Please join us in celebrating Open Education Week 2021 at Virginia Tech University Libraries through our free, all-virtual events!
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.
Although for many years there has been a steady push to move teaching content online, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend, suddenly forcing all faculty to focus on delivering teaching and learning online. However, rushing material online without understanding some of the requirements of usability and accessibility of web content will not only lead to a negative student experience, but may also threaten fair and inclusive education for many years to come. This threat is particularly potent in scientific subjects where equations and diagrams play an integral role in education and present a major obstacle for accessibility. This talk will discuss how to overcome these obstacles and present techniques and technologies that enable the conversion of existing documents to accessible web content with relatively little effort but high impact on inclusive STEM education.
This presentation includes a general introduction to web accessibility and usability issues related to scientific online content, past and future. This will include the implications of accessibility and requirements for barrier-free access to STEM teaching with the perspective that the Web is nevertheless the ideal platform for hosting and curating modern math-based content. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be more familiar with a set of open source software for conversion of mathematical documents from standard sources (like LaTeX, Word or text) to accessible web content. The presentation will highlight how specific tools like pandoc and TeX4ht allow for bulk conversion of documents resulting in material that can be directly rendered and made accessible in any browser using MathJax.
See the Accessible STEM Resources list for more ideas on creating accessible STEM content!
Speaker Bio: Volker Sorge has studied Mathematics, Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Würzburg, University of Texas at Austin, and University Saarbrücken. He holds Research Masters in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science (Computational Logic). Volker Sorge is Professor in Document Analysis and Accessibility at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK. He leads the Scientific Document Analysis group whose research primarily focuses on mathematical document analysis, diagram recognition and handwriting recognition. For many years Volker has worked on STEM accessibility. As a visiting scientist at Google he integrated mathematics support into the ChromeVox screen reader. As a member of the MathJax consortium he has worked on formula accessibility on the web. Most recently, in collaboration with the PreTeXt group, the NFB and the American Institute of Mathematics he contributed to the automatic transcription of LaTeX textbooks into tactile Braille books. In his start-up company Progressive Accessibility Solutions (progressiveaccess.com), Volker focuses on exploiting pattern recognition and image analysis technology for automatically making STEM diagrams accessible for use in teaching and science.
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, 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.
Speaker Bio: Abbey Elder is the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University. Her work uplifts and supports instructors who are interested in open education, open access publishing, and other scholarly communication topics. Abbey's handbook for instructors, The OER Starter Kit, has been used in professional development programs across the United States, and was adapted into a reusable workbook in 2020.
All sessions will be live-captioned, recorded, transcribed, and links to the recordings shared on this page when available. If you cannot attend but wish to receive notification regarding the availablity of a session recording, please register for that session and a link will be sent to you when recording has been posted.
For other international 2021 Open Education Week events, visit https://www.openeducationweek.org/
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 business days prior to the event.
Monday, March 2nd 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Connecting the Opens: a Future Professoriate Grad panel discussion
Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education
Steve Ellingson, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Freddy Paige, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tyechia Thompson, Post-Doctoral Associate, Center for Humanities
Philip Young, Institutional Repository Manager, University Libraries
Peter Potter, Director of Publishing, University Libraries
Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Libraries (Moderator)
Tuesday, March 3rd 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Panel discussion: Issues in Course Materials Access and Use
Larry A. Cox, Instructional Designer, TLOS (Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies)
Jonathan Falls, Student Government Association (VT SGA)
Kim Filer, Director, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Anurag Mantha, Doctoral Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-founder of Food Access for Students
Billy Meinke-Lau, OER Technologist, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Ron Poff, Assistant Professor of Practice, Management, Pamplin College of Business
Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Libraries (Moderator)
Tuesday, March 3rd 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lightning rounds + expo
Open Source Virtual Reality Dog/Cow/Horse + Haptic Cow (Michael Nappier, Todd Ogle, Kiri DeBose, and Jonathan Bradley)
Creative Commons (Anita Walz)
Odyssey and CC BY licensing (Lisa Becksford)
Open Textbook Library (Kirsten Dean)
Making Podcasts (Joe Forte)
Wednesday, March 4th Introduction to Pressbooks (Robert Browder) (Newman Library, Room 427)
2019 Open Education Symposium Monday, March 4, 2019
EXPANDING OPEN EDUCATION IN COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Library / Library Studio Tours
[WATCH THE VIDEO] Keynote Presentation by Dr. MJ Bishop Improving Access, Affordability, and Achievement with OER
[WATCH THE VIDEO] Panel Discussion: Facilitating Openness at the University: Connecting the Opens + Making Change Happen
Keynote: Dr. MJ Bishop, Associate Vice-Chancellor and Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland
[Watch the Video] Panel Discussion: Getting Comfortable Working in the Open
Taking a transparent, public or open approach to one’s work as an instructor or academic can be daunting for even the most competent and skilled faculty. Faculty, students, and a librarian from five different Virginia institutions of higher education are involved in working in the open -- in their teaching, publishing, creating with students, and/or building or leveraging learning experiences. Panelists will discuss their motivations, opportunities leveraged, and challenges they encounter in taking non-traditional and open approaches to teaching, learning, and publishing.
