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TEACHxperts Winter 2020 Lineup

We are happy to announce two exciting TEACHxperts sessions taking place during winter quarter.

Creating and using open educational resources (OER) to lower course costs and improve learning experiences is supported by students at Northwestern University, including the Associated Student Government. Faculty such as presenter Jonathan Emery are already at the forefront of this movement at Northwestern. He is not just creating freely accessible texts for his classes, but creating those materials collaboratively with students. Attend his Jan. 30 talk to hear about his experiences and practice the process of collaboratively creating materials.

In April, we have a talk and a workshop from Kate M. Sonka from Michigan State University. She will explore an interdisciplinary approach to coalition and community building, focusing on encouraging the adoption of accessible practices. Join us Apr. 3 to explore how you can be part of creating a community at Northwestern supporting equitable learning environments for all students.

Read on for more details on these events, speaker bios, and to reserve your spot in our Winter 2020 TEACHxperts speaker series.

Winter 2020 TEACHxperts Sessions

Multilevel Co-Authoring of Open Educational Resources: Collaborating with Students for the Creation of Course Materials

Jonathan Emery, Northwestern University

January 30, 10-11 a.m., Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, University Main Library

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other resources used for teaching, learning and research. In addition to lowering course costs for students, OER allow faculty to customize course materials. Even more importantly, creating OER materials allows students to become part of the development and revision of their own learning materials, bringing dimensions of learning to what was previously static documents.

Please join us for a conversation with Jonathan Emery, an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Professor Emery will speak about the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Departments efforts – supported by an Open Educational Resource Grant funded by the Office of the Provost and the Libraries – to develop and deploy a series of low- or no-cost open educational resources for use in the MSE department’s core curriculum. The first half of the talk will cover the philosophy and execution of this project – which aims to create and maintain more than 10 open textbooks co-authored by students and MSE faculty (with significant support from the Libraries). The second half of the talk will be a hands-on workshop demonstrating the workflow for co-authoring of a “text” (a recipe book) by interested attendees. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops and a favorite recipe.

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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About the Speaker

Jonathan Emery is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department. He teaching ranges from introductory service courses to graduate-level special topics courses, and he spends much of his time developing experimental and computational exercises and laboratories within the MSE department. Jonathan’s teaching interests including utilizing computational tools and model-building to improve student understanding in dynamic and complex systems, developing streamlined digital tools to support student 3-D visualization, and authoring open educational resources. He is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Provost Fellowship for Digital Learning and has won a grant through the Affordable Instructional Resources initiative to pursue tactics for co-authoring open educational resources.

 

Accessibility and Appeals: Methods For Inclusivity Talk

Kate M. Sonka, Michigan State University

April 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Norris 207, Rock Room

The accessibility movement exists to ensure an equitable learning environment for all students. No single instructor can build this equitable learning environment. How can we implement and advance accessibility best practices in higher education as a community?

Kate M. Sonka, the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University will explore an interdisciplinary approach to coalition and community building centered on methods for encouraging adoption of accessible practices that include: student success, social justice, Universal Design for Learning, broader community impact, legal, and business/ROI. Attendees will hear how these approaches have been used locally within Michigan State University and the College of Arts & Letters, and more broadly across other institutions and industries.

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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About the Speaker

Kate M. Sonka is the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. Ms. Sonka holds a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and a TESOL certificate from DePaul University. She improves teaching and learning with technology through course design and support, experiential learning, and training and mentorship for faculty members and students. Her scholarly areas of interest include second language acquisition, the role of language in identity development, and the intersection of accessibility and experiential learning.

 

Accessibility and Appeals: Methods For Inclusivity Workshop

Kate M. Sonka, Michigan State University

Apr. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., Norris 207, Rock Room

The accessibility movement exists to ensure an equitable learning environment for all students. No single instructor can build this equitable learning environment. How can we implement and advance accessibility best practices in higher education as a community?

Please join us for a workshop with Kate M. Sonka, the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. She will explore an interdisciplinary approach to coalition and community building centered on methods for encouraging adoption of accessible practices that include: student success, social justice, Universal Design for Learning, broader community impact, legal, and business/ROI. During the workshop you will participate in guided and reflective activities to consider how you can be part of the accessibility movement from where you are now and how to grow from there.

REGISTER NOW

About the Speaker

Kate M. Sonka is the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. Ms. Sonka holds a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and a TESOL certificate from DePaul University. She improves teaching and learning with technology through course design and support, experiential learning, and training and mentorship for faculty members and students. Her scholarly areas of interest include second language acquisition, the role of language in identity development, and the intersection of accessibility and experiential learning.