Streaming Media

Presenter Biography

Robbie Pock is an Instructional Designer with Pacific University's Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation. Meagan Button is Electronic Resources Specialist. Michelle Lenox is Acquisitions & Cataloging Manager. Jerica Tullo is Interlibrary Services Manager.

Start Date

14-5-2021 9:00 AM

Description

It is safe to say that the past year has brought challenges of a number and magnitude most of us have never experienced. As we head toward the light at the end of this very long tunnel, many of us are reflecting on not only what we lost, but what we might have gained. For our small OER standing committee, this was, unexpectedly, a breakthrough year. In this presentation, we will share struggles we had during our first year trying to scope, take inventory, and focus. Then we will discuss the unexpected breakthrough and progress we made this year. Lastly, we will talk through the framework we’ve imagined to coordinate OER and other affordable learning efforts within the Pacific Libraries. Despite the significantly increased workload and strained bandwidth that came with a transition to remote work and the need to serve patrons from a distance, we were able to clarify our charge, imagine a way forward for developing OER programming, and conceive of an architecture that coordinates separate but related efforts within the Libraries under one larger initiative: Affordable Learning @ Pacific. The key to the breakthrough--a small, experimental textbook purchasing project--actually came about in response to needs brought on by distance learning and the pandemic. Once we expanded our thinking to include not only OER content, but also other related projects within the Libraries, we could align our efforts behind the unifying goal of expanding access to textbooks and other required learning materials while reducing student costs. And recently there was another unexpected surprise--customers! Our undergraduate college (College of Arts and Sciences; also our largest college) reached out to us, wondering if we had any information or recommendations about OERs. The timing turned out to be perfect, and next month faculty will be invited to apply for mini-grants to support adopting an OER textbook and updating a course!

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May 14th, 9:00 AM

Pandemic Progress: Unexpected Achievements in Unprecedented Times

It is safe to say that the past year has brought challenges of a number and magnitude most of us have never experienced. As we head toward the light at the end of this very long tunnel, many of us are reflecting on not only what we lost, but what we might have gained. For our small OER standing committee, this was, unexpectedly, a breakthrough year. In this presentation, we will share struggles we had during our first year trying to scope, take inventory, and focus. Then we will discuss the unexpected breakthrough and progress we made this year. Lastly, we will talk through the framework we’ve imagined to coordinate OER and other affordable learning efforts within the Pacific Libraries. Despite the significantly increased workload and strained bandwidth that came with a transition to remote work and the need to serve patrons from a distance, we were able to clarify our charge, imagine a way forward for developing OER programming, and conceive of an architecture that coordinates separate but related efforts within the Libraries under one larger initiative: Affordable Learning @ Pacific. The key to the breakthrough--a small, experimental textbook purchasing project--actually came about in response to needs brought on by distance learning and the pandemic. Once we expanded our thinking to include not only OER content, but also other related projects within the Libraries, we could align our efforts behind the unifying goal of expanding access to textbooks and other required learning materials while reducing student costs. And recently there was another unexpected surprise--customers! Our undergraduate college (College of Arts and Sciences; also our largest college) reached out to us, wondering if we had any information or recommendations about OERs. The timing turned out to be perfect, and next month faculty will be invited to apply for mini-grants to support adopting an OER textbook and updating a course!