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OER Institute

May 11 • 9:00am – 4:00pm
Center for Teaching and Learning (ILC313)
Application deadline • Friday, May 5 2017
Applications are no longer be excepted for 2017, please return in the Spring Semester of 2018.

This summer Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) will hold a 1 day institute focused on creative pedagogical strategies that leverage the power of Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance teaching and learning. Areas of exploration will include increasing student engagement, facilitating communication, expanding the borders of the learning environment, and improving productivity. The institute will run during the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm on May 11, 2017. Participants are expected to attend for the entire day of the institute.

Participants in the institute will each receive a stipend, meals (light breakfast and full lunch with afternoon snack). Because the number of seats is limited, interested participants need to complete a brief application form (links below and below). Both full-time and adjunct faculty may apply. Note: Adjuncts must have been teaching at Boise State for at least two semesters, and must be scheduled to teach during the 2018-2019 academic year. To apply, you need not have prior experience with OER. You may also be eligible to participate if you have already similar experiences with no or low cost textbook alternatives (see application for more information).

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, with the goal of selecting a heterogeneous, multi-disciplinary cohort of faculty representing a broad range of technology users, from novices to experts. The committee will accept a broad range of interests in OER, (for example, from a desire to be exposed to the basics of using OER for teaching and learning to interest in implementing a project that explores how OER can enhance learning in innovative ways).

This institute is an extension of the exploration of the implications of multiple on and offline environments on effective teaching and learning practices that began as an interest to reduce student textbook costs, increase course enrollment, and improve student learning by adopting freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media useful for teaching and learning. It is designed to promote the first goal of Boise State’s Focus of Effectiveness strategic plan, “Create a signature, high-quality educational experience for all students” by providing faculty development around innovative pedagogy that creates engaging learning environments.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive a stipend of $150, payable as supplemental salary (some professional ranks do not qualify for supplemental pay).

For priority consideration, register by April 15; review of applications begins April 16. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or after April 17. If space is available after the initial applications reviewed, we will continue to accept applications until Friday, May 5.

• Deadline for application submission was Friday, April 15, 2017, however, applications will be excepted until 05/05/2017.
• Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or after April 17, 2017.
• The application link has been removed, we are no longer excepting applications. Please come back in the Spring Semester of 2018.

For more information, contact Bob Casper at or 208.426.1628.