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Thursday, April 8 • 9:30am - 10:15am
Lightning Talk Room 5: Spotlight on Humanities

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Worldwide Representation: The Opportunity of OER
Carolyn Shuttlesworth, Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies, Bowie State University

In vaccines, gold, and the humanities, equity and inclusion must be, not just goals, but operating standards. For this reason, I developed the open educational resource, African American Literature 1619-1926, which seeks to add female voices to the male-dominated canon and present a spectrum of images (five videos produced for the project begin with elders and end with an adolescent). In this lightning talk, participants will learn about the text and the development process, where scholars give context to the messages of the writers, who in turn represent the spirit of African Americans. In this way, OER becomes an opportunity to augment the narrative and increase world communication and understanding.

Link to African American Literature materials on M.O.S.T. Commons

Expository Writing Boot Camp OER
Tracy Worley, Adjunct Instructor, CASE Humanities, Coppin State University

This lightning talk will feature an OER created by the presenter as a means to enhance the learning experience of Coppin first-year students through the use of culturally relevant and appropriate readings and discussion.

Link to Expository Writing Bootcamp OER

Creating Adaptable OER Assignments for Literature Courses
Matthew Marafino, Professor, English, Allegany College of Maryland & Lucy Manley, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Garrett College

Most instructors prefer to use literary works that have worked in the past or fit a specific theme for that course. Therefore, designing OER learning resources that deal with specific literary works is challenging. However, in most college introductory literature courses, the learning outcomes regarding essential literary terms are similar. This lightning talk will highlight how faculty from Garrett College and Allegany College of Maryland have collaborated to locate existing OER instructional resources and design a variety of graded assignments that can be adapted by any instructor for any work of literature.


Carolyn Shuttlesworth

Adjunct Lecturer, Dept of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies, Bowie State University
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Tracy Worley

Adjunct, Humanities, Coppin State University

Matthew Marafino

Professor English, Allegany College of Maryland

Lucy Manley

Associate Dean Academic Affairs, Garrett College

Thursday April 8, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am EDT
Lightning 5: Spotlight on Humanities