Starting this Week – Mini Professional Development Series, Fall 2021

Starting this Wednesday, September 22, Ottenheimer Library is starting up our Mini Professional Development Series for Fall 2021. This semester, MPDS will focus on open educational resources, affordable learning content, universal design for learning, as well as the importance of diversity, representation, and inclusion in the classroom. Videos will be posted from September 22 – November 17.

Topics covered include library databases as affordable learning content like Race Relations in America or CultureGrams to help promote inclusive and diverse perspectives in the classroom. The series also goes over new ways for faculty to practice inclusivity for different learning styles and needs through the implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) assessments / activities as well as open educational and open access activities. Lastly, the MPDS focuses on learning tools for online and in-person learning including tools such as ThingLink and Research Companion.

Signing Up:

To participate in the Mini Professional Development Series this semester, you have two options.

  1. You can register here. After registering, the library will add you to the OER Education for Student Success organization on Blackboard. From there, you will be able to access the weekly videos, supplemental material, and ATLE quizzes.
  2. You can self-enroll in the OER Education for Student Success organization on Blackboard. To do so, log into Blackboard and open the “myOrganizations” tab. Next, click on the “Organization Search” box (on the left of the screen) and type “OER Education for Student Success” Lastly, open the organization and click on “enroll” (left hand side of the screen). From there, you will be able to access the weekly videos, supplemental material, and ATLE quizzes.

Background:

This is the second semester the library is putting on MPDS. It was started in the spring of 2021. The Open Education for Student Success Mini Professional Development Series is a collaboration between STaR, Ottenheimer Library, and ATLE to cover open education topics focused on content discovery, integration, and engagement in 15-minute videos (or less). We modeled the series after the successful Monday Morning Mentor Series – meaningful content short enough to fit anyone’s schedule. We will release videos each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Videos will remain on-demand, making it easy for you to engage where and when it’s convenient. You will also have access to the supplemental materials, such as handouts, transcripts, how to guides, and more. Some of the supplemental material can also be beneficial to students. You can  receive up to 2-5 points toward ATLE awards for each video you watch (and for completing the video’s corresponding 5-minute quiz on the Blackboard organization shell).

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