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Going OER: Eliminate Boundaries in Teaching and Learning

Webinar Recording

About the Webinar

Faculty are continuously searching for textbooks and materials that fit course requirements and their teaching style. Before the availability of open educational resources (OER), faculty were restricted to commercial publications designed for broad audiences with general theories and concepts across a wide array of topics. Though these resources offer relevant information and supplemental materials, they do not always meet the needs and interests of faculty and students. Adopting and creating free, openly licensed resources (OER) offers faculty the freedom to reuse and remix materials that complement their teaching style and approach based on their discipline training, expertise, and knowledge of their students. In this webinar, faculty will learn about free open educational resources, benefits of going OER, and ideas on their use and application.

About Vera Kennedy

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Vera Kennedy is a tenured faculty at West Hills College Lemoore and Lecturer at California State University, Fresno. She received a B.A. in sociology and M.P.A. in political science with an emphasis in public administration from Fresno State and Ed.D. in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Argosy University. Her research publications include OER Student Learning Assessment (2017), #THINK: Critical Thinking about Social Problems (2017), Improving Undergraduate Student Understanding of Social Research through Service Learning(2013), and The Influence of Cultural Capital on Hispanic Student College Graduation Rates (2012). She is currently on the Merlot Sociology Editorial Board and served as an OER textbook reviewer for the California OER Council (Cool4Ed). She received the West Hills Community College District Innovation Award in 2015 and 2016 for designing tablet courses and OER curriculum.

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