About the Faculty Summer Institute

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On May 16-17, 2017, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) will celebrate the 19th anniversary of its annual Faculty Summer Institute. This year, the Institute’s theme is Open Educational Resources (OER): Leveraging Resources for Affordable Course Content. Dr. David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, Education Fellow at Creative Commons, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Wiley is also adjunct faculty (previously a tenured Associate Professor) in Brigham Young University’s Graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where he leads the Open Education Group.

Our conference is designed to bring scholars together, across the disciplines, to explore the ways in which the use of open educational resources (OER) can advance teaching, learning, and research.

The 2017 Faculty Summer Institute is intended to provide ODU’s faculty and those from nearby institutions with opportunities to explore the potential of OER in enriching their teaching and learning practices, while enabling their students to access affordable and appropriate content. To this end, the Faculty Summer Institute is organized around four major themes.

Four Institute Themes

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    Establishing faculty learning communities to promote a campus-wide dialogue about OER creation and development

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    Involving your students through an active learning approach

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    Reflecting on your own teaching practices and your personal journey regarding OER

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    Sharing your process to show others how you are implementing OER

By exposing students to a variety of affordable OER resources, faculty can offer their students a richer learning experience than what is provided by a single, proprietary textbook, without the cost burden. Research findings, from an international report on OER, indicate that use of OER contributes to increased student satisfaction and retention, to reduced cost while meeting students’ needs, and to improved test scores (Weller, de los Arcos, Farrow, Pitt, & McAndrew, 2015).