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OESS Webinar
Start Date: 3/7/2019Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 3/7/2019End Time: 3:00 PM
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Event Description:

The Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS) committee will host a three-part webinar from noon to 3 p.m. March 7 featuring speakers from across the southern U.S. region. The webinar will be screened in Room 303B of Mullins Library, and all are welcome to attend in person or participate remotely. This event is offered at no cost to attendees and is open to the public. 


Carrie Gits of Austin Community College (ACC) will kick off the three-part OESS webinar at noon Marcy 7 with the presentation “Z-Degrees at Austin Community College: A Story of Implementation, Evolution, and Expansion.” In 2016, ACC was one of 38 community colleges on a path to create Z-Degrees through the Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative Grant. Since the implementation and launch of zero textbook cost/OER courses, ACC has saved students over $3 million. The Z-Degree pathway continues to evolve, and the number of zero textbook cost course sections increases each semester. Gits will share the successes and challenges experienced throughout this process. There will also be a focus on the important roles a variety of stakeholders across the college have in order to make the initiative possible and sustainable.


From 1 to 2 p.m., Matthew DeCarlo of Radford University will present “The Open Social Work Education Project.” This presentation will describe the Open Social Work Education (OSWE) project, which aims to spread awareness, adoption and creation of OER in social work education. OSWE initiatives on publishing open textbooks, curating resources, conducting OER research, and educating faculty and students on OER serve this mission. Future projects will focus on sharing syllabi across campuses, integrating open science and open access, and building open-themed events at social work education conferences. As the OER movement matures, it will necessarily have to expand its focus from general education courses to upper-level courses, specialized majors, and graduate programs of study. Participants will gain an understanding of what these next-wave OER initiatives might look like within their disciplines and the lessons learned during the first year of our project.


Thornton will wrap things up from 2 to 3 p.m. with “Practical Tips: Building Campus Partnerships and Planning Programs for Open Educational Resource Advocacy.” This presentation will offer practical tips for launching and sustaining campus OER advocacy initiatives by establishing partnerships with campus units that support teaching faculty. The session will feature a brief presentation followed by audience discussion and questions.

“After the success of the inaugural OESS event this past October here on the U of A campus, the Libraries are excited to be able to keep the open education momentum going,” said Stephanie Pierce, head of the Physics Library. “While on-campus events are fantastic opportunities to showcase and connect with others in person, holding a webinar event like this will allow more people from around the region, country and world to participate in conversations regarding open education.”


Location Information:
Main Campus - (MULN) David W. Mullins Library  (View Map)
David W. Mullins Library
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: (479) 575-4104
Contact Information:
Name: Stephanie Pierce
Phone: 479-575-4483
Email: sjpierc@uark.edu
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