OER Workshop February 26

CREATE A DYNAMIC CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE USING OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: a workshop for curious educators

February 26, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Fenwick Library, Room 1014A, Fairfax Campus

Presented by:

  • Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Claudia Holland, George Mason University Libraries

Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!

But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?

The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:

  • Why OER?
  • Defining OER Terms and Concepts
  • Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
  • Building an OER Course
  • Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and applying them to your own course materials
  • Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
  • OER and Student Success and Retention

The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported. Only 35 seats are available! Please register for this workshop today to save your place! 

For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu

Spring into GRADReCon!

By popular demand, GRADReCon, Graduate Research Connections, is set for Friday, February 19. A variety of workshops to increase and enhance grad students’ research skills and productivity will be offered. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Mason Grad Life, and Mason Learning Support Services. More details forthcoming.

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Have you tried TextSelect?

Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required classes. Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:

  • Required General Education classes
  • Required School of Business classes
  • Required Conflict Resolution classes
  • Required Economics classes
  • Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes

TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.

For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at gmu.edu, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.

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Tour the New Fenwick!

Come and see what’s new – and what’s in it for you! Take a guided tour of the new Fenwick Library. All tours start in the Fenwick Library Atrium; dates and times are posted on the tour schedule. For more information, please contact Chris Magee, cmagee@gmu.edu