Greetings to you on Friday, October 13. While there are many superstitions linked to this day, with them come different perspectives of the world and the opportunity to learn about cultural beliefs. For example, there may be psychological benefits to the phobia of Friday the 13th (triskaidekaphobia). For more, see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151113-friday-13-superstition-phobia-triskaidekaphobia-culture/.
This coming week in CETL, we are focusing on Open Educational Resources. Stephanie Warden, UW-S Librarian, will showcase OERs and discuss their use and implementation on Monday, October 16 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in Swenson 2034 (please note the change from the CETL conference room).
What are OERs? Educause states that OERs are “any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research”. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes, such as the link above that could be used for a small group discussion of norms and beliefs (7 Things You Should Know about Open Educational Resources, 2010).
We know that textbook costs are high and continuing to rise. While students have the option of renting e-books, costs can be prohibitive. OERs are a way to supplement texts and embed them in courses, thus creating learning opportunities (readings, viewing videos, etc.) linked to meaningful assessment. For example, you can track if a student has read materials before taking an exam or participating in a small group discussion. Stephanie has done some great work in connecting instructors with OERs for UW-S courses. Please feel free to come to the session with questions and ideas for how you’d like to use OERs.