I Know OER, Now How Do I Implement It? The Nitty Gritty of OER Implementation.

Concurrent Session 9

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The benefits of using OER materials in the classroom has become a longstanding discussion. Now, let’s go beyond  talking about OER  hypothetically and take the deep dive into implementation. This Innovation Lab demonstrates building an effective institutional model of OER. From grant writing, operational logistics, content curation, to cost and scalability. Participants will engage with hands-on scenarios to prototype OER implementation models for hypothetical courses, leaving the session with working plans for project teams, roles, cost models, and timelines to meet their institutional goals.



Jessica has worked at the intersection of teaching and technology for over ten years. With two degrees heavily focused on curriculum and instruction from Florida State University, she began her career as an ESL instructor and was quickly drawn to data-driven course design and ways instructional technology can enhance teaching and learning. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Instructional Design with Holyoke Community College and teaches online English composition courses (with OER textbooks she wrote herself!) and within the Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program at The American Women’s College at Bay Path University. In her primary role, she supports over 300 faculty members, promotes professional development, and works directly with the areas of curriculum development, faculty training, planning, and assessment. She also serves on the MA statewide OER Advisory Council and coordinates OER initiatives within HCC’s Center for Excellence. Jessica is a first-gen community college graduate and strongly believes in equity-driven curriculum design and culturally responsive pedagogy. She enjoys working with faculty to bring their vision to life within hybrid, online, and adaptive learning environments. She is a mother of two girls and enjoys yoga, hiking, painting, reading, and writing OER materials.
Mark Christensen has worked in K–12 and higher education in various roles throughout his career from teacher to administrator to ed-tech marketing communications. He currently works with BibliU, helping institutions navigate today’s dynamic and changing content landscape. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier University and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.
Director of Writing, Communications, and Humanities at The American Women's College, as well as Lead of Adaptive Faculty Support and instructor of English. Additionally, I currently oversee the university's Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.

Extended Abstract

The benefits of using Open Educational Resource (OER) materials in the classroom has become a longstanding discussion.Now, let’s move beyond defining the term and take a deep dive into the implementation phase. While any attendee would benefit from this session, our target audience includes: Administrators, Librarians, Instructional Designers, Instructional Technologists, Faculty, and anyone interested in emerging high quality, low cost course materials.

Join Bay Path University to discover what they and other cutting edge educators and technologists in higher education have mastered in OER implementation. Learn from their successful shift in moving beyond the exclusionary bounds of proprietary texts to creating and fostering a learning environment that is more inclusive, accessible, and equitable.

This Innovation Lab session will offer participants practical guidance and demonstration on structuring an effective institutional model of OER implementation at every level of the process. From leveraging a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) First in the World (FITW) grant, determining operational logistics, managing content curation, to overseeing cost and scalability. Learning outcomes from the demonstration portion will include: tips for grant writing, identifying institutional stakeholders, determining content quality and sustainability, and analysis of cost model variations.

Participants will engage with hands-on collaborative scenarios to prototype OER implementation models for hypothetical courses, leaving the session with working plans for project teams, roles, cost models, and timelines that meet the unique needs of their institutions. Applicable deliverables will include: (1) OER Implementation Worksheet outlining procedural steps (2) Scenario Case Study Cards, (3) Learning Materials Rubric and Scorecard for curating comprehensive course materials, and (4) Session Report Out Shared Documentation.

This session is structured for individuals who are ready to take the next step in OER and are looking for best practices in implementation.We look forward to setting up a think tank to allow for meaningful conversations that will inform your individualized OER implementation!