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Open Education Practices

Learn how Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Scholarship, and Open Pedagogy benefit faculty, students, and the wider community.

OE Week 2023 - March 6-10

EKU TLI: Modifying and Creating Open Educational Resources

March 7, 2023; 2:00 - 3:15pm
Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (Crabbe Library 318) or Online
Facilitator:  Kelly Smith, Laura Edwards, & Dr. David Stumbo

Have you been interested in using Open Educational Resources in your classes, but unable to find an appropriate existing OER? This session will introduce you to adapting and creating original OERs. You will learn about copyright and licensing, publishing tools, accessibility and inclusivity, and professional development and funding opportunities from EKU Librarians. And Dr. Stumbo will discuss his experience authoring OER.

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Affordable Learning Kentucky OE Week Zoom Lunch & Learns

Mark your calendars!

Affordable Learning KY will again be hosting a series of virtual lunch and learns during Open Education Week. Each hour-long session begins at noon Eastern / 11 am Central.

  • Meet your colleagues
  • Learn about open practices
  • Get involved

Affordable Learning KY is a program of the Council on Postsecondary Education through the Kentucky Virtual Library.

Monday, March 6

OER 101

Open Educational Resources (OER), which support CPE’s goals of equity, affordability, and success, are increasingly part of the landscape of Kentucky higher education. So why should your institution prioritize OER? Librarians Ben Rawlins (UK) and Kelly Smith (EKU) will walk you through a broad overview of the impact of OER by addressing the following questions:

  • What are OER? Why should colleges and universities support the adoption of OER?
  • Are they as good as traditional course materials?
  • Do they make a difference for student success and retention?
  • What kind of support do faculty need in order to adopt OER?

Additionally, we will discuss some pedagogical and institutional implications, as well as how OER can help to advance DEI initiatives on campus.

Tuesday, March 7

OER-Enabled Pedagogies - Faculty Panel

Open Educational Resources (OER), by virtue of their "open-ness," give faculty more flexibility and freedom to customize, localize, and engage with the materials with their students. Learn how faculty across Kentucky are updating their classes to take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by OER.

Panelists include:

  • Andrea Brooks, NKU (Library & Information Science)
  • Katie Williams, UPike (Human Resources)
  • Hope Bennin, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (Communication)
  • Dr. Joshua Farrington, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (History)
  • Dr. Deanna McGaughey-Summers, Kentucky State University (Literature, Languages, and Philosophy)
  • Dr. Erin Stevenson, EKU (Social Work)

Wednesday, March 8

How OER Foster Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Research suggests that Open Educational Resources (OER) and open pedagogy strategies correlate with increased student success, especially for students from historically underserved populations and lower socio-economic backgrounds. Librarians Lidiya Grote (UofL) and Kelly Smith (EKU) will present a brief overview of research on the effects of OER adoption and OER-enabled pedagogy on students from historically underserved communities and discuss how Kentucky educators can design their courses with OER using a DEI lens.

Thursday, March 9

Open and Affordable Resources for Kentucky Students - Connect with Affordable Learning KY

Open Educational Resources are a growing part of the higher education landscape. In Kentucky, dedicated and passionate educators across the Commonwealth have come together with the Kentucky Virtual Library, an initiative of Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education, to champion multiple initiatives designed to bring the many benefits of OER to more Kentucky postsecondary students. Join Leah Halliday, KYVL's new Affordable Learning KY program coordinator, to learn more about these ongoing efforts and how Affordable Learning Kentucky can help you find your place in Kentucky's OER ecosystem.

Friday, March 10

OER Train the Trainer

Are you involved in providing professional development around OER for faculty at your institution? Librarian Lidiya Grote (UofL), will share a template for an engaging and appealing workshop developed by the Open Education Network that will enable you to effectively make a case for open education on your campus. The workshop itself is an OER, released with a Creative Commons license, so you can adopt it as is or customize it for faculty at your institution. Lidiya will discuss her experience using the template at the University of Louisville.

Open Resources Created by the EKU Community

Faculty & Staff Scholarship