This year’s United States presidential election campaign may be remembered for the proliferation of fake, false and misleading news stories especially on social media sites such as Facebook. Viral news hoaxes have been around for many years but 2016 seems to be the year they exploded into the consciousness of the American public. Even typically reliable news sources, whether mainstream or alternative, corporate or nonprofit, rely on particular media frames to select and report news stories based on different notions of newsworthiness. The best thing to do in our contemporary media environment is to read, watch and listen both widely and often, and to be critical of the news sources we share and engage with on social media. To help you in evaluating news stories, Reynolds Libraries has created a guide – http://libguides.reynolds.edu/fakenews
Reynolds librarians, Lynn Riggs and Denise Woetzel, recently attended the annual Open Education Conference right here in Richmond. Open education advocates gathered from around the world to learn about the latest research, development, advocacy, design, and other work relating to open education including: tools and technologies supporting open education; collaborations between teaching faculty and librarians in support of open education; models supporting the adoption, use, and sustaining of OER in higher education; and the role of librarians, faculty and students in advocating for, supporting, and sustaining OER adoption and use.
Lynn and Denise attended a wide variety of sessions on everything from open textbook publishing to open pedagogy. Several sessions that got Denise and Lynn most excited and inspired were:
- Free + Freedom: The Role of Open Pedagogy in the Open Education Movement, presented by Rajiv Jhangiani from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver and Robin DeRosa from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire. Professors Jhangiani and DeRosa explained the What, Why and How of open pedagogy. Open education is broader than open textbooks and savings. It is empowering students to make decisions about the courses they are taking as well as developing content for the course that is both meaningful and valuable to the rest of the higher education community. A fitting quote by John W. Gardner referred to during the session – “All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them how to grow their own plants.” Some open pedagogy examples identified were: students writing and editing wiki articles; a student-created first-year seminar at Plymouth State University where students were also involved in developing the attendance policy and grading policy. Some of the questions posed during the session were: Why have students answer questions when they can write them? What inspires teachers and students to learn, change, care? How can OER be part of a larger mission related to access and empowerment?
- It’s Not About the Books: Let’s Think About Open Pedagogy, presented by Christie Fierro, Instructional Designer and OER Coordinator at Tacoma Community College. Ms. Fierro defined open pedagogy as student-created content released with an open license which gives value to the world. Some examples of open pedagogy student projects at Tacoma Community College included: a presentation to the local town council on banning plastic bags; a video promoting and discussing the importance of a local food drive; students writing and modifying chapters for open history textbooks; and students collaborating with the library archivist to create a LibGuide on the history of Tacoma Community College.
- The Faces of OER: Student Reflections on the Z Degree Experience, this panel discussion included business professor, Linda Williams and four students from Tidewater Community College. Professor Williams began the session by asking, “Whose course are you teaching? McGraw-Hill’s or yours?” Several students reflected that the instructors for their Z degree courses were more engaged with the topics that were taught, and that they themselves felt more connected to these classes than to ones using only traditional textbooks. Students reflected that Z degree courses had a richer bank of resources for them to learn from that just one publisher.
- Establishing Actual Costs of Textbooks Across Curricula: Data from the Virginia Community College System, presented by Jamison Miller, Kim Grewe, and Amanda Carpenter-Horning. The College Board in its Annual Survey of Colleges estimates the cost per year for books and supplies is $1200.00. This group of doctoral students sought to find out how much the average costs for books are for first year students at the VCCS colleges. They compiled a list of college level, general education, first year courses at each school and checked these against the bookstores’ prices at each college. The estimated average cost of books for these two semesters in the VCCS is $1,110.50 which is less than but close to the national average. Estimated costs for a fall semester’s worth of books at Reynolds is just over $600. For a fall semester at Central Virginia Community College the cost is under $100.
Other session highlights included:
- A open writing resource project at VCU. Focused Inquiry faculty developed both APA and MLA citation guide material using WordPress. This open resource should be made available to the public sometime early next year.
- Initiatives at Arizona State University to develop and promote OER including the Professional Learning Library repository and Global Freshman Academy MOOC courses.
