New to teaching online? The first thing to learn is that it is different than in-person teaching and instructors who follow the same playbook as they did for in-person teaching risk not connecting with their students. Become a pro at online teaching and start by exploring some available resources.
Intro to Library Research
Introducing our updated Intro to Library Research tutorial. This tutorial includes visuals and quizzes and covers the entire research process from developing a topic and keywords, to search strategies, to evaluating and using resources. Each section focuses on a different aspect of searching and can be used to refresh skills or teach them from the beginning.
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You can also learn more about teaching online from LinkedIn Learning using self paced videos and courses, such as the new course Learning to Teach Online from Oliver Schinkten. While there see if there are other courses or videos that can supplement your courses and learn how to use them in your classes.
Open Educational Resources or OER are free or openly accessible materials such as textbooks, lesson plans, videos, and even full courses. Using no-cost or low-cost materials advances educational equity and directly impacts student retention and academic success.
Learn more about finding and using OER at a virtual session in collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence next week on Tuesday, February 13th at Noon, register here to get more information.
Additionally, as a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), you are invited to apply for a 2024 Open@WRLC Course Transformation stipend. Awardees will receive $2000 to convert a course from traditional, commercial textbooks to Open Educational Resources (OER) for either the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 semester.
The stipend program is designed to promote a community of advocates among partnering institutions, create incentive to add to the availability of open course materials, and provide monetary support to acknowledge the time and effort required for curriculum redesign when adopting OER. Apply atopen.wrlc.org/grant. Proposals are due March 4.
Learn more at the information sessions on Wednesday, February 14 at 1:00pm or Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1:00pm. The website also provides details about the program, a timeline, and additional resources.
On display now in the May Gallery for Spring 2024 is Deity, showcasing the work of Hadrian Mendoza, a potter and lecturer in CU’s Department of Art. Mendoza is a graduate of Mary Washington College (VA) and studied at the Corcoran School of Art (DC). His work is in the permanent collections of museums in Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.
The 19 pieces in this exhibit, created between 2009 and 2023, explore subjects such as the Bulol rice terrace god from the Philippines, balance in sculpture, and functional objects that include vases, tea sets, and sake sets.
“Since discovering the material of clay, I have always been inspired by cultural objects found in the Philippines during precolonial times. I felt that it somehow connected me to my past, and it was a way to channel energy through my work. This exhibition displays a collection of pieces inspired by the Bulol rice terrace god, a cultural icon that originates in the Ifugao region of northern Luzon, Philippines. The idols are carved wooden figures that are believed to protect the Ifugao rice terraces and bring an abundance of crop yield. I have always weaved this theme into my works as they have transformed through the years, in which I have recreated them as my own distinct interpretations. The faces of these pieces evoke a mute voice and stoic gaze, with minimalist gestures and a vibrant aura.”
Come visit and view this collection in person in Mullen Library and learn more about Hadrian Mendoza’s art at https://hadrianmendoza.com/
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free or openly accessible materials such as textbooks, lesson plans, videos, and even full courses. With OER, students will have immediate access to course materials and will be able to reference them after the course is over. Without going through the traditional publishing process, materials can be updated more quickly and you can easily adapt them to your specific course. See the Library’s OER guide for more information and reach out to your library liaison for help in searching for OER to use with your courses.
If you’re interested in how OER can inform retention efforts, improve classroom experiences, assist our most vulnerable students, and respond to DEI challenges, join the Washington Research Library Consortium’s Textbook Affordability Working Group at one of our upcoming Fall 2023 presentations. These presentations will also cover how instructors and faculty can take advantage of the $200 OpenTextbook Library Stipend Review opportunity!
October 11th, 2023 @ 1:00 PM: Evaluating OER: Different Tools and Resources
October 26th, 2023 @ 12:00 PM: How OER Enables and Aligns with DEI Values
November 8th, 2023 @ 1:00 PM: OA vs. OER, and CC Licensing
Next week, Tuesday, September 5th through Friday, September 8th at Noon, join us in the lobby to get a short tour of Mullen Library and learn about the resources we offer!
Throughout September we will have sessions on different aspects of research to help you get started on your assignments and to introduce you to how we at the library can help you ace your assignments. Join us in-person in the Mullen Library Instruction Room to get tips, answers for your questions, and set up for success!