Learn about the Affordable Learning Grant

Funding to adapt, adopt or author an open textbook is now available through OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit. An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available online to be freely used by students, faculty, and members of the public. Faculty teaching on-campus, online or hybrid courses who want to help students save money and create quality learning resources are eligible and invited to apply. All grant recipients will receive assistance from OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. The deadline for the proposal is Nov. 30. More information is available on the OERU opportunities webpage.

1.       Oct. 12 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

2.       Oct. 15 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

3.       Oct. 20 – 9-9:45 a.m. PT

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Make your course materials more affordable

The next year will be challenging financially for our students. Many have lost their jobs or wages and will have a difficult time making ends meet. Consider moving from a commercial textbook to open educational resources (free and openly licensed course materials). Not only can you make learning more affordable for students, but you may also improve your drop and withdrawal rates by switching. In this workshop, we will look at why “going open” is important and how it gives you more flexibility to create custom course materials. Now is the time to make your course materials more affordable.

1.       Oct. 18 – 10-10:45 a.m. PT

2.       Oct. 29 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Creative Commons licensing

If you are sharing or want to share the learning materials you have created, you should include a Creative Commons license. This will tell others exactly what they can and cannot do with your work. Learn about the Creative Commons, how it works, how you can share your learning materials and make sure you receive the appropriate attribution. Learn how to find and use materials already under a CC license to enhance your class or course materials.

1.       Oct. 2 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Open pedagogy

Open pedagogy reconceives the notion of who creates knowledge and provides a pathway to empower students as creators. Shifting student work from “disposable” to “renewable” assignments allows students to learn and create beyond a grade. In this session, you will learn about open pedagogy and explore a process for designing “renewable” assignments.

1.       Oct. 9 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Sourcing imagesIn our visual culture, digital users rely on images to inform them and help them navigate. Where do you find compelling images that will engage your students without creating copyright headaches? This session will help you find openly licensed visuals online. We’ll discuss Creative Commons licenses; investigate sites such as Flickr and Pixabay; and explore how to upload, place, caption and link your images. 

1.       Oct. 12 – 11-11:45 a.m. PT

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