OER Pursuit

Beth BeecroftBrooke HoffmanRowan College of South JerseyOne year ago, Rowan College of South Jersey started a grassroots OER initiative on campus starting with a small working group of librarians, faculty, administrators, and the college’s eLearning team. In this short time, RCSJ has explored and implemented an OER movement on campus. This workshop audience will be presented with a board game version of Rowan College South Jersey’s journey with OER.<<abstract was truncated>>

Opportunities to build momentum

  • Reward faculty for adopting an OER textbook

  • Reward faculty for reviewing OER textbooks

  • Have students create the covers (covers have different copyright than the content of the book)

  • Reach out to alumni foundation for funding (already cover student textbooks through scholarships – have them give you the funding to be able to fund textbooks for hundreds of students)

Ideas for OER content

  • Music class – create a Spotify playlist, have students create a (free) account to listen to playlist.

  • Hypothesis – tool that exists online (website, PDF, etc.), students can annotate document, and keep the annotations. Paid version (integrated with LMS) can allow all students annotate together.

Support for the Elusive Hybrid

Greg KaminskiMegan SavagePortland Community CollegeHybrid learning can be particularly challenging at the community college level where students might not be aware of the expectations and skill set required to be successful in this instructional mode. The hybrid modality is supported to various degrees and in a variety of ways at our institutions of higher learning. The road to supporting hybrids at Portland Community College has been fraught with bumps, detours and occasional dead ends, but positive steps have been taken in the past couple of years to firm up the foundation for this instructional mode. This session will focus on the journey PCC has taken in the quest to support hybrids and strategies that are helping to move this instructional mode into the mainstream. There will be some sharing of what has worked at other colleges as well.

Need to expand hybrid offerings

  • Enrollment decline

  • Building remodel – loss of physical classroom space

  • Friday Academy

  • Access[ibility]

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

  • Student flexibility

Hybrid work group

Created a definition for students

A hybrid course meets in person and has online work that replaces some in-person class time. The amount of time spent in person and online varies between courses. The in-person time is noted in the schedule.An additional definition was created for internal (faculty/administrators)

Hybrid Faculty Mentor program

  • 1 year President’s fund award ($24,000 for mentor work and materials

  • 6 mentors selected

  • FT and PT faculty represented

  • Mentors designed a hybrid template

Hybrid syllabus highlights

PCC created a table that shows the comparison between instructional components and how those are delivered in hybrid vs. traditional face-to-face courses. This helps define what is homework vs. class work when both are delivered through the LMS/online delivery.

Best Practices Using OER for the Seasoned Instructor

Roxanne Haimann
Anna Laneville
Joshua Mitchell

Hawkeye Community College

Benefits to using OER

  • Cost

  • First day access

  • Portable

  • Accessibility built-in

  • Engaging

  • High quality

  • 95% of students are doing as well or better using OER

Broaden ideas of what OERs are

  • e-Textbooks

  • Journal/magazine/newspaper articles

  • APR/NPR audio clips

  • Self-assessment quizzes

  • PowToons

  • Quizlet

  • Online reference materials

  • YouTube

  • TedTalks

  • Padlet

Creation/implementation tips

  • Ensure source permanence

  • Co-create content along with your students

Implementation matters

  • Acknowledge OER in the syllabus

  • Provide technical instructions on how to access OER resources

Other tips to consider

  • Consider changing PDFs to Word docs for accessibility – students can change font sizes, etc.

Using technology to personalize OER

  • H5P – Create, share, and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your browser

What other institutions are doing/using

  • Upload video to YouTube, make unlisted, have YouTube do auto-captioning, download caption, then upload caption file to streaming media service (Panopto, Mediasite)

  • Have students find content within the course (create a quest), that can be used in future courses.

A Vision & Framework for Human-Centered Learning Environments

Dr. Bernard Bull

Industrial Age Learning Priorities

  • Standardization & Uniformity

  • Mass production & scale

  • Efficiency & Order

  • Quantification & Measurement

  • Centralized Power & Authoritarianism

  • Mechanization & Automation

  • Technology (applied scientific knowledge)

https://twitter.com/kfrisch/status/1226864100757647360All of these priorities are incapable of infusing “oxygen” into our learning contexts.

