encouraging and supporting the adoption and creation of open educational resources demands significant academic labor; however, few studies provide explicit detail about the personnel and costs underlying open education initiatives. This presents a problem for institutions seeking to implement or improve their own initiatives. The lack of transparency about labor also obscures ethical concerns about the agency of the librarians, faculty, students, instructional designers, and other potential stakeholders involved, each of whom occupy varying positions of power and privilege within the academic apparatus. This presentation helps to address that gap through a case study of how Ohio University Libraries have attempted to make its open education initiatives more sustainable and impactful by transitioning from workshops and other labor-intensive activities to collaborations with faculty and students focused on OER creation in which librarians have taken on more of a project management role. We will describe those initiatives and the projects they have yielded, including a student-authored open Hispanic linguistics textbook, student-created test banks to support OER materials for a high-enrollment art history course, and several additional projects in which students have been hired to assist faculty with developing open content. We will discuss the challenges encountered along the way and how our trajectory has helped us to overcome some of those barriers. We will frame our discussion within the context of labor and the ethical implications for open educational practices and open pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will understand possibilities for creating open education initiatives that are more sustainable and focus more on OER creation and open pedagogy via collaboration between librarians, faculty, and students.
Participants will be able to critically analyze the labor implications for their own open education initiatives in order to foster more equitable and inclusive collaborations in support of open education.

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Chris Guder

Subject Librarian for Education, Ohio University
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Bryan McGeary

Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am EST
Concurrent 1
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4:30pm EST

Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Removing Barriers to OER Use
NOTE: This session is pre-recorded. It will be streamed live over zoom with the speaker present to answer questions in the chat and after the presentation.

New and experienced faculty members face many barriers when attempting to incorporate Open Educational Resources (OER) into their courses. Research has shown that awareness, funding, time, and institutional supports are factors in faculty using or not using OER. The purpose of this research was to investigate the barriers that business faculty in Ontario colleges face when using OER within their teaching practices and determine if faculty have recommendations to overcome the barriers to using OER.

Based on a review of the literature on OER and the barriers business faculty experience when using OER, a mixed-method approach was used in this research. Potential participants were business faculty in Ontario. Data was collected via a survey and follow-up interviews. Seventy-two respondents from 12 Ontario colleges responded to the survey. Nine participated in follow-up interviews. Respondents were asked about their experiences using OER, the barriers they faced, and solutions to overcome them.

A thematic and cross tabulation analysis of the responses demonstrated that faculty are introduced to OER in many different ways, and institutions have unique approaches to supporting faculty with OER. Faculty experience barriers to using OER, such as no suitable resources, awareness, knowledge, support, institutional processes, and other reasons. Faculty outlined ways to overcome such barriers, including but not limited to improved professional development, creation of new high-quality content, time to create the resources, and enhanced collaboration and networking efforts.

This talk will review some of the research findings and recommendations that were made as a result of an examination of the faculty barriers and solutions to overcome the barriers to using OER.

Please note: the above session description is adapted from the author's Thesis abstract.

Learning Outcomes:
After attending this session, attendees should have an understanding of:

- Barriers faculty face when attempting to use OER;

- Solutions faculty have used, or they believe could be used to overcome the barriers to using OER; and

- Recommended suggestions for decision-makers to support faculty with OER usage.

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Brandon Carson

Learning Technologies Specialist / Professor / Student, Durham College / Fanshawe College / Ontario Tech / Royal Roads University / Athabasca University

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:30pm - 4:55pm EST
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Thursday, November 12

3:00pm EST

Building Better OER Through Access to Cultural Heritage Materials
Because of the explosion of digitized primary source material over the past 20 years, there is a profusion of illustrative material available for authors to incorporate into OER. However, many questions and confusion remain about the use of this material: How much of it is openly licensed and can be incorporated into an open textbook; Is the language around usage consistent across institutions; How much unpublished, published, or public domain versus copyrighted material is utilized; What do current statutes say about the use of unpublished in-copyright materials; What are the benefits of using this material; and What role does fair use play?

This session will explore some of these questions and look at how cultural heritage objects held in libraries, museums, and archives are, or are not, being utilized in the creation of new open educational resources (OER). I will share the results of my recent research on the mechanics behind the use of material found in these institutions and what barriers exist to their wide utilization by OER creators. I will also discuss how utilizing material from cultural heritage institutions can make OER more diverse, inclusive, and relevant to our students.

Through interviews with practitioners and stakeholders such as OpenStax, SourceLab, and History Harvest, as well as an examination of the benefits of classroom use of primary source material, I will share data and information that will be helpful for OER authors, librarians, museum curators, and archivists in their quest to determine how cultural heritage materials can legally be used in the creation of OER.

Learning Outcomes:
1) Understand OER author barriers to the use of primary source material in the creation of OER objects.
2) Learn about the pedagogical benefits of utilizing primary source material in the classroom.
3) Understand how archives manage rights of archival collections with deeds of gift and donor agreements.
4) Guidance for the use of cultural heritage items through copyright and fair use.
5) Explore the connections, or lack thereof, between Digital Humanities, archives, and OER communities.

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Jeremy Smith

Daniel Ellsberg Archivist, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Manage the Open Education program at UMass Amherst.

Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:25pm EST
Concurrent 4
  Challenges, Presentation

6:00pm EST

On the Open Road: Overcoming Barriers to Open Education in Northern and Interior British Columbia
Bringing open education to any institution is a team effort that requires stamina, support and strategy; not for the faint of heart. Add a geographic location that is considered rural and far from centers of support and the barriers to introducing open education get even more complex.

BCcampus recognized these challenges and in 2019 two open education advisors / regional representatives were hired - one for the northern region of the province and one for the interior of the province. These two regions make up approximately 877,000 square kilometres. In this presentation come learn about the barriers that were revealed, strategies to get around these barriers and lessons learnt so far.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this workshop the participant will be able to name three open education barriers common in more rural regions and identify ways of getting around these barriers.

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Carolee Clyne

Open Education Advisor/PhD Candidate, BCcampus/University of Northern British Columbia
Carolee has been supporting faculty in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of roles including computer, library systems, web support, instructional design and registrar systems. Modeling life long learning, Carolee is presently a doctoral candidate at the University of... Read More →
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Ross McKerlich

Open Education Advisor, BCcampus
Open Education Advisor & Regional Representative for the interior.I support open education initiatives in six post secondary institutions in the interior of British Columbia. I also work collaboratively with the learning & teaching team and special projects team at BCcampus.  

Thursday November 12, 2020 6:00pm - 6:25pm EST
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