Open Education Week
The goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. Montgomery College wants to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources. This year, Open Education Week is from March 1-5. ELITE is offering several workshops to highlight open educational resources.
The MC Open initiativenew window focuses on faculty redesigning courses using Open Educational Resources (OER) to leverage pedagogy that fosters student success while reducing costs and increasing access to course materials. Montgomery College is committed to providing OER course options leading to degree completion (commonly called Z-degrees).
The 5Rs of OER
Please use MC Learns through Workday to register for these workshops. All workshops are held via Zoom. You will receive a calendar invitation after you register.
Tuesday, March 2, 10-11 a.m. | Wednesday, March 3, 4-5 p.m.
Presenter: Buddy Muse
This workshop will provide participants with an overview and a look at certain aspects of open educational resources (OERs). Some searching (time to search) for OERs is included. The overall goal of the workshop is to inform and demonstrate to MC faculty the concept and aspect of free educational resources and how they can be used in their courses.
Workshop is open to only MC employees.
Thursday, March 4, 10 -11 a.m.
Presenters: Kari Schmidt and Beth Thoms
Affordability is a goal of MC2025, and textbook affordability has been a growing student concern for years. The impact of the COVID-19 emergency and remote learning period has decreased the annual use of textbooks. Because of the COVID-19 emergency, planning for increased online learning, and as a means to extend the Library's successful textbook program in an online environment, the Library seeks to connect faculty with appropriate, licensed e-book alternatives as part of Z course creation efforts and MC2025 affordability goal. MC faculty can leverage the Library's large and growing e-book collection of unlimited user and DRM free titles to be used and adopted in course syllabi.
Workshop is open to only MC employees.
As we continue working toward a more socially just global landscape in higher education, it has become increasingly important to come together to discuss and celebrate the core values of open education, including the importance of open educational resources (OER). With continued uncertainties from COVID-19 and growing social justice concerns, our teaching practices and learning environments have become more challenging for our students. With a particular emphasis on equity, inclusion, and innovation, Shinta Hernandez will share best practices in open education, discuss strategies to increase student engagement and student success, showcase examples of OER, and explore faculty and staff professional development opportunities to advance the open education work.
- MC Employees, please use MC Learns through Workday to register for this workshop.
- Non-MC employees, please register for workshop by accessing the OER and Social Justice Registration Formnew window.
Shinta Hernandez is the Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland. During her 14 years at the College, she has helped to advance work in the areas of open educational resources and open pedagogy, social justice and equity, inclusive curriculum, faculty professional development, international collaborations, and online education. Shinta currently serves on the leadership teams of the Montgomery College Achieving the Dream (ATD) Student Success Network, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) Equity and Inclusion Committee, Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Faculty Advisory Council, and Maryland Sociology Affinity Group. Shinta received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and her M.P.P. degree in Social Policy from Georgetown University. Currently in the Sociology Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland College Park, she is nearing the end of her dissertation work entitled “A Sociological Analysis of the Impact of Online Education on Community College Completion: A Case Study of Montgomery College in Maryland.”
If you have questions on these workshops, please contact Sharmini Azeez.