Students & Open Education Resources
Monday & Tuesday – March 7th & 8th (all day)
Has a professor using OER in a course helped you save money on textbooks? Did having OER material included in your course provide you with resources that highlighted different perspectives, opinions, and points of view that traditional textbooks did not? Do you even know what OER is? Stop by outside Ottenheimer Library to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on open educational resources. There will be a whiteboard available for students, faculty, and staff to write on! There might even be some cool Ottenheimer Library swag available too.
Mini Professional Development Series for Faculty (all semester)
Wednesday – March 9th
Background: 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).
Available March 2nd via Blackboard – In this video, Louise Lowe, the Student Success Coordinator from Ottenheimer Library, shares how open education can help reduce students’ financial burdens, provide inclusive content options as well as various format options that help students engage and relate. Louise also shares how the library can help faculty source open content and choose the right tools to deliver course content. This video kicks off the spring 2022 Mimi Professional Development Series and Open Education Week March 7-11.
Available March 9th via Blackboard – Course Reading Lists are an online tool that supports the creation and management of course resource reading lists within Blackboard. Instructors can build, maintain, and share that include all material types, from physical items in the library’s catalog to database articles to online videos to OER content. In addition, students can access all course materials in one place and from any device. In this video, Hannah Hurdle, Library eLearning Specialist, will be going over the course reading list tool in Blackboard, how to access it, how to build a reading list, as well as the benefits it holds for faculty and students.
A Conversation with Faculty on Their Experience with Course Reading Lists
Thursday – March 10th @ 12:30 – 1:30
Starting in Fall, 2021 four faculty members at UALR partnered with Ottenheimer Library to participate in the library’s pilot for course reading lists, which is a tool now available in Blackboard. In this session, four faculty members will speak on their experience using course reading lists in their course(s), how they utilized them, student feedback, and more. You can register for the live session today!
OE-Arkansas Conference (Deadline to Register is March 4th)
Friday – March 11
OE-Arkansas includes presentations from open education leaders in Arkansas and across the country. Participants at all points in their OER journey will have the opportunity to learn about the advantages and challenges of open education and open pedagogy, the value and compelling potential impact of OER, how open education initiatives can be constructed and pursued at both the two-year and four-year college levels, as well as open education connections in the K-12 environment. Our speakers are as follows:
Dr. Michael Moore – University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Gabby Hernandez – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
KEYNOTE – Cheryl Casey – University of Arizona
Dr. Cassandra Barnett – Arkansas Department of Education
Relinda Ruth – UA Cossatot