Screencast workshop

Hello OER cohort,

I hope your spring term work is going well. Marisa asked me to offer a workshop on screencasting, so I’ve scheduled one for this Thursday 5/1 , from 11:30-12:30 in the ATC 1/121.

We’ll take a look at Screencast-O-Matic and learn techniques about screen recording to make demos for your classes. This will also help you to make the screencasts required for your final fellowship step. Join us!


Open Education Week’s a’ comin!

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This post goes out to our broad campus community. Open Education Week is coming up- Mar 10-Mar 15. This is the 3rd-annual international event, and we’re celebrating the opportunities that open education, and especially open educational resources, present for our students.

I’ll be co-hosting a webinar about our Fellowship Wed. 3/12 at 11:00am PST. There are several other community college projects being showcased, so check out the international schedule of events.

Open Ed week is a great time to explore all the open that’s going on around Lane.

Find out more about the award-winning Lane OER Faculty Fellowship, which is currently saving students $387,000 a year, and counting! Take a look at the rest of this blog to see some of the work of the current cohort, and explore the tabs above for other resources. I’ll lead another 2-term cohort over Spring-Summer terms. Contact me if you’re interested in joining.

If you’re interested in dabbling in open educational resources, check out the new OER Guide, with all sorts of resources to get you started on searching for OER, creating OER, and navigating copyright questions.

Keep your eye out for displays in the Library and other celebratory Open Ed Week materials around campus soon!

New OER guide

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I’ve created a new guide that consolidates many of the helpful tutorials and posts from this blog in one place. It includes the sections:

I’ve added a link to this guide under the “Faculty Fellowship Resources” tab above.  Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any feedback.


Using Creative Commons Copyright

Hello fellowship folks,

I’ve gotten most of you set up with blogging and goal-setting, and I’ll continue to comment on your individual posts. Now it’s time to start (or continue 🙂 searching for OER materials! As many of you have experienced, copyright licensing and searching for flexibly copyrighted materials is a hot topic for folks interested in OER.

Creative Commons Copyright is at the heart of the open education movement. Meredith Keene-Wilson has put together this fantastic tutorial to help you learn about it.


  • Learn the differences between copyright, trademark and patent, and Creative Commons licensing
  • Search, find and use Creative Commons materials
  • Create a CC license

Well, go take a look!

Getting Started with the OER Fellowship

1. Subscribe to this blog.

This blog will be our central mechanism for communicating. It is where I will post updates, resources and other important info, and it is where you will be able to see what other fellowship participants are up to.

You may subscribe via:

  • email (look at the bottom right sidebar on this page). This will send you a once-daily message with linked updates to the blog. If you subscribe via email, you may wish to set up a rule in Novell to forward emails from a specific sender (the address sending you updates) to a specific folder that you create (OER, perhaps).

2. View the 3 orientation videos. (You are only required to view the rubric video that applies to you “classic” for individual participants or “team.”

3. Set up your own OER blog.

You will blog to provide evidence of rubric activities (individual rubric | team rubric). You can also use your blog to communicate about your OER progress with other Fellowship participants. Use it to ask questions, provide tips or insight, etc.

If you already blog, I suggest that you set up an OER specific blog for this project.

You may:

4. Email me your blog URL.

All participant blog posts will syndicate centrally to this blog. This allows you to communicate asynchronously with your cohort. I need the URL for your blog to set this up.

5. Start blogging! Post your goals for this fellowship by the end of week 3.

IMPORTANT: categorize all of your posts with:

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exactly as it is written here. This will help me to organize your cohort posts.

What the heck is a category and how do I do that?

For instructions/tutorials to help with blogging, see wordpress’ support pages.

Questions? Concerns? See my contact info and office hours at the top of the right sidebar.

MyOpenMath – Open Education Week Tuesday

MyOpenMath is a free, open, complete LMS for math similar to MyMathLab. It offers algorithmically generated problems for homework, instructional videos, links to open texts, customizable assessments and more. Check it out:


Interested? Request an instructor account

and/or get in touch with Adrienne Mitchel for help here at Lane.

Finding OER – Open Ed Week Monday

Happy Open Education Week!

Are you considering converting to or building a textbook-free course? Would you like to incorporate some open resources into an existing source to help your students get a better grasp of certain topics. Here are some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.

Step one: Set aside time.

Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!

Step two: Get cozy with your specific learning objectives.

Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to specifically know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.

Step three: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.

Step four: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines:

OER Commons
Khan Academy
College Open Textbooks:

*OER Librarian pro-tip* Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.

Step five: Consider library materials, which are free to students.

The library provides access to hundreds of ebooks, and thousands of articles that students can access electronically, for free.
Library’s homepage

Step six: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your OER librarian.

I’m happy to help or refer you! email: Jen Klaudinyi

Step seven: Consider creating and sharing your own OER.

Each term, the ATC hosts workshops that can help you use software to create your own materials, or you can always drop by for help. If you create materials, consider contributing them to one of the OER repositories.

More advice on searching for OER?

Check out this 60 minute webinar “Finding and Selecting High Quality OER” from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources