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Open Educational Resources Scholar to Highlight Faculty Summer Institute

David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, an organization that works to improve the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources (OER), will deliver the keynote address at Old Dominion University's 19th annual Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning.

Hosted May 16 and 17 by the University's Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) and ODUOnline, the institute will offer two days of reflection, sharing and learning, built around workshops and panel discussions. It will be held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

To learn more or register, see the 2017 Faculty Summer Institute website.

Wiley, who will lead a workshop as well as deliver the keynote, is an industry leader in this year's institute topic, "OER: Leveraging Resources for Affordable Course Content." Wiley has been called "one of America's most innovative thinkers on the future of learning."

The education fellow at Creative Commons and an adjunct faculty member in Brigham Young University's graduate program in instructional psychology and technology, Wiley received a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant. He is both a Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a Shuttleworth Fellow.

In 2009, Fast Company named Wiley one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. His TEDx talk on Open Education and the Future can be viewed on the web.

The 2017 Summer Institute is intended to provide ODU's faculty and those from nearby institutions with opportunities to explore the potential of OER in enriching their teaching and learning practices, while enabling their students to access affordable and appropriate content. To this end, the Faculty Summer Institute is organized around four themes:

  • Establishing faculty learning communities to promote a campus-wide dialogue about OER creation and development;
  • Involving your students through an active learning approach;
  • Reflecting on your teaching practices and personal journey regarding OER; and
  • Sharing your process to show others how you are implementing OER.

By exposing students to a variety of affordable open educational resources, faculty can offer their students a richer learning experience than what is provided by a single proprietary textbook, without the cost burden. Research findings indicate that the use of OER contributes to increased student satisfaction and retention, reduced costs while meeting students' needs, and improved test scores.

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