Starting next week Wednesday, March 2, Ottenheimer Library is starting up our Mini
Professional Development Series for Spring 2022. This semester, MPDS will focus on
open educational resources, affordable learning content, accessibility, gamification as
well as the importance of diversity, representation, and inclusion in the classroom.
Videos will be posted from March 2 – April 20.
Topics covered include library databases as affordable learning content like American
Indian Newspapers or Open Textbook Library to help promote inclusive and diverse
perspectives in the classroom. The series also goes over new ways for faculty to
consider the diverse learning needs and styles of students by implementing
gamification or proper accessibility practices into their courses. Lastly, the MPDS
focuses on resources to support faculty and student success including the new Course
Reading List tool in Blackboard.
To participate in the Mini Professional Development Series this semester you can fill out
our registration form. 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.
This is the third 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 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 earn 3 points toward
ATLE awards for each video you watch (and for completing the video’s corresponding 5-
minute quiz on the Blackboard organization shell).