It is officially fall, or maybe the new Montana hybrid of fall/winter. During this season that is often full of preparing for family gatherings, work events, and more, TRAILS is busy ramping up the work in open education and textbook affordability.
New workshops have been added to the fall schedule. New opportunities for professional development are coming up. New grant opportunities are being prepared to be shared later this month. Check out our latest schedule with links to sign up for any or all events. Here’s the highlights.
More Virtual Review workshops have been added by faculty request. This are a brief introduction to what OER is and how it may benefit you.
The ReDesign Your Course with OER class is running again! This was a great success with faculty who participated this summer. This fall, faculty will be joined with colleagues from Montana and other west coast states in this iteration of the class. This is asynchronous to best fit your schedule and allow for the maximum benefit. Questions? Check out the introductory sign-up here.
NEW!!! An Open Pedagogy workshop is now on the schedule! Yes, you requested it; it has been added. Interested in learning more about open teaching practices but not sure about switching textbooks, maybe you don’t even use a textbook? This is the workshop for you.
Looking for more from TRAILS OER? Let me know what you need. In the meantime, if you missed the Fall OER starter packet, this is full of lots of links and ideas to get you started.
Now that school is underway, are you ready to get involved in more with Open Education and Textbook Affordability initiatives?
The MUS TRAILS OER program is offering the following opportunities to Montana higher education institutions. All events are free and open Registration.
- September 13th – Faculty Virtual Textbook Review Workshop. Textbook Review Workshops are 1 hour, providing and introduction and overview of OER. The workshop will answer basic questions as well as provide faculty the opportunity to write a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. Register here.
- September 16th thru November 10th – Open Educational Practices Course. This course introduces participants to open educational practices. Topics include open educational resources, open content development, accessibility, instructional design, and open pedagogy. Open educational practices are applied throughout the course in a variety of individual and team learning activities. Register here.
- September 18th – Community College Webinar on Copyright and Licensing with OER. No matter how long you’ve been an advocate of OER, you may sometimes feel like you need a (fun and nuanced) refresher on the nuts and bolts of “open.” This webinar will engage a panel of experts in a discussion ranging from the basics of copyright and Creative Commons licensing to the tough questions we inevitably encounter when working with open resources.Register here.
- September 20th – Open Textbook Network Train OER Leaders Workshop. Details and Registration here.
- September 26th – Faculty Virtual Textbook Review Workshop. Textbook Review Workshops are 1 hour, providing and introduction and overview of OER. The workshop will answer basic questions as well as provide faculty the opportunity to write a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. Register here.
- October 15th – Faculty Virtual Textbook Review Workshop. Textbook Review Workshops are 1 hour, providing and introduction and overview of OER. The workshop will answer basic questions as well as provide faculty the opportunity to write a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. Register here.
- October 1st – Open Education Leadership: a global webinar. Join us for an informative webinar on the ways OEC is meeting the needs of leaders including State or regional leaders; the Open Policy Forum; OpenEd Tech; and including information about leadership sessions at the Open Education Global Conference in Milan.Register here.
- October 17th – Community College Webinar on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in OER. The OER movement is deeply rooted in ensuring equitable access to information; but there is more we can do to help increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in our resources. Join us for this webinar to learn about the ways in which colleges can consider issues of equity when designing and delivering OER courses and degree programs. Register here.
- November 17th – Community College Webinar on Measuring OER Impact Research. When starting an OER initiative at your institution, it is important to consider how you will measure the impact that OER is having on teaching and learning. This webinar will discuss the best studies that are currently out there, key research designs for institutions, lessons learned, and what data institutions should be collecting right now. Register here.
More opportunities to come. Stay tuned!
Faculty, deans, library directors, library colleagues, and curricula designers from Montana Higher Education are invited to participate in an Open Textbook Network Training workshop hosted by TRAILS on September 20, 2019 at UM-Missoula. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Room 330 of the University Center.
This workshop is a joint effort by TRAILS, the Open Textbook Network (OTN), the Montana University System, and the MT Board of Regents. Experts at OTN will serve to form the foundation for creating a community of practice, centered around building OER (Open Educational Resources) learning content, for affordable learning in Montana.
Space is limited.
Registration is free, but please let us know if you have to cancel so we keep costs to a minimum. In this workshop you can expect an environment of learning and sharing in areas such as:
• Using tools and resources for open textbook programming
• Exploring strategies for addressing common challenges
• Identifying obstacles to open textbook adoptions
• Developing incentives for successful programs on your local campus
• Networking opportunities with other workshop participants
TRAILS is sponsoring lodging for those who are traveling outside of the area.
Questions? Please contact Christina Trunnell, TRAILS OER Coordinator, at email@example.com.
It’s official! The TRAILS OER program launched its first faculty incentive grant cycle last week. We are soliciting applications today. So, if you are teaching a course at a TRAILS institution, you are encouraged to apply. If you know someone teaching at a TRAILS institution, share this information with them. Read the grant descriptions for this grant cycle and apply here.
For faculty working on a course over the summer an thinking about adopting an open textbook, TRAILS is hosting a ReDesign Your Course with OER class during the summer. This is a step-by-step class that will walk through changing textbooks and laying out a course with some instructional design methods woven in. This class is asynchronous and can be taken at any point during the summer. It will be available the first of June. Individuals interested, curious about the details, or who want to know more before committing, please sign up here to get that information.
One of our members – Aaniiih Nakoda – has been nominated for the highest honor provided by the IMLS –
Congratulations to Eva English and Aaniiih Nakoda!
TRAILS is pleased to announce that Christina Trunnell will be joining TRAILS as the our new Open Educational Resources Coordinator. Christina is currently the Head of Library and Information Services at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. She brings considerable knowledge of OER and experience with statewide OER efforts in Oregon. In Montana she will be responsible for rolling out and coordinating the statewide OER Initiative that is being funded by OCHE. Christina officially begins her duties with us on March 20.
Faculty, deans, library directors, library colleagues, and curricula designers from Montana higher education are invited to participate in an Open Textbook Network training workshop hosted by TRAILS on February 1st, 2019 at MSU-Bozeman. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Room 233 of the Strand Union.
Open educational resources are teaching, learning and research resources, such as textbooks, that are in the public domain or have been released with an open license – meaning anyone can freely use, adapt and share the materials.
This workshop is a joint effort by TRAILS (https://trailsmt.org), the Open Textbook Network (OTN) (https://research.cehd.umn.edu
Please go here for more information and to register – https://goo.gl/forms/svMQhNLEe
Note – Space is limited so register soon.
Please join me in congratulating Joy Bridwell at Stone Child College as one of only 10 recipients of the ALA 2018 I Love My Librarian Award!
Pamela Benjamin, TRAILS
TRAILS joined the Open Textbook Network, an alliance of hundreds of colleges, universities, and consortia partners working together to advance the use of open textbooks in higher education, in the fall of 2018. Textbook affordability is a major concern on college campuses throughout the United States and this is an exciting partnership that allows us to provide member libraries with tools and services that will assist them in building sustainable open textbook programs on their campuses. TRAILS membership means that all of our member libraries will have access to OTN resources and trainings.
There will be 2 OTN training workshops offered. The first is on Feb. 1st at MSU-Boz and the 2nd will be next fall at UM-Missoula exact date tbd. Both sessions will be about creating a community of practice, centered around building OER learning content, for affordable learning in Montana. The workshops will be free and attendees may be faculty, deans, library directors, library colleagues, curricula designers, or anyone who wishes to learn about how to implement OER for higher ed in MT.