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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Beyond the Textbook: Using Open Educational Resources

Friday, January 10, 2014 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Altgeld Hall, Room 100

by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Staff
Northern Illinois University



While it is time-consuming and often expensive for faculty and academic units to create educational resources for their students, Open Educational Resources (OER) are growing exponentially! OER are free resources that can supplement teaching and learning needs and may include lesson plans, learning modules, videos, interactives, etc., that are easily searchable by subject matter, education level, or media format.  These freely available content items and instructional materials are available to everyone to view, share, and adapt for their own courses. 

Incorporating these educational resources into your course is an excellent strategy in a flipped classroom environment, or just to provide supplemental materials to your students. There are OER in nearly every field, and so everyone who teaches, in any discipline, can benefit from this workshop.

In this hands-on workshop, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff will share how to find, evaluate and integrate Open Educational Resources in courses.  Using the computer workstations, participants will find and evaluate at least one open educational resource related to their individual course content and discuss ways for integrating it into their courses. Participants will also discuss how to share their educational resources with a wider community of educators in their fields.

Tentative Agenda

12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Welcome and introductions
1:15 pm
- Overview of open educational resources
- Finding and evaluating open educational resources for your courses
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
- Embedding OER in your courses
- Sharing your content with a wider community
4:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is for NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS & Civil Service teaching staff only.  Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire afternoon. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013. Registration is now closed.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, January 6, 2014 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014