February 26, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Fenwick Library, Room 1014A, Fairfax Campus
- Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- Claudia Holland, George Mason University Libraries
Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!
But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?
The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:
- Why OER?
- Defining OER Terms and Concepts
- Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
- Building an OER Course
- Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and applying them to your own course materials
- Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
- OER and Student Success and Retention
The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported. Only 35 seats are available! Please register for this workshop today to save your place!
For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu
By popular demand, GRADReCon, Graduate Research Connections, is set for Friday, February 19. A variety of workshops to increase and enhance grad students’ research skills and productivity will be offered. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Mason Grad Life, and Mason Learning Support Services. More details forthcoming.
Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required classes. Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:
- Required General Education classes
- Required School of Business classes
- Required Conflict Resolution classes
- Required Economics classes
- Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes
TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.
For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at gmu.edu, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.
Come and see what’s new – and what’s in it for you! Take a guided tour of the new Fenwick Library. All tours start in the Fenwick Library Atrium; dates and times are posted on the tour schedule. For more information, please contact Chris Magee, firstname.lastname@example.org
The GW Libraries are proud to announce a new service to support digital scholarship at GW: Programming & Software Development Consultation Services. Assistance is available from professional software developers to GW students, faculty, and staff who are working on an academic or scholarly inquiry which requires coding. Ask questions and get hands-on assistance with:
Coding, software development, scripting, and programming
Code review and debugging
Working with data markup and encoding (e.g., XML, JSON, CSV, RDF)
Retrieving data from websites and APIs
Data cleansing and manipulation
Databases (e.g., table design, querying, optimizing, loading)
Use our convenient Research Calendar to schedule an appointment with anyone labeled "coding/programming help." You may also email email@example.com for additional appointment times. Appointments are available both in-person and via WebEx. Learn more about these consultation services and see a list of programming languages, databases, and other areas of special expertise at go.gwu.edu/coding.
A statement from University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry:
As you may have already read in GW Today, GW’s Interim Provost, Forrest Maltzman, has announced a realignment of his office, consolidating academic technologies, the eDesign shop, and the university teaching and learning center under my leadership.
Pulling these units together is an excellent opportunity to seamlessly meet the instructional needs of our faculty. This deeper collaboration between previously separate areas will benefit all of our students. We look forward to the many possibilities this realignment has to further quality teaching and academic excellence at GW.
I began my career as a programmer and IT architect working with organizations like NASA and IBM’s Higher Education Industry group, but I found my passion at the intersection of technology and information. I’ve spent the past 15 years exploring and building many of the tools used for digital scholarship and look forward to this new opportunity to expand the tools available at GW, both in the classroom and in the libraries.
I am especially excited to return to working with online education, an area in which I played a leadership role at Rice University where we were pioneers in open education in the early 2000’s. Online education is built around systems that IT architects design, such as servers and websites that can scale to support streaming audio and video for online education. But fundamental to all successful courses is the instruction and course plan of the faculty members. During my years with the Connexions project and in collaboration with the OpenCourseWare project at MIT, I’ve seen how the quality of online materials and the ability to reliably deliver them worldwide enhances the teaching and learning experiences for all of our students.
I care deeply about providing the information, technology, and pedagogical resources needed for excellence in research and instruction here at GW. I look forward to continuing our partnership with faculty, students and staff to make sure our students have the best possible experience at GW.
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