Attend the 2021 OER Project Showcase to learn how faculty are saving students money

Since 2018, Minnesota State faculty have been participating in the OER Learning Circles program, where they collaborate with colleagues from across the system who are committed to redesigning courses around OER and/or creating OER ancillary materials to help eliminate course material costs for students.

OER are teaching, learning and research resources that make use of appropriate tools, such as open licensing, to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement, and repurposing by others for educational purposes (UNESDOC).

2021 OER Project Showcase

Learn how faculty from the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 Learning Circle cohorts have been helping save students money by adapting their courses to OER at the OER Project Showcase.

The showcase will be held virtually across four days in April with a handful of OER Learning Circle participants in each, presenting their work and answering questions.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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OER ProjectFaculty
OER course redesign of ARTS 1732 Two-Dimensional DesignEmily Hoisington, Saint Paul College
Police response to calls for service textRonald Schwint, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
A principles of epidemiology textbook with ancillary materialsGiovanni Antunez, St. Cloud State University
How to Learn Like a Pro supplementary ancillary materialsSarah Snider, South Central College
Histology pictures to be used in presentations and for students to studyKristi Brannick, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Freshman Composition: Textbook free, cell phone readyMike Mutschelknaus, Rochester Community and Technical College
Design and Development of Affordable and Quality PHYS: 2300 General Physics – I CourseJay Govani, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Course redesign using OER for graduate pharmacology courseMarjorie Webb, Metropolitan State University
OPENSTAX OER Ancillary Resources for SociologyJeff Bry, Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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OER ProjectFaculty
State and Local Politics – Designing a full course around an existing OER textMark Johnson , Minnesota State Community and Technical College​
Maximizing Meaning: Redesigning Interpersonal CommunicationAmy Fisher​, Century College
Materials for a Fiction Writing ClassCezarija Abartis​, St. Cloud State University
OER for Children’s LiteratureKelly Donahue​, Century College
Business Negotiations: More Than Just DealmakingLinda Michel​, Saint Paul College
OER Materials for Redesigning an Interpersonal Communication CourseRobert Jersak​, Century College
Preparing students for professional practice: An OER for social work field internshipsMonica Roth Day​, Metropolitan State University
Developmental Level 2 English Curriculum for Integrated Reading and WritingNatasha Fleischman​, Saint Paul College
A Best Practices Guide for Instructional VideosCindy Harley​, Metropolitan State University
Creating OER Materials for Health and Physical Education InternshipJulie Knutson​, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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OER ProjectFaculty
OER for Multilingual English LearnersLaura Funke​, Inver Hills Community College
Nutrition Course RedesignElizabeth Micheel​, Minnesota State College Southeast
Zero-Cost International FilmNicole Hinrichs-Bideau​, Century College
Course Redesign – Introduction to Public SpeakingCarolyn Weber​, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Advanced Composition using OERStacey Foster​, Pine Technical and Community College
Authoring OER Ancillary Materials for Educational PsychologyKelli Hutton​, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Decolonizing Introduction to HumanitiesLori-Beth Larsen​, Central Lakes College
Redesign of a Human Biology CourseMark Gucinski​, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Campus-based OER Learning CirclesMarcus Lacher​, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Legal Environment of Business: D2L Course Design MaterialsWade Davis​, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Designing a Queer-Inclusive Human Sexuality Course Using OERKathryn Klement, Bemidji State University
An Open Geographic Information Systems WorkbookCarl Sack, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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OER ProjectFaculty
Adding Ancillary Material to Existing Business CourseKimberley Slaker​, Saint Paul College
OER for Composition 1021Brandy Opse​, Century College
Principle of Public Relations D2L shellMelody Hoffmann​, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
OER Textbook Project: Modern World HistoryDan Allosso​, Bemidji State University
Designing an OER Economics of Health Disparities courseMonica Garcia-Perez​, St. Cloud State University
Creating Assessment Plan for Business Statistics IYoung Seob Son​, Bemidji State University
Course Redesign: EconomicsStephen Davis​, Southwest Minnesota State University
OER for Intro to Music Industry, Music History 1, and American Popular MusicDavid Thompson​, Central Lakes College
Transforming Teaching through OERNick Heisserer​, Central Lakes College

All showcase presentations will be recorded and shared in the OER Community Site.


The Summer 2021 OER Learning Circle cohort is now accepting applications until April 16, 2021.

In addition to virtual weekly meetings, OER Learning Circles utilizes a D2L Brightspace course to support faculty and takes place over a ten-week period (five weeks in the summer). The equivalent of .5 RCE is available to participating faculty.

Questions? Contact Karen Pikula.

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