Using Open Educational Resources to Level Up Your Teaching & Research

A Panel Discussion for Faculty and Graduate Students

Northern Michigan University's Lydia M. Olson Library and Center for Teaching and Learning are excited to announce a panel discussion on the topic of open educational resources (OER) for faculty and graduate students. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 4-5:30 pm in the Olson Library Atrium, with a reception to follow. The panel will serve as the kick-off event for a two year pilot program to increase OER use on NMU's campus. 


Open educational resources (OER) are materials available at little or often no cost and can be used for teaching, learning, or research. These resources may include: textbooks, readings, videos, simulations, games, and course content such as quizzes/exams, assignments, and assessment tools (EDUCAUSE, 2010). OER materials are often digital and available to faculty under a Creative Commons or similar usage license. OERs are part of the Open Solutions movement that seeks to ensure that information is freely and fairly available for everyone (UNESCO, 2022).


“The open education resource movement is another way that faculty can remove barriers and support students. Olson Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning are committed to working with NMU faculty to reduce textbook costs and make higher education more affordable,” said Leslie Warren, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Library and Instructional Support.” I'm proud of the OER groundwork that is being laid at NMU. Our faculty, librarians, and instructional design staff are working hard to expand OER's availability to students, bridging equity gaps and helping more students complete their degrees.” 


The panel will feature guest speaker Joseph Mold, Executive Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Bay College, who will share his experiences using OER in over 40 courses at Bay College, saving students over $1.9 million since 2015. In addition, NMU faculty members Dr. Jim Marquardson (Computer Information Systems) and Dr. Heather Mooney (Sociology), and Nancy Gold (English) will speak about their own experiences using OER in their classrooms at NMU.


Dr. Emera Bridger Wilson, Collection Management Librarian, will also discuss opportunities to learn more about OER and the resources available at Olson Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning.


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Dr. Emera Bridger Wilson

Collection Management Librarian

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