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Open Education Resources Online Symposium

Posted by Angela Brcka for University Libraries

The University Libraries invites faculty and instructors to attend the Open Education Resources Online Symposium. The symposium will feature opening remarks by Dr. Jennifer Bott, WMU provost and vice president of academic affairs, keynote speaker Karen Lauritsen, Open Education Network publishing director, and a panel of WMU faculty and instructors who have adopted Open Education Resources (OER) in their courses. Learn about using, adapting and publishing OER from the experts and making the switch from your WMU colleagues.

You will learn:

  • How the quality of OER has rapidly improved over the last ten years—and benefits of OER over traditionally published textbooks
  • How switching to OER not only help alleviate financial stress from students but lead to more positive learning outcomes
  • How you can make the switch to OER or publish your own OER to help students at WMU and around the world

Hosted by the University Libraries.

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About the keynote speaker

Karen Lauritsen, Publishing Director, Open Education Network.Karen Lauritsen works with the Open Education Network, a community of professionals in the United States, Australia and Canada who are making higher education more open. Karen oversees the Open Textbook Library and launched the OEN Publishing Cooperative. She has edited and published a suite of open education creation templates and guides, including Authoring Open Textbooks, Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know and the Pub101 Publishing Curriculum. She earned her M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from The Second City.

Library Journal once named her a Mover and Shaker, and previous collaborations have been featured on Boing Boing, Nova's Science Cafe, Library as Incubator Project and recognized by the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award and ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. When not at work, Karen enjoys wildlife habitat gardening and reading non-fiction.

About the panelists

  • Mercedes Tubino-Blanco, Department of Spanish
  • Jon Davis, Department of Mathematics
  • Anita Li, Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Webex
Contact: Beth Martin
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