2021 AZ Regional OER Conference: Workshops

January 29, 2021

OE Starter Seminar 1: What Open Means

This workshop focuses on the "big picture" of open education, exploring the history, philosophy, and current practices of the movement. We will also identify some of the key issues and challenges related to OER and discuss what the future of open education might look like.

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February 3, 2021

OE Starter Seminar 2: Clearing the Weeds

This workshop explores the sometimes complex relationship between copyright law, fair use of "all rights reserved" content, and "some rights reserved" open content.

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Social Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a casual online gathering.

February 4, 2021

OE Starter Seminar 3: Wiki-Wiki-What?

This workshop covers Creative Commons licenses as well as methods for discovering and using OER that are already available.

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Social Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a casual online gathering.

February 5, 2021

Achieving Intersectional Epistemologies in Practice Through Open Education

This workshop is a continuation and application of the themes discussed in the keynote, “Open Education: Do Better. ” Participants will learn how to center social justice practices in their pedagogy and coursework through leveraging open educational practices and ideologies. Participants are encouraged to have two devices (ex: phone and laptop/tablet) and to reflect on/answer the following questions prior to attending the session:

  • What does socially just pedagogy and practices mean to you? What are examples of this?
  • In what ways can we interrogate traditional ways of knowing and the knowledge creation process?
  • What challenges occur when decentering dominant epistemologies?
  • Which voices are centered in your coursework and, consequently, which voices are marginalized?
  • What assumptions do you make about students’ way of knowing and their role in the classroom? How does this reproduce or challenge academic traditions?

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OE Starter Seminar 5: The “MOER” You Know

This workshop covers the ways in which Canvas, MOER (formerly MathAS), and MOD Press can be best utilized in the creation and use of OER.

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OE Starter Seminar 4: Ground-Up

This workshop introduces participants to best practices related to the design and licensing of originally­ developed content.

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Open and Renewable Assignments

This session explores going beyond OER as content material provided to students, and instead implementing the philosophy of OER to empower students to be creators of information and content.  In this workshop, we will cover various ideas and strategies to create open and engaging assignments that invest in students as producers of knowledge by valuing their work as a lasting, renewable resource. Participants will work through a process to consider their own curriculum, courses, and assignments as opportunities for open pedagogy and to brainstorm ideas for open, renewable assignments. Please come to this session with a few learning objectives from your course and we will show you how to build upon them to create a new type of assignment.

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February 12, 2021

Creating Renewable Assignments to Transform the Teaching and Learning Environments in Support of Social Justice and Student Success

In connection with the themes of the conference, Shinta Hernandez will offer participants a hands-on opportunity to develop renewable assignments using the framework in the global award-winning United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship. In breakout sessions, they will receive tools to help create renewable assignments (with Creative Commons licensing) that are designed to achieve global justice through community engagement, incorporate an inclusive curriculum through a decolonized framework, and combat systemic racism through interdisciplinary connections. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have at least started creating one renewable assignment that can be considered for implementation in their courses.

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OE Starter Seminar 6: Work that Doesn’t Go Into the Trash

This workshop delves into the emerging concept of "open pedagogy," which leverages permissions granted by open content licensing to involve students in meaningful, lasting work by way of “renewable” assignments.

Bring Your Own Project

We will provide resources in the form of

  • OER experts
  • Librarians
  • Instructional designers

For you to ask questions and consult with while you work on your project in a breakout space. This is a good time to collaborate with other experts, share your project with others, or have dedicated time to work with your collaborators.

UNSDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship Student Showcases

Join us for the Student Showcase portion of the 2020-2021 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship as faculty and students share about their collaborations and assignments. Faculty from various disciplines at Montgomery College (Maryland), Maricopa Community Colleges ( Arizona), and Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute (Canada) work in teams to create renewable assignments for deployment in their courses; assignments are centered on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This award-winning international partnership between community colleges and a four-year institution has faculty commit themselves to social and global justice through a focus on open pedagogy.

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Grant Writing Workshop

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February 19, 2021

OE Starter Seminar 7: Open at a College Near You

This workshop addresses strategies for building OER awareness and action at the college level-both officially and unofficially.

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Bring Your Own Project

We will provide resources in the form of

  • OER experts
  • Librarians
  • Instructional designers

For you to ask questions and consult with while you work on your project in a breakout space. This is a good time to collaborate with other experts, share your project with others, or have dedicated time to work with your collaborators.

PressbooksEDU

For the best experience in this session, please complete this form. During this hands-on workshop, participants who do not already have access to a PressbooksEDU environment will be placed in a PressbooksEDU Sandbox space. 