- The Open Textbook Network (OTN) commissioned a working group to create a guide on modifying open textbooks using PressBooks and Open Stax.
- University of Pittsburgh librarian, Paul Bond discussed the interrelationship between the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and open education.
- Jan Neuman of the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre discussed phase III of the OER World Map project, a growing collection of worldwide data on experts and activities in the field of open education. The map includes elements of a social networking platform, business information system, geoinformation system, and OER library catalog.
- Kiri Dali, librarian at Lord Fairfax Community College, discussed the Knowledge to Work (K2W) program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Students enrolled in Health Information Management, Information Technology and Administrative Support Technology courses use the HigherEd.org portal to assess their competencies, create personalized learning plans and create journal entries about their learning experiences and goals.
- In his session, Next Gen Learning: Are Faculty and Administrators Prepared? Joshua Moe discussed the opportunities that next generation learning present including: student engagement, better outcomes and retention, personalized student-centric learning experiences, and inquiry based discovery.
- Creative Commons Open Business Models. Paul Stacey, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, discussed his project funded by a Kickstarter campaign to create a book on open business models made using Creative Commons. 24 businesses, creators and organizations with exemplary open business models were interviewed. An OER book on this project will be made available in spring 2017.
- Open Practice as a Tool for Educational Change, presented by Quill West, Open Education Project Manager at Pierce College. Ms. Quill discussed the importance of focusing not only on textbook cost savings but also moving towards the implementation of open pedagogy practices that incorporate high-value learning experiences.
- In his presentation, All the Words of Wisdom Sound the Same: Open Research in a Closed World, David Kernohan discussed how scholarly citation metrics and discovery tool algorithms dictate what articles and other publications are valuable and exclude great research papers written by people living in other areas of the world that don’t have as much money to get research grants, access databases, attend conferences or publish. Kernohan presented the idea of open citation and stated that “we can’t let the citation capital govern the value of published works.”
- The Future is Now: A Networked-Based Approach to the Next Generation of Open Textbooks, Hugh McGuire, founder of PressBooks and co-founder of the Rebus Foundation, as well as several Open Textbook Network (OTN) members dicussed open textbook publishing initiatives at their institutions.
- Transforming and Opening Education with Practical Pedagogy and Publishing Strategies, presented by Cyril Oberlander, University Library Dean at Humboldt State University. Dr. Oberlander believes libraries can’t sustain their role in procuring resources and sees the need for libraries to get into the publishing and curation business. Some examples identified during this session: how Open SUNY Textbooks became a brand for faculty in less than two years; faculty and librarians collaborating on encoding Thoreau’s Walden manuscript; Humboldt State Library offers a $300 stipend for faculty who attend an open textbooks workshop; Humboldt State students have helped faculty revise an open textbook for a Communications course; and Humboldt State University Press was launched in October 2015.
- Open Pedagogies: Levels of Learning, Support, and Community, presented by Lee Skallerup Bessette & Zachary Whalen from University of Mary Washington. Professors Bessette and Whalen discussed their open pedagogy project. Students collaborated with their peers to develop course materials for Introduction to Digital Studies (DGST 101) using various platforms and tools such as Canvas and Slack.
- What Libraries are Doing Regarding OER and Affordable Course Content: A Summary of Findings from ARL SPEC Kit 351, presented by Anita Walz, Open Education / Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian from Virginia Tech. Anita presented findings from an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) study to determine the degree to which members institutions are engaged with OER and affordable course content (ACC) initiatives including: librarian staffing, roles and services in these initiatives; governance; funding; faculty participation; and types of content being developed.
If you would like to talk to Lynn or Denise about the Open Education Conference or discuss possible OER collaborations with the library, you can contact them by email or phone:
Check out these other Open Education Conference resources:
Don’t miss this chance to give your resume a boost and land your next job! Attend the Resume Rescue! workshops being held at both the Parham Road and Downtown campuses. This workshop will cover:
- Types of resumes
- Action verbs
- What to include and not include in your resume
- How to tailor your resume to a specific job
You will also learn about the many library resources that can help you with preparing your resume.
