GSC OE Ambassador Projects 2017

In May eight GSC faculty attended ATI 2017 and embarked upon a new adventure examining their courses to find ways to embed OER (open educational resources) and/or open pedagogy into their courses to have a meaningful impact on the way they teach and the students learn.  The following is a summary of those projects.  In addition to these projects, 3 other faculty worked on a mini project to replace their commercial textbooks with OER or an open textbook.

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Carolyn Cormier - (School of Education)

Open Pedagogy

I am working on my project in collaboration with two of my OE Ambassador colleagues.  The goal of this project is to immerse students in collaborative sharing and collective thought building by creating a personal learning network (PLN) in EDU612/702.  Specifically, students will develop a ten lesson Social Studies unit with the support and feedback of their PLN developed through Twitter, the GSC online community of practice (OCP), blogging, etc.  Students will also share their lesson ideas in open platforms such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and the GSC online community of practice.  Units will be shared via Padlet. In addition, by the Spring 2018 term I will transition the traditional Moodle discussion forums to social media forums via a course hashtag.  Also, the original research paper assignment will be replaced with a resource students will design for their colleagues on digital leadership in schools.  Collaborators:  Emily Gannon and Amy Kopp.

Steve Couture

Steve Couture & Jonathan Kipp
Management (Undergraduate)

Open Pedagogy

As a part of a 2-person team we have collaborated on the development and delivery of MGMT 500, Principles of Management, for several years.  Two features have been incorporated into the course - a team project and the use of an OER textbook.  The goal of this project is twofold:  first is to introduce the concepts of OER and Open Pedagogy to students, and second is to provide them an opportunity to apply the concepts as part of the Virtual Teams Exercise (VTE) in MGMT 500 by challenging teams of students to recommend substantive improvements to the OER textbook case studies.  

This course already uses an OER textbook; In the weeks leading up to the VTE, discussion forum topics will address open education, and students will be required to contribute to the discussions to demonstrate their understanding. The Virtual Teams Exercise will  require teams of students to identify and choose a case study from the textbook for their project, collaborate on what changes to recommend, and submit recommendations for improvements, with explanation/justification.

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Patricia Erwin-Ploog - Digital Media (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy

I will redesign SOSC519 Living in a Digital Democracy to support the module on citizen journalists. Becoming a citizen journalist and telling a story using social media requires certain skills and responsibilities. This project will provide students with a framework under which they can explore the nature of citizen journalism, how it is being used, and the  evaluation/value of information on current events first published via social media.  

This course has never used textbooks hence it demands a review each year to keep current and relevant. The OER created will focus on skills, ethical considerations, and look at how technology has changed the reporting of news. All work complete as part of this project will carry the creative commons (cc) license and will be made freely available.  

Emily Gannon

Emily Gannon - (School of Education)

Open Pedagogy

I am working on my project in collaboration with two of my OE Ambassador colleagues.
This project includes the development and maintenance of a public Online Community of Practice (OCP) in which GSC School of Education (SOE) students may share their clinical experiences, articles, videos, and questions.  The OCP will be present on Facebook (as a public group) and Twitter (#GSC_OCP).  Course instructors will be able to embed the OCP Twitter feed into their Moodle shells.

The OCP will help to make clinical feedback more dynamic and constructive.  Currently, teacher candidates are observed once per clinical course. Aside from one post-observation debrief meeting, candidates are not asked to revisit their faculty member’s feedback or to demonstrate growth in specific target areas.  

The OCP will provide an opportunity for all students to engage in a reflective improvement process,  throughout their entire clinical experience.  This regular cycle of observation, reflection, and progress monitoring will ensure that implementation of faculty suggestions and student improvement plans are alive, relevant, and meaningful.  Supporting our students in their quest to access information, techniques, and next practices outside of their school, state, and learning management system will open doors to new ways of thinking and learning.  

This Open Ed project would apply to all School of Education courses that include supervision by a Field Placement Faculty member.  To start, the project will be integrated into teacher candidates’ field based experiences on a volunteer basis.  If successful, the project could become a required component of all field based EDU courses.

 Collaborators:  Carolyn Cormer and Amy Kopp.

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Amy Kopp - Library-Media / Technology Integration Specialist (School of Education)

Open Pedagogy

I am working on my project in collaboration with two of my OE Ambassador colleagues. Currently, all of the clinical courses in the Educational Technology Integrator (ETI) certification program ask candidates to create a unit plan that employs meaningful technology integration. We realized that working with students is only one part of the responsibility of the ETI. Often the Technology Integrator is also charged with professional development of staff. We needed to find a way for our ETI candidates to manage the instructional aspects of integrating technology into lesson plans while also providing resources and training to staff.  This project will address this challenge by preparing ETI candidates to create a digital resource for their staff that allows them to distribute resources and trainings in one location that can be accessed at anytime. Candidates will create a digital open resource and compile at least 3 different artifacts that they have created to train staff members. Candidates will conduct a survey of the staff members who utilized the open resource for staff development. Candidates will put a creative commons licence on their resource and share it in the online community of practice at GSC.

Collaborators:  Carolyn Cormeir and Emily Gannon.

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Paula Lombardi - Special Education (School of Education)


I am developing a course ebook for EDU 607-703.  In addition to saving each student over $200, the OER eBook will support the course teaching resources in a format that is easy to access, OPEN, and scaffolds teacher candidate prior knowledge in math from the beginner to the experienced math teacher level.

The eBook will be an aid in keeping the course content current and cut down on the Moodle revision work that is currently needed. I would be able to add many more resources than are currently in the Moodle course which would help to cover the wide range of K-12 math levels and the continuum of challenges K-12 students with disabilities present in learning mathematics. Students will also be contributors to the eBook.

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Claudia Michael - Arts (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy

In the design of the course “Introduction to Drawing”,  I will be using OER resources, specifically You Tube instructional videos that demonstrate drawing skills fundamental to the course. I will be producing some resources such as slide decks and digital images for instruction and as examples.  Students will have the option of sharing their work on Instagram.

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Emily Moore - Arts (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy

I will be moving my Intro to Watercolor class to an online format.  In doing so, I will be creating a variety of watercolor tutorials that will be uploaded to YouTube and be openly accessible to the general public as well as my enrolled students.  The CC license I intend to use is BY-NC.  

OER Mini Projects

In addition to the OE Ambassadors projects, 3 GSC faculty were selected to work on a mini project in which they replaced the course textbook with Open Educational Resources.  These courses will be offered over the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms. 

  • John Lund: HIS510.1OL: U.S. History to 1865 (Fall 2017)
  • Beth McKenna: PSY508.1OL: Child Development (Fall 2017)
  • Julie Zink: COMM800.1OL: Foundations of Organizationl Communication (Winter 2018)