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Improving Student Learning with OER and Open Pedagogy

The OER Learning Community explores how instructors can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve students’ learning by engaging students as creators of their own knowledge. Participants will model the tenets of this pedagogical practice by collaboratively creating a guide to effective use of OER in the classroom, which will describe ideas for:

  • Adopting/adapting/creating OER to replace standard commercial (and costly) textbooks
  • Creating authentic learning experiences for students in which they contribute directly to the OERs for the course
  • Leveraging technology to enhance student learning through these educational practices
  • Distributing the works created in the classroom using open licensing so they have impact beyond the original classroom.

Instructors who are currently using OER or Open Pedagogy are encouraged to participate so we can support each other in these efforts.  The learning community will also support instructors who plan to adopt these teaching practices on their own in the future.

ELIGIBILITY

Participants can be anyone at UNC who teaches courses at UNC, including full and part time faculty, staff, and graduate students. Priority is given to instructors currently teaching. Space is limited and participants are selected on a first come basis. 

REQUIREMENTS

Participants are asked to attend all meetings and participate in ongoing evaluation. This learning community meets twice each month from September 9 - December 2.

Fall 2021 Cohort

Facilitator: Dr. Oscar Levin, Mathematical Sciences, Co-PI on Sustaining OER at UNC grant through CDHE.

There will be one in-person cohort for Fall 2021. Dates are pre-determined.  Cohorts will meet in Campus Commons Room 2200 from 3:30-4:45 pm on the following dates: 

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2