GSC OE Ambassador Projects 2019

Group photo of the ATI 2019 GSC Open Education Ambassadors

Pictured (L-R), Row 1: Susan Bradley, Courtney Rice, Christorpher Benton, Beth Reed.  Row 2: Liz Colantuonio, Sarah Batterson, Mercedes Hunt, Tara Treichel, Row 3: Reta Chaffee, Karen White, Steve Covello

Nine GSC faculty attended ATI 2019 which was hosted at Granite State College this year.  Each faculty came to the ATI with an idea on how to improve their course and/or save students money by incorporating OER (open educational resources) and/or open pedagogy into their courses with the end goal of having a meaningful impact on the way they teach and the students learn.  The following is a summary of those projects. 


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Sarah Batterson  - CRIT501: Critical Inquiry (Undergraduate)

OER (Fall 2019)
 
 

 

Project Description:

Sarah plans to obtain OER resources for CRIT501 and incorporate a more interactive project for information literacy skills.  She will start by  identifying open education resources to replace the current text. She will also create learning modules to walk students through determining information needed, developing and refining key word searches, and finding valid sources that provide multiple perspectives on specific topic.  Ultimately she hopes her project will contribute to lowering resouce costs for students

Post-project Reflection: 

Will be updated at project completion.


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Chris Benton  - MATH504: Statistics (Undergraduate)

OER (Fall 2019)
 
 
 
Project Description:

Currently MATH504 is one of the top 10 highest enrolled courses at the college. Students enrolled in this course are required to purchase a costly commercial textbook ($180 new.) This project would provide a cost-free option for a total between 50-75 students per term. Because there are multiple sections of this course, the impact is greater.

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


 

Susan Bradley photoSusan Bradley - EDU740 Capstone (School of Education)

OER or Open Pedagogy
 
 
 
 
Project Description:

This open education project will be an assignment in the capstone course of my students' process in obtaining their Advanced Endorsement certification in Specific Learning Disabilities. To date these students will not have had any experience or opportunities to participate in an open/assignment/course/project.  Therefore besides the open pedagogy assignment, added to Moodle will be  Discussion Forums requiring students to utilize Twitter, GSC Facebook, and blog resources plus open education resources.  Through this open education project my students will respond to a research assignment on teaching students with learning disabilities how to solve word problems with the focus of a broader audience other than myself or their course colleagues. I expect their research project to utilize higher order thinking strategies of analysis, synthesis, questioning, predicting, and clarifying. 

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


Liz Culantuonio photoLiz Colantuonio  - EDU613/704: Teaching Science (School of Education)

OER and Open Pedagogy (Fall 2019/Winter 20)
 
 
Project Description:

In EDU 613/704 Strategies for Teaching Science, the course includes traditional assignments and research projects that are disposable and unshared.  I would like to open up the course and revise at least one course assignments to include a sharing and collaboration component and bring their work out into the Open.

In addition,  I would like to bring the forum discussion board into the Open by replacing the current/traditional forum discussions into a student blogging experience using Word Press and/or including the utlization of Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to expand upon PLCs.
 

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


 

 

Mercedes Hunt photoMercedes Hunt  - MGMT602: Leadership (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy (Winter 2020)

 

 
 
Project Description:

Multiple sections of MGMT602 Leadership are offered every term at Granite , yet has traditionally been taught with a hardcopy textbook and has not incorporated open pedagogy techniques.  Mercedes would like to replace the textbook with an OER alternative. Here are some goals for her project.

  1. To search for potential open textbooks or educational resources that could be adapted for the leadership course.
  2. The implement open pedogological strategies within the existing leadership course
  3. To rethink the content, syllabus and textbook for the leadership course.
Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


John Lund photoJohn Lund  - HIS627: Vietnam War (Undergraduate)

OER (Winter 2020)

 

Project Description:

In this project I will locate, assess, and integrate quality OER that will cover the long history of imperialism and conflict in Vietnam.  I aim to reduce reliance on expensive texts while furthering students' critical thinking and writing skills.

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


 

 

Beth Reed photoBeth Reed  - PSY601: The Human Brain (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy (Fall 2019)

 

Project Description:

Current course text is dense, dry and expensive, I would like to replace it with more accessible and engaging sources of information. I would also like to explore open pedagogy choices to make course projects and content more authentic, and live beyond the 12 weeks the students are participating in the course.

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


 

 

Courtney Rice photoCourtney Reed  - SCI502: Nutrition, Concepts & Controversies (Undergraduate)

OER and Open Pedagogy (Fall 2019)

 

 
 
Project Description:

For Part 1 (FALL 2019) my goal is to secure an open text resource as part of the SCI 502 Nutrition and Health course revision and imbed this material and other open material (journals/links/"test your knowledge" H5P production) as the main resource content for students. A second long term goal (PART II) is to develop a learning module for evidence-based practice and evaluation of primary research.

Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.


 

 

Karen White photoKaren White  - PM800: Project Management (Graduate)

OER  (TBD)

 

 
 
Project Description:

The textbooks for this course are usually expensive (in excess of $150) and are used in just this course for non-project management majors who enroll in it. Furthermore, during the period it takes to write and publish these texts, the material contained is no longer current! For instance the current text has very little discussion on leadership or strategic planning, two skill areas required of successful project managers. A recent search for OER PM content revealed there is very little available at the graduate level of study.  Specifically:

  1. Creation of a graduate-level Introduction to Project Management "textbook".
  2. Development of a Project Planning Step-by-Step Guide (derivative of textbook)   
  3. Development of a Step-by-Step Guide to Developing a Project Schedule (derivative of textbook)
Post-project Reflection

Will be updated at project completion.