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Open Education Week 2021: March 1-5

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Open Education Week 2021 at VCU

Getting Started with Open Educational Resources 
Friday, March 5, 2021, 11am-12:15pm

Would you like to incorporate open educational resources (OER) into your course, but aren't sure where to start? In this workshop, Abbey Elder, Iowa State University and author of the OER Starter Kit, will guide you through the processes of finding, modifying, and creating OER. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of practical tools and strategies for approaching their OER journey, as well as a better understanding of the support available for instructors in Virginia. Sponsored by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia’s Open Virginia Advisory Committee (SCHEV’s OVAC).

VCU Open Access Images on the Cabell Screen 
All week on the Cabell Screen
The exhibit showcases just a small selection of VCU Libraries’ open access and public domain resources, as well as images from educational resources and works of scholarship created by members of the VCU community. All are freely accessible to those at VCU and around the world. 

Selections from Open Education Week 2021 events from around the world

Monday, March 1

Open Course Design with Accessibility in Mind (Kennesaw State University)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 12-12:45pm 
Join Jason Rodenbeck, KSU's Assistant Director of Academic Web Accessibility, as he shares his expertise on creating accessible online courses while incorporating Open Educational Resources. 

Equity and Open Education Faculty Panel (Open Oregon)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 10-11am PST (1-2pm EST)
Hear from Jen Klaudinyi, Portland Community College, about her design of the Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort professional development course, and from faculty participants who have adopted open educational practices with an equity lens.

Open Ed Week Keynote: Open Education as a Tool for Equity & Inclusion (Open Oregon/Portland State University)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 11am-12pm PST (2-3pm EST)
Jasmine Roberts, Ohio State University
In this keynote, Jasmine Roberts will focus on how Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices encourage more equitable, inclusive, and diverse classrooms. 

Connecting the Opens: A Panel Discussion for the Future Professoriate (Virginia Tech)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 6-8pm
Join us for this panel to learn about the different "opens" in the field, including open access, open education, and open data from Library faculty, and to hear from faculty across campus on their experiences and insight with OER.  

Tuesday, March 2

Enhancing Student Engagement Through Scaffolded Non-Disposable Assignments (SUNY Online)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10-10:45am
Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany and UAlbany students
Students, regardless of level, have knowledge and/or experiences to share with others. Non-disposable assignments, such as contributing to openly available content online, have the ability to excite and engage learners, but often scaffolding is required to help them achieve their goal. This presentation will take a look at student content creation in two courses, one with first-year students and one with seniors, and ways to provide support in what may be a new experience for them.  

Building an Active Learning Environment with OER and Interactive Content (Idaho State University)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 11:30am-12pm MST (1:30-2pm EST)
Lance Roe, ITRC, Idaho State University; Daphne Tseng, ITRC, Idaho State University
One of the crucial elements to engage your students is to create an active learning environment with OER and interactive content creation. You can revamp the static reading materials with H5p to create learning by doing activities and accompany your OER textbooks in your classroom. In this session, the presenters will showcase H5P examples and discuss how to implant them to different platforms.  

Wednesday, March 3

Join me in the trenches: A interactive workshop to finding or creating an OER textbook (Colorado Department of Higher Education)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11am-12pm MST (1-2pm EST)
Dr. Dan Baker, Teaching Assistant Professor at Colorado State University will introduce you to the Engineering Statics textbook he and nine other collaborators have developed over the past two years. As part of the interactive workshop expect to learn from our team's experiences, research the availability of OER content for the classes you teach, and draft your own plan of action. 

SEHRA: Sunshine Electronic Health Record Academic Simulation (SUNY Online)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1-1:45pm
Sandra Wright, SUNY Broome Community College
Learn how a cross-disciplinary initiative led to the creation and implementation of SEHRA, an EHR (electronic health record) for simulating nursing, health information technology, medical assisting, and data analytics environments using Access 2019, and how SEHRA became an open educational resource.  Watch a brief demonstration of how SEHRA can be used in both on-campus and online instruction. 

Feature Presentation: "Moving STEM Documents Online: Sustainable Workflows for Accessible Content” (Virginia Tech)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 4-5:30pm
Dr. Volker Sorge, University of Birmingham (UK)
Dr. Sorge's presentation will include a general introduction to web accessibility and usability issues related to scientific online content, past and future. Focused on the implications of accessibility and requirements for barrier-free access to STEM teaching in a web environment, this talk will discuss relatively low-effort, high impact ways to overcome obstacles to inclusive STEM education online. Demos will include specific tools such as pandoc and TeX4ht which allow for bulk conversion of documents resulting in material that can be directly rendered and made accessible in any browser using MathJax.  

Thursday, March 4

OER in the Writing Classroom (SUNY Online)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11-11:45am
Stefanie Schaefer, SUNY Broome Community College
Open educational resources can be used effectively in many different classrooms, but how can they be used in writing intensive classes? In this session, we will discuss in what ways OER integration has worked (and has not worked) with college students from article reviews on OER integration in the writing classroom as well as personal experience. Learn about different ways to use OER materials as well as different assignments that have been created from open educational materials. 

Open Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Practical Path to Commons-Oriented Learning (University of Northern Colorado)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11am-12:30pm MST (1-2:30pm EST)
Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University
Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University, will explore how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be a part of an approach to teaching that focuses on student agency, connected learning, and structural equity. By highlighting how commons-oriented approaches to knowledge-sharing can transform pedagogy, Robin will offer a vision for higher education that maximizes academic freedom while it engenders collaboration, opens access to higher education, and engages learners in exciting and vibrant ways. 

Student Panel (Open Oregon)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12-1pm PST (3-4pm EST)
A panel of Oregon community college and university students will share their experiences and advice regarding textbook choices.

Friday, March 5

Green Means Go: Depositing Your Lesson Plan into an Institutional Repository (Kennesaw State University)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 12-12:45pm 
Co-presenters Elizabeth Thomas and Heather Hankins will provide listeners with steps to creating open lesson plans and sustaining open access by depositing those plans into the DigitalCommons, KSU's institutional repository. 

Using Data-Informed Approaches to Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources (Tennessee Higher Education Commission)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 2-3pm 
In the face of rising costs, can students afford to participate in the educational process in ways that permit for their full academic success? How do educational materials fit into their already stretched budget? This webinar showcases data from two institutions who are exploring affordability initiatives, including open educational resources (OER). Results of both surveys will be reported and put into context with other initiatives and surveys of TN students in order to suggest strategic ways of addressing textbook affordability and increasing the use of OER.

Open Ed Week Keynote: Imagining an Open Future (Open Oregon)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30am-1pm PST (2:30-4pm EST)
Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University
Join thought leader Robin DeRosa to reimagine higher education’s future in terms that are hopeful, collaborative, and truly learner-centered.