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Impact of OER on Student Access During Remote Instruction

National Distance Learning Week 2020 Lunchtime Series

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution in the same state where they live (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016; Allen & Seaman, 2017). This past spring, those numbers increased dramatically when the world turned upside down.

In early November, UMBC celebrates National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of lunchtime conversationsOur theme, Surviving to Thriving: Rocking the New Normal, celebrates all the successes and challenges our campus community has experienced as we continue to adapt, teach, and learn together during the pandemic. 

Impact of OER on Student Access During Remote Instruction

In the Spring of 2020 the University System of Maryland surveyed faculty across the state to understand the extent to which they believed open educational resources (OER) did or could have improved students’ access to instructional materials and eased their transition to emergency remote teaching in response to COVID-19. Join our panel of OER adopters to learn more about how they’ve used OER before and after remote instruction, finding quality materials, and helping students easily access online materials.

Our guests include:

  • María Manni is Senior Lecturer and Language Teaching Coordinator for Elementary Spanish at UMBC. Her most recent research presentations focused on curriculum and assessment design, blended and online learning, competency-based education, and digital literacy. She has used OER for nearly 10 years. 
  • Del Rhoden is a professor in Mass Media and Communication at Prince George’s Community College. He started using OERs five years ago, and this year transitioned his Intro to Mass Communications course to fully online and fully OER. 
  • Julie Manley serves as undergraduate lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health at Coppin State University, where OERs were adopted in all general psychology sections beginning in 2018. They have since utilized OER materials through the M.O.S.T. Initiative.

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