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Open Education: Exploring Philosophy, Potential, and Practices

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American University Library, Training and Events Room 150

4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

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The open education movement with its emphasis on free access and permissions has generated a flurry of activity around scholarly and teaching activities involving innovative pedagogies, open textbooks, open educational resources (OER), Creative Commons licensing, and open policies. Far from being a fringe movement, open education has potential to challenge and enrich nearly any educational setting. This presentation explores philosophies, motivations, and emerging practices of the open education movement with an eye toward identifying opportunities for administrators, faculty, students, librarians and instructional designers.

Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with students, staff, faculty, and administrators and on a national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which are adaptable and accessible to students. She is also the library's liaison for Economics, Mathematics, and Legal Studies. Her work experience includes over 15 years in international, government, and academic libraries. She is the lead author of the 2017 ARL SPEC Kit #351 "Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources." She serves on the Open Virginia Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and recently completed a two-year term on the Advisory Committee of the Open Textbook Network. Her research interests include: economics of higher education, library involvement in open educational resource initiatives, library publishing, and effective teaching practices for college-age and adult learners. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics (Wheaton College) and a Master's of Library & Information Science (University of Illinois).

The American University Library's Colloquium on Scholarly Communication features experts from both American University and the larger academic community presenting on challenges for academia in the twenty-first century.

A light lunch will follow the presentation.

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