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

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Thursday, October 12 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Table 12 - Faculty use of OER at Boise State University

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This presentation will center on the creation of an Introduction for three areas; a Visual Arts course, a Foundational or General Ed.class, as well as, a class in the Literacy and Culture Program at Boise State University. The classes satisfy one of an undergraduates' core requirements in the Liberal Arts and is most often taken by incoming freshmen. This population is possibly least financially prepared for the cost of the texts and other fees they encounter upon entering college and those costs are often a significant factor in the inability of a student to continue. The texts required by freshmen are also most likely to be recycled or never referred to again in the student's academic career. Many of the students at Boise State are military, whose costs are partially funded by the government, but whose resources are often late in coming during the school year putting them at particular risk of falling behind. Other student groups for whom the cost of text may be particularly challenging are CAMP students who are first generation children of migrant workers or other migrant/immigrant populations. This was the primary impetus behind the instructor's decision to develop an OER text that could be offered at no cost to the students from the first day of instruction. The search for resources and the unexpected obstacles and opportunities encountered on the development of the text is the subject of this workshop.

Case studies on the development, refinement, and implementation of OER materials; focusing on the experience of faculty members, an Instructional Designer, and/or an Instructional Technologist collaborating to make OER come together for specific classes. Problems and solutions in locating, re-mixing, and considerations in licensing of OER will be presented. Issues in accessibility and creating OER material that meet and exceed requirements for accessibility will also be presented.

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Bob Casper

Instructional Design Consultant, Boise State University
Bob Casper has been at Boise State University, in Idaho's capital, for over a decade. He currently serves a unit of the University's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) called Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant working... Read More →
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Muffet Jones

Lecturer, Boise State University
I am a lecturer in art history at Boise State University. I went to NYU and Columbia University and my primary areas of study are 19th and 20th Century American Art. At BSU I teach the Introduction to Art course which fulfills a requirement for undergraduates. The OER text I am... Read More →
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Michael Strickland

Language Arts Instructor, INSPIRE Connections Academy
I have taught various classes at Boise State University over the last several years. These include several semesters of children’s literature as well as two years of teaching English to 10th and 11th graders in TRIO/Upward Bound. Last year, I was the parent-teacher for my 5th... Read More →
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Laurel Traynowicz

Associate Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Laurel Traynowicz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boise State University. She earned the MA and PhD in Communication Research at the University of Iowa, and has served as a faculty member at Boise State, University of Arizona and Southern Illinois-Carbondale... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
Royal Ballroom