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Fall Open Textbook Workshop Registration is Open

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.

Register here today!

Questions? Please contact Christina Trunnell, TRAILS OER Coordinator, at christina.trunnell@montana.edu.

OER Grants are open for applications.

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.

Aaniiih Nakoda Nominated

Aaniiih Nakoda Nominated

One of our members – Aaniiih Nakoda – has been nominated for the highest honor provided by the IMLS –

Congratulations to Eva English and Aaniiih Nakoda!

OER Coordinator Joins TRAILS

OER Coordinator Joins TRAILS

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.

Open Textbook Network training workshop

Open Textbook Network training workshop

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/otn), the Montana University System (https://mus.edu), and the MT Board of Regents (https://mus.edu/board). 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.

Please go here for more information and to register – https://goo.gl/forms/svMQhNLEeLabAHdo2.

Note – Space is limited so register soon.

MT Librarian Receiving ALA I Love My Librarian Award

MT Librarian Receiving ALA I Love My Librarian Award

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!

Absolutely terrific!

Pamela Benjamin, TRAILS

TRAILS is a Member of OTN!

TRAILS is a Member of OTN!

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.

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