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Tuesday, May 12 • 10:45am - 11:15am
OERs Are Not Just for Students: Transforming Curriculum Design through OER Creation

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OERs Are Not Just for Students: Transforming Curriculum Design through OER Creation

In May of 2019, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offered its first version of a week-long course (re)design workshop. Recognizing we had been primarily using resources from other institutions, we opted to create resources specific to TRU through a one-day facilitated writing sprint. We believed that a one-day sprint would be sufficient to create a few course design resources that TRU faculty could use, both for face-to-face and online course creation and revision.

But we were wrong.

The project grew from being conceptualized as a few stand-alone documents to being imagined as a large online open educational resource. The benefits of OERs for students have been investigated (Hendricks, Reinsberg, & Rieger, 2017; Jhangiani et al, 2018), but they are still relatively unstudied for faculty use. Moving beyond offering resources simply for course design, we decided to create an OER that encompasses three main areas of curriculum planning and design: composition, mapping, and alignment of learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; choice and alignment of instructional strategies and learning activities; and alignment of outcomes assessment at all levels. We divided into three teams and got to work. After several planning meetings and full-day working sessions, we are nearly ready to release the resource into the world, just in time for TRU’s 2020 Course Renovation Institute.

In this session, we will outline our goals for and process of creating the OER and faculty’s perceptions of its usability from the course design workshop. As well, we will demonstrate the OER, and session participants will have an opportunity to explore its various features. By the end of the session, participants will be able to do the following:
• Articulate the value of OERs for faculty use
• Access the open educational resource with their own device(s)
• Explore the features of the resource
• Assess the value of the resource for their own contexts
• Share the resource with others from their own institutions, if desired

The session is relevant to the theme because the resource—as both open access and creative commons—has the potential to both disrupt and transform how course design and curriculum planning happens both within TRU and in other institutions that may choose to adopt this resource for their own use.

Participants are encouraged to bring their devices to this session so they can peruse the resource.

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Carolyn Ives

Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development -Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Thompson Rivers University
Carolyn Ives is a faculty member in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Thompson Rivers University. A former English professor, her work shifted to educational development in recent years through her roles as Academic Integrity Officer and then Curriculum... Read More →

Catharine Dishke

Thompson Rivers University
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Kara Loy

Associate Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Thompson Rivers University
Kara Loy holds an MEd in educational research (University of Calgary), a BA Hons in English, a BA in Spanish, and a post graduate TESL certificate (Teaching English as a Subsequent Language, University of Saskatchewan). She is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership (University... Read More →
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Brenna Clarke Gray

Coordinator, Educational Technologies, Thompson Rivers University
Brenna Clarke Gray is an educational technologist by day and a comics scholar by night. She writes on representations of Canada in American comic books and the failings of the Canadian academy in equal measure. You can find her on Twitter: @brennacgray.

Matthew Stranach

Coordinator, Educational Technologies; TRU Open Learning, Thompson Rivers University
Matthew Stranach is Coordinator, Educational Technologies with TRU’s Open Learning Division. Matt has been an educator in higher education for more than 10 years. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Calgary, and a Master’s degree in Instructional... Read More →

Nina Johnson

Thompson Rivers University
Nina Johnson is a literature and creative writing instructor in the English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University. She is a certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator and a member of The Labyrinth Society Research Committee. As a Senior Lecturer and TRU Teaching... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2020 10:45am - 11:15am PDT
Ballroom 2

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