Open Educational Resources: Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies for Implementation



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Acceptance of OERs in higher education is growing. Are you following the conversation?

Acceptance of OERs in higher education is growing. Are you following the conversation?

Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research materials that offer alternatives to traditional textbooks. They permit free access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others.

According to one research study, 30% of faculty (from 3,000 surveyed) were very aware of open educational resources (OERs). But only 13% of faculty from the same survey are using OERs in at least one of their classes. So, while OERs may offer affordability and flexibility, many people still question the quality of these resources and the time needed to adopt them.

Join us online to discuss the benefits and challenges of OERs and hear first-hand what it takes to implement them. A faculty member from Chippewa Valley Technical College will show you how high-quality OERs have been incorporated into their curriculum, and she’ll discuss the impact OERs have had on teaching and learning. In case you decide to implement, we’ll offer tips for getting started.

Who Should Attend

Through a balanced discussion of OERs, faculty and faculty developers will learn how OERs can be incorporated into the classroom to add value for both students and faculty.

Academic leadership (VPs/Provosts/Deans), library directors/librarians, center for professional development teams, and instructional designers may also enjoy this webcast.


Our two speakers will guide you through the following:

  1. Benefits and Challenges of Using OERs – You’ll learn about the pros and cons of using OERs, both from the student and faculty perspective.
  2. Impact of OERs on Teaching and Student Learning – You’ll hear from a nursing faculty who will share her insights on the quality of OERS and how they have affected the teacher and student experience.
  3. How to Integrate OERs in the Classroom – You will walk away with tips and lessons learned for how to implement OERs into your classroom.


Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe

Academic Vice President, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC)

Julie is the Academic Vice President at CVTC, a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs throughout Wisconsin. Prior to this role, she served as the Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She also served as a tenured faculty member, graduate program director, department chair, associate vice chancellor, and assistant chancellor for assessment and quality improvement at UW-Stout. Read Julie’s full bio here.


Kimberly Ernstmeyer

Open RN Grant Project Director, Chippewa Valley Technological College (CVTC)

Kim has 15 years of teaching experience in nursing education and simulation and holds several national certifications as a Nurse Educator, a Simulation Healthcare Educator, and a Nurse Practitioner. She is currently the grant project director of the Open RN project, funded with a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Education, leading a statewide effort to create five Nursing OER textbooks and 25 associated Virtual Reality scenarios based on the Wisconsin Technical College Nursing curriculum. Read Kimberly’s full bio here.


Questions About the Event? Email this event’s Program Manager, Lisa Lafflam.

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  1. Live webcast session – a live presentation where you have the chance to ask questions and get personalized answers from our expert speakers. You must purchase the product prior to the live date in order to attend the live session.
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