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Open Educational Resources Webinars

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others.

This series will include four webinars that will introduce instructors to OER, showcase UNC faculty work with OER, and discuss OER and equity-minded practice.

Teaching with Open Educational Resources: Perspectives from UNC Faculty 

  • Deborah Agar, Dr. Margaret Berg, Jeffrey Gilis, Dr. David Greene, Dr. Heeseung Lee, and Dr. Jittapim Yamprai
  • March 2, 9:30-10:30 am

Join UNC faculty OER grantees from a variety of disciplines as they share their experiences making the change to using open educational resources. Panelists will share their motivation to incorporate OER, how their pedagogical approaches changed, and challenges and successes along the way. 

Open Textbook Review Workshop

  • Dr. Emily Ragan, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and OER Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • March 2, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Emily Ragan, winner of the Colorado 2020 Outstanding Z Professor Award, will introduce participants to the textbook affordability crisis, open licensing options that support open textbooks and other open educational resources, and advantages of open resources.  After the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to write a short review of an open textbook, which will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. If selected to write a review, you will receive a $200 stipend.

Better is Better than Cheaper: Better Arguments for Open Educational Resources

  • Dr. Oscar Levin
  • March 4, 9:30-10:30 am

Much of the motivation for the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is based in an attempt to save students money. While this is certainly the case, a more convincing argument to get instructors to discard their traditional textbooks is that OER offers pedagogical benefits beyond pricing. In this talk we will consider some ways in which OER can be of higher quality than commercial course materials, drawing from lessons learned in writing textbooks and other ways UNC’s School of Mathematical Sciences has made the use of OER a priority.

Open Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Practical Path to Commons-Oriented Learning

  • Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University
  • March 4, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Robin DeRosa will explore how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be a part of an approach to teaching that focuses on student agency, connected learning, and structural equity. By highlighting how commons-oriented approaches to knowledge-sharing can transform pedagogy, Robin will offer a vision for higher education that maximizes academic freedom while it engenders collaboration, opens access to higher education, and engages learners in exciting and vibrant ways.