Using and Developing Impactful and Affordable Learning Material in the Digital Age
A Workshop on the Open Education Resources (OER) Movement
|WHAT:||A workshop to promote, plan, use and develop open, searchable, indexed and collaborative online pools of teaching/learning materials. The workshop will be led by Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Additional presenters include Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) and faculty from CT universities and colleges.|
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 10:30 to 4:00 p.m. (lunch included)
DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University – Fairfield, Connecticut.
Parking is available in the parking lot in front of the Quick Center. Directions to the Quick Center parking are here: http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/about/directions/. The Library is the next building on the right of the Quick Center, if you are facing the Quick Center.
|WHO:||Open to faculty, librarians, administrators, education technology specialists, information technology specialists, teaching center staff and students.|
As the rising price of textbooks keep burdening families’ budgets, and as decisions by commercial publishing houses increasingly depend on the expected profitability of new titles, different constituencies in the higher education sector are fighting back with innovative solutions that take advantage of the collaborative and sharing possibilities opened by digital technologies.
The new bill includes provisions for the creation of a state-wide task force to build awareness about, and promote the development of OER in higher education institutions in Connecticut. The bill also opens opportunities for coalitions and collaborations on the subject among interested organizations and individuals, as well as for grant making.
Open Educational Resources have the potential to benefit students by lowering the costs of course materials, allow faculty to increase their publishing rate through flexible and alternative editing models, enrich university libraries’ online open repositories and collection of open content, enhance distance education activities, foster collaborations among instructors teaching sections of the same course, increase public access to useful educational resources, and promote visibility of great teachers and pedagogies in higher education institutions.
Register by September 28, 2015.
|CONTACT:||For questions or inquiries about the event, please contact Jacalyn Kremer, Head of Library Academic Partnerships & Assessment (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Curtis Ferree, Collection Development Librarian for Non-Licensed Resources (email@example.com), at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University.|
Sponsored by Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Center for Academic Excellence, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Humanities Institute, Writing Center, and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mathematics, and Modern Languages and Literatures.