Introduce Yourselves: Discussion Board for Peer Reviewers

Hello all! My name is Colleen Sanders (she/her), and I’m very excited to be part of this project. I’m a librarian whose OER work includes supporting faculty adoptions, teaching workshops, supporting institutional initiatives, and advocating for OER policy. I just finished an M.Ed. for instructional design to make me a more effective faculty partner for adopting open practices. My next horizons for open ed work include publishing and exploring open pedagogy, specifically at the intersection of open pedagogy and inclusive pedagogy in library instruction. I’m extra excited to finally intersect with some folks whose names I see frequently in the open ed world, but have yet to ‘meet’ officially. Reach out to me any time.

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Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Beechey. I am the Access Services & OER Librarian at SUNY Monroe CC. I’ve been working with OER initiatives, both on my campus and within the State University of NY, since 2017. I’m looking forward to working on this project with so many other OER advocates!

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Hi everyone,
I’m Dorinne Banks and I work at George Washington University Libraries as Open Education Librarian.
Last year I co-authored a chapter in an OER-related Rebus book and the peer-reviews were really thorough and helpful.
I’m excited to switch roles and participate as a peer-reviewer for this project!

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Hello!

My name Michaela Keating (she/her) and I became the first Open Educational Resources Librarian at California State University Fullerton in 2019, though I have been working in the scholarly communication field since 2014. I’m looking forward to serving as a peer reviewer on this project!

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Hi everyone - my name is Scott Schaeffer and I am a professor of human anatomy and physiology at Harford Community College, not far from Baltimore, MD. I serve on our college’s OER committee and we have been actively recruiting more and more faculty to get engaged - I have been able to eliminate all textbook costs from my sections of A&P and students are super excited…and successful :slight_smile: I’m looking forward to serving as a peer-reviewer with the rest of you here on this thread. Happy Spring!

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Hey there! I am D’Arcy Hutchings, Instructional Design Librarian (and de facto OER librarian) at University of Alaska Anchorage. I have co-led OER/textbook affordability initiatives (alongside psychology professor Dr. Veronica Howard) at UAA since 2015. We are currently co-managing a nearly half-million dollar grant from the USDA NIFA that funds our faculty OER/ZTC professional development program (which includes funding for making the transition to OER/ZTC), a student OER ambassador/advocacy program, and additional work promoting OER/ZTC adoption. I am so glad to be joining you in reviewing this book!

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Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Becker and I’m the Copyright and Open Educational Resources Librarian at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI. My work involves all aspects of academic libraries including instruction and working with instructors and the bookstore to identify low cost materials.

I’m super excited to be working on this project with so many talented people!

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Hello,
I am Dr. Pam Ratvasky, OER Instructional Designer at North Central State College, Mansfield, Ohio. I look forward to reviewing Part 5! My new position that I started in November 2020 is grant-funded with the aim of supporting faculty in adopting OERs at NCSC and all of the Ohio community colleges. I work one on one with faculty, and give OER presentations across the state so far. I have been working on a faculty OER course project focused particularly on targeting faculty that teach high school students the college level courses. I would like to have this set up so the high school faculty may also earn professional development credits to give a little extra motivation to learn about and adopt OER. In Ohio we have the College Credit Plus program for high school students to save money by taking college courses that the schools pay for instead of the students. I hope to help keep lowering those textbook costs for the schools that supply the books to high school students. If anyone is interested in learning more or possibly reviewing this project as well, please let me know. pratvasky@ncstatecollege.edu. Regards, Pam

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You’ve done so much already in such a short time! If you have a call for reviewers to share, Pam, you’re welcome to post in our Contributor Marketplace with the tag #cfp, and we’ll spread the word in our channels.

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Hello, Cindy here from University of West Florida where I am an Asst. Librarian/Coordinator of Scholarly Communication.

I have been using OER resources for about 5 years and am currently completing the adaption of a textbook. I am please to be a reviewer on this project.

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Hello, all! I’m Bryan McGeary, and I’m the Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian at Penn State University. This is the third Rebus project that I’ve had some involvement with. I was an author for a chapter in Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations, and I’m part of the team that is currently working on The Holocaust: Remembrance, Respect, And Resilience, which will hopefully be completed sometime this year. And I’m excited to be joining you all to help out with this project!

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Hello!
My name is Christine Jones and I am the new OER Coordinator for Glendale Community College in AZ. I am relatively new to OER but I am excited to explore and share suggestions.

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Hello! I’m Elaine Thornton. I am the Open Education & Distance Learning Librarian at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. I lead OER initiatives at the university and manage the University Libraries’ OER publishing program.

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Lindsey -
Just wanted to say hello. I’m a grad from the MSVU M.Ed program (omigosh, 12 years ago?!) and rave about it to everyone I know. Nice to “meet” you.
Wendy Ward (Niagara College - Welland, ON)

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Hello all! I’m Sarah Fancher, library director at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri. I’ve been working on OER initiatives since I arrived here in 2016, and I’m pleased to say that we plan to launch our first Z-degree in Fall 2022! I’m excited to participate as a reviewer on this much-needed project, and I am looking forward to working with you all.

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Continuing the discussion from Introduce Yourselves: Discussion Board for Peer Reviewers:

Hello,

My name is Jennifer Miller and I’m an independent scholar focused on advancing open knowledge through various projects in open data, open education, and open science. In the past, I adopted open educational resources for courses in economics and policy analysis. I’ve also done some teaching in program evaluation. Looking forward to contributing to this project as a peer reviewer!

Jennifer

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Hello from sunny Houston (Texas)! My name is Jim Ross-Nazzal and I am an author of an OER US history textbook, and editor of an open-access women’s studies journal, and an all-around OER cheerleader. I teach history at Houston Community College, where I’ve been since 2006.

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Hello,
I am Deidre Tyler, PhD. I am a Sociologist and Instructional Technologist. I have been working with OER since 2015. I am a Professor of Sociology at Salt Lake Community College.

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It’s great to have you looking over our work, Elaine!

Hi all! I’m an Instruction & Liaison Librarian at University of Northern Iowa. My liaison areas are in the sciences and social work. I am also UNI’s new OER librarian so I have been learning a lot since January! Looking forward to diving into my assigned section & connecting with you all!

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