OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:30am - 10:55am
Supporting Faculty in Learning, Adopting, and Embracing OERs

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Minnesota State, a public system of 7 universities and 30 colleges serving nearly 400,000 students, has partnered with the Open Textbook Network (OTN) since 2014 to deliver training to nearly 300 faculty to OTN and the need, purpose, and possibilities of OER use in the classroom. Many of these faculty have gone on to peer review one or more texts housed in the Open Textbook Library. While there is still need for these basics, there is also growing interest in aiding faculty to move beyond reviewing existing OERs to adopting, redesigning courses, and even authoring their own open texts. To encourage faculty to adopt and embrace OERs in classroom instruction and design, to consider authoring texts, and to think more broadly about engaging in open education practices, the Minnesota State system has begun to coordinate and expand faculty development efforts and supports. In this session, campus faculty and system office presenters will highlight past and current efforts and successes in raising awareness and encouraging adoption, course re-design, and authoring of OERs. We'll share data collected from faculty about interests and needed supports and how this data has informed next steps in effective faculty development. Specifically, we will highlight ongoing and future plans to meet the needs of faculty across the system, including coordination of systemwide communications and scaling up of a successful campus-based initiative for our large, diverse, and complex system. Time will be included for discussion for all of us to learn and share faculty development successes from our many contexts, and participants will leave with ideas and tools for themselves and their faculty.

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Kimberly Johnson

Director for Faculty and Instructional Development, Minnesota State System Office
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Carrie Miller

Instructional Designer, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Carrie Miller is an instructional designer with IT Solutions at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University and has been an instructor in higher education for over 20 years, both in face-to-face and online classes... Read More →
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Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor/OER Coordinator, Central Lakes College

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am PDT