Join Koffee with Karen, Avenues to OER: A panel discussion

Avenues to OER: A panel discussion

February 24, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm

There are many avenues to begin your OER journey, hear from two Minnesota State faculty members, Dan Allosso and Katie Nelson, who have experience authoring, redesigning, and collaborating on an open textbook. Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator, will moderate and offer her experiences running the OER Learning Circles.


Learn more about the panelists:

Dan Allosso, Bemidji State University
Dan Allosso, Bemidji State University
Dan Allosso, Bemidji State University

Dan is a Bemidji hobby farmer and a Fixed Term Assistant Professor at Bemidji State University (BSU), teaching for his third year is applying for a tenure-track position in the History department. Since being at BSU Dan has had a lot of experience with OER, including:

  • revised an American Environmental History textbook as an OER
  • published it and a writing handbook into the Open Textbook Library
  • written a Modern World History OER which he is currently working with other faculty in the Minnesota State system to revise and publish
  • working on a US History OER adapted from the American Yawp textbook out of Stanford

Dan has also written a monograph called Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History which will be coming out this June from the Yale University Press, and has published an award-winning young adult novel in 2007 which is out of print. 

Katie Nelson, Inver Hills Community College
Katie Nelson, Inver Hills Community College

Katie Nelson is an instructor of anthropology at Inver Hills Community College. Her research focuses on migration in human history, citizenship(s), identity, belonging and state mechanisms of migrant control in the contemporary United States, Mexico, and Morocco.

She received her B.A. in anthropology and Latin American studies from Macalester College, her M.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in education and instructional technology from the University of Saint Thomas, and her Ph.D. from CIESAS Occidente (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social –Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology), based in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Katie views teaching and learning as central to her practice as an anthropologist and as mutually reinforcing elements of her professional life. She is the former chair of the Teaching Anthropology Interest Group (2016–2018) of the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association and currently serves as the online content editor for the Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal. She has contributed to several open access textbook projects, both as an author and an editor, and views the affordability of quality learning materials as an important piece of the equity and inclusion puzzle in higher education. Learn more about Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology, the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed open access textbook for biological anthropology courses.


Koffee with Karen: OER Community Conversations is an online, open forum conversation held twice per semester for all to share, discuss, and learn from colleagues in the Minnesota State OER community. Hosted by Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator, Koffee with Karen often features a guest speaker on a topic of interest.

Questions? Contact Karen Pikula.

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