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Thursday, April 8 • 9:30am - 10:15am
Lightning Talk Room 6: Strengthening OER Use through Planning, Collaboration, and Assessment

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Purpose, People, Process: Building OER Sustainability
Erin Durham, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County & Susan Biro, Acting Manager of Online Learning, Division of Instructional Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

What are best practices for strategic OER planning? Our presentation focuses on three areas--purpose, people, process--that have been key to our efforts in drafting a 3-year Open Education Strategic Plan. In order to leverage expertise, we organized the research and writing process to take into account each group member’s role on campus as it impacts sustainability. After attending the session, participants will be able to identify and implement best practices for OER strategic planning. Participants will also receive links to templates and resources that aided our information-gathering and strategic plan drafting processes. Sustainability Planning Templates and Resources

Why Do OER Alone? Collaboration across Institutions and Departments
Christa Bowser, Associate Professor, Biology, Garrett College & Peggy Biser, Professor, Chemistry, Frostburg State University

One way to alleviate barriers to OER use is to form great partnerships! This lightning talk will describe the path taken between the biology department of a 2-yr institution and the chemistry department of a 4-yr institution as they created web-based lab activities for use during a pandemic. Participants will learn about the benefits of collaboration; be encouraged to seek content connections outside their own fields and institutions; and realize the value of crosstalk between regional institutions.

Assessing Learning Outcomes in OER Courses
Audra Butler, Associate Professor and Director of Assessment and Instructional Innovation Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Assessment, Anne Arundel Community College

Faculty and staff from five courses have been engaged in adopting, adapting, and creating OER at Anne Arundel Community College this academic year. This lightning talk will focus on the methodology used to assess learning outcomes in terms of course success rates. A collaborative approach to using an equity, diversity, and inclusion framework for data analysis will be discussed. The presentation is appropriate for all educators and administrators involved in the implementation of OER.

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Erin Durham

Reference & Instruction Librarian Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Erin Durham works as Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She graduated in 2018 with an MA in History and MLS from the University of College Park. Her research interests include reflective librarianship, academic library and Writing... Read More →
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Audra H. Butler

Associate Professor and Director of Assessment and Instructional Innovation, Office of Planning, Research and Institutio, Anne Arundel Community College
I’m Dr. Audra Butler and I'm an Associate Professor and the Director of Assessment and Instructional Innovation at Anne Arundel Community College. I help faculty connect subject matter curriculum and teaching practices to student learning with the goal of continuous improvement... Read More →

Christa Bowser

Associate Professor Biology, Garrett College

Susan Biro

Acting Manager, Online Learning, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Peggy Biser

Professor of Chemistry Chemistry, Frostburg State University