INDIANAPOLIS—this spring, faculty and staff gathered in IUPUI University Library for the second Annual Open Education Awards event. This event was created to recognize the work of IUPUI faculty members who have been committed to integrating Open Educational Resources (OERs) into their coursework.
You might ask, “What are OERs?” According to the Hewlett Foundation, OERs are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have licenses that permit their free use and re-purposing by others. Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
This years nominations included:
Brian Dixon – School of Public Health, Epidemiology
Elizabeth Thill – School of Liberal Arts, World Languages and Cultures
Jason Kelly – School of Liberal Arts, History
Joshua Jones – School of Law
Leslie Ashburn-Nardo – School of Science, Psychology
Lixin Wang – School of Science, Earth Sciences
Sarah Layden – School of Liberal Arts, English
Shenan Kroupa – School of Science, Psychology Tina Chen – School of Science, Psychology
While all the nominations were excellent, Dr. Brian Dixon was named this year’s winner.
Dr. Dixon currently uses OER in two online classes. Throughout these courses he leverages OERs to make the course more affordable, to eliminate prerequisites, and to teach future healthcare professionals the importance of open science in the field of health informatics. The course teaches with open data sets—teaching students how they can be utilized by public health organizations. Additionally he uses another OER with the open-source langauge python to teach students how to query clinical data and to avoid the need for perquisites, Dr. Dixon has students review an OER, so that no matter their background, they have a level playing field. Congratulations to Dr. Dixon.
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