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Growing Online Learning

Growing Online Learning 2017: Transitioning to OER

Tuesday, March 28rd - Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Growing Online Learning 2017 Flyer PDF
How to Replace Information Systems / Information Technology Textbooks with OER, and then Engage Students in Content Development

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am

Dave Braunschweig
Professor, Computer Information Systems
Harper College

This session will share personal experience in replacing Information Systems / Information Technology textbooks with Open Educational Resources. Examples include content already available for use, templates for content to be developed by the instructor, and templates for content to be developed by students as part of their course experience. The benefits of using OER will be discussed, and participants will come away with a variety of OER options and templates that may be used successfully in their CIS and NET courses.
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

The Noba Project: The (Mostly) Good, the (Slightly) Bad, and the (Tiny Bit) Ugly Experiences of an Early Adopter of an Open Textbook for General Psychology.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 01:00pm to 02:00pm

Ken Gray
Professor, Psychology
College of DuPage

This session will describe the experiences of a textbook author who switched from his own book to a free General Psychology resource published by the Noba Project. Although the experiences have been largely positive and rewarding, there have been some difficulties that faculty who are contemplating making the leap should be aware of.
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

Using MyOpenMath at McHenry County College

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am

Marie Robison
Instructor, Mathematics
McHenry County College

Marie Robison will explain how she has used MyOpenMath in all her developmental math classes at McHenry County College and explains how you can use it too!
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

Textbook Elimination: How I Did It!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 01:00pm to 02:00pm

Anne Humphrey
Instructor, English
McHenry County College

A variety of instructional materials for those interested in eliminating a textbook can be compiled to suit individual courses, teaching styles, and logistical situations. Some options might not be obvious, and even more importantly, most offer pedagogical advantages as well as reduced cost to students. Get some ideas from a teacher who has offered Composition I and Composition II with no textbook for eight years.
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

No Book? No Way!

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am

Jill Johnson
Associate Dean of Social and Business Science
Carl Sandburg College

In 2012, Jill Johnson pried the traditional publisher textbook out of her hands and went kicking and screaming into the world of OER. Learn how Jill converted her courses to OER, both the challenges and successes, and how she sold the idea to others in her department. Student feedback and data on cost savings will be shared.
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

Going OER with Statistics

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 01:00pm to 02:00pm

Kona Jones
Director of Online Learning
Richland Community College

In this session the presenter will talk about the development and teaching of a completely OER statistics course. As part of the session the different resources and assignments will be discussed, as well as the time it takes to build an OER course, and student impressions of the course and resources.
Recorded Session

Recorded Session will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

For more information, contact Jeff Newell - jeff.newell@illinois.gov