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Thursday, November 19 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Adapting Open Stax Content at SLCC

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Salt Lake Community College has a number of faculty piloting or fully adopting Open Stax textbooks. While the Open Stax textbooks are well-designed for the national market, our faculty have still had to do some significant work in adapting the texts to meet the needs of our students and courses. SLCC faculty from four disciplines (Biology, Sociology, Math, and History) will describe their work in adapting Open Stax content to meet the needs to our students. In some cases faculty have been faced with the challenge making the content fit with our courses. History, for instance, is radically reducing the size of the text and making tough decision about what to include and exclude. In other cases (particularly with Math) the challenges have been technical: while the content is open, the various formats do not necessarily lend themselves to adaptation. Finally, the faculty will discuss the pedagogical surprises revealed in the process of adapting open content. How has working with OER influenced their pedagogy? How has it invited them to reconsider the relationship between learning resources and their course? We hope the faculty have the opportunity to do short, informative presentations on their work followed by a robust discussion with the audience.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Finkbeiner

Nicole Finkbeiner

Associate Director, Institutional Relations, Rice University's OpenStax
Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations, focused on developing and managing the relationships with faculty adopters and administrators. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax College. When not promoting Open Education Resources, Nicole fills her time attending lectures, spending time... Read More →
avatar for Jason Pickavance

Jason Pickavance

Director of Educational Initiatives, Salt Lake Community College
I'm currently Director of Educational Initiatives at Salt Lake Community College. My lead initiative is promoting open educational resources. I'm working on creating individual and structural incentives for the adoption of open content by faculty. I'm also pushing the College to think more broadly about open education in the community college context. Before taking becoming Director, I was an Associate Professor in the English Department where I... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2015 9:45am - 10:15am
Vancouver Island

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