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Online OER Champion Courses: How a Scrappy Solution to Cope With Capacity Turned Into a Vital Tool to Build OER Awareness, Interest, and Knowledge on Campus

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Emily Bongiovanni Colorado School of Mines

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Emily Bongiovanni is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Mines, where she supports faculty and students throughout the research lifecycle and promotes Open Science.  She went to Denison University for her undergraduate degree and earned her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Denver. Emily’s most recent scholarship and research endeavors center around Scholarly Communications and Open Education Resources (OER): She is Chair of the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Open Educational Council and has received three state grants for developing OER programs at Mines.

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Brianna B. Buljung Colorado School of Mines Orcid 16x16

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Brianna is the Teaching and Learning librarian at the Colorado School of Mines. She collaborates with faculty to design and implement information literacy throughout the curriculum. Prior to her work at the School of Mines, she was the Engineering and Computer Science librarian at the United States Naval Academy and a contract Reference librarian at the National Defense University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Denver in 2011.

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Alexander Luis Odicino Colorado School of Mines Orcid 16x16


Allyce Horan Colorado School of Mines

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Allyce Horan’s interdisciplinary background includes a B.A. in History and French, an M.A. in History, and a certification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She has been the Mines Writing Center Director since 2018 where she has provided support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on projects ranging from composition curriculum development to grant proposals. Allyce has taught a wide range of academic, technical, and ELL composition classes and workshops since 2012. She is passionate about supporting her campus community, empowering individuals to find their voice and effectively communicate their ideas not only to STEM fields but also to a broader audience.

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The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) has been funded for an Open Educational Resource (OER) grant to build OER participation and community across campus through small incentive grants for faculty. The Mines OER Steering Committee developed an asynchronous course to provide participating faculty grantees with a strong foundation in OER topics. This paper discusses the development of the OER @ Mines Champion courses in relation to the larger, grant funded OER initiatives on campus. It provides an overview on the curriculum and how participants engage with the topics as they work through the modules. This project utilizes survey data and participant feedback to assess the courses’ ability to increase awareness, interest, and knowledge of various OER subjects. Findings on the strengths and weaknesses of the courses’curriculum provide readers with valuable information on how different topics interest, challenge,and engage faculty. The paper also includes successes and lessons learned in participant recruitment and engagement.

Bongiovanni, E., & Buljung, B. B., & Odicino, A. L., & Horan, A. (2021, July), Online OER Champion Courses: How a Scrappy Solution to Cope With Capacity Turned Into a Vital Tool to Build OER Awareness, Interest, and Knowledge on Campus Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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