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Wednesday, November 7 • 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Supporting Open Education with the Wind at Your Back: Lessons for OER Programs from the Open Textbook Toolkit

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What does it take to move open education from idea to practice? In this session we will lead a discussion about what supports instructors need to engage with open education and how we can make adoption and adaptation easy and inviting. We’ll set the stage with an overview of findings from our IMLS-funded research (LG-72-17-0051-17) on the needs and practices of psychology instructors for adopting or creating open textbooks and OER. We’ll then share some lessons on what faculty say they need and where they feel we can do better, as well as offer some insights, from our research, on student needs and desires in learning resources.

Next, we’ll open up a conversation about how transferable these lessons are and the unique needs of other academic communities. How might libraries and presses view open differently? What lessons for support can small liberal arts colleges offer to large research-focused universities? How can we translate the work done by commercial entities around OER to academic and not-for-profit organizations S? Whether it’s a last mile problem or your first step into support for a new program, you will leave this discussion with some new ideas, example, and allies to support OER.

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Will Cross

Director, Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy, North Carolina State University
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Erica Hayes

NCSU Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University Libraries
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Mira Waller

Department Head, Research Engagement, Libraries, North Carolina State University