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Iowa State University

Ames, IA, United States
Official Website @IowaStateU

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 34,435

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Iowa State University (ISU) is a public, land-grant institution. As such, ISU was founded on the ideas of accessible, practical education and shared knowledge beyond the bounds of its campus. In the spring of 2017, ISU's Faculty Senate passed an Open Access Resolution, and the Student Government of the university has acknowledged Open Educational Resources (OER) in a similar way by encouraging faculty to consider OER for their courses whenever possible.
On campus, the Open & Affordable Education Committee is also working to promote Open Educational Resources through the development of workshops and online resources for faculty and students alike. Our biggest project to date has been the development of the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program, a series of grants available to faculty who are interested in adopting, updating, or creating new Open Educational Resources. The pilot run of the grants (2017) was co-sponsored by the University Library, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost (SVPP). The OAEC contains representatives from the University Library, CELT, Bookstore, Student Government, and faculty in English and Chemical Engineering.

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OER Programs

Miller Open Education Mini-Grants

The Miller Open Education Mini-Grants are co-sponsored by Iowa State University's Library, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. They have been created to provide funding to instructors who are interested in adopting, updating, or creating an Open Educational Resource (OER) for use in one of their courses. The funding is being provided to offset the time and effort required of instructors to integrate OER into their courses effectively.

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Duration: 02/2018 - Present

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Review/Assessment, OER Publication, OER Adaptation, OER Pedagogy

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 45,000

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Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Typical amount of each grant: $ 2,000

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OER Policies

Student Government Open Educational Resources Recommendation

The Iowa State University Student Government recommends that professors and instructors utilize Open Education Resources, thus making it more feasible for students to obtain full access to course materials.

Duration: 10/2017 - Present

Policy Type: Resolution/Declaration

Policy Scope: OER (open course content)

Governance Level: Student Government

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OER Events

Open Educational Resources: Faculty and Students Weigh In

A panel discussion on the impact of OER in the classroom. Faculty using Open Educational Resources (OER) in their courses share the benefits and challenges of making the switch to OER and students share their opinion on how OER could affect their learning. Faculty representatives include instructors from Astronomy, Biology, Mathematics, History, Information Literacy, and Music.

Date: Oct. 24, 2017 - Oct. 24, 2017

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Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Approximate Attendees: 25

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Alternatives to Teaching with Textbooks: Open Educational Resources

This seminar introduced the problem of textbook costs for students and the alternatives available to faculty, from utilizing online materials and websites to adopting and creating Open Educational Materials. The seminar was presented by Emma Molls and Kelly Thompson, two past Iowa State University librarians, and hosted by ISU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Date: March 23, 2016 - March 23, 2016

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Approximate Attendees: 25

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Save Students Money: Adopt an Affordable Textbook for Your Course

In this workshop, two librarians explained what OER are and how they can be used by faculty to help their students, a representative of the university bookstore shared how the bookstore supports OER adoption and other affordable alternatives to textbooks, and a representative from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching discussed best practices for integrating OER into faculty members' online courses and lms.

Date: Sept. 19, 2017 - Sept. 19, 2017

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Approximate Attendees: 11

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources: How to Find & Evaluate OER

This hands-on workshop introduced major OER repositories and strategies for locating and evaluating resources in various disciplines. Participants left the workshop with the skills necessary to effectively locate, evaluate, edit, and integrate an Open Educational Resource into their course.

Date: Feb. 9, 2018 - Feb. 9, 2018

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 6

Promotional Material

Miller Open Education Mini-Grants Q&A

This event introduced participants to the Miller Open Education Mini-Grants available at ISU and the most important aspects of the application process. Participants were encouraged to ask questions about the grants, the application process, and OER in general.

Date: March 5, 2018 - March 5, 2018

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 8

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Point of Contact

Abbey Elder
Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian