Across Penn State, faculty are adopting, adapting, and authoring open and low-cost alternatives to the traditional textbook.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will host a panel on open educational resources (OER) at Penn State. This session, which will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in The Dreamery of 004 Shields Building, will focus on four faculty members who have been working with OER.

During the panel discussion, individuals will have the opportunity to learn about the OER work of Robin Yaure, associate professor of teaching and human development and family studies at Penn State Mont Alto; Michael Gallis, associate professor of physics at Penn State Schuylkill; Heather McCune Bruhn, instructor in art history in the College of Arts and Architecture; and Ana Ivette Serrano, instructor in Spanish at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

These four faculty members will discuss the tools they have used, open licensing best practices, and student feedback on the effectiveness of OER. During the session, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Kyle Bowen, director of Education Technology Services in TLT, will provide opening remarks, and Angela Dick and Julie Lang will moderate. Amanda Larson, an OER librarian with Penn State University Libraries, will share information on the Open Textbook Network and OpenStax, and provide closing remarks.

Registration is not required for the session, which is free and open to all Penn State faculty and staff.

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