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Time

Speakers

Session Title

Location

9:00-9:15am
Julia Zimmerman
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Starry Conference Room, Rovetta Business Building 214
9:15-10:30am
Dr. David Wiley
Keynote Presentation: The Current State of Open Educational Resources (OER)
Starry Conference Room
10:30-11:00am
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Coffee Break 
Bradley Reading Room, Strozier Library Lower Level
11:00-11:30am
Aliyah Hurt, Alan LaCerra, Lauren Bagdy, Zhongrui Yao (Ray), Austin Crawford
Students as OER Advocates, Consumers, and Creators
Bradley Reading Room
11:30am-12:00pm
Kristen Barry & Jonathan Greenstein
FSU Faculty and Student Awareness of and Readiness to Participate in Affordable Learning Initiatives
Bradley Reading Room
12:00-1:00pm
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Lunch
Bradley Reading Room
1:00-1:30pm
Jane Dwyer Lee, Jake Linford, Albert StiegmanLisa Turner de Vera
Faculty Perspectives On the Benefits and Challenges of Using Open and Affordable Course Materials
Bradley Reading Room
1:30-2:00pm
Jim Smart
Reflections of an OER Champion: Advocating for Broader Adoption of OER at Tallahassee Community College
Bradley Reading Room
2:00-2:30pm
Dr. Vanessa Dennen
Massive Open Online Courses and Beyond: An Instructional Design Perspective
Bradley Reading Room
2:30-2:45pm
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Coffee Break
Bradley Reading Room
2:45-3:45pm
Dr. Kyung Kim (Moderator)
Breakout Session A: Finding OER
Scholars Commons Instructional Classroom, Strozier 005A
2:45-3:45pm
Jeff Phillips (Moderator)
Breakout Session B: Creating OER
Strozier Presentation Room 107K
2:45-3:45pm
Devin Soper (Moderator)
Breakout Session C: Open Assignments
Bradley Reading Room
2:45-3:45pm
Lindsey Wharton (Moderator)
Breakout Session D: Challenges & Opportunities
Technology Conference Room, Research & Development Commons, Strozier Library
4:00-5:00pm
Various
Closing Plenary Session
Bradley Reading Room
5:30-7:00pm
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Happy Hour at Proof Brewing Co.
Proof Brewing Co., 644 McDonnell Drive

Session Descriptions

Keynote Presentation: The Current State of Open Educational Resources (OER)

9:15-10:30 am, Starry Conference Room, Rovetta Business Building 214
Dr. David Wiley

In this keynote address, Dr. Wiley will define open educational resources (OER), explain their implications for pedagogy, summarize the research on OER, and describe practical considerations for adopting OER in ways that reduce costs and improve outcomes for students.


Students as OER Advocates, Consumers, and Creators

11:00-11:30am, Bradley Reading Room
Aaliyah Hurt, Alan LaCerra, Lauren BagdyZhongrui Yao (Ray), Austin Crawford

Student perspectives and voices are critical for the open education movement. In this panel, a moderator will facilitate discussion with FSU students about OER, open textbooks, paying for college, and a range of other topics related to open education.


FSU Faculty and Student Awareness of and Readiness to Participate in Affordable Learning Initiatives

11:30am-12:00pm, Bradley Reading Room
Kristen Barry & Jonathan Greenstein

Led by two undergraduate researchers, this presentation will cover preliminary findings from a research study of faculty and student awareness of and readiness to participate in textbook affordability initiatives at FSU. With a research design that includes campus-wide surveys of faculty and students as well as semi-structured interviews with senior university administrators, this study promises to provide much-needed insight into a variety of questions related to OER and affordable learning initiatives at FSU. 


Faculty Perspectives On the Benefits and Challenges of Using Open and Affordable Course Materials

1:00-1:30 pm, Bradley Reading Room
Drs. Jane Dwyer Lee, Jake Linford, and Lisa Turner de Vera

This panel discussion will highlight the experiences of several FSU faculty who have successfully adopted open and affordable course materials in their courses. Key discussion points will include motivations for adopting open and affordable course materials, different models for addressing textbook affordability concerns, challenges encountered along the way, and strategies for addressing those challenges.


Reflections of an OER Champion: Advocating for Broader Adoption of OER at Tallahassee Community College

1:30-2:00 pm, Bradley Reading Room
Jim Smart

Come learn about Tallahassee Community College's journey to using open educational resources (OER). In just four years, we have gone from no OER courses to six high-enrollment courses in Math. OER is also being implemented in Chemistry and Biology, along with English and Social Science. It hasn’t always been easy, but the benefits for students and faculty alike are well worth it. Learn about how we got started, how we scaled, and about the challenges we have faced along the way. 


Massive Open Online Courses and Beyond: An Instructional Design Perspective

2:00-2:30 pm, Bradley Reading Room
Dr. Vanessa Dennen

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are large-scale open educational resources, but their individual components, such as videos, reading materials, and examples, can be useful to instructors and students working in other learning contexts. This presentation will cover lessons learned in designing and delivering a MOOC along with the subsequent repurposing of the course materials from the MOOC. Although the MOOC itself was only offered once, much of the course material has been adopted within and adapted for other learning experiences, including university courses. Tips for designing materials that are flexible and easily repurposed will be shared, along with examples of repurposing from the MOOC and from another online professional development course.


Breakout Session A: Finding OER

2:45-3:45 pm, Scholars Commons Instructional Classroom, Strozier 005A
Dr. Kyung Kim (Moderator)

This breakout session will cover effective strategies for finding open educational resources (OER), including tips on how to prepare for your search, where to look, and how to evaluate what you find. Participants will be introduced to a number of preeminent OER discovery tools (including the new Mason OER Metafinder) and get hands-on experience with using these tools to find resources for their subject areas. A limited number of laptops will be provided; attendees are encouraged to bring their own device. 


Breakout Session B: Creating OER

2:45-3:45 pm, Strozier Presentation Room 107K
Jeff Phillips (Moderator)

From applying a Creative Commons (CC) license to your existing course materials to authoring a new open textbook, creating open educational resources (OER) is a powerful way to contribute to the global knowledge commons and simultaneously raise your profile as an expert in your field. This session will provide practical advice for instructors who are interested in OER creation but aren’t quite sure where to begin.


Breakout Session C: Designing Open Assignments

2:45-3:45 pm, Bradley Reading Room
Devin Soper (Moderator)

What is the relationship between the reuse and sharing potential of OER and what we know about effective teaching and learning? How can we leverage this potential to design more effective assignments and active learning exercises? This breakout session will give participants an opportunity to discuss ideas related to open pedagogy, including open assignments that empower students to connect with a global audience, engage with real-world issues, and develop their skills as digital citizens.


Breakout Session D: Challenges & Opportunities

2:45-3:45 pm, Technology Conference Room, Research & Development Commons, Strozier Library
Lindsey Wharton (Moderator)

Open educational resources (OER) provide a number of significant benefits for teachers and learners, but the process of finding, evaluating, and implementing OER can also present many challenges for instructors. This session will give participants an opportunity to discuss these challenges and brainstorm strategies for overcoming them. 


Closing Plenary Session

4:00-5:00 pm, Bradley Reading Room

The symposium’s closing plenary will tie together the many compelling ideas and conversations that surface throughout the day. In addition to report-backs and discussion from our four breakout sessions, this session will include an announcement of the winners of FSU Libraries’ latest round of Alternative Textbook Grants, as well as a preview of several other exciting open education initiatives underway at FSU.


 

 

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