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NISO Two Part Webinar, By Faculty and For Students - Supporting Open Educational Resources, Part One - 8.12.20

Open Educational Resources (OER) might seem like a win/win for students and faculty alike, but adoption isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. For example, some texts may not lend themselves to being printed out — the subject matter may dictate an interactive design, or one that is heavily image-driven. And, while the creation of low-cost textbooks and curriculum support is recognized as important, how is the information community dealing with the challenges of ensuring currency and quality? How do we ensure equal access for all in a world of differing access to technology? In the first session of this two-part webinar, a panel of experts will address some of the key challenges, including: How can you successfully drive buy-in by your undergraduates? What design elements are most likely to engage them? What indicators of use should you be measuring, how, and why? How can you support faculty members who are interested in developing these materials?
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NISO Webinar


Helping people gain a greater understanding of the information community — our issues and concerns, challenges and opportunities — is core to NISO's mission. Our events are a key element of this, with our popular webinar program at their heart. And, following the NISO/NFAIS merger earlier this year, all NISO members can now attend all 14 webinars in 2020 completely free of charge! This includes an unlimited number of places and full access to a recording of each webinar for anyone who is unable to attend the event itself.
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Anita Walz

Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech


Anita Walz is the Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech where she initiated and oversees the Open Education Initiative and OER grant program. She is actively involved in instructor development, and supports instructor adaptation, creation, and public sharing of open educational resources of various formats, including open textbooks, primary source collections, and emerging formats for learning resources such as interactive calculators and virtual reality animals. She has been deeply involved in championing creation of Virginia Tech's Guidelines for Open Educational Resources which were approved in June 2020. She has worked in government, international, school, and academic libraries for the past 18 years.
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Apurva Ashok

Program Manager, Rebus Foundation


Apurva Ashok is the Project Lead at the Rebus Community, a Montreal-based charity supporting collaborative open publishing. She is the facilitator of the Textbook Success Program, which guides faculty, librarians and instructors through project management and OER creation. Apurva has a Master’s degree in Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She strongly believes in translating knowledge among communities and regions, and in the value of greater critical thinking for all.
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Micah Jenkins

eText Coordinator, University of Florida


Micah Jenkins is the eText Coordinator for the University of Florida, where she collaborates with various campus partners to develop resources and initiatives that support the creation of high-quality, affordable learning materials. Before joining UF, Micah served as a Textbook Affordability Collections Specialist at the University of South Florida. When she’s not working to increase affordable access for students, she can be found reading Octavia Butler and exploring haunted places.
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Perry Collins

Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Florida


Perry Collins is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Florida. In this role, she oversees OER-related initiatives within the Libraries and co-chairs the Affordable UF Libraries Working Group. Perry is an editor with the LibraryPress@UF, an open access imprint of the Libraries and University Press of Florida, and manages copyright education and digital scholarship initiatives. Before joining UF, Perry was a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.