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ISU Open Education Week

by Laura Gleason on 2023-02-09T21:23:00-07:00 | 0 Comments


ISU Open Education Week presentations are for instructors and anyone interested in exploring and learning about Open Educational Resources (OER).

Research shows that adopting OER in courses leads to greater student success. But did you know that open education benefits faculty members? Adopting OER in your courses can increase your instructional freedom and help transform your pedagogy.

Learn more about the great work being done at ISU. Hear from our OER stipend award recipients and Textbook Heroes who will share exciting and inspiring success stories.

Please join us for these online presentations on Open Educational Resources

Darci Graves, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology

  • Monday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

  •  Save the date: Zoom Event

    In this session, learn more about how Dr. Darci Graves, a 2022 Textbook Hero, accomplished a full course design of SOC 2201: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality, which updated the curriculum with more contemporary content and eliminated a textbook that saved students money. Students have saved money and participated in an enhanced learning environment through the implementation of current and culturally relevant reading materials. 

Michelle Anderson, School of Nursing

  • Monday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    Dr. Michelle Anderson has successfully incorporated open educational resources (OER) into her Nursing 6611/6613 course and is eager to share her experience with the ISU campus community. Come hear about her process and find out how you might adapt it to add OER to your own courses.

Sarah Robey, Department of History

  • Monday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    Dr. Sarah Robey reassessed the required materials for HIST 2291: Introduction to Research, a General Education Objective 8 course, and a requirement for the History BA. Her efforts lowered the overall cost of the materials for HIST 2291 and resulted in the selection of a textbook that could be used again for later History courses, thereby reducing long-term costs for History majors. In this panel, learn how Robey implemented these changes and how you might do something similar with your own courses.

Gesine Hearn, Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology

  • Tuesday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    Dr. Gesine Hearn redeveloped course materials from SOC 4421/SOWK 4421; SOC/SOWK 5521 Families in Social Context into OER learning materials. The sections of this course, an elective for sociology and social work majors, that many students from other majors also enjoy taking, is a required course for the concentration in criminology (with a major in Sociology) and for the minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. In the past, she has used a textbook for this course plus a variety of materials from government sources and research organizations. Now, she utilizes only free OER resources, including elements on current issues and international topics. Apart from being a cost-saving for the students, the course is even more on the cutting edge of scholarly work as well as current developments.

Nancy Legge, Department of Communication, Media, & Persuasion

  • Tuesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

David Wiley, Brigham Young University

  • Tuesday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    Dr. David Wiley has played a crucial role in the open educational resources (OER) movement. He coined the term ‘open content’ in 1998, and wrote and published the Open Content license for educational resources, a forerunner to Creative Commons licenses. His work helped establish the essential legal frameworks and licenses that are the foundations of the movement today, and he has spent years persuading institutions of the value of OER, and individuals in those faculties to adopt them. In recent years he has worked to convince leaders in higher education to institutionalize OER, so that more and more students can benefit.

Erika Fulton, Department of Psychology

  • Wednesday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    Dr. Erika Fulton has successfully incorporated open educational resources (OER) into her PSYC 1101 course and is eager to share her experience with the ISU campus community. Come hear about her process and find out how you might adapt it to add OER to your own courses.

Anna Grinath, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    In this presentation, Idaho State University's Dr. Anna Grinath provides details about how she revised her introductory Biology 1101 course to add an open textbook option and identified supplementary open educational resource materials. Join us to learn about her OER journey, including the challenges she faced and lessons learned.

Rob Lion, Department of Organizational Learning & Performance

  • Thursday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    In this session, learn more about how Dr. Rob Lion, a 2022 Textbook Hero, integrated OER materials into OLP 6661 Performance Improvement and how you might adapt OER materials for your courses.
    The OER materials Lion uses in his course are peer-reviewed case studies that he assisted his past graduate students in creating. These OER materials were essential in allowing him to re-conceptualize the course flow and major project while maintaining key course objectives.

Marie Stango, Department of History

  • Friday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: Zoom Event

    In this presentation learn from Dr. Marie Stango, a professor of United States history and women’s history. In 2020, she converted the course HIST 1111: U.S. History entirely to OER materials. Recently, she has had the opportunity to investigate OER and low-cost materials for course HIST 2201: Women in U.S. History. Learn how Stango has helped her students save money and gain immediate access to learning materials. Plus, hear how she has learned to overcome some challenges while investigating OER options.

    Previous ISU Open Education Week presentations can be viewed here: ISU Libraries [YouTube] Open Educational Resources

    Are you interested in creating your own open educational resource, or publishing a free ebook? ISU now has the Pressbooks publishing platform available for all faculty, students, and staff.

    Instructional Technology Resource Center [OER] (ITRC) and University Libraries [OER] support faculty as they explore and research the possibility of creating or adapting high-quality, innovative learning materials to increase student learning and engagement. The ISU Bookstore also supports students in finding OER materials and low-cost options.


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