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VIVA: VIVA Open! Advancing Open Educational Practices Workshop Series

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VIVA Open! Advancing Open Educational Practices Workshop Series

The VIVA Open! Advancing Open Educational Practices Workshop Series is designed to support Virginia higher education professionals interested in open education initiatives. The workshop series will successively explore topics in open education that advance the development of practices such as collaboration, curation, authoring, and more.  Faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and others engaged in higher education efforts at VIVA member institutions are invited to register for this series! Attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions and recordings will be shared with registrants following the series.

Facilitated by Megan Simmons, Associate Director of Training & Design, ISKME

October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Register for the series here.

Please note the VIVA Code of Conduct.

Workshop Series
Session Description Date & Time
1 - Introduction to VIVA & Open Educational Practices

Explore the what, why, and how of OER, highlighting use cases involving successful adoption and implementation of OER.


Jenifer Kurtz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Virginia Western Community College

Anita R. Waltz, Associate Professor, Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech

October 26, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

2 - Engagement with OER Tools for Discovery, Evaluation, Curation & Collaboration Discover effective search, quality evaluation, and curation strategies to collaboratively identify, evaluate, and organize OER relevant to the desired use.

November 2, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

3 - Deep Dive into Design, Authoring & Remixing Develop collaborative workflows to utilize authoring tools to design, create and remix resources. Leverage supports for peer review, reflection, and refinement of resources courseware improvement.

November 9, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

4 - Including Students as Course Creators and Contributors

Identify opportunities to engage students as creators of OER and show how their contributions to demonstrate their learning can transform their experiences in their courses, communities, and beyond.


Anne Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Jennifer Kidd, Ph.D, Master Lecturer, Teaching & Learning, Old Dominion University

Amanda MacDonald, Undergraduate Research Services Librarian, Virginia Tech

Bryan J. McGeary, Ph.D., Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

November 16, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST