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Designing Online faculty development “Mini-Courses” at community colleges to speed OER adoption

TitleDesigning Online faculty development “Mini-Courses” at community colleges to speed OER adoption
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsPierce, M.
PublisherAssociation of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2019
Series TitleRecasting the Narrative
Date Published04/2019
Place PublishedCleveland, Ohio

Participating in informed discussions about Open Educational Resources requires a basic understanding of
several copyright-related concepts, among them open licensing and the public domain. Over the past five years,
Germanna Community College (GCC) has been involved in several high-profile, grant-funded OER initiatives,
and various college units have regularly held OER-related professional development workshops and presentations. Still, at the end of 2017, the Germanna Libraries observed that many faculty members and administrators
continued to hold misconceptions about the most fundamental aspects of OER. Moreover, the College’s OER
dialogue had not significantly progressed beyond a discussion of using OER to reduce student expenses. Other
OER-related topics—including topics that indicate faculty are in the process of redesigning courses with OER—
had not been addressed by the professional development workshops offered by the College’s most vocal OER
advocates. For example, librarians noticed that the College’s OER professional development activities had not
yet addressed the production of ancillary materials, or the use of OER quality rubrics when evaluating existing
OER. Moreover, the College’s OER Committee appeared to be unfocused and disengaged...


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