Thursday, October 28, 2021

Three Examples of Interactive Syllabi (Designed with Open Educational Resources from a University Library)

Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the Open Education Conference. It was virtual and the content was definitely interesting! 

My session was held on Monday, October 18 • 3:45pm - 4:25pm and it was titled, "Designing an Interactive OER Syllabus as an Equitable Practice". 

During the session, I talked about my interactive OER syllabus and I had the opportunity to network with some amazing colleagues. One of the amazing faculty members from my institution attended as well - shout out to Dr. Trina Geye!

I am passionate about open educational resources and I like fact that OERs can save students money. This is very important for our Texas college students. Open Educational Resources are equitable resources!

Here are the notes from the presentation:

I know some of you are wondering WHY I incorporate OERs instead of textbooks for my courses.... This is why...
  • Day-One Access/No-Cost (Equitable)
  • Easier for the Student
  • Mobile Access
  • Linkable to Canvas
  • Easier for the Professor (Updates/Changes)
I always emphasize partnering with the library to find additional educational resources. Here are some starting points!
  • Podcast Links
  • Guides from Prior Semesters (Student Approved Work)
  • YouTube Videos
  • Database Article Links
  • E-Books
  • Lib Guides
As you transition from semester-to-semester, I always recommend this checklist for "refreshing" your OER syllabus:
  • Check Your Links
  • Check for More Relevant Resources
  • Develop a Pre and Post Semester Checklist
  • Integrate Your OER Endeavors with Research
In fact, here's a copy of my OER syllabi:

I also design a syllabus and Canvas tour for my students to help them become more familiar with the content.

Students in my classes (both graduate and undergraduate students) REALLY enjoy the free resources and they are also "more up-to-date" than a traditional textbook.

Have any questions about OERs? Contact me.



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Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
Professor of Communication
Executive Director of the Texas Social Media Research Institute & Rural Communication Institute

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