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Open Educational Resources Workshop at Giovatto Library

Open Educational Resources Workshop at Giovatto Library

Assigning open textbooks in college and university courses can help students save money on increasingly expensive traditional textbooks. Recent research has shown that savings can be achieved with little or no sacrifice in the quality of textbooks or on student learning outcomes. Join us as we explore the field of Open Educational Resources (OER) and commit to lowering student costs at FDU. Attendees will:

  • Understand the Why, What, Where and How of OER from VALE OER Ambassadors
  • Understand the difference between the six Creative Commons Licenses
  • Identify OER collections and specific resources within disciplines
  • Recognize OER resources and understand how to adopt them in specific courses
  • Learn how fellow FDU faculty have adopted OER in existing courses.


8:45 am    Breakfast

9:00 am   Opening Remarks & Overview of OER (VALE Ambassadors)

10:00 am OER at FDU (James Gifford)

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Faculty/Librarian Collaborations (VALE Ambassadors & FDU Librarians)

11:30 am Students and OER (Student perspectives from PCCC)

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm  Panel Q&A (VALE Ambassadors, Librarians, Faculty, Students)

1:45 pm  FDU’s plan & timeline (Ana Fontoura, Cathy Kelley, Craig Mourton)

VALE OER Ambassadors:

Ken Karol is the Technology Resource Specialist at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) in Paterson, N.J. He helps manage OER initiatives, coordinates information literacy instruction and assessment, develops curriculum for the first-year College Success course, and is a system administrator for Blackboard and Libguides. He has presented at multiple conferences on these topics, including the Northeast OER Summit and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Ken also teaches College Success and Comparative Religion courses at PCCC. Prior to joining PCCC, he completed his M.L.S. at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant for Rutgers University Libraries, Technical and Automated Services. He also holds a B.A. in Religion from Rutgers.

Alison Cole is the Computing and Information Technology Librarian at Felician University, Assistant Professor, and liaison to the School of Arts & Sciences and Education. Prior to joining Felician in 2017, Alison completed her graduate studies practicum in reference and user services at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library. In addition, Alison held the position of Adult Services Reference Librarian at the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library. Alison is passionate about information access and has been volunteering with New York Public Library’s Correctional Services program for over three years. Alison holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Pace University and an ALA accredited Master of Science in Library and Information Science along with an advanced certificate in archives from Pratt Institute.

FDU Faculty & Staff:

  • James Gifford, Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus
  • Robert Wolf, Electronic Resources Librarian
  • Saskia Kusnecov, Research & Metadata Librarian, FDU Florham Campus
  • Catherine Kelley, Associate Provost for Educational Resources
  • Craig Mourton, Deputy Campus Executive, Metro Campus
  • Ana Fontoura, University Librarian, Fairleigh Dickinson University


Time: Feb 19, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
9:00am - 2:00pm
Giovatto Library Auditorium
Metropolitan Campus
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Event Organizer

Ana Fontoura