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Tuesday, November 10

7:30pm EST

French-Language OER in Québec: Challenges and Opportunities
A recent report by Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) indicates that only 15% of French-language institutions mentioned any involvement in OER compared to 40% of English-language institutions in Canada.

In the primarily French-speaking province of Québec, OER development in higher education is relatively limited but there have been a number of initiatives recently to address the issue.

This lightning talk will discuss some of the challenges facing OER development in Québec, demonstrating OER advocacy in another language is so much more than just direct translations of resources, but requires significant time and efforts tailoring to the local context.

As well, two OER initiatives in the province will be highlighted: a joint project of 4 universities on the development of high-quality OER, as well as a network of OER advocates on the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and expertise.

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Chloe Lei

Teaching & Research Librarian, Engineering & Computer Science, Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)
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Jean-Michel Lapointe

PhD Student & Academic Librarian, Université du Québec à Montréal

Tuesday November 10, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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7:30pm EST

OER & the Digital Learning Innovation Trends Report
The Digital Learning Innovation Trends report identifies the 10 most prominent trends in digital learning. The report, published in 2020 by OLC and DETA, stemmed from the Every Learner Everywhere Network and its initiatives. It was developed using OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award submissions plus a review of documents produced by industry leaders, national organizations advancing technology in learning, journals and peer-reviewed research, news and media sources, and prominent research centers. While research indicates that OER is one of the top trends in digital learning, the findings about open resources are not exactly what one would expect.

To maximize the potential of OER to support digital learning, it is important to examine not just existing implementation and utilization, but to empirically link these initiatives with student success. Combining our expertise and experiences, we can better identify effective actions as well as gaps in research and practice to shape a better digital learning experience and support more students in their learning endeavors. Further, reaching others through our research can propel technology development and utilization, as well as further advance OER integration with active learning platforms.

Watch our lightning talk highlighting the Trends Report, the surprise findings about OER, and get insider information and preliminary results on more empirical research on OER that the same teams are working on today. In this session you’ll hear from some of the top leaders in the space and gain knowledge about why OER trended, what the concerns are regarding current research (including equity and the close ties there are to OER), and our proposed next steps plus recommendations to propel this fantastic resource further into practical implementation at institutions and learning environments.

Learning Outcomes: 5 Learning Outcomes of OER & the Digital Learning Innovation Trends Report:

1) Introduction to the Digital Learning Innovations Trends report
2) Understand how OER was identified as a primary trend
3) Learn about surprising OER findings in relation to the report
4) Understand continued empirical research being done on OER
5) Identify proposed next steps and recommendations for OER implementation and use

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Tanya Joosten

Senior Scientist and Director, Digital Learning R&D, DETA Research Center, Univer
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Kate Lee-McCarthy

Director of Grants Management, Online Learning Consortium

Tuesday November 10, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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Friday, November 13

3:30pm EST

Open at the Edges, or the Edges of Open: Futures in Scholarly Collaboration
For this lightning talk, I wish to provoke thought by questioning assumptions around OER as it is understood by the mainstream. Just as philosophers have long wished us to better understand our relationship to technology, we should now more thoughtfully approach "open" with all its promises including its dangers and risks. This talk will seek to build understanding around the trajectories that are preferable or probable for the OER movement, but also demand consideration for unexpected, radical shifts in law, technology, and society. This video will be edited and include reuse of CC licensed and public domain images and video, creating a collage around the topic of OER and the future.

Learning Outcomes: Viewers will be shown lenses through which alternative futures of OER might be imagined, offering questions and provocations to foster useful discussions.

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Billy Meinke-Lau

OER Technologist, University of Hawaii

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