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Creating an OER Unit: Lessons and Successes over the first 2.5 years

Dianna Fisher
Open Oregon State, Oregon State University

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Creating an OER Unit: Lessons and Successes over the first 2.5 years

  1. 1. Open Oregon State Dianna Fisher, Director
  2. 2. Land Grant 1862 Federal act to focus on the teaching of practical agriculture, science, military science and engineering for the greater population -- in contrast to the historic practice of higher education focusing on an abstract liberal arts curriculum for the upper class
  3. 3. Land-grant universities have a democratic mandate for openness, accessibility, and service to people Land-Grant mission requires us to participate in OER initiatives
  4. 4. Courses • Childhood Food Insecurity • Basics of Grant Writing • Grad School Prep • Spanish for Health • Caregiver’s Guide to Prevent Falls • Mastery of Aging Well • Recycling • Watershed Education • Living Cemeteries • Basic Botany • Sudden Oak Death Prevention • Industrial Hemp • Nursery Pathogen Training • Forestry (various topics)
  5. 5. Courses • Two MOOCs – one was a “one time training” • State needed to quickly train all ESL teachers on some new standards – Second runs twice a year • Permaculture
  6. 6. Modules • Over 40 modules – Spanish – Chinese
  7. 7. Textbooks
  8. 8. Opportunities • Doesn’t meet your needs? • Can we help you reformat it? • Doesn’t cover what you need? • Can we help you gather what does • Don’t think the quality is good? • Can we support you while you write?
  9. 9. Success & Failure Success • Some modules • Courses • Textbooks • MOOC (special circumstance) • Faculty –led • Full service • Partnerships Failure • Most Modules • Faculty working unsupported • Preaching • Expecting faculty to know what OER is
  10. 10. • Administration • Faculty • Students
  11. 11. • Acknowledge that there are issues to address • Ask for their help addressing them
  12. 12. Student led events
  13. 13. Faculty Led Events • Successful models – Forums – Faculty Lunch & Learn • Faculty talking to Faculty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfbRDeAuww4 – https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_t601xnoy • Improvement in Grades
  14. 14. Administration • Talked to Deans, Vice Provosts and others at administrative meeting – Provost’s Council – Department Meetings – Faculty Senate
  15. 15. Results • Pub-ready materials • One faculty member took a sabbatical • Many new submissions of course materials from full textbooks to lecture content • Seminar Series • Podcasts • Newsletter

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