Host a professional development day for all faculty or individual departments to educate people about the benefits of OER. Begin with an introductory session highlighting 1) problems with traditional, fixed, high-cost educational resources, 2) research on OER impact on student success, and 3) how to adopt, adapt, and author OER. Include a hands-on workshop to introduce them to resources that make it simple to discover, adopt, and teach with OER.
Here are three examples that represent a wide-range of Lumen Learning clients.
Lansing Community College:
Here is an agenda from a focused one-day event by a seasoned OER champion who already has several OER initiatives happening on campus. We started with a keynote about Lumen Learning and OER to set the tone of the day. Then we had break-out sessions that were discipline-specific. Highly effective for faculty and administrators who are already familiar with open education and Lumen Learning.
Here is an agenda from a campus-wide event at the same institution. The day was organized around three morning keynotes, a student panel during lunch, and then breakout hands-on sessions in the afternoon.
Cochise Community College:
Here is an agenda for a workshop that features a kick-off event where we aimed to support the work of an OER champion. In this model, we invited upper-administrators to the keynote in the morning, and then held discipline-specific workshops for faculty in the afternoon.
San Jacinto College:
Here is a list of questions that we used at San Jacinto with a group of faculty who were involved with the Achieve the Dream Grant. We held a focus group with those faculty to get an understanding of their experience. Here are the questions:
Focus Group Questions
- What has gone well with your course adoption? Tell us a briefly what you’ve changed about your course with the adoption of OER.
- Tell us about what has been a challenge. What do you wish you had known before you started teaching with OER?
- How can we reach more faculty on campus to get them interested in OER? What would you tell a faculty member interested in OER?
- What was your students reaction to using OER? What can we do to support the student experience in your courses?
- What would make the adopt/adapt experience easier for faculty?