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Emily Simnitt is Associate Director of the University of Oregon Composition Program and oversees approval and creation of course materials to support instruction in required first-year writing courses. Reach her at esimnitt@uoregon.edu

Start Date

14-5-2021 9:00 AM

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I will provide a snapshot of a University of Oregon Composition Program initiative to increase program-wide adoption of OER course material and the effect of COVID on that effort. COVID and the abrupt shift to remote teaching sped up our efforts to transition to OER materials and amplified the need to provide students with *accessible* digital options for their textbooks. This required us to develop temporary textbook adoption criteria and policies and quick transfer of some of our in-house print-based “casebooks” to a digital format. Now, as we plan for the future, I’d like to invite symposium participants to share ideas about programmatic support for sustaining and increasing program-wide adoption of OERs in writing programs. Questions for discussion might include: **Sustainability for Program: How do we assess and improve “emergency” digital options for permanent adoption? How do we maintain program integrity as new material is developed? How can we assess track what teachers are using to improve our offerings? What is the right number of OERs to have approved at any one time? **Accessibility for Students: How can we apply lessons learned about the accessibility of digital format(s) during remote teaching? Do the formats we used during remote teaching support student ability to engage with the kind of reading required in writing classes? **Accessibility for Teachers: How do we train our full range of teachers (new graduate instructors, seasoned faculty) using materials created during COVID, especially if we are encouraging remixing and reusing of material? How do we involve our full range of teachers in the OER initiative?

Birds of a Feather Session 2: May 14, 1-2

Room 1: OER in UO’s Writing Courses

Zoom Link: https://lanecc.zoom.us/j/91669488987

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35400

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May 14th, 9:00 AM

UO Composition and OER: A Post-COVID Discussion of Sustaining OER Adoption in First-Year Writing Programs

I will provide a snapshot of a University of Oregon Composition Program initiative to increase program-wide adoption of OER course material and the effect of COVID on that effort. COVID and the abrupt shift to remote teaching sped up our efforts to transition to OER materials and amplified the need to provide students with *accessible* digital options for their textbooks. This required us to develop temporary textbook adoption criteria and policies and quick transfer of some of our in-house print-based “casebooks” to a digital format. Now, as we plan for the future, I’d like to invite symposium participants to share ideas about programmatic support for sustaining and increasing program-wide adoption of OERs in writing programs. Questions for discussion might include: **Sustainability for Program: How do we assess and improve “emergency” digital options for permanent adoption? How do we maintain program integrity as new material is developed? How can we assess track what teachers are using to improve our offerings? What is the right number of OERs to have approved at any one time? **Accessibility for Students: How can we apply lessons learned about the accessibility of digital format(s) during remote teaching? Do the formats we used during remote teaching support student ability to engage with the kind of reading required in writing classes? **Accessibility for Teachers: How do we train our full range of teachers (new graduate instructors, seasoned faculty) using materials created during COVID, especially if we are encouraging remixing and reusing of material? How do we involve our full range of teachers in the OER initiative?

Birds of a Feather Session 2: May 14, 1-2

Room 1: OER in UO’s Writing Courses

Zoom Link: https://lanecc.zoom.us/j/91669488987