Leveraging the Power of Online Learning to Facilitate Quality Degree Completion
Enhancing Course Design and Student Engagement with OER, BYOT
Kimberly Barss, Instructional Designer, Excelsior College
Kimberly Barss is an Instructional Designer at Excelsior College, an entirely virtual College. She received her MS degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the University at Albany in 2012. She resides on a farm in Upstate, NY with her husband and 3 children.
The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) such as animations, videos, multimedia, textbooks and more has proven to improve learner course engagement and program persistence. Course design is enhanced without significantly increasing the development time or budget. When efficient, effective, and engaging materials are incorporated into online courses following research-based best practices and QM Standards, learners will enjoy a higher quality academic product as well as learning satisfaction. From this session, participants will leave with a concrete process and tip sheets.
Learning Objectives
Identify search terms from main course topics for locating quality OER.
Locate and evaluate high quality OER for integration into their course(s).
Apply the QM Rubric as well as research-based best practices in teaching and course design to ensure high quality course standards are achieved.
Audience: Faculty 
Audience: Administrator
Audience: Instructional Designer