HEROE-S Virtual Forum 2023 at LSU

Breaking Barriers with OER
Open Educational Resources

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Heroe-S Virtual Forum at LSU

April 13, 2023, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm CST

This annual virtual HEROE-S forum is hosted by the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures and will take place at the World Language Lab & Resource Center.

Keynote Speaker

keynoteDr. Jerry L. Parker is an instructor of French, Spanish, and World Language Education at Southeastern Louisiana University. He also serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center. Dr. Parker earned his E.D. in Educational Leadership from Southeastern and specializes in Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Multicultural Education, World Language Education, Caribbean Studies, and Louisiana Studies. Throughout his career, he has worked to advance research in teaching and learning in higher education and K-16 world language education. His world language research investigates issues of curriculum, instruction, and leadership using multicultural education as a framework. His previous research has addressed issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in curriculum design and instructional practices. His current agenda focuses on program redesign, agility, and the value of Open Pedagogy in language teaching. HIs work has been cited locally, nationally, and internationally and he was recently named the 2023 Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Teacher of the Year.  


This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers in Higher Education with Open Pedagogy and OERs (Open Educational Resources)

Topics and Speakers

Presenters Timetable CST Presentation Topic and Goals


Cheryl (Cuiller) Casey is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries, where she has led open educational resource (OER) initiatives since 2014. She is a trainer for the Open Education Network (OEN) and is beginning her 5th year as an instructor for the OEN's Certificate in OER Librarianship. 

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. 

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation:

Opportunities with Open Education 

Learn how open educational resources (free-to-use, customizable course materials) contribute to student success and advance your institution’s strategic priorities. Discover how to involve students in the creation of OER through open pedagogy, and why students find these activities engaging, relevant, and motivating. Whether you’re new to open education or already using OER, you’ll leave this session with a wealth of resources. 

 Learning objectives: 

  • Explain how OER resources are different from free resources.
  • Find OER from a variety of sources, as well as resources for customizing OER.
  • Find ideas for incorporating open pedagogy into teaching.  


Virginia Clinton-Lisell 
Associate Professor 
Educational Foundations and Research. 
University of North Dakota. 

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation: 

Open Pedagogy in Practice: Examples and Research Evidence 

In this presentation, Virginia Clinton-Lisell will present on what open pedagogy is and examples of how it can be implemented in a variety of disciplines. She will also present her research findings on student perceptions of how renewable assignments enhance motivation and representation in terms of social justice.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Attendees will understand what open pedagogy is and know examples of open pedagogy. They will also be able to evaluate how open pedagogy could benefit their students.  

Hilary Bussel   
Associate professor in the Ohio State University Libraries Research & Education Division. She serves as the Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Librarians Cohort 


Amanda Larson 
Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant   
The Ohio State University 

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. 

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation:

Transforming Teaching with Open Pedagogy


Explore how to use open pedagogy in your classroom to engage students in creating content while building transferable skills they will be able to leverage in other courses and future careers. Hilary Bussell, Social Sciences Librarian, revised her course International Studies 4850: Understanding the Global Information Society using open pedagogy in 2021. In this course, students use information literacy concepts to explore how information is produced, disseminated, and interpreted across the world. Allowing them the opportunity to become content creators and experience decisions about how to license works they’ve authored has been an excellent opportunity to reinforce information literacy concepts in the classroom. To transform the course, Hilary partnered with Amanda Larson, the Affordable Learning Consultant to learn how to implement open pedagogy in the classroom using tools like Pressbooks and Hypothes.is.  In this session, participants will work to define open pedagogy for themselves, learn to scaffold open pedagogy assignments, and learn about how Hilary transformed her course. 

By attending this session, attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand and collaboratively define open pedagogy.
  • Learn how to scaffold an open pedagogy assignment.
  • Learn how to collaborate on a project using open pedagogy
  • Leverage tools that enable an open pedagogical approach to teaching. 


Ryan Randall 
Instructional Designer | ITRC 
Idaho State University 


Liza Long
Department Chair, Integrated Studies
College of Western Idaho

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation: 

Student Scholars Creating OER through Renewable Assignments

By attending this session, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe open educational resources (OER)  
  • Recognize how students can contribute to OER creation  
  • Identify and design renewable assignments  
  • Analyze which assignments in their courses can lead to OER creation  
  • Access an example student author training they may adopt or adapt.



 Sabrina Davis, MLS 

 Open Educational Resources Librarian,   

  Texas Tech University 

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 13 

Open educational resources (OER), open access (OA), and other areas focused on open values, have clear connections with universal design for learning (UDL). Much like UDL, open values are focused on student success, accessibility, and educational equity. This presentation will briefly discuss UDL guidelines, as outlined by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and explain the importance of faculty keeping these guidelines in mind when they are selecting and/or creating OER.  

By attending this session, attendees will be able to: 

·       Gain a basic understanding of universal design for learning and open educational resources. 

·       Begin searching for and/or creating OER that meets the unique learning needs of their students. 

·       Understand the importance of selecting course materials that can evolve as students evolve 


Kimberly Puttman 
Adult Basic Skills and Sociology Faculty 
Oregon Coast Community College 

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. 

Thursday, April 13  

Title of the presentation:

Transforming Learning and Teaching: How a collaborative open-source textbook project is making us better students and teachers.

By attending this session attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the power of leveraging multiple frameworks of open educational resources, student centered learning and open pedagogy to enhance student agency and learning.
  • Discuss the value of equity-minded instructional design for open pedagogy projects.
  • Recommend practical examples of course design, classroom activities and assessment options which develop meaningful open pedagogy opportunities for students.
  • Explore how Open Educational resource projects increase the social capital and effectiveness of teachers.


Alessandra Ribota, M. Ed.  
Professor of Spanish 
Lane College Jackson, Tennessee 

12:45 - 1:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation:

Trayectos to an OER Pathway  

This presentation will provide knowledge and experience in the development of the OER Spanish textbook Trayectos and the importance of providing multiliteracies-based OER materials in the L2 classroom. 

By attending this session attendees will be able to:

  • The processes and timelines on developing OER material with undergraduate students and
  • The importance of OER L2 materials that are multimodal and multiliteracies-based.   


Giovanni Zimotti is the Director of Spanish Language Instruction at the University of Iowa.  

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 

Thursday, April 13 

Title of the presentation:

Leveraging AI to create language learning activities and OER textbooks fast. 

By attending this session attendees will be able to:

  • Learn how to create different types of communicative and grammar activities with the use of AI websites. 
  • Understand the limitations and advantages of these tools. 


Marty Miller is the Art and Design Librarian at Louisiana State University Libraries. In 2021-2022, she served as the lead librarian for the Exploring the Arts cohort of the LOUIS Open Textbook Pilot. Her current project involves the creation of an OER tool for practicing and honing visual literacy skills. 

2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, April 13

Title of the presentation:

Building a Non-Textbook Visual Literacy OER:  Methods and H5P Activities Used

By attending this session attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the research results that revealed the need for a VL OER tool.
  • Demonstrate how Merrill’s First Principles of Education and Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy aided in the choice of H5P
  • Discuss different OER sources and support that l, as a librarian, can provide.

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