Celebrating Open Education Week: The College at Brockport

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Celebrating Open Education Week

In celebration of Open Education Week (March 5-9), please join us for 30-minute introductory webinars in Drake Library (Rm 215) or at your desk. See session descriptions below. More online events at the link in the description.


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Open SUNY, in partnership with SUNY OER Services, is pleased to host and showcase four presentations from our SUNY campuses in celebration of Open Education Week, March 5-9.

The following webinars are free to attend and do not require advanced registration.

Monday, March 5

Time: Noon – 12:30 pm

Title: OER! A Comparative Study

Presenter: Joshua Zeiders-Weber, Jamestown Community College

Description: In the Fall 2017 semester, a basic comparative study between Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative psychology textbook and course and a Cengage Psychology Textbook and Mindtap program was conducted. The findings of the study and other potential implications of OER use in introductory course work will be discussed.

Wednesday, March 7

Time: Noon – 12:30 pm

Title: OpenStax: A Personal Story on Development and Application

Presenters: Ken Podolak, SUNY Plattsburgh

Description: OpenStax College is a non-profit organization that has free textbooks for college courses available to be downloaded from their website. These textbooks are peer-reviewed and developed to match well with current college course textbook’s curriculum. Ken will highlight some the resources in a physics textbook by OpenStax and discuss his role as a content lead developer for OpenStax’s University Physics textbook.

Thursday, March 8

Time: Noon – 12:30 pm

Title: Designating CC license on items within Blackboard

Presenter: Carol Beckley, University at Buffalo

Description: Carol will discuss the Creative Commons licenses she uses in her course and demonstrate how she has incorporated the license on items within the Blackboard LMS.

Friday, March 9

Time: Noon – 12:30 pm

Title: MOOC-style Course for Writing Essentials

Presenter: Gillian Paku, SUNY Geneseo

Description: Gillian tailored and edited a SUNY OER composition course to suit the needs of students at SUNY Geneseo, a 4-year liberal arts college. The required first-year writing seminar accommodates about 1,000 students per year and the online writing course functions as a largely self-paced co-requisite to that seminar. The seminar component takes place in physical classrooms where students work through college-level writing skills using content and topics chosen by instructors from across the campus. The online course is set up as one inclusive section that takes place entirely online, where Gillian is the sole instructor. In the online course, students work their way through writing concepts that are standardized, suited to online delivery, and that would be difficult to sufficiently provide depth or flexibility to suit every student in the physical classroom space . This online course has allowed us to strike a balance between a flexible writing seminar and the benefits of some standardized concepts and tools. We have been able to report almost 100% success rates in satisfying the course and students earning credit in its first 1.5 semesters.

All sessions can be accessed through the following Zoom link at the dates and times above: OEW session access.

We also encourage you to explore and participate in other open education events happening around the globe at the link below. You can learn more about Open Education week and browse projects and resources by visiting the website. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter!

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from each other and support your peers!



M. J. Orzech, 395-2141, (morzech@brockport.edu)

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