Casper talked about what the IDEA Shop has done to demystify OER for faculty with projects like the 2017 OER Institute. He also addressed interventions on how to best use OER, which include web page collections of OER elements, a faculty learning community, one-on-one sessions with faculty, and a new OER faculty mentor program. In addition, he spoke on how OER pertains to copyright and licensing, the mixing and matching of various sources, as well as faculty concerns of workload, publishing and research credit. His talk also touched on the overall perception of policy and political issues within the confines of further adoption of OER in face-to-face and hybrid courses.
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Open Education Resources –freely accessible, openly licensed documents used for teaching, learning and research – is a big topic in higher education, as it was at the 2017 Northwest Managers of Technology conference recently held in Helena, Montana. At the conference, Bob Casper, an instructional design specialist at Boise State’s IDEA Shop, gave a presentation titled “OER: What is Boise State University’s IDEA Shop doing?”