Blending Online and In-class Instruction: Lessons Learned
Presented by Dr. Eric Abraham, Fred Bidwell, and Kathy Wullstein – PHSC 201
Interested in teaching a blended course, but don’t know how to get started? This session will focus on the unique challenges of developing and teaching a blended course, using PHYS 2514 – General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors I. Included in the presentation will be information on the design process, pedagogical strategies, classroom/online technology utilization, and student feedback. Based on the first offering during the Summer of 2013, we will provide initial lessons learned, tips, traps, and ideas going forward.
Making Learning Accessible: A Panel Discussion
Facilitators: Chelle’ Guttery and Alicia Burris – PHSC 212
Digital Accessibility for individuals with disabilities can seem a nebulous task. The focus of this panel will be to discuss various ways in which accessibility can be achieved within a classroom, a discussion about the federal and university policies and laws around digital accessibility, an ability for participants to ask questions of panelists about accessibility, and to hear from students and experts about the value of providing materials in an accessible manner.
GroupMe: Using mobile group messaging to facilitate student communication and class rapport
Presented by George Bogaski – PHSC 223
GroupMe and other mobile group messaging applications provide new mediums for communicating and connecting with students. This session will explore the use of GroupMe in “Gateway,” a First Year Experience class. GroupMe allows you to leverage technology to encourage ease of communication in a student relevant way. It facilitates not only information distribution and response to queries but also can encourage group cohesion. The power of such apps is found not only in the ease of communication between instructor and student but also in the way it encourages other students to respond to questions or share joys and concerns with the class as a whole. However, using such apps is not without concerns or limitations. While the technological hurdles are minor, the instructor does need to take into consideration the nature and purpose of such communication mediums. Additionally, they have to consider if the style of communication fits their comfort level and the goals of the class. Lastly, the instructor needs to determine why they use such group messaging applications and what restrictions they put on their use.
Open Access, Publisher Copyright Policies, and Self-Archiving
Presented by Karen Rupp-Serrano – PHSC 224
Discussions of open access sometimes generate more heat than light. This session will provide a brief introduction to the open access movement and then delve more deeply into the differences between types of open access and actions at the national and international level which are propelling open access. The session will provide information on resources available to research publisher open access policies, and explanations of the access levels frequently allowed by publication agreements.
Got Data? Data Management Services at OU Libraries
Facilitator: Mark Laufersweiler; Panel Members: Carl Grant, Karen Antell, Fred Reiss – PHSC 222
As more data becomes available digitally, funding agencies (including the NSF and NIH) have begun requiring researchers to preserve and share their data so that it can be used by others. To this end, many funding agencies now require researchers to submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) with their grant proposals.
Like many research libraries, OU Libraries offers services, tools, and resources to help researchers with data management. Not only can we help researchers develop DMPs; we can work with them to maintain optimal data practices throughout the project and, ultimately, to deposit their data in an appropriate repository.
As OU Libraries develops its data management services, we are seeking input and comments from researchers on campus. To facilitate this process, this session will be a round table discussion, with an introduction by members of the University Libraries outlining the current services and tools available, followed by a brief presentation of some initial data management projects that we are collaborating on with OU research groups. Other topics will include metadata schemas, metadata collection methodologies, and the value of a comprehensive and well-formed DMP.
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