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Enhance Your Library with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Speakers for the Day:
Esther Brandon, Digital Literacy Specialist, Brandeis University Library
Lance Eaton, Instructional Designer and Faculty Development Specialist, Brandeis University
Lauren Slingluff, Associate Dean, University of Connecticut Library

7:30am - 9:00am   Registration & Coffee

9:00am - 9:15am   Introductions and Poll: Level of ex w/ OER 

9:15am - 9:30am   Session 1:  OER in the Stars

 An introductory discussion about open educational resources and examples from across the country of how Libraries have transformed their offerings or created new programs to support their communities.   

9:30am - 10:00am   Session 2: OER the Possibilities

Small group brainstorm (3-5) for concrete ways to introduce OER into your Library using a Google Sheet with tabs: tools for search and discovery, open access journals, digital curation, listservs, course resource replacements, and more! Have a conversation about the quality of materials and assessments. The group will develop and share an open resource list of their favorite organizations, journals, books, websites, content creators, and examples of materials. 

10:00am - 10:15am   Group Share

Share your favorites and resource requests. 

10:15am - 10:30am   Morning Break

10:30am - 11:30am   Session 3: AdvOERcacy

How to champion for open resources and programs in your institution with a social justice frame at multiple levels, including accessibility and how to team up with accessibility departments/collaboration, economic status, and English Language Learners. 

{30 mins overflow for morning activities} 

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch

1:15pm - 2:00pm   Session 4: GO(ER) Fish!

SWOT analysis description and working activity for participants to evaluate their own school’s OER environment. (ind, pair share, whole group) 

2:00pm - 3:00pm   Session 5: OER Pitches

Participants in small groups will work on developing a 2-3 minute focused pitch to advocate for an aspect of open educational resources at their institution. This could be to replace an existing Library resource with an OER, encourage a faculty member to try open source materials, or to apply for a grant. (pairs or small group, 3-4 examples to share with  the whole group) 

3:00pm - 3:30pm   Session 6: OER Team

Connecting Massachusetts specific OER communities and professional development groups with the participants.  If extra time, group discussion: What other resources do you think we need in the Boston Area? Solutions? 

3:30pm   End


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