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Thursday, November 20 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
From OER newbies to leaders in the community: the Kaleidoscope Fellows' Experience

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The Kaleidoscope Project is an open education project funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant (provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates and the Hewlett Foundations). The project implemented general education courses across several institutions of higher learning, including two and four-year colleges and private colleges across the United States that serve large populations of at-risk students with the intention of improving student success (as evidenced by earning a C or better in their course) and decreasing academic withdrawals.

Many of those who became involved in the project started off as newbies to the OER movement and have become leaders in the open community, as well as at their respective institutions. This panel of Kaleidoscope Fellows will discuss their experiences from the beginning to their evolution (from the good, the bad, and the ugly) as strong OER advocates.

The Fellows will address the following questions:
1. How did using OER impact their students' success and retention?
2. What impact or influence has their work had at their institution and amongst other faculty members?
3. How are they spreading the message outside of their institutions?
4. Why give back?


Linda Casper

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
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Amber Gilewski

Associate Professor of Psychology, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Veganism, environmentalism, animal rights, human rights, feminism, social justice, the democratization of education, open content, and comic relief.

Zsuzsa Kozmane-Fejes

Visiting Instructor, Mercy College

Thursday November 20, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Virginia Ballroom

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