OER Implementation Like a Boss: Placing Our Students Back in Front of Educational Policies

Concurrent Session 2
Streamed Session Equity and Inclusion

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Brief Abstract

The last 2 years we’ve seen metrics focused on unsuccessful student progression in their college careers, alongside enrollment drops, student drop-outs and stop-outs, and DFW rates of growing concern to 2- and 4-year institutions alike. Within the last 20 years, the evolution of openly available and low-cost, high-quality resources has evolved into a force capable of changing the entire landscape of education. But capability does not map out best practices, project the expected hurdles, nor present structured models for success.

Join me in this session to learn about the changes to the OER landscape, and the exciting benefits to full-scale roll-out of OER to your course, department, college, or even campus and help to shape the new educational landscape into a digital space accessible to every learner. 

Presenters

Sherri currently serves as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Digital and Online Learning at Coastal Carolina University. She is an Associated Faculty with the Psychology Department at CCU, and specializes in teaching senior-level classes in lifespan psychology, such as Child Development, Adolescent Development, and Gerontology. Sherri has served in academia within the field of online learning for over 20 years in the role of instructional designer, LMS administrator, faculty, and over the last decade plus as a university-level administrator. In addition to her work with Coastal, Sherri also serves the MERLOT organization as the Editor of the Professional Coaching board, as well as an editorial board member and peer reviewer for the Psychology MERLOT board. Her research focuses on methods for improving student success in the academic environment, to include all modalities of learning (online, face-to-face, hybrid, flipped, etc.) and inclusive design and tools. She has worked as a consultant for a number of organizations to support the development of online learning initiatives.

Extended Abstract

The last 2 years we’ve seen metrics focused on unsuccessful student progression in their college careers, alongside enrollment drops, student drop-outs and stop-outs, and DFW rates of growing concern to 2- and 4-year institutions alike. Within the last 20 years, the evolution of openly available and low-cost, high-quality resources has evolved into a force capable of changing the entire landscape of education, though the faculty and administrative landscape has only begun more fully exploring OER models across the last 5 years or so. Gaining a full grasp over the capability and applications of OER is daunting to small- and large-scale programs and institutions alike, and the process for mapping out best practices and projecting expected hurdles relating to OERs is still new and evolving or even unattainable project for many campuses at this time. It’s exciting when you find a model that works, though, isn’t it?

This session will address:

  • 4 major recommendations for best practice implementation and support of OER initiatives in higher educationI
  • Implementation pathways
  • Promotion ideas among faculty, administration; providing incentives, internal grants and trainings, etc.
  • Tracking of OER use and methodology to determine cost savings and cost effectiveness

Attendees to this session will be provided with a resource included recommendations for the above noted 4 key areas, and ideas to contribute to this collaborative material will be crowd-sourced.

Join me in this session to learn about the changes to the OER landscape, incredible best practices and tools vetted for success across multiple disciplines, and hear about the exciting benefit of a full-scale roll-out of OER to your course, department, college, or even campus. Come learn and share about how to shape the new educational landscape into a digital space accessible for every learner.