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Spring workshops announced for instructors

The Iowa State University Library is hosting several workshops for instructors interested in open education this semester. Whether you are just getting started exploring OER for your courses or you want to explore new pedagogies for engaging your students, there is something for you this year. Want to register for one or more of these opportunities? Check them out and register now on the Uiversity Library events calendar

Descriptions for the open education-focused programming is provided below:

OER 101: An Introduction to Free and Open Course Materials


Wednesday, February 15, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST

In this workshop, participants will learn about open educational resources (OER), free course materials that instructors can adapt to fit their course's needs. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the benefits and challenges of using OER, resources that they can use to find and evaluate these materials, and methods for integrating high-quality OER into their courses.

Supporting Student-Centered Learning through Open Pedagogy

[Hands-on Workshop]

Thursday, March 2, 2023 12:30 - 2:00pm CST

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the concept of open pedagogy, a teaching practice focused on student-centered and project-based learning which aims to foster a learning environment that supports students' creativity and expression through the co-creation of content. Participants will leave this workshop with successful models for scaffolding student engagement and implementing open pedagogy assignments in the classroom, along with additional resources to learn more. 

Open Scholar Café | Publishing Assignments as OER

[Webinar & Discussion]

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

Engaging students in meaningful content creation can be an impactful practice, but it requires careful and ongoing communication with students to be done well. In this online event, Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, will share her experience developing assignments with instructors to support the publication of student projects as open educational resources (OER). In addition to sharing her own experiences facilitating open pedagogy assignments, Abbey will highlight major studies in this area and how Iowa State instructors and students can leverage open pedagogy in their teaching to support student engagement and learning.