Workshops will be held:
- PRC – Thu, Oct. 30th, 11am-12pm, Massey LTC, Library, Room 103J
- DTC – Wed, Nov. 5th, 10am-11am, Room 212
Hong Wu, Library Director, and Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian, had the privilege to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference this year in Las Vegas. It was a great conference and we would like to share with you some of the highlights and our top picks from the conference:
Looking for Annual Conference session handouts and slides? If they’re available, you’ll find them by using the Scheduler.
Top Picks from Hong and Denise:
- OCLC recently released its new research on the library of the future: Reordering Ranganathan: Shifting User Behaviors, Shifting Priorities. As like its previous study on the topic, the research is very informative and intriguing.
- Skip Prichard, CEO and President of OCLC, gave a great speech on leadership. His blog postings at http://www.skipprichard.com are inspirational.
- Ken Doctor, a news industry analyst and the author of Newsonomics, gave a speech on The New Golden Age of News. A similar speech can be found on YouTube – The Future of News: Ken Doctor
- The Now Showing at ALA Film Program screened a variety of films including the extraordinary documentary, Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance. To view the streaming version, go to the PBS web site.
- Jane McGonigal, game designer and author of Reality is Broken : Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (both DTC & PRC own a copy of the book) gave a presentation at the opening general session on how online games can help people tackle real problems and improve lives. Check out ALA’s YouTube video as well as Jane McGonigal’s web site.
- Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength as well as Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, gave a very engaging presentation that included audience participation on how introverts can communicate more effectively in the workplace. Check out Jennifer Kahnweiler’s blog and ALA’s YouTube video.
- It was a full house when ALA President, Barbara Stripling, interviewed both Lois Lowry, author of the popular children’s book The Giver (both PRC & Goochland own a copy of this Newbery Medal award winning book) as well as Jeff Bridges, who plays The Giver in the movie version of the book coming out in August. Check out ALA’s YouTube video of Lois Lowry.
- Jane Fonda also had a full house when she discussed empowering young people to make the right choices, her work with teens through the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. Check out ALA’s YouTube video. A book signing of Jane Fonda’s latest book, Being a Teen was held after her presentation. Hong got a signed copy as well as a photo op with Ms. Fonda.
JSRCC Libraries have purchased premium access to EasyBib, a web-based tool for building and managing citations in MLA, APA and Chicago Style.
EasyBib premium access allows you to:
- Create a bibliography quickly using the Autocite or Manual entry forms for over 50 source types.
- Use features such as footnotes and parenthetical formatting, adding annotations, etc.
- Export citations to MS Word or Google Docs. You can also copy & paste or email citations to yourself.
- Import citations from popular third-party databases such as EBSCOhost or JSTOR.
- Use your iPhone to scan and cite sources with the EasyBib iPhone app. You can then email or export the citations.
- Use the Notebook feature to take notes and link notes to sources. Paraphrase, comment and organize your notes.
- Register to create your own personal account so you can access saved citations/notes from anywhere.
**On-campus access: No login required
**Off-campus access: You will need to login with your MyJSRCC username and password.
If you need help on using EasyBib:
The library is also offering a free EasyBib Workshop tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, from 1-2:30pm at the Parham Road Campus Library (Massey LTC Building, Room 103J). To register online, click here or you can just show up tomorrow at 1pm. For more information on this workshop, contact Denise Woetzel at 523-5329.
Check out a recent guide compiled by Eleanor J. Goldberg and Michael LaMagna which lists and reviews open resources on the Web including full-package courses, videos, repositories, and textbooks. This guide was published in the June 2012 issue of College & Research Libraries News.
Visit the library’s OverDrive Digital Media Collection web site to download and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone, Windows Phone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or other portable device. This media collection includes over 1000 titles. Fiction titles include: drama, historical fiction, literature, mystery suspense, poetry, and science fiction & fantasy. Nonfiction titles include: biographies, current events & politics, and history.
To download the OverDrive app for your mobile device visit the OverDrive Media Console web site.
If you need assistance on checking out audiobooks from the OverDrive collection or downloading audiobooks on your mobile device, contact the Reference Desk.