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Monday, November 9

7:30pm EST

Collaborative Creation between Librarians and English Faculty: Communication and Planning for OER Textbooks
Collaborations between libraries and academic departments can provide the synergistic energies needed to develop and adopt OER texts on a programmatic level. The key to success for such collaborations is to make sure that the interests of both parties are represented, and to understand that different groups may have interests that do not overlap. By identifying and acknowledging the variety of interests at play in collaborative OER projects, authors and creators can increase engagement with and adoption of OER textbooks.

This presentation explores how an interdisciplinary collaboration between an English department and university library resulted in a composition and information literacy OER that was successfully launched in a freshman composition course. By considering the needs and interests of both groups, the OER creators were able to achieve outcomes that their respective organizations found meaningful and which enhanced support for OER adoption.

In the English department the author was interested in creating a flexible and multi-formatted teaching text. In the library, the authors believed an OER textbook could be designed to support and reinforce efforts to embed information literacy into the composition curriculum. Authors from both areas wanted to lower textbook cost for students. Given that the text is used in first-year writing courses, the authors worked diligently to create a textbook that met each of these goals, and that was accessible to all and allowed for equitable access to the content material. Through that process, they discovered that cross-curricular collaborations improve both access and affordability.

This presentation will focus on the lessons learned through that collaborative process that inform the revision of the OER in future iterations. Audience members will learn about the planning and communication consideration that can positively impact collaborations across departments.

Learning Outcomes: Audience member will:

- identify strategies for planning between departments in order to collaborate effectively to create OER textbooks
- recognize how to communicate about different goals for collaborators in order to increase departmental satisfaction and OER success

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Sarah LeMire

First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Sarah LeMire is the First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian at Texas A&M University. She is interested in information literacy instruction, assessment, scalability of instruction and outreach, and outreach to special populations, especially veterans.
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Kathy Anders

Assistant Professor - Graduate Studies Librarian, Texas A&M University
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Terri Pantuso

Instructional Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Freshman Composition, Texas A&M University
My professional interests include ELA pedagogy, online writing, assessment, maternal studies, and American women writers.

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Creating an OER: 101
Step-by-step guide on OER development with an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Learning Outcomes: Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, participants will acquire the following skills:

Participants will be able to identify and locate at least three OER resources.
Participants will gain a broad understanding of content mapping of a module or course.
Participants will be able to apply basic knowledge of reviewing their own learning objectives to determine which OER content is appropriate for their course or module.
Participants will practice and apply kno

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Dr. R. Ann O'Connor

Associate Professor of Communication, Ivy Tech Community College

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Creating Open Resources: An Example
This session focuses on a single journey to create a robust set of lecture slides and lecture video for an introductory astronomy course, focusing less on the material itself and more on the process of developing open educational resources (OER) from existing lecture material. The intention is to help highlight the process for anyone else who has thought about contributing to the growing collection of OER worldwide but wasn't sure what considerations should go into that development.

Learning Outcomes: This session is aimed at educators who may be interested in creating open resources but do not know where to start. Goals: 1) identify the steps needed to create robust resources, 2) examine obstacles or pitfalls to avoid, and 3) determine what to do with the completed product.

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Lauren Woolsey

Assistant Professor and OER Coordinator, Grand Rapids Community College

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Leading by Example: "Opening up" Library Tutorials
In this lightning talk, we will explain how we transitioned from the abstract to the concrete by turning our OER advocacy into OER creation. We will outline the decision-making process and workflow model behind converting our existing Information Literacy tutorials into an OER eBook: The Niagara College Libraries + Learning Commons Information Skills Online Handbook (https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/ncinfoskills/).

