Students have a valuable role to play in advocating for open education as well as the creation and revision of OER.  Join us to hear from faculty, a student, and several administrators on how student collaboration has helped advanced their OER initiatives and contributed to student digital literacy.

College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, will share how their extended OER team hires students who work with faculty to find and format OER for inclusion in OER courses.  Trudy Radtke, a former College of the Canyons student, had this to say about how OER helped her, “I come from a low-income family and could not purchase all of the necessary textbooks for my first two years of college. In an attempt to supplement my learning I would research my class topics online; I used many OER materials to successfully compensate for the textbooks I could not afford.”

English instructor Laurie Coleman and Digital & OER Coordinator Phillip Anaya from Alamo Colleges in Texas will share how their Alamo Open initiative provides students with information on finding courses that use OER and free instructional materials.  This reduction in cost helps their students to stay in school and stay more engaged in their classes as they no longer have to do without textbooks or drop classes due to financial reasons.

Librarian Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), New Jersey will share how they have collaborated with their student government to promote OER.  In the fall 2017 semester, the RVCC Student Government Association signed a resolution to raise awareness about the cost of textbooks and encourage faculty to adopt open educational resources.

When: Wednesday, May 9th, 11am PT/ 2pm ET

Featured Speakers:

  • Brian Weston, Director, Distance and Accelerated Learning, College of the Canyons
  • Trudy Radtke, OER Assistant, Distance & Accelerated Learning, College of the Canyons
  • Phillip Anaya, Digital & OER Coordinator, Alamo Colleges
  • Laurie Coleman, College OER Coordinator/Professor of English, San Antonio College
  • Megan Dempsey, Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey



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Slides now available:

May 9: The importance of student collaboration in oer projects from Una Daly