Due to COVID-19, there is an urgent need for digital course materials to fill the gaps left by publishers’ textbooks, which are often not available as e-versions. To address this need, community colleges are turning to Open Educational Resources (OER)—including open textbooks and ancillary resources—to build out their online course content. Through open licensing that allows faculty to adapt OER and integrate them into their course management systems, these colleges are finding the flexibility needed for emergency remote courses. At the same time, they can address requirements for culturally relevant, engaging materials for their learners in the online setting.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring findings from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)* on how community colleges are utilizing OER to support high quality learning experiences in the online setting. The results include a guidebook for campus administrators as they work to create the policy and practice environments needed to foster increased OER use for online learning.
-Amee Evans Godwin, V.P., Research & Development, ISKME
-Cynthia Jimes, Ph.D., Director of Research & Learning, ISKME
-Amanda Taintor, Faculty Coordinator, Instructional Design and Distance Education, State Center Community College District, Reedley College, CA
-James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons, CA
-Ryan Erickson-Kulas, Program Officer, Michelson 20MM Foundation
*ISKME’s research was funded by a Michelson Spark Grant