USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 11:00am - 11:45am
ALG Grantees Panel: What We Did, What We Learned, and What We Would Do Differently: Affordability with OER’s in Action

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ALG Panel Presentation

In this panel presentation Affordable Learning Georgia Grantees will discuss the following three projects and share their experiences in developing and using open and low cost textbooks and materials.


OERs, GA View, and Small Groups: Engaged Hybrid Learning in Theatre 1100

Deborah Liss-Green, Caryl Nemajovsky

It's a given that Open Education Resources (OER) save students money, but they can also be used in introductory arts courses to promote student engagement, challenge their capacity for critical analysis, and allow for differentiated instruction. When included in an organized and accessible LibGuide and GA View support page, OERs are a cost efficient, readily adaptable, and genuinely exciting alternative to the traditional (and expensive) publisher's textbook and E-pack. This presentation will share the use of a variety of OER along with hybrid learning activities in THEA 1100.


Open Educational Resources Through a Social Justice Lens

Lauren Johnson, Kelly McFaden, Sheri Hardee, Deanna Cozart

Social justice, the idea all people should be treated with fairness, respect, dignity, and generosity regardless of their background and identity (Nieto & Bode, 2012), is often conceptualized in education from the content perspective or the action perspective (Brown & Kraehe, 2010; Swain, 2013). This presentation for tertiary level educators describes our work to incorporate social justice education into teacher preparation through the use of open-access online resources. Through our work with Affordable Learning Georgia, we lay the groundwork for approaching social justice education through both content and action for Social Foundations of Education courses. The open access materials we utilize can be taken and adapted by any institution.


You Had Me at Free: Creating an E-Textbook from Open Source Materials to Motivate, Engage and Inspire Today's Learners

Susan Willey, Emerson Stewart, Zoe Salloom

Today’s students prefer “chunks” of information presented in a variety of formats, instead of reading traditional, and often expensive, textbooks. In response to the learning styles and preferences of these millennial students, we created a free e-textbook for undergraduate legal environment of business students that uses more than 250 open source videos, multi-media materials, readings, websites, and author-created content and exercises. After we describe how we selected content and designed the book to allow students to personalize their learning experiences, we’ll share data on student website usage and performance, as well as their comments. Finally, we’ll address how we ensure that the e-book is ADA-compliant, current, doesn’t violate copyrights, and other technical issues for those who want to create their own OER-based teaching materials.

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Jeff Gallant

Program Director, Affordable Learning Georgia, University System of Georgia


Deanna Cozart

Coordinator of Open Educational Resources, The University of Georgia

Sheri Hardee

University of North Georgia
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Deborah Liss-Green

Assistant Professor, Darton State College
Deborah Liss-Green teaches and directs at Darton State College in Albany, GA. She is a two-time recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award for Directing from Region 4 of the American College Theatre Festival. She can be reached at deborah.lissgreen@darton.edu.

Kelly McFaden

University of North Georgia

Caryl Nemajovsky

Darton State College
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Zoe Salloom

Instructional Design, Georgia State University

Emerson Stewart

GSU Student
Majoring in Film with a minor in Risk Management & Insurance.

Susan Willey

Clinical Professor, Georgia State University

Wednesday April 13, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Room K