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Wednesday, March 27 • 9:00am - 10:20am
It's About Time: Open Educational Resources and the Arts

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In 2012, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defined Open Educational Resources (OER) to be, "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." OER have the potential to transform two intersecting areas of higher education: cost and pedagogy. The average student in the U.S. spends over $1,000 on textbooks every year, which can lead students not to take a course or, even worse, to drop or fail a course. Reducing or eliminating the cost of textbooks and other learning materials increases access to higher education. Moreover, a growing body of literature suggests that OER are perceived the same or favorably by students and lead to similar or improved student outcomes (retention, pass rates, A, B, or C grades).

In addition to cost, OER can positively impact pedagogy. The 5 Rs of OER provide flexibility for librarians and faculty when creating or adapting learning materials: retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Critically important for art history, OER can be revised and remixed to challenge dominant narratives by being more inclusive of women, people of color, and underrepresented communities.

This interactive session will begin with a discussion of the above topics. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to create their own OER lesson plan for instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring an existing lesson plan with the goal of transforming it into an OER. This revised lesson plan will utilize open access materials and will be openly licensed for all to use and adapt. Please bring an electronic device suitable for creating an online lesson plan.

Learning Objective
  • Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of open educational resources' relationship to cost and pedagogy in higher education

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Emily Coxe

Research & Instruction Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
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Ian McDermott

Instruction Librarian, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

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John Hilton III

Researcher, Brigham Young University
I began researching issues related to OER in 2008. I'm passionate about increasing OER research - especially research related to efficacy and student perceptions. See http://openedgroup.org/review.
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Shira Loev Eller

Art and Design Librarian, The George Washington University
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Jacqulyn Williams

Instruction and Access Services Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar

Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am
Grand America Hotel: Venezia Garden Salon (Level 1) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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