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Tuesday, October 19 • 3:45pm - 4:25pm
Boundary Spanners: Bridging Gaps Between Higher Education and PK12

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Boundary spanners serve as linking pins between organizations and can also fill structural holes, allowing networks with no previous connection to share information and resources.

Using boundary-spanner practices, this presentation summarizes efforts between one university and area PreK12 schools regarding development and broad sharing of relevant, adaptable PreK12 OER course materials.

Many personnel in higher education want to share their knowledge with a broader audience but lack the ability to create materials that best meet the needs of PreK12 students. We were able to address these issues through collaboration between university content experts, teachers who have deep expertise in creating individualized learning materials, and processes and platforms for curation and broad sharing. When learning resources are created by the university in consultation with teachers, and shared as accessible and editable OER with broader geographic areas, the materials better fit the actual practice and needs of PK12 teachers, as well as allow the university to expand its reach and impact.

As PreK12 teachers are required to provide individualized levels of instruction and course materials for all students, it is critical that these materials be easily and legally editable as well as accessible for students with disabilities. Some of the most significant contributions of this work are in the areas of accessibility, copyright, permission and ability to edit, and broad sharing. Our case study will present rationale, need, process, and the artifacts (permission forms, checklists, and templates) developed together by two “boundary spanners” in order to enable partnership, creation, curation, and free sharing of more useful learning resources.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Attendees will be able to articulate characteristics of boundary spanners and their roles
  • Attendees will be able to be able to discuss why bi-directional flow of information is critical to research and teaching endeavors (rather than one-directional flow of research outputs)

Slides and supporting documents affiliated with this presentation are available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/105384

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Anita Walz

Asst Dir of Open Ed and Scholarly Comm Librarian, @VTNews
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

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Tuesday October 19, 2021 3:45pm - 4:25pm EDT
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