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Open Education

Iowa State University

Ames, IA, United States
Official Website @IowaStateU

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

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Overview

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, but the university has yet to acknowledge Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the same way. Iowa State University's Library is currently working to enhance interest in OERs through the development of workshops and online resources for faculty and students alike.

Campus Details

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OER Policies

Pending review: Student Government Open Educational Resources Recommendation

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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

Event Type: Panel/Roundtable

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

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

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

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

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

Approximate Attendees: 11

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Point of Contact

Abbey Elder
Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian
@OpenAccessElder