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USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning

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Wednesday, April 13
 

9:00am EDT

National Initiatives Working with OER – ALG Invited Speakers Panel
Mark Jenkins, LWill Cross, Carli Spina, Erin Walker, Lauren Fancher

Affordable Learning Georgia will facilitate this session featuring panelists from across the nation who will discuss the initiatives they have supported working with Open Access and lower cost learning materials. The experiences they represent include use of OER in competency-based courses and programs, management of copyright and open access, commercial textbooks, and supporting higher education systems and institutions initiatives for more affordable learning materials.

Moderators
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Affordable Learning Georgia - OER Conference Track Sponsor

Director, GALILEO Support Services, BOR-USG
OER, GALILEO, libraries, affordable learning materials, University System's efforts to improve student success through affordable learning materials, questions about Athens, and why OER NOW...

Speakers
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Mark Jenkins

Director, eLearning | Open Education, Washington SBCTC
Always happy to talk about OER initiatives, open policy contexts, technology accessibility and flexible learning delivery, including competency-based approaches.


Wednesday April 13, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room K

10:00am EDT

Quality, Creation, and Use: OER Experiences in Undergraduate Education Courses
Deanna Cozart, Brian Dotts

This presentation is aimed at faculty, librarians, and higher education staff interested in increasing and promoting the use of OER on campus. This session will highlight the experiences of faculty from the College of Education at UGA who created new OER materials to implement with undergraduate Foundations of Education students. The discussion will include a display of the new materials, challenges encountered during creation, and impacts to instruction and student performance. As concerns over quality of OER are often a barrier for more widespread implementation by faculty, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an activity for quality review of OER versus traditional textbook content.

Speakers
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Deanna Cozart

Coordinator of Open Educational Resources, The University of Georgia
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Brian Dotts

Associate Professor, The University of Georgia


Wednesday April 13, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room K

11:00am EDT

ALG Grantees Panel: What We Did, What We Learned, and What We Would Do Differently: Affordability with OER’s in Action
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.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Gallant

Jeff Gallant

Program Director, Affordable Learning Georgia, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Speakers
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Deanna Cozart

Coordinator of Open Educational Resources, The University of Georgia
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Sheri Hardee

University of North Georgia
avatar for Deborah Liss-Green

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.
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Kelly McFaden

University of North Georgia
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Caryl Nemajovsky

Darton State College
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Zoe Salloom

Instructional Design, Georgia State University
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Emerson Stewart

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

Clinical Professor, Georgia State University


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

3:00pm EDT

Adaptive Learning: The Possibilities of Doing More with Open
Sarah Mergel, Tammy Byron, Matt Haldeman

OERs are a great way to lower the costs of a college education for twenty-first century students, but are they enough to engage students in the material and promote learning? In this presentation, participants in a pilot at Dalton State College share how they have created an adaptive learning tool with an OER solution and will present on their experience (so far). The team will discuss the science behind adaptive learning, the process of authoring the learning objectives and probes, the potential benefits to students and faculty, how it is setting up the OER materials for future revisions and finally, the initial reaction of students using the adaptive product.

Speakers
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Tammy Byron

Dalton State College
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Matt Haldeman

McGraw-Hill Higher Education
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Sarah Mergel

Dalton State College


Wednesday April 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Room L

3:00pm EDT

Contribute a Verse: Adopting OER for First-Year Composition
Diana Edelman-Young, Tanya Bennett, Donna Gessell

This interactive workshop will present a newly available open-access resource for teaching composition: Contribute A Verse: A Guide to First-Year Composition. Written collaboratively by eleven experienced professors at the University of North Georgia, this text presents best practices for teaching college-level writing. An open educational resource, this text was recently leased by the Board of Regents and is freely available via Galileo and can be printed on-demand. The text integrates the principles of classical rhetoric with practical exercises in a tone that readily connects with college students. The text also includes a section on writing in the physical and social sciences and a reader with themes for writing, features that demonstrate the diverse, interdisciplinary nature of the text. From planning to publication, Contribute a Verse also offers a model for how departments in other disciplines and institutions can collaborate to create their own materials.

Speakers
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Tanya Bennett

Dean of the Honors Program, University of North Georgia
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Diana Edelman

University of North Georgia
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Donna Gessell

University of North Georgia


Wednesday April 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Room K

3:00pm EDT

Use of Open Source Software for Teaching Digital Media Content Creation Skills at Georgia Gwinnett College
Kairui Chen, Shuhua Lai

Digital Media is a general education course at Georgia Gwinnett College in which students learn about different types of media in sound, graphics, video and animations and their digitization processes. Students are required to use various software to create and manipulate digital documents of those media types. In this session I will present how open source software such as GIMP, Audacity, Inkscape and Blender and some free software are used for teaching digital media production and editing skills and how hands on activities are designed and used to effectively engage students in this course.

Speakers
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Kairui Chen

Georgia Gwinnett College


Wednesday April 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Room Q
 
Thursday, April 14
 

8:00am EDT

A Practical Guide to Creating an OER Text
Terri Bell, Deborah Prosser, Allison Galloup

This session is directed toward faculty who want to produce an open textbook and need practical advice on how to begin and progress through the project. Topics to be covered include: assembling a team, project planning and management, organizing content, licensing and copyright clearance, and formatting and publishing options.

Speakers
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Terri Bell

Copyright compliance, University of North Georgia
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Allison Galloup

University of North Georgia
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Deborah Prosser

Dean of Libraries, University of North Georgia


Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am EDT
Room K

8:00am EDT

An Online Database as a Textbook Alternative in Freshman-level Geology and Astronomy

Dion Stewart, Mary Ann Cullen, Bayard Stringer

Online alternatives to traditional textbooks lower educational costs for students and provide immediate access to the text. However, free, high-quality, online texts are not readily available in most science disciplines. This presentation explores the solution of using readings from a science reference database (AccessScience) to replace all or some of assigned textbook readings in freshman-level geology and astronomy classes.

A quantitative comparison of student performance on exams and quizzes is used to assess the relative learning experience of the database readers compared to the traditional textbook readers. Class surveys were used to determine student satisfaction and self-reported compliance with course reading assignments. A librarian collaborating on the project will join the science instructors to discuss the benefits and challenges of using a database in lieu of a textbook and the issues associated with the possible expansion of this approach into other disciplines.



Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am EDT
Room L

9:00am EDT

Everything you wanted to know about OERs but were afraid to ask: From Ground Zero to Implementation and Beyond
Loleta Sartin, Molly Kimsey

Are you thinking of utilizing open education resources (OERs), in lieu of a textbook? Do you want more information of how to start the process? Are you wondering about the benefits and barriers? If you answered yes, this interactive presentation is for you. Participants will discuss redesigning a course using OERs, examine benefits and barriers, and review student and faculty feedback about the pros and cons. This session is designed for the person relatively new to the OER process. The presenters will present lessons learned and discuss the steps involved in compiling OERs.

Speakers
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Molly Kimsey

Middle Georgia State University
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Loleta Sartin

Middle Georgia State University


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room K

10:00am EDT

Students' Perceptions and Uses of Textbooks: Open-source, Electronic and Traditional
Brad Bailey, Tom Cooper

With the increasing costs of printed textbooks along with the increasing availability of open-educational resources (OER), faculty may be tempted to consider adopting open-access materials. But how do our students feel about these options? Does the format of the text influence how and how often the students use their textbooks? Are students using free or online texts just as satisfied with the quality of these resources as other students? The speakers administered an electronic survey to students in four introductory classes that included a range of questions including items that addressed the above research questions. In this presentation, the speakers will reveal and discuss the results of this survey.

Speakers
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Brad Bailey

University of North Georgia
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Thomas Cooper

University of North Georgia


Thursday April 14, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room K

11:00am EDT

ALG Grantees Panel: STEM and OER: Strategies, Online Homework and Lab Solutions, and Effectiveness
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.


Use of Open Educational Resources in the Survey of Chemistry I Course (CHEM 1151)
 

Estelle Nuckels

General, Organic, and Biology (GOB) textbooks and online homework systems are costly, causing many students to forgo purchasing either or both. In an attempt to lower student costs, we have opted to use the OpenStax Chemistry textbook, a free online resource, with Sapling Learning, a lower cost online homework system. In this talk, we will discuss using a Principles of Chemistry textbook for the Survey of Chemistry I course, challenges that we have encountered, and student feedback. Reorganization of the material and strengthening the course curriculum to better support students entering the nursing program has also occurred. Lecture design hybridizes typical lecture with a flipped-classroom approach, drawing from the strengths of both teaching styles.


A Look at the Use and Effectiveness of OER in an Upper-Level Psychology Course
 

Judy Grissett

The purpose of this presentation is to describe one instructor's experience using open educational resources (OER) in an upper-level psychology research methods course (PSYC 4431: Experimental Psychology). The presenter will outline her experiences using an OER textbook and supplemental activities (e.g., homework and in-class activities), focusing on the 1) use and 2) effectiveness compared to a traditional publisher's textbook used the previous semester. Specifically, it will cover the selection and implementation of OER, a description of the materials used, and a report of students' grades and perceptions of the OER, such as their willingness to engage with the materials.


Teaching Calculus with OER, including WeBWorK
 

Shaun Ault

As part of the Affordable Learning Georgia Grant, the author and co-PI, Sudhir Goel, developed and used free open-access materials for the course Analytical Geometry & Calculus I at Valdosta State University. Two pilot courses were run with no-cost materials in Fall 2015, and results collected. This presentation focuses on the OER materials chosen and created for the pilot courses, including a library of WeBWorK problems modeled on exercises in a free textbook called APEX Calculus (ver. 3).

 

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Gallant

Jeff Gallant

Program Director, Affordable Learning Georgia, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Speakers
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Shaun Ault

Valdosta State University
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Judy Orton Grissett

Director of Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgia Southwestern State University
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Estelle Nuckels

Middle Georgia State University


Thursday April 14, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Room K