UH Manoa

Next steps for OER at UH

Over the last few years, Sara Rutter has done a fantastic job promoting OER adoption at the Manoa campus and supporting the OER community across the UH system. The UH community colleges have done amazing work themselves, with Leeward Community College and Kapiolani Community College leading the way with OER/Zero-cost textbooks, OER Fellowship programs, and broad creation/adoption of OER by instructors and faculty at their campuses.

We’ve had success at the Manoa campus as well, with the Department of Physics and Astronomy now a year-and-a-half into their adoption of the OpenStax Physics textbook in their PHYS 151 and PHYS 152 courses. Other adoptions of OER to replace costly commercial textbooks are imminent, but it will take a great deal of work to get there.

Creative Commons staff 2013

Although I’ve been in the role for several weeks now, I’d like to officially announce that I am now the OER Technologist for the UH Manoa Outreach College. I come into this role from the Distance Course Design and Consulting (DCDC) Group, an innovative digital design arm of the College of Education at UH Manoa, where I managed online program and course design projects. Before that, I worked for Creative Commons (CC), the global non-profit whose licenses have liberated over a billion digital works through open copyright. At CC I supported hundreds of institutions with open licensing their educational content as OER, and fell more deeply in love with free software and open practices.

I have big plans for OER at Manoa and throughout the system. Most of my time will be spent between advocacy and platform, meaning that I will be championing the use of OER in courses, and working on an OER platform for the UH system. One of the incredible benefits to working with OER is that they can be adopted, revised, remixed, and shared with others, but unfortunately, useful technology for OER revision hasn’t matured as well as the community would like. I am now working with UH ITS to spin up an instance of the WordPress-based publishing platform called Pressbooks.

Global leaders in the OER space such as BC Campus, OPEN SUNY, and Lumen Learning have all found success using Pressbooks, and I have high hopes for this platform and it’s ability to allow faculty to import OER and make it their own.

BC Campus Physiology and Anatomy open textbook

There will also be some changed to the oer.hawaii.edu website, but the core pieces will stay the same. The UH OER Repository will continue to accept OER submissions and ratings, and this blog isn’t going anywhere.

For those of you with whom I have already worked, I look forward to collaborating further. And if we have not yet met, I look forward to working with you for the first time 🙂

Billy Meinke headshot

Sincerely,

Billy Meinke

wmeinke@hawaii.edu

Posted by Billy Meinke in OER, UH Manoa

Open Access events at UH Manoa Oct 19-23

The UHM Library and the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support present Open Access Week at UHM from October 19-23, 2015.Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.49.46 AM

Learn about and share your experiences with open access — the free,
immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and reuse those results as you need. Join us for presentations on Creative Commons licensing, open government resources, author rights and more.

Sara Lee, manager of UH Manoa’s ScholarSpace, has created an exciting schedule of events that highlights the range of scholarly endeavors that flourish in an  Open Access environment.

Register for events at
http://www.fmp.hawaii.edu/summary/OpenAccessF2015.html.

 Check out the open access news and events in our Scholarly Communications LibGuide.


Creative Commons Licensing | Monday, October 19, 12:30-1:45pm – Kuykendall 106 | Register now >

Join our panel to get an overview of Creative Commons, using CC licenses in OER, and walk through an example of a CC licensed product that incorporates other CC licensed materials.
With: Billy Meinke (College of Education), Sara Rutter (Outreach College), Richard Rath (English and Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative)


Make Your Work Open in ScholarSpace | Tuesday, October 20, 11:00am-12:00pm – Hamilton Library 306 | Register now >

Learn how to submit your work to ScholarSpace. Participants are encouraged to bring in digital copies of author manuscripts, accepted for publication, that have been peer-reviewed and are ready for final submission to the publisher.
With: Daniel Ishimitsu (University of Hawaii at Manoa Library)


Open Government Resources and Government Funded Open Mandates | Tuesday, October 20, 1:30-2:45pm – Hamilton Library 301 | Register now >

Learn about open access government created resources and efforts requiring the results of government funded research to be made open access.
With: Gwen Sinclair (University of Hawaii at Manoa Library)


Launching an Open Access Journal | Wednesday, October 21, 9:30-10:45am – Kuykendall 106 | Register now >

Hear perspectives on developing and distributing an open access journal.
With: Pam Wilson (University of Hawaii Press), Kathleen Luschek (former Senior Production Coordinator, PLoS)


Open Collaboration with GitHub | Wednesday, October 21, 12:30-1:45pm – Kuykendall 106 | Register now >

Learn how the Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative at UH is using GitHub as a tool for collaboration.
With: Richard Rath (English and Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative)


Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Author Rights | Thursday, October 22, 9:30-10:45am – Kuykendall 106 | Register now >

Learn about managing author and co-author rights, reusing copyrighted materials, reading and negotiating publishing agreements, and reusing your own content.
With: Debora Halbert (Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs)


Learn How to Contribute to Wikipedia | Thursday, October 22, drop-in 12:00-4:00pm, Hamilton Library, Room 306

Join us for a workshop on contributing to Wikipedia–getting an account, adding pages, and editing pages.
With: Thumy Webb (Library and Information Science)

Learn more about open access at
http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/scholarly_communications.

Posted by Sara Rutter in Creative Commons, Faculty Leaders, Humanities, OER, Open Access, Open Access Week, UH Manoa

Open educational materials replace all undergraduate textbooks at the University of Maryland University College

UMUC announces that they have replaced all undergraduate textbooks with OER and other no-cost (to students) digital resources for this Fall semester.  By Fall 2016, graduate materials will also be cost-free to students.  This move was to save students money but also to change teaching to avoid relying on materials locked away in static textbooks.  Read, http://www.umuc.edu/globalmedia/embedded-digital-resources.cfm .

We can do this at the University of Hawaii–contact oer@hawaii.edu to discuss further.

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, UH Manoa