ForwardFocus Session Information
This year’s conference is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER) in community colleges. We have a great group of librarians excited to share their experience adopting and using OER in a community college setting.
Open Textbook Network
Anne Craig, the Senior Director of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) will speak about CARLI’s involvement with the Open Textbook Network (OTN) and what it might mean for CARLI members and/or faculty at CARLI member institutions.
More than Just Textbooks: Information Literacy Framework as an OER Model
Presenters: Bryan Clark and Amy Glass
Can librarians teach information literacy concepts using OER resources? Do you have a go-to place for instruction lesson plans? Does your instruction model work with the ‘ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education’? This hands-on workshop will facilitate discussion on how librarians use OER resources within the new ACRL Framework. Come ready to share your instruction methods as we review information literacy lesson plans from the book Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, edited by Patricia Bravender and others.
Small School, Big Ideas: Creating an OER Strategic Framework at STCC
Presenter: Chelsea Delnero
STCC is an urban technical community college in Springfield, Mass. Our student population demonstrates a high need for affordable course materials, but our campus lacks many of the pieces that make successful OER initiatives. This presentation will discuss how the OER Librarian and OER Taskforce created a Strategic Framework and OER Proposal in an attempt to secure support from the campus community and administration.
Recognizing the Practical Challenges of Adopting OER
Presenter: Brittany Dudek
Adopting OER, and other nontraditional course materials, can save students
money and improve student retention, but presents unique challenges that traditional course materials do not. Come for a forthright discussion about the practical challenges and lessons learned that must be faced when implementing OER.
Low Cost/No Cost Textbook Alternatives: Initiatives at Triton College
Presenter: Lauren Kosrow
Triton College’s journey to incorporating open educational resources has been a long and bumpy road, but we’re on the right path. We strive to improve student and instructor access to high quality, affordable learning materials through a team-based approach. To date, we have received overwhelming positive feedback from our students and faculty. Throughout the session, best practices, lessons learned and resources will be shared.
Advisors, Advocates, and Activists: Librarians’ Roles Adopting OER
Presenter: Dr. Sherrill Weaver
As liaisons, librarians advise faculty using their library's online resources as local OER. As advocates, librarians lead faculty workshops in finding adaptable textbooks in OER collections. As teachers, librarians use OER teaching resources in instruction sessions. This presentation is based on my ongoing experience in using and promoting OER at Oakton Community College.
Textbook Cost Reduction Camp: Strategies for Engaging the Campus with OER
Presenters: Elizabeth Nelson and Julie Freelove
Julie Freelove, Chair of MCC’s Textbook Ad Hoc Committee and Instructor/Department Chair of AOM, and Elizabeth Nelson, Cataloging & Collection Development Librarian, will discuss how MCC has approached OER and other low-cost/no-cost textbook strategies. MCC’s focus has been on reducing textbook costs for students while retaining quality instructional materials. Strategies for engaging the campus community have included forming an ad hoc committee with faculty, administrators and students, creating a LibGuide with resources for faculty, promoting success stories, and holding a Textbook Cost Reduction Camp for faculty to work together to explore OERs and create low-cost/no-cost textbooks.
Pilot, Pilot, Pilot
Presenters: Amanda Wiesenhofer, Barry Lamb, and Rebecca Parton
To help reduce textbook costs for students, Lincoln Land Community College
has created a professional development program designed to teach faculty how to produce an eTextbook. In the professional development program, participants learn to utilize instructional design fundamentals, SoftChalk Cloud, and open educational resources (OER) to create digital textbooks to share with students for free through Blackboard. This presentation will provide an overview of the professional development program, a discussion of the development of the program, as well as the results of the programs pilot offering and plans for continuation.