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  1. Incorporating and Developing Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks in the Classroom [Download]

    Title: Incorporating and Developing Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks in the Classroom
    Author: Warren, John W.
    Description: The high costs of textbooks, which have become unaffordable for many lower income students, have led universities including George Mason University to look at Open Educational Resources (OERs) to reduce the cost of instruction for students, improve teaching and learning outcomes, and enable better opportunities for students through open access to quality educational resources. This presentation presents lessons learned from two initiatives at George Mason University: an OER course redesign pilot and an Open Textbook Network initiative. Mason Publishing, a department of the University Libraries, teamed with Mason 4-VA and the Office of Digital Learning in a pilot project to encourage the use of OERs in innovative course redesign. Courses targeted for the pilot include those with high enrollment numbers, are required courses for majors, count in the Mason Core, or carry high textbook costs. As part of this pilot project, Mason Publishing is assisting instructors in developing open textbooks and other open access materials. Mason Publishing is also collaborating with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) in a consortia effort in the Open Textbook Network (OTN). Mason Publishing has also developed, with Deep Web Technologies, an OER Metafinder, to provide faculty, students, librarians and instructional designers with a consolidated search tool for OER resources. John W. Warren is Head of Mason Publishing Group/George Mason University Press and an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s master of professional studies in publishing program. Previously, Warren was Marketing and Sales Director at Georgetown University Press, Director of Marketing, Publications, at the RAND Corporation, and managed marketing and sales at Sage Publications and Fondo de Cultura Economica. He has a Masters in International Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego. Warren is a frequent speaker at international publishing conferences and has authored several articles about the evolution of e-books, including “Innovation and the Future of E-Books” (2009), for which he was the winner of the International Award for Excellence in the development of the book.
    Keywords: WRLC Scholarly Communications Symposium 2017, Open educational resources
    Date Uploaded: 12/05/2017
  2. Chipping Away at the Paywall: Leveraging APIs to Promote Green Open Access [Download]

    Title: Chipping Away at the Paywall: Leveraging APIs to Promote Green Open Access
    Author: Smith, Dolsy
    Description: These are the slides from a presentation given at the 2017 WRLC Scholarly Communications Symposium. This talk was an overview of a collaborative project to explore citation data on GW faculty publications obtained from Scopus that was then cross-referenced with OA permissions from SHERPA/RoMEO. The goals of this project were to obtain a bird's-eye view of the scholarly publications landscape at GW and to promote self-archiving where author agreements allow.
    Keywords: Open Access, WRLC Scholarly Communications Symposium 2017, Scholarly Communications
    Date Uploaded: 12/05/2017
  3. Open Science: Changing the Impact of Scholarship [Download]

    Title: Open Science: Changing the Impact of Scholarship
    Author: Potterbusch, Megan
    Description: Open science/scholarship is taking scholarly communications by storm, but what do we really mean by open science? By introducing foundational concepts of open science, the spectrum of ways that researchers may choose to adopt more open publishing practices become apparent. This presentation will also address motivations researchers may have for changing their communications behavior, such as: compliance with open access requirements; reproducibility/replicability concerns; and increasing their scholarly impact. Equipped with an understanding of the changing landscape of publishing and a familiarity with several practical tools, we enter into discussions with researchers stronger and better positioned to support them as they adapt to new modes of scholarly communications.
    Keywords: Scholarly communications, Open science, WRLC Scholarly Communications Symposium 2017
    Date Uploaded: 12/04/2017