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Join us on Monday, November 16th for a free, one-day event on Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are educational resources that are freely available and openly licensed so they can be freely retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed with attribution. OER include textbooks, full courses, modules, videos, assessment resources, and other course materials. Our guest speaker Dr. Eddie Watson, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia, will discuss UGA’s OER grant program which will have saved 21,000 students $2 million in textbook costs during 2013-2016. Dr. Watson will also delve into the world of open educational resources (OER) and institutional initiatives promoting use of open educational resources. All events are free and open to the public; faculty, staff, and graduate students may register for NLI credit.  

These information and conversation sessions will explain different aspects of Open Educational Resources, including WHAT OER is, WHY it’s important, HOW to find resources, WHERE you can start, and explore WHAT possibilities exist for similar initiatives at Virginia Tech.

Opening reception for Eddie Watson
10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor)

Join us as we welcome Eddie Watson to the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Open Educational Resources in Teaching and Learning: What, Why, and How

10:20 a.m. – noon, Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor)

What are open educational resources? Why is the OER movement growing in popularity in higher education? How do you integrate OER in your teaching? What do you need to know before adopting OER in your instruction? Why would you want to use or create OER materials? Where can you find quality OER?

In this session, Dr. Watson will answer the above questions, demonstrate courses developed using OER, and discuss concerns related to OER adoption. He will also share relevant research results regarding OER adoption, including faculty and student perceptions, and effects on faculty and student engagement, and student affordability and achievement.

Please register for NLI credit.

Supporting Faculty OER Exploration, Adoption, Adaptation, and Authoring

1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor)

What are open educational resources? Why is the OER movement growing in popularity in higher education? Who is using and creating OER? Why? How can you use what you already know to assist faculty in adopting and creating OER, and what else do you need to learn?

In this session, Dr. Watson will answer the above questions. In addition, he will discuss the cadre of support for textbook adoption, instructional design, innovative pedagogies, and course redesign efforts that support faculty in UGA’s OER initiative.

Please register for NLI credit.

Open Educational Resources: Institutional Costs and Benefits

2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Newman Library Multipurpose Room (first floor)

What are Open Educational Resources? What are the costs and benefits to my institution of an OER initiative? What efforts are needed to get OER projects and programs started? How much do they cost and why? How can they be sustained? What impact does OER adoption have on institutional sustainability?

In this session, Dr. Watson will answer the above questions. He will discuss UGA’s process of building an OER support team by leveraging existing expertise, funding models and sources, and the experience, impact, and lessons learned from the University of Georgia’s OER initiative.

Please register for NLI credit.

Networked Learning Initiative workshops are free and open to Virginia Tech faculty, staff and graduate students.