Day 1 – Tuesday, March 8
Speaker: Tanya Spilovoy
Tanya Spilovoy, Ed.D. designed and currently leads instruction for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind professional development program to empower librarians as leaders for successful open education initiatives. Tanya designed the program’s curriculum and innovative format that blends online, peer-to-peer and project based learning. Tanya has a two-decade career in higher education leadership, during which she has led numerous education technology and open education initiatives. Currently, she serves as Director of Open Policy for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), where she leads the National Consortium for Open Educational Resources (NCOER), a collaboration among the four regional compacts (MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, and WICHE), all 50 US states and associated territories. NCOER focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions. Previously, she served as the Director of Distance Education and State Authorization at the North Dakota University System where she also led a statewide OER Initiative. In addition, Dr. Spilovoy has conducted valuable research on statewide OER in ND and CO, and published several reports on the impact of large-scale OER implementation on faculty selection of classroom materials in collaboration with Bayview Analytics. Spilovoy is a strong believer in ungrading and open pedagogy teaching practice and facilitates a collaborative and open learning environment for students online and face to face.
Day 2 – Wednesday, March 9
Faculty Panel - What Instructors need to know about OER to get started?
- Kim Carlson, Biology UNK
- Courtney Hillebrecht, Political Science UNL
- Julie Pelton, Sociology UNO
Day 3 – Thursday, March 10, Two Concurrent Sessions
Services Speed Sessions (OER Tools & Resources)
- Skypack -Kim Carlson and Skypack representative UNK
- Open Nebraska course marking program -Campus Registrars
- Library Resources -all campuses Library staff
- Copyright –Paul Royster and/or Sue Gardner at UNL
- Creative Commons License -Craig Finlay UNO
- Pressbooks- Brian Moore and Sabine Zempleni using OER in Pressbooks UNL
UNO Panel Discussion
UNO’s Department of Geography/Geology OER Project
Faculty and instructors in UNO’s Department of Geography/Geology have embraced Open Educational Resources (OER). What have they learned? What have they tried, and how have students responded? What have they observed concerning student recruitment and/or retention? What has been gained pedagogically (e.g., content flexibility)? Has anything been lost in the move away from textbooks and other purchased materials? This discussion will feature faculty who have been awarded OER grants to reduce or eliminate students’ costs for course materials in social science and natural science classes.
Access for non-UNO people: https://unomaha.zoom.us/j/94201460018
Moderated by Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Bradley Bereitschaft, Ph.D. Professor of Geography, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ashlee Dere, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geology, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Farrah Grant, M.A. Instructor, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Zac Suriano, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Climatology, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Gabrielle Tegeder, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha