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Open Education

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA, United States
Official Website @virginia_tech

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 31,224

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OER LibGuide

Overview

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) has been involved with open education and open educational resource efforts since 2013. Our current efforts focus on awareness, education, building collaborative partnerships within the University, and development of a library publishing program.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants (2016-17)

The Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants program encourages the use of existing and creation of new information resources to support student learning. This effort supports faculty who are interested in pursuing non-traditional open education resources and new forms of digital scholarship as alternatives to traditional textbooks and homework software access codes. This effort also supports faculty who are interested in further sharing their original works as open educational resources as part of the university’s land grant mission.

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Duration: 10/2017 - Present

Program Webpage: http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer/grants

Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Publication

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adoption, OER Review/Assessment, OER Adaptation, OER Awareness

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 15,000

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 484,900

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 6,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 2

Typical amount of each grant: $ 3,000

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OER Events

Open Education Week 2016 Keynote: Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

In this presentation, Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener outlines the key points of the open education philosophy. He addresses common criticisms of open education and presents case studies to support his assertions. In particular, he discusses Noba, an open educational resource for psychology instruction.

Date: March 17, 2016 - March 17, 2016

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 30

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Exploring Innovative & Open Educational Resources

Three faculty panelists and open education librarian, Anita Walz, explore varying approaches to innovative and open educational resources. This presentation will especially be of interest to those interested in a discussion of an ecosystem which contains open and commercial learning resources. Panelists include: Dr. Clifford Shaffer, Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech Dr. Benjamin Jantzen, Assistant Professor Philosophy, Virginia Tech Dr. Bruce Mahin, Professor of Composition and Music Theory, Radford University The Multimedia tour showcases innovative and open educational resources from Virginia Tech, Radford, and beyond. URLs for two of the live demos: http://algoviz.org (Cliff Shaffer) https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-love-music/id575931871?mt=11 (Bruce Mahin)

Date: March 28, 2014 - March 28, 2014

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

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Seven Platforms You Should Know About: Share, Find, Author, or Adapt Creative Commons-Licensed Resources

Creative Commons licenses allow no-cost access, redistribution, remix, and reuse with attribution. This session is for faculty (and others) who want to know about no-cost platforms which enable sharing, finding, creating, and/or adapting of openly licensed or public domain resources. This session features live demos by expert users or creators of a selection of no-cost (some freemium) platforms and/or collaborative communities, including: VTechWorks, Merlot, Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, VT’s Odyssey learning object repository, Overleaf, Pressbooks, and Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation. This event was offered during Open Education Week 2017. Moderator: Anita Walz.
Presenters: Anita Walz, Virginia (Ginny) Pannabacker, Kayla McNabb, Ryan Looney, Lisa Pedrides, Melinda (Mindy) Bolin, and Hugh McGuire.

Date: April 26, 2017 - April 26, 2017

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Event Hashtag: #openeducationwk

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Open Education Week 2017 Panel Discussion: The Potential of Open Educational Resources

Virginia Tech faculty members discuss their experiences as adopters, adapters, and authors of open educational resources. The panel explores use and creation of open textbooks and online course materials and systems, including OpenStax Concepts of Biology, Fundamentals of Business, and Carnegie Online Learning Initiative. Student perspectives are also included. Panelists include: Stephen Skripak, Anastasia Cortes, Jonathan de Pena, Mary Lipscombe, Mayra Artiles, Jane Roberson-Evia, Peter Potter. Moderator: Anita Walz

Date: March 28, 2017 - March 28, 2017

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Event Hashtag: #openeducationwk

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Open Education Week 2017 (exhibit)

Virginia Tech’s Student Government Association (SGA), with assistance from the University Libraries, designed and developed an Open Education Week exhibit to educate and to solicit visitor input. The interactive exhibit featured a range of required student learning materials including textbooks, homework access codes, software, and clickers, visual representations of data related to course material costs and student responses, information about open education options, a new Creative Commons brochure, CC stickers, and several interactive features. Students also had the opportunity to write a personalized message on an SGA-designed postcard to their professor, department head, or whomever they want to contact.

Date: March 27, 2017 - April 7, 2017

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News Coverage

What we mean (and don’t mean) when we say “Open Education”

This presentation will introduce the concepts of open education and open educational resources within the overall context of openness. The term Open Education broadly means resources and practices which reduce barriers to learning.
Two of the most popular applications include: teaching openly or open pedagogy -- the idea of letting the public into your classroom -- and the use/adaptation/creation of open educational resources which allow for greater academic freedom and pedagogical flexibility.
By the end of this interactive session participants should be able to articulate explain several ways one can engage in open education, list benefits and potential drawbacks to open educational activities, and explain whether one might engage in open educational activities in the future. Presenter: Anita Walz

Date: March 17, 2016 - March 17, 2016

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Scope: OER (open course content)

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Open Education Week 2015 Panel Discussion

Introduction by Julie Speer, Associate Dean for Research & Informatics. Opening remarks by Anita Walz, Assessment, Open Education & Online Learning Environments Librarian. Mohammed Seyam discusses the value of openly licensed material as a student, research, and graduate assistant. Heath Hart reflects on his adoption of an open educational resource and a (subscribed) online textbook in, “A Rousing Success and an Unmitigated Disaster.” Greg Hartman discusses his experiences authoring open-source (CC BY-NC) textbook, “APEX Calculus” http://www.apexcalculus.com. Peter Doolittle discusses the open education movement from a teaching and learning perspective, moving beyond just content into process. Presentations are followed by audience and panelist discussion.

Date: Feb. 25, 2015 - Feb. 25, 2015

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Scope: OER (open course content)

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Open Education Week 2016: Research Presentation: Are textbooks too expensive for students? A first look at a survey of 300+ Virginia Tech st

National surveys suggest that rising textbook costs have a negative impact on student learning. How are VT students responding to rising costs in their course selections, perception of academic performance, number of hours worked for pay, and methods of acquiring learning resources? How closely do textbook cost-related impacts at Virginia Tech match available national data?

This presentation gives a first look at a recent survey of 300+ Virginia Tech students (IRB 15-138) in national context, their reported methods of acquiring required learning resources, use of unassigned resources, and levels of concern regarding academic performance. The presenter, Anita Walz will also discuss assumptions of the Open Education movement (the movement for open textbooks and Open Educational Resources) as part of the presentation.

Date: March 15, 2016 - March 15, 2016

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OER Resources

Get creative (and stay legal): Copyright compliance with Open Licensing, Creative Commons, and Open Educational Resources

This session is designed to introduce educators and authors to conceptual and useful aspects of open licensing of content, Creative Commons licenses, and Open Educational Resources. The session introduces open licensing and Creative Commons, rationale behind open licensing and the sharing economy, how (and why) to openly license, where to archive, and will provide guidance on finding, properly attributing, remixing and using openly licensed resources. Slides: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/50583

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CC BY

Resource Citation:
Walz, Anita (February 2015) "Get creative (and stay legal): Copyright compliance with Open Licensing, Creative Commons, and Open Educational Resources" Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/51601

Librarian Tool Box for Open Educational Resources

The Librarian OER Toolbox is a collection of links to (mostly) open resources. It is designed for librarians, expert searchers, and people who "enjoy the hunt" through overwhelming volumes of information. This site represents the most comprehensive lists we have found of the places to look for open educational resources written in English. It also includes various tools for building skills with regard to open education and open educational resources.

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CC BY

Resource Citation:
Walz, Anita [date retrieved] "Open Educational Resources: Librarian Tool Box" Retrieved from: http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer/lib-toolbox



Point of Contact

Anita Walz
Open Education, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication Librarian
@arwalz