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Boise State librarian, staff and alumni present on open education resources at conferences

Photo of the Boise State open education resource team from Left (top row): Shannon Smith, Tiffany MacLennan, Amber Hoye, (bottom row) Graf Kirk, Hallie Babb

Albertsons Library Open Educational Resources Librarian, Shannon Smith, and World Languages Resource Center Director, Amber Hoye, presented at the Open Education Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Their session “In the Room Where it Happens: Exploring Student Intersections with Open Ed Beyond the Classroom,” discussed the ways students intersect with furthering the work of open education outside of the classroom.

Together with recent Boise State graduate, Graf Kirk, and two open education advocates and former student leaders from Canada, Tiffany MacLennan and Hallie Babb, this team explored the importance of seeking out student perspectives and inviting them into project work as peers, ready to learn together. They also provided examples for recognizing students as a means to the sustainability of open infrastructures. Session participants reflected and shared on the ways students are changemakers, collaborators and co-authors in open education.

Smith also co-presented a poster session on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, with Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University. Their poster “Is this an OER? Addressing the Complex Relationship Between OER and Affordable Course Materials” highlights the intersections between open education resources, or OER, and affordable learning and why the differences between these types of course materials matter.

Their complete poster helps those who support open education resource, affordable, and/or blended course material programming in higher education contexts.