Applying an Agile Mindset to OER

While “Agile” is most associated with corporate team management, its applications are becoming increasingly valuable in higher education as institutions find a need to become more accessible, fluid, adaptive, collaborative, inclusive, and proactive. In this active, hands-on session, Jessica Zeitler, Ph.D., and Josie Milliken, Ph.D., PimaOnline Instructional Designers and faculty at Pima Community College, will demonstrate how Agile applies to OER––specifically, open education and open pedagogy. Participants will engage in a variety of activities that will allow them to gain a stronger understanding of how Agile enhances OER in terms of curriculum design and classroom instruction.

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February 26, 2021

Crisis Pedagogy: How to teach Life in Quarantine

Sponsored by Stanford University, Life in Quarantine is a multi-faceted, online platform providing a space for personal experience, art, and creative writing in the times of COVID-19. At the surface level, the LiQ project website houses an online historical archive including hundreds of reflections on the pandemic written by people living across the world that provides students with an opportunity to learn from first-hand descriptions of what living in the pandemic is like from all over. LiQ founders, Farah Bazzi, Ellis Schriefer, and Nelson Shuchmacher, alongside Grossmont College professor and counselor Dave Dillon (creator of the OE textbook Blueprint for Success in College and Career), have found that thoughtfully approaching the pandemic in the classroom is as challenging as it is essential. In order to assist educators experiencing similar challenges across disciplines, the LiQ project has created Teaching Quarantine, an OE initiative that provides the education community with resources and a platform to connect and collaborate.

In this workshop, the founders of LiQ and their collaborator Dave Dillon, will briefly introduce the project and this new initiative and share the importance of integrating our current crisis into the classroom, giving specific examples from their own teaching. The workshop is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to think critically about how the pandemic has affected their students and their pedagogy and to directly engage with fellow educators to grow this OE initiative. Likewise, this workshop will provide students and educators with information on the immense value of cultural competency and the internationalization of curriculum that will enhance students’ experiences both inside and outside the classroom and their ability to adapt to our ever globalizing world. Attendees will gain exposure to ideas and hands-on examples of the pedagogical relevance of such themes and through group activities, they will collaborate, using the LiQ framework, to generate concrete responses appropriate for their students, disciplines, and institutions. Moreover, participants will come away with clear opportunities to become involved in the OE community through collaboration, especially in the lead-up to OE Week (March 1-6). Lastly, this workshop aims to highlight how collectively adapting our pedagogical approaches to the current moment can not only aid instructors and educators across disciplines but more importantly, can provide support for students throughout their education. The skills from this workshop center around “crisis pedagogy,” and they can help educators adapt to the present moment as well as to a future in which they may experience other crises that could similarly affect the education community.

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Cooking and Spicing Up OERs with H5P

Open Educational Resources are like a fine meal, but how can you make them even better? In this hands-on workshop, you will explore H5P, a tool for adding interactive activities to your OERs, many of them types of activities not available in typical content development systems. The advantages of H5P are that it is not tied to a single platform, what you produce is web-standard HTML5 that can be exported, shared, and remixed for use elsewhere. You will discover how to find examples of H5P used in your discipline to give you ideas about what is possible. Next, you will get to experience remixing existing H5P content and explore the more than 40 activity types you can use. In addition, you will get time to experiment with making your own H5P content from scratch.

Here are some things you can do in advance to be ready for the workshop.

You will need an online place for creating H5P content. Here are a few options, use whichever is most convenient:

  1. If this is your first experience with H5P or want the easiest route, create an account by visiting http://h5p.org/ and click Create New Account. These are for practice only and you have access to fewer H5P tools, but it's a perfect way to get started.
  2. If you have access to a Pressbooks instance where you can create content, then H5P should be built in (look for it as an option on your dashboard when logged into a book you can edit).
  3. If your LMS is enabled for H5P (check with your technical support) you can use that as a space to create H5P.
  4. If you have access to a self-hosted WordPress site, create or use an existing site, and install the H5P WordPress plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/h5p/

There will be time to do this in the workshop, this just saves you a step.

We also will be using a desktop H5P editor that should work on any desktop or laptop computer. Download and install from https://lumi.education/

If you have those in place, you are one step to being closer to cooking with H5P.

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March 1-5, 2021 Open Ed Week

March 5, 2021

Conference Coda

The conference Coda invites all participants to reconvene at the end of Open Education Week to reflect on their experiences during the conference, share their top takeaways, and consider strategies for staying connected through collaborative work moving forward.