Proposed list of alternative priorities

  • Adventure & quests

  • Agency & action

  • Compassion & Connectedness

  • Experimentation & Play

  • Mastery & Growth

  • Meaning & Purpose

  • Wonder & Mystery

Questions to consider when “radicalizing” the course/changing priorities

  1. How can I use the language of quests and adventures?

  2. What would my course look like as a quest?

But how do we shift to these alternative priorities?https://twitter.com/evinsmj/status/1226865443769651200What it really comes down to:https://twitter.com/kfrisch/status/1226866423710048256


5 templates for self-directed learning

Managing Digital Overwhelm with Mediasite

UMass Lowell is currently using 2 systems, Mediasite and Echo360. Through the charts and screenshots that the presenter presented, there are a lot of similarities in the core features/functionalities between both products. There are some differences, what seems to be mostly in the IP camera support between Mediasite/Echo360.

One of the things that came out in the morning geek panel as well as this session has been Mediasite Monitor, which seems like the ability to remotely watch/hear Mediasite feeds to ensure that captures are successful. This process allows the ability without needing to physically visit each individual classroom where Mediasite is being used.

At ACC, Monitor wouldn’t be used initially, mostly because the number of installations would be minimal. I can certainly see this being useful in the future.

There are a number of challenges that the presenter identified with needing to support multiple lecture capture solutions at the institution. Challenges vary from not having enough staffing, not being able to spot check recordings (due to the increasing number of requests), providing technical support for multiple platforms, and having to spread a set amount of money to support multiple platforms.

They have gone through the process of automating scheduling/request processes, including a checkbox list of courses that the specific instructor is teaching (select which courses to capture), as well as whether they want students to have the ability to download videos after they’ve been captured.


I think the session had some good information, but was not exactly what I was expecting. There can be (and certainly is) overwhelm with digital overload, but I was expecting more about how their institution moved from multiple solutions down to 1 (Mediasite). In reality, it sounds like UMass Lowell will continue to manage multiple platforms for the time being.

Integrating Mediasite with Your LMS

Ability to manage content from within the LMS – this was something new to me. I knew that instructors could add videos into their courses, but the screenshot below shows that instructors can actually access/use MyMediasite within the LMS also.

In addition to embedding individual videos, there is also the ability to add a collection/catalog link in the course navigation. As a result, instructors could add new videos to a collection/catalog without having to edit any pages in the LMS.

Quizzing integration

As of Hotfix 6, quiz results can push into the LMS Gradebook.

  • For Blackboard, quizzes have to be added to the video before adding the video into the course.
  • Presentations need to be added as “assignments” in the LMS
  • After the assignment is over/past due, instructors can go into MyMediasite, and push all of the grades into the Gradebook


I liked the content of this session – it was much more hands-on than high level. Even though the presentation was using Canvas, it was clear how the LMS integration should work. With the integration, I think it would actually make things very easy for instructors, with access to MyMediasite directly from within the LMS, rather than having to go to a different website. Lots to think about for our LMS integration!

Increase Mediasite Adoption with Effective Training

Increasing adoption

  • Users want to use it
  • Answer “what’s in it for me?”
  • Change management

Effective training

  • Users learn how to use it
  • Correlated to adoption
  • Skill & knowledge

Ways to create more effective training

  • Define the problem
  • Find the root cause

Adult learning is problem-centered & relevant to the job

Creating Objectives

  • Audience (ex: attendees of Mediasite training)
  • Behavior (ex: will be able to capture a screen recording)
  • Condition (ex: using MDR)
  • Degree (ex: without assistance)

Training is more than lecture

Training vs. Education

Training is:

  • Objective outcome
  • Short-term

Education is:

  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Long-term


This is the 2nd presentation that I’ve attended from the same presenter. Unfortunately, I wasn’t thrilled with either session. This session didn’t really provide me with information that I didn’t already know. The content was more around developing training (best practices, objectives, etc.), rather than focusing specifically on teaching/training on how to use Mediasite.

365 Days with Mediasite – What a Difference a Year Makes!

This session is a panel of several Mediasite users at various institutions, providing an overview of their own needs, testing, evaluations, etc. from the last year of using Mediasite.

