UPDATE! We had to reschedule Dr. Boury for June 25. This Friday, June 11th Chrissy Spencer will present on "How to transform your course from a commercial textbook to an open education resource 'OER'." Textbooks are a hidden cost for our students, and not having a textbook doesn't sit well with most faculty and students. Open education resources are a ready solution with a few barriers: does the OER textbook match your learning objectives, is it accurate and well-written, is it a good read, does it have useful images and graphics? Chrissy Spencer will share a textbook built by the introductory biology committee at Georgia Tech. We'll talk about the writing process, how to find support to do the work to author a textbook, what CC-BY-SA-NC means, where to source open-source materials from, and more. She'll present data her colleagues collected that show that we did no harm to student learning when we swapped out our well-edited but expensive textbook for content written and curated by the faculty teaching the courses.
Sit down with other engaged colleagues on Zoom. Based on research by the Summer Institutes, supports are three times more important than barriers in implementing Scientific Teaching in classrooms. Join us for support with the National Institute on Scientific Teaching, formerly the Summer Institutes (Bathgate et al., 2019a, 2019b).
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