On behalf of the PALSave Team for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), you are invited to attend PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop. This PALSave Team assists twenty-four member libraries by providing ongoing support for the PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program. PALSave is our initiative to improve student success and retention by supporting the use of course materials that are free to students.
PALNI campuses are affiliate members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) through this initiative, and this workshop with OTN’s leadership will guide attendees to learn about developing successful Open Educational Resource (OER) programs on your campus.
The workshop is Monday, March 18, 2019 at Indiana Wesleyan University North Campus.
Please review the image invite and feel free to email email@example.com for more information about the workshop or our program. We hope you can join!
Join PALNI’s Instructional Technology Advisory Group members for a webinar showcasing our completed 2018 Task Force work. Resources will be shared for your institution to modify and reuse from the following groups:
- Instructional Tech Tools Task Force
- Online Course Assessment Task Force
- Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation Task Force
Please join us if you’re available:
What: Instructional Technology 2018 Task Force Show & Tell Webinar
When: Wednesday, January 16th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Virtually connect with Zoom. Connection information can be found in the PALNI Community
For questions or PALNI Community access, feel free to contact Rebecca Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, select members of PALNI institutions virtually attended the OLC Accelerate Conference. Notes from attended sessions have been compiled and are ready to be shared. We hope you find the notes to be useful, and the Instructional Technology Steering Committee will be reviewing key takeaways to determine if additional action items should be documented for our work.
For those interested in participating in the future, look for information next year to register to virtually attend.
View session notes by following this document link.
The PALNI Instructional Technology Steering Group will again coordinate virtual attendance opportunities for the OLC Accelerate conference. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) offers this Accelerate conference for those interested in driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, librarians, instructional designers, information technologists, administrators, and online learning professionals. A sampling of program topics this year include:
- Best practices in online learning, student engagement, and online pedagogy
- Accessibility compliance
- Instructional design and design thinking
- Tech tool integration
Here are the details needed to participate:
- WHO: Through the group registration, PALNI is able to provide one registration per campus. This includes librarians, instructional designers, information technologists, and/or anyone else with interest. A few additional or any unused registrations will be offered to steering or task force participants in addition to the one registration available per institution.
- WHEN: Registration requests should be made by November 2nd and multiple registrations for a single institution will be on a first-come basis. The conference begins Wednesday, November 14 (1:00pm start) – Friday, November 16 (12:30pm end).
- REGISTRATION: Those interested should register at THIS LINK to receive official attendance and connection information.
- POST-CONFERENCE: Those who attend should be present at a post-conference webinar (date TBD). Our hope is to be able to provide key takeaways that our task forces can be including and addressing in their work.
Please help us spread the word about this FREE, but valuable opportunity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rebecca Johnson [email@example.com] or Noah Brubaker [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Registration is now open for the in-person PALSave workshop with expert representatives from the Open Textbook Network. This event will be held Monday, November 5th, from 9am – 4pm at Indiana Wesleyan University North Indianapolis Campus.
Those who should plan to attend include the primary PALSave contacts, as well as librarians, instructional designers, faculty OER champions, library directors, or campus administrators who will be working with the PALSave Admin Team to move PALNI Affordable Learning forward.
Our speakers will cover:
- Developing successful programs on your campus
- Strategies for addressing common challenges
- Tools and resources
- Faculty workshop preview and logistics
We hope you can join us. Register today!
Registration Link: https://tiny.cc/PALNI-OTN
PALNI recently joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in order to further its initiatives for affordable education and student success across the state. OTN maintains the Open Textbook Library, and is well known for helping organizations to advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. They’ve had great success with their initiative: OTN members have saved their students over 8.5 million dollars!
To read more about this partnership and hear more about our new PALSave Team, navigate to the news release here: https://palsave.palni.org/palni-joins-the-open-textbook-network/
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) seeks applicants for four System Leaders for its PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program. The PALSave team will work across PALNI in support of open and affordable learning.
The System Leaders will:
- Attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute (OTNSI) July 23-27, 2018 in Minnesota to gain open education strategies under OTN’s Train-the-Trainer model. Registration, travel, and accommodations are provided
- Act as PALNI’s ambassadors to the Open Textbook Network (OTN) community of practice
- Serve on the administration team for PALSave. As a team:
- Work with the PALNI Scholarly Communications Director to design and implement programming to collaborate with librarians, instructional designers, and faculty in support of open access textbook adoptions and use of library content in the classroom
- Develop and train campus leaders across PALNI
- Partner with campus leaders to facilitate and support faculty-focused workshops throughout Indiana
- Implement elements of the program plan identified by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force
- Advocate for open and affordable education
- Have opportunities for additional training and/or conference attendance to advance affordable learning across PALNI institutions
The selected System Leaders mus:
- Have support from their home institution for the time commitment to serve
- Be able to travel to an out-of-state intensive Open Textbook Network Summer Institute (OTNSI) from July 23 – 27, 2018
- Make travel arrangements to attend the OTNSI the week of June 4, 2018 and submit receipts for reimbursement
- Be able to travel within the state about three times per semester in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
- Have strong organization and communication skills
- Have a keen interest in open education
Preferred candidates will have experience, knowledge, and interest in one or more of the following:
- Open access and open education
- Faculty outreach
- Curriculum design
- Library instruction
- Creative Commons licensing
Total time commitment will be in the range of ten hours per month. Funds for travel will be provided.
Please submit a brief personal statement (no more than 500 words) that describes why you are interested in the PALSave System Leader opportunity, along with a current curriculum vitae by May 25 to Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at email@example.com.
Librarians, instructional designers, faculty, and others with a direct connection to affordable education at a PALNI-supported institution are invited to apply. Notification of those selected will be made by June 1, 2018.
For more information, including other opportunities to get involved in PALSave, should be directed to: Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to project updates at https://palsave.palni.org/subscribe/.
We had such a productive meeting last week for our gathering of the PALNI Instructional Technology Advisory Group meeting. During our time together, we identified needs within PALNI for future task force work (accessibility compliance, group purchasing options for various systems and tools, etc.). Our current task force chairs also presented their work to date for both the Affordable Education Initiatives (AEI) and the Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation groups.
For more information and to view our key takeaways from the day, please visit the PALNI Community’s Instructional Technology discussion area where the slides from the day are posted along with our key takeaways document.
NOTE: If you are not a member of the PALNI Community (newly released during our meeting), you can click “Sign Up” from the top right menu. You must use a Google account that is tied to your institutional email, so please follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS prior to going through the signup process.
The recent Fort Wayne Teaching Conference highlighted an instructional technology and scholarly communications presentation co-presented by:
- Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director
- Andrea Cohn, University of Saint Francis Teaching and Learning Services Team Coordinator
- Rebecca Johnson, Manchester University Virtual Instruction & Emerging Tech Librarian
The presentation centered around bringing awareness to and engaging with faculty to create affordable and effective learning opportunities that simultaneously utilize the newest technologies and reduce costs for private colleges in Indiana.
To read more, navigate to PALNI’s official news release: Recent Fort Wayne Teaching Conference Presentation Highlights Consortial Scholarly Communications, Affordable Education, and Instructional Technology at PALNI
Each year, ELI surveys the higher education community to determine key issues and opportunities in post-secondary teaching and learning. These key issues serve as the framework, or focal points, for our discussions and programming throughout the coming year. More than 900 community members voted on the following key issues for 2018.
Download the infographic below and share with colleagues, or explore each of the issues more deeply with the resources below the infographic.
Many of PALNI’s Instructional Technology Advisory Group strategic plan action items fall into the categories within this report. For more information, visit the following link: https://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/key-issues-in-teaching-and-learning