The initial goal of our project was to demonstrate to our faculty that OER creation should not be feared. By demonstrating through example, we became more than just promoters of OER (our traditional role as librarians); we became creators of OER - a process which offered us insight into the faculty experience, and provided us with the lived experience necessary to be confident in our dealings with faculty who are looking to become fledgling OER authors themselves.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
-evaluate their existing institutional material/resources for its potential as an OER
-formulate a manageable process to convert their existing material to OER
-articulate how to begin OER creation

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Jaclyn Chambers Page

Library Facilitator: Information Literacy, Niagara College Canada
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Siscoe Boschman

Library Facilitator: Information Literacy, Niagara College Canada

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Off to a Roaring Start: Successes and Lessons from Year One of OER and Textbook Affordability Initiatives"
In 2018, the state higher education commission offered a series of informational programs to increase awareness and adoption of OER in colleges and universities. This spurred our university to include OER as part of the current strategic plan and to form a working group to create a sustainable program of OER education and adoption on campus. At the same time, the library was prioritizing the purchase of textbooks and other course material to increase both physical and electronic course reserves to help ease the burden of textbook costs for students.
In this session, the presenters, one a librarian who is a member of the OER working group and the other the University Librarian who made TAI a priority, will discuss how they combined their efforts to support the launch of a faculty stipend program that includes money not just for traditional OER but also leverages library resources and fair use guidelines to support textbook affordability.
This program, launched in May of 2020 has funded 15 projects to date, some using adoption/adaption/creation of OER, some using course reserves and e-resources, and some using a combination of OER and library resources.
Though this first year has exceeded our expectations, we also learned lessons and adapted the program as we went along to better meet the needs of the students, faculty, and administration. We will discuss these lessons learned and how we plan to continue to refine and improve our program over the course of the next year.

Learning Outcomes: After attending this session, participants will be able to utilize the research and information shared in order to scaffold a similar program at their institution.

Attendees will understand potential issues that may impact the success of their programs and will be able to avoid them.

Participants will be be able to advocate at their institution for a similar program.

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Derek Malone

University Librarian, University of North Alabama
Derek Malone is the University Librarian at the University of North Alabama.
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Jennifer L. Pate

Open Education Resources (OER) & Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of North Alabama

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Starting OER: Advocacy and Promotion
As a librarian who was new to OER responsibilities, it was important to raise awareness on campus and support OER Champions… but where do you start? In this session, I discuss the ways that I have found helpful to advertise, promote, and advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER). As with all endeavors, there are successes and roadblocks which will be covered in this talk. The lessons I learned and can be applied to K-12 and academic libraries.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn about ways in which they easily promote and collaborate with others on Open Educational Resources (OER) from direct contact to events.

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Ruth Monnier

Learning Outreach Librarian, Assistant Professor, Pittsburg State University

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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  Open Education 101, Lightning Talk

7:30pm EST

Thinking about Adapting a Textbook? Tips We Learned Along the Way
The cost of textbooks and higher education continues to rise. Students face no-win decisions between expensive textbooks and basic needs. In order to disrupt this situation, faculty and students are driving the development of open-access textbooks and instructional materials.

But where do you begin with creating an open textbook? As instructors of a Critical Thinking in Academic Research course, we wanted an open-access textbook and up-to-date ancillary materials that met the flexibility of the content covered in class. While we used a wide variety of web sites to support the course content, a single textbook that covered all aspects of the course eluded us. Open access information literacy content was not hard to find, however the critical thinking components were best handled by a commercial textbook.

We surveyed our students and listened to their requests for a low cost or free textbook. We decided it was time to take the leap and create something of our own. At that time we were using both an open-access textbook focused on information literacy and a commercial critical thinking textbook. Ultimately we decided not to reinvent the wheel, but to adapt the open access book and dig deep to find a comparable critical thinking open textbook with the content needed to balance the research information.

We will share how we got our project started. We’ll describe what we knew, what we didn’t, how we planned our project, and how to overcome hurdles that pop up along the way.

Learning Outcomes: 1. Discuss the realistic picture and timetable for adapting textbooks

2. Identify the practical steps for online textbook collaboration

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Robin Ewing

Assessment Librarian, St. Cloud State University
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Cindy Gruwell

Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Scholarly Communication, University of West Florida

Monday November 9, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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