LIRT TLT Committee Webinar -- Ready OER Not, Here We Come? Intentionally Planning for Open, Sustainable, & Learning-Analytics-Ready Resources

Teaching Learning and Technology Committee Webinar on open educational resources (OER).

The recording for this session can be found on the LIRT YouTube Channel, and the slides are also available.

Please join the LIRT Teaching, Learning, and Technology committee on Tuesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. MTN/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. EST for an exciting, free webinar: The session will be recorded and made available after the event. Please contact if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

So you’ve decided you want to create open educational resources (OER) to provide free and reduced cost materials to your students and faculty alike. Great! Are you sure it’s truly open? Can you collect any meaningful data to know if students are actually learning? Are those learning analytics prioritizing student privacy and safety? In this webinar, participants will take a look at some often-forgotten details that should be considered before any OER creation takes place, as well as explore methods for safely incorporating learning analytics so as to continuously improve OER effectiveness. Participants will hear from three institutions and their journeys to create OER with learning analytics, including valuable lessons learned along the way.

Presenter biographies:

  • Cristina Colquhoun is the Instructional Designer for the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University. She has experience as a teacher, curriculum specialist, trainer, and instructional designer, and holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Technology. She currently uses her skill set to design information literacy instruction and tutorials for undergraduate students, as well as provide training for library liaisons in effective teaching methodologies.

  • Steel Wagstaff (Twitter: @steelwagstaff) is the Educational Client Manager at Pressbooks, a small Canadian startup which makes open source book publishing software. Before joining Pressbooks he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than a decade, most recently as an instructional technology consultant in the College of Letters & Science, where he led efforts to collect learning analytics and provide visualizations for students and instructors derived from locally-authored open textbooks. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MLIS, both from UW-Madison.

  • Bryan Ollendyke is the lead developer on a platform called ELMS: Learning Network which has released millions of lines of code over the last decade in pursuit of better open source systems for education and the web. His latest project code named HAX is a game changer for Open Educational Resources by created a platform agnostic web editing experience to bring content creation to everyone regardless of technical level.

  • Kathy Essmiller is the Open Educational Resources Librarian at Oklahoma State University. Her background is in arts education, and she has classroom music teaching experience with PK-12 and in higher education. Kathy holds an M.M. from Kansas State University, an M.S. (educational technology) from Oklahoma State University, and is working toward a Ph.D. (educational technology) at Oklahoma State University. In her current appointment she advocates for and supports the use and development of Open Educational Resources on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include equity and diversity issues in the Open movement, definitions of creativity in the arts and industry, and partnering effective instructional design with digital resources to provide quality, accessible educational opportunities.