PALSave Workshop: REGISTER Now!

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 Joins the Open Textbook Network

PALNI and Open Textbook Network

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/

Call for PALSave System Leaders

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.

For consideration:
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 amanda@palni.edu.

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 amanda@palni.edu. Subscribe to project updates at https://palsave.palni.org/subscribe/.

Upcoming Affordable Education Initiatives Webinars

Interested in exploring Open Educational Resources at a PALNI-supported campus?  Attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about statewide efforts and effective strategies from experts in this field, presented by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force.

Open to everyone at PALNI-supported institutions.

Tuesday, 2/27, 11am
Scaling Up OERs in Louisiana: A Statewide Plan for Building a Sustainable Library Effort
Teri Oaks Gallaway, Emily Frank

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In Louisiana, OERs have recently become a strategy used by the state legislature to address the rising cost of higher education. This process began with advocacy work led by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, the statewide consortium, and directed at the Board of Regents, the governmental body charged with planning, coordinating, and budgeting public higher education in the state. The Regents provided funds to LOUIS that have allowed the consortium to build capacity and infrastructure needed to support the development of OERs in the state. LOUIS used funds to launch scalable programs and easily adaptable solutions. Using a train-the-trainer model, they quickly built capacity at universities and colleges in the state. Then, they created a structure to provide funds and support for individual academic libraries to begin developing the OER culture locally. Local institutions were able to apply this model to the degree to which they had the capacity and interest to support it. We will review this approach and discuss how this model has allowed multiple stakeholders take ownership of an element of the project and apply leadership at their level while working towards a shared success in the state.

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Associate Commissioner of LOUIS, serves in the capacity of Executive Director for the statewide consortium as well as the project lead for the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative. Emily Frank is the Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access for Louisiana State University Libraries. She leads the library’s affordable course materials projects, including coordinating local projects under the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative spearheaded by LOUIS.

Tuesday, 3/27, 11am
Effectively Encouraging the Use of OER on Your Campus
Nicole Finkbeiner, OpenStax

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Nicole Finkbeiner of Rice University’s OpenStax draws on her experiences working with faculty and schools across the U.S. to highlight the most effective strategies that encourage faculty to adopt, adapt, and create OER while protecting academic freedom. She also walks through a strategic planning model to plan, track, and produce effective and measurable results for our OER initiatives.

Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she focuses on coaching colleges and universities through the process of developing an OER initiative. She is also the founder of the national Institutional Partner Program, a network of institutions who work together to increase OER use on their campuses while protecting academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting Open Educational Resources, Nicole fills her time reading, working out, and attending cultural events.

***cross-posted from the Schol Comm @ Scale blog***