Cuyahoga Community College

  • Students have access to Mediasite Desktop Recorder on lab/public computers.
  • Recording hardware is installed in select classrooms

Students at Tri-C have the ability to upload content to Mediasite – faculty & staff are concerned with storage space, security permissions, and inappropriate content. It sounds as though Tri-C has different permissions for students when they record/upload videos (limiting people outside of that specific class or preventing non-Tri-C users).


Created a low-cost way of setting up Catch in their classrooms, depending on the extensive of needs for those rooms.

At UWM, all of the rooms are pre-scheduled for using Mediasite Catch – the techs meet with instructors prior to the start of the semester to teach them how to use the system.


I think this was the most informative session so far. It was great to hear about how other institutions are using Mediasite, including installations, the types of equipment, as well as training. It’s perfect timing (maybe a little late, actually) because we’re starting to figure out what the stock equipment would be for upgrading classrooms. With limited Mediasite Catch licenses and limited equipment, room scheduling could become an issue.

Mediasite Intermediate Bootcamp

Mediasite Players vs. Templates

  • Players are how the audience interacts with the video
  • Templates define default capture settings & information
  • Templates allow live and/or on-demand access
  • Templates can set auto-discard after “x” days


Mediasite has the ability to allow schedules by which the recording automatically begins. This would require hardware installed in each of the classrooms. At ACC, we could put devices in select classrooms on each campus, allowing those rooms to be scheduled using AdAstra.

Mediasite Catch vs. Record Now

Record Now is a browser-based tool that allows users to open a browser window and press a button to begin recording. Record Now requires Mediasite Catch or a Mediasite hardware recording device to work.

Mediasite Catch is a bridge between software and hardware recording capabilities. It’s a tool that can be installed on all lectern PCs to capture classroom lecture.

Information about Mediasite Catch

Questions about Storage

One of the big concerns that we have at Austin Community College is the storage space that we are using with Mediasite. Based on some conversations with other workshop attendees, it seems like we’re not unique in our concerns/questions. I talked briefly with some attendees from the Ohio State University—they use their own storage solutions. York University has more than twice the amount of storage that we have at ACC, and they still have storage issues.

One of the things that we thought of to explore is to move our Mediasite storage to Amazon Web Services, which would be significantly cheaper than leasing storage space directly from Mediasite.

Other Notes

Catalogs are being phased out – channels are preferred way of grouping content

Additional Resources

Being Faster and More Productive with Brightspace Tools and other Web Tools

Nate Wadman, Pikes Peak Community CollegeBarry Dahl, D2L


Five Free Tech Tools to Make You More Productive at WorkWhat good is technology if it doesn’t make your life easier, or your work more productive, or both? In this session, you’ll learn about five free tools that you can use with or without Brightspace to help you get things done. Phone apps, browser apps and extensions, tablet apps, and PC programs – we’ll look at a few tools that just might surprise you with what they can do.Top 10 Tips to Being Faster in Brightspace Learning EnvironmentIt’s Friday night and you have social plans. However, you have course work in Brightspace. How do you get these tasks done quickly without compromising quality of instruction? Come see 10 Tips to help you be faster and more productive in Brightspace!

Top 10 Tips to Being Faster in Brightspace Learning Environment

  • Put direct links to pages (discussions, etc.) into a bookmark folder and open all tabs at 1 time.
  • Use Manage Dates to adjust dates when copying courses
  • Use QuickLinks
  • Bulk Edit tools (like in Grades)
  • Edit account settings
  • Rubric with Pre-Loaded Feedback
  • Use Grade All / Set Grades
  • Use email wherever possible, and using the email functionality that provides context (email from within the Grades tool, Discussion tools, etc.)

Five Free Tech Tools to Make You More Productive at Work

  • Voice-to-text
    • Dictate using Evernote app for phone, have Evernote convert to text, then copy paste text into Discussion, etc.
  • Text Expanders
    • Create canned text that gets reused over and over
  • H5P – Create interactive HTML5 content that can be embedded into D2L
  • OneTab – Chrome extension
  • Screencast-o-matic
  • Relax