Matthew DeCarlo, Radford University
Susan Erickson, Virginia Wesleyan University, Associate Hub-Director #openlearning18
James Harder, Virginia Tech
Jennifer Kidd, Old Dominion University
Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Carrie Hamilton, and Savannah Aigner, Virginia Commonwealth University
Amy Nelson, Virginia Tech, Steering committee member, #openlearning18
Moderator: Anita Walz
[Watch the Video] Keynote: Open Educational Practices: Equity, Achievement, and Pedagogical Innovation Speakers: Anita Walz, Avalon Roche. Keynote: Rajiv Jhangiani
Dr Rajiv Jhangiani is Special Advisor to the Provost and a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology in 2009 from the University of British Columbia and has published articles and chapters in political psychology, the scholarship of teaching & learning, and open educational practices. The most recent of his two books is Open: The philosophy and practices that are revolutionizing education and science published in 2017 by Ubiquity Press. He is also the author of two open textbooks and editor of a third in psychology.
Lightning round presentations - Open Practices in Higher Education Presentations by: Jennifer Kidd, Cliff Shaffer, Steve Greenlaw, Steve Ellingson, Jyldyz Bekbalaeva, and Robert Browder
[Watch the Video] Panel Discussion: Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Education, Open Data
Open practices represent opportunities to align scholarly and instructional processes with scholarly ideals, ethical stances, real work impacts, and aspirations for a more just and equitable world. There are many types of “open.” The three we will discuss, open access, open education, and open data practices may appear distinct and siloed from each other; This is only a surface-level view. In reality, these open practices areas have tremendous areas of overlap. Their underlying values reflect similar aspirations for the common good, and aims of overcoming some shared problems found in research and instruction in higher education and in society in general.
This panel features students, faculty, and administrators with wide range of expertise in the three areas of open access, open education, and open data. Join us for a stimulating conversation in which we come to understand the differences and similarities between the opens, their purposes, and their potential.
Presentations: Peter Potter, Anita Walz. Panelists: Karen DePauw, Rajiv Jhangiani, Philip Young, Jon Petters, Mayra Artiles, Monti Abbas. Moderator: Peter Potter
OTHER 2018 events: Creating eBooks: A Discussion of Tools, Technology & Techniques; Workshop: Unlocking the Power of Experiential and Active Learning through Open Pedagogy (Rajiv Jhangiani); Wikimedia Commons Share-a-thon; Wikipedia editing training.
* SGA Exhibit - Newman Library, 2nd floor Commons. Exhibit planning specs.
EVENT RECORDING * The Potential of Open Educational Resources: Virginia Tech Faculty & Student Panel Discussion
Panelists include faculty adapters and authors of Open Educational Resources (OER): Jane Roberson-Evia (Statistics), Mary Lipscombe (Biological Sciences), Stephen Skripak (Pamplin), Anastasia Cortes (Pamplin). Publishing expert Peter Potter (University Libraries), and students Mayra Atiles (Doctoral student, Engineering Education), and Jonathan De Pena (Senior, Finance) also join the panel. Moderated by: Anita Walz (University Libraries)
See VT Libraries' official Open Education Week 2017 page for a full list of events, including events.
Research Presentation: Are textbooks too expensive for students? A first look at a survey of 300+ Virginia Tech students in national context.
What we mean (and don't mean) when we say "Open Education"
SGA Open Education Awareness Campaign
That I May Share: Approaches to sharing original learning materials
Student Government, Academic Affairs Committee Kickoff SGA Academic Affairs Committee explored students' textbook buying experiences, practices, and habits. View event tweets
Lecture/Discussion: "Get Creative (and stay legal): Copyright Compliance with Open Licensing, Creative Commons, and Open Educational Resources" View event video
Led by: Anita Walz, University Libraries. This session was designed to introduce educators and authors to conceptual and useful aspects of open licensing of content, Creative Commons licenses, and Open Educational Resources. The session introduces open licensing and Creative Commons, rationale behind open licensing and the sharing economy, how (and why) to openly license, where to archive, and will provide guidance on finding, properly attributing, remixing and using openly licensed resources. Session examples included openly licensed works for teaching & learning, presenting, and publication.
Led by: Hannah Thomas (Class of 2016), Chair, Student Government Association Academic Affairs Committee
The SGA Academic Affairs Committee reflected on what they learned from their Kickoff Event and on their experiences buying textbooks, the impact of textbook prices, and their thoughts about the prospect of open educational resources, open textbooks in particular.
