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Tuesday, November 26 • 14:20 - 14:50
OER Conversion with Faculty Advocates

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The OER deployment model at the University of Missouri - St. Louis is transitioning to department-level grants for the 2019-2020 academic year. The evolution of our Faculty Advocate (FA) program came about to leverage further the peer-to-peer bonds of association between instructors, an on-campus OER trend that became clear following three successful rounds of faculty course-conversion grants.

To encourage widespread adoption of OER practices, several departments with multiple high-enrollment courses will house a financially-compensated FA. The Advocates will aid their departments in a two-year OER adoption process. At the process’s conclusion, all introductory coursework should be able to be completed by students at zero cost, which will help institutionalize open education as the new standard.

The first year of the adoption term is spent building the infrastructure necessary to introduce and support a cultural transition to OER within their discipline, including a comprehensive departmental resource audit; training sessions within the department; creative “hackathons” to produce open resources; and peer workshops on assessing OER materials and implementing open pedagogy in the classroom. At the first year’s conclusion, the FA would generate a detailed narrative report depicting their experience. The account would include goal statements, the results of the preliminary department analysis, an extensively detailed timeline of actions taken, and the FA’s proposals for nurturing the program’s sustainability.

The second year is the department’s turn to take the foundation laid by the FA and fully transition introductory-track courses to open educational materials. They will expand upon the work completed by the FA, utilizing the relationships built with the various on-campus support units and maintaining professional development programs related to open education.


Emily Goldstein

Director of eLearning, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Danielle King

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Tuesday November 26, 2019 14:20 - 14:50 CET
BL27.06 ground floor classroom - Presentations