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Monday, October 18 • 5:00pm - 5:25pm
COVID Changed How We Do OER Outreach. Here's What Our Institutional Initiatives Have Learned

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Throughout the pandemic, the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education inspired many OER advocates to improvise, adapt, and try new strategies to reach instructors. COVID and remote instruction also put a spotlight on the barriers to success that many students — particularly non-traditional, underrepresented, and low-income students — have faced for a long time. How can we take the lessons learned this year and make sure that they continue to shape our outreach and offerings going forward? In the OpenStax Institutional Partner Program, OpenStax works directly with a small group of colleges and universities to expand their OER initiatives. In this presentation, several participants in the Institutional Partner Program will talk about what they learned about promoting OER on their campuses during the pandemic, and which ideas and strategies they’ll carry forward into the upcoming school year and beyond. Topics include the importance of ancillary materials, crafting a successful OER workshop, and partnering with student government. We’ll also hear from Barbara Gooch, a student at Volunteer State Community College, about what she hopes instructors remember about their students’ needs, even when instruction has returned to the classroom. Co-Presenters include: Sonya Bennett-Brandt, OpenStax; Barbara Gooch, Volunteer State Community College; Gabby Hernandez, UT Rio Grande Valley; Derrick Manns, Texas Southern University; Carrie Miller, Minnesota State University Mankato.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Begin adopting and adapting the strategies discussed in the presentation to their campuses
  • Understand and explain the ecosystem of ancillaries available with OER materials
  • Understand what course materials and course structures many students prefer after experiencing online instruction during COVID

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Carrie Miller

Instructional Designer, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Carrie Miller is an instructional designer with IT Solutions at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University and has been an instructor in higher education for over 20 years, both in face-to-face and online classes... Read More →

Sonya Bennett-Brandt

Assistant Director of Institutional Relations, OpenStax
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Gabrielle Hernandez

Open Education Librarian, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Gabby Hernandez is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. There she coordinates the Textbook Affordability Project which supports the advocacy and implementation of open educational practices at UTRGV. With a background as a K-12 educator, she brings... Read More →
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Barbara Gooch

OpenStax Intern
Vol State Community College student, Tennessee, OpenStax Intern, Student Advocate, Hopeful Future Higher Ed or Non-Profit Higher Ed Employee

Derrick Manns

Texas Southern University

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Monday October 18, 2021 5:00pm - 5:25pm EDT
Room D