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Pursuing Curricular Innovation: An open education symposium: 2017

Join us for an afternoon of conversations, workshops, and panel discussions around open education practices, textbooks, and resources.

Keynote and Panel

Open educational resources continue to improve in both quantity and quality. They have the potential to release both students and professors at Geneseo from the restrictions of mass-produced textbooks, and to allow for extensive customization of course materials.

This event will include discussions in a variety of formats about the potentials and challenges of adopting, adapting, and building open textbooks and resources. Join us on May 15th in Bailey Hall to explore the potential of these open educational resources at SUNY Geneseo!

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop in order to actively participate in the breakout sessions. For those who wish to tag the event on social media, the hashtag is #OERSymposium2017.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, Office of Library and Information Services @ SUNY System Administration

SUNY Faculty Panelists:

  • Brian Morgan, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, SUNY Geneseo
  • Maria Pacheco, PhD,  Associate Professor of Chemistry, Buffalo State
  • Lorena Mathien, PhD, Assistant Professor of Business, Buffalo State

1:00: Registration

1:15: Welcome message

1:30: Keynote

2:30: Faculty Panel

3:30: Breakouts

  • Adopt - Take Advantage of Pre-Existing Resources
  • Adapt - Transform Materials to Target Your Course
  • Build - Construct the Course You Want to Teach

4:30: Closing

  • Exit Survey

Adopt: Take Advantage of Pre-Existing Resources

Explore several issues around adopting pre-existed Open Educational Resources, including:

  • Creative Commons and Copyright
  • Where to look for quality resources.
  • Support mechanisms and partners.
  • News stories vs. reality: How to apply this in the classroom. (Workshop)

Participants will ideally leave the workshop with at least one resource that they can utilize for their courses.

Adapt: Transform Materials to Target Your Course

Are you a fan of customizability? Join the discussion around adapting pre-existing textbooks to suit your specific course needs. This session will discuss:

Participants will leave the workshop with materials detailing the process for setting up your account and adapting a textbook.

Build: Construct the Course You Want to Teach

What do you do when there's no resource that's exactly right for your course? This session is for you! It will explore the implications for customization of creating course materials from the ground up, as well as the potential for transforming your instruction to take advantage of open materials. The discussion will include:

  • Creative Commons and copyright
  • Course Mapping / Backwards Design (Workshop)
  • Open Pedagogy: Including students in the design process


Participants will leave the workshop with a concept plan of how to connect original and adapted course materials into a course built from the ground up using open resources.