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Open Education: Call for Faculty Fellowship Program, 2019-2020

August 25, 2019

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This yearlong program will create a learning community of faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists from across the colleges engaged in fostering inclusive, equitable, and collaborative learning environments. This fellowship is designed to support faculty in exploring and incorporating open education concepts and practices (open pedagogy, open access, and open educational resources) into their courses. 

A large part of this fellowship is focused on the creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs encompass resources, tools, and practices that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OERs serve to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, students’ textbook costs. Lower textbook costs have also been shown to increase access to and use of course materials which leads to an increase in student success.

  • Fall 2019: The first semester of the fellowship will involve attending a half day “Introduction to Open Education” workshop led by Jessica Tinklenberg, Program Director of the CTL and Jennifer Beamer, Scholarly Communications Librarian (October date TBD). The rest of the semester will be spent learning about the value and benefits of renewable assignments and OERs. 
  • Spring 2020: The second semester will delve into the mechanics of finding, adopting, adapting and creating OERs. Faculty will begin to plan how to incorporate them into one of their upcoming classes. 

Throughout both semesters there will be opportunities to meet on a monthly basis to collaborate and receive feedback on open lesson plans, renewable activities, and to attend training sessions on OER platforms. Individual consultations with the CTL Director, CTL faculty co-directors, librarians, and instructional designers will also be available.

Applications due by the end of the day,  Friday, September 27, 2019. Apply Online Today!  

For more information contact:

  • Jennifer Beamer, Scholarly Communications Librarian, The Claremont Colleges Library
  • Jessica Tinklenberg, Program Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Beth Namei, Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services, The Claremont Colleges Library

 

Benefits of the Open Education Fellowship Program

Faculty accepted into the one-year fellowship will have an opportunity to 

  • Learn about the theories and approaches that fall under the praxis of Open Education
  • Design open and inclusive activities, lesson plans, and resources
  • Get support in adopting, adapting, or creating Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Get training in the use of the Pressbooks platform to create OERs
  • Share ideas and approaches with a group of faculty interested in and committed to working in the open

Expectations of Faculty Fellows

Faculty accepted into the one-year fellowship program commit to the following:

  • Attend the Introduction to Open Education Workshop in the Fall 2019 semester
  • Attend monthly workshops (November – May) to learn together, discuss, and share progress. 
  • Make any generated teaching materials openly available for use within the 7Cs and/or assign a Creative Commons license for adoption/adaptation by others
  • Begin the process of transitioning one of your courses’ materials to open by exploring options for adapting, adopting, or creating OERs.  
  • Ensure that any OERs meet accessibility requirements

Application Process

Eligibility: All Faculty at The Claremont Colleges are eligible

Online Application Form 

Deadlines & Timelines:

  • Call for Applications:  Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Deadline for Application:  Friday, September 27, 2019  
  • Announcement of Selected Open Education Fellows:  Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Fellowship Term:  October 2019- May 2020
      • Will start with a 4-hour kick off workshop (Oct. date is TBD depending on availability of fellows)

Criteria for Selection:

  • It is not necessary to have previous experience with Open Pedagogy, Open Education, or Open Educational Resources. Faculty will be selected based on the potential for significant contribution to the fellowship program and on their potential for adopting these practices.  
  • Applicants will be reviewed and recommended for selection by the Program Director of the CTL and three Librarians participating in this program.  
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