Panel Discussion "Authors, Adopters, and Adapters of Open Educational Resources: Considering the Possibilities for Faculty Teaching and Student Learning" View Event Video
Panelists: Dr. Peter Doolittle (Assistant Provost for Teaching & Learning, Professor, School of Education, and Executive Director of CIDER), Dr. Greg Hartman (Associate Professor, Mathematics, Virginia Military Institute), Mr. Heath Hart (Instructor, Mathematics, Virginia Tech), and Mr. Mohammed Seyam (Doctoral Student, Computer Science, Virginia Tech).
Introduction by Julie Speer, Associate Dean for Research & Informatics. Opening remarks by Anita Walz, Assessment, Open Education & Online Learning Environments Librarian.
Mohammed Seyam discussed the value of openly licensed material as a student, research, and graduate assistant. Heath Hart reflected on his adoption of an open educational resource and a (subscribed) online textbook in, “A Rousing Success and an Unmitigated Disaster.” Greg Hartman discusses his experiences authoring open-source (CC BY-NC) textbook, “APEX Calculus” http://www.apexcalculus.com. Peter Doolittle discusses the open education movement from a teaching and learning perspective, moving beyond just content into process. Presentations are followed by audience and panelist discussion.
Open Educational Resources for Instructional Designers View Event Video
Instructional Design faculty, staff and students from across the University joined fellow instructional designer, Dr. Dave Ernst, now Chief Information Officer of the College of Education and Human Development at University of Minnesota to explore rationale and possibilities for incorporating open educational resources instructional design philosophy and work.
Discussion topics included:
- Open and OER - what it is and what it isn't
- How to attribute OER
- Finding, vetting, and retrieving OER
- Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open textbooks as a solution to student affordability issues
- OER as a solution for copyright complexity
- Unique contributions to supporting faculty by the instructional design community
- Supporting faculty adoptions of open educational resources
Open Educational Resources workshop for Librarians View Event Video
Kristi Jensen discussed the importance of and possible areas of involvement for libraries and librarians in open textbook and open educational resource initiatives. Learn more about open textbooks, open educational resources (OER), and how library employees in many different roles can support the exploration of open educational resources and open textbooks.
- Open and OER - what it is and what it isn't
- How issues of affordability can impact student academic success
- Open textbooks as a solution to affordability issues
- Identifying barriers to adoption of open textbooks and how to help overcome those barriers
- Supporting faculty adoptions of open textbooks
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. After the workshop, you will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. Stipends of $200 will be given to faculty for their participation and written review.
The Open Textbook workshop is a project of the University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Library.
Faculty panel discussion: Exploring Innovative and Open Educational Resources View Event Video
Panelists include: Dr. Clifford Shaffer, Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Dr. Benjamin Jantzen, Asst. Professor Philosophy, Virginia Tech, and Dr. Bruce Mahin, Professor of Composition and Music Theory, Radford University
Accessible STEM Resources is a resource list designed to support instructors who are interested in getting started creating accessible STEM resources. It lists a number of background resources on digital accessibility broadly and then specific tools and skills that will help with implementation.
Open Education is a learning, creating, and sharing-centered international movement focusing on open educational practices. Open educational practices encompass adopting, adapting, and authoring educational resources freely and openly so that others may use, customize, and share them. Open education also includes development of open courses, and design of renewable "non-disposable" assignments in which students are co-learners and co-creators. Open education aims to engage faculty in real-world active learning strategies, reduce access barriers to education for students, and promote creation and sharing of public goods. Open Education also includes freely available and openly licensed open educational resources, also known as OER.
OER are freely and publicly available teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license [such as a Creative Commons license] that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. - Adapted from the Hewlett Foundation
Within higher education, Open Educational Resources tend to include:
- Open textbooks (free and openly licensed/Creative Commons licensed textbooks which allow others to customize, reproduce, and share without Copyright concerns)
- Textbook alternatives (free and openly licensed text, video, images, simulations, practice questions, open software selected by educators to match course learning objectives and preferred pedagogy)
For more information about Creative Commons and open licensing, please see our Creative Commons page.
For more information about OER and to learn how OER are being used by students and educators, see our OER Overview page.
Empirical Research on the impact of OER Adoption / John Wilton and the Open Education Group (U.S. Focused) (2015)
Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation / EDUCAUSE Review (2013)
The logic of OER: "Adopting OER is Better for Everyone Involved" / David Wiley (2015)
The Cost and Quality of Open Textbooks: Perceptions of Community College Faculty and Students Proponents of open educational resources (OER) claim that significant cost savings are possible when open textbooks displace traditional textbooks in the college classroom. . .
Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives (2014)
VIDEO: Supporting Students to Succeed with Open Education (Lumen Foundation)
VIDEO: Get Inspired [making education more affordable] (OpenStax)