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Wednesday, November 6 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Seeding an Open Culture at a Research University

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Building openness requires creating awareness and solving problems within projects. MSUglobal is a unique unit at a research university. MSUglobal is an innovative thought leader and a partner with many faculty on their research projects. It creates synergies through optimizing open source technologies and open education resources. It is also leveraging the movement toward open research. To build a community which values these methods, faculty training and staff use of open tools are a minimum. The real success comes from having highly successful projects. For MSU, several projects fit that criteria and have provided a base to build this culture. Food Safety Knowledge Network has used OER and a open platform to provide continual service to World Bank selected countries. MSU faculty reuse materials, translate them to locale languages, offer online assessments and have a partner network which helps with on ground support. Continual development of the platform means we are redeploying the platform to integrate AgriDrupal features which provide for rich metadata to enhance harvesting.
MSUglobal is leading development on a Food Fraud MOOC, using moodle as a pilot to maintain open access. Yet another project is continual development of a Metropolitan Agriculture MOOC launched over a year ago which uses OER and WordPress to share resources and developments in the emerging international field. Another pilot with the World Bank, is focusing on practitioners developing skills to help women in agriculture. These open modules will be launched in the summer. All of these projects have built an increasing network of faculty willing to use OER for research and projects. This effort requires staff that can help faculty work through the issues of openness. Furthermore, it requires staff staying current on open source tools. To change the culture at large institution takes time and effort.

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Gwyn Shelle

Instructional Technology Specialist, Michigan State University
Gwyn Shelle is an Instructional Technology Specialist with Michigan State University Extension offering consultation, training and a connection with eXtension. She has 16 years of experience in higher education focusing on instructional design, program evaluation, organizational development... Read More →

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