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Thursday, April 21 • 10:40am - 11:10am
A Shared Journey to Make Science Accessible in the Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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This presentation will discuss how we have successfully incorporated Open Education Resources and Practices (OER and OEP) in various science courses. OER was first implemented in Principles of Physics in the fall of 2014. Since then, we have successfully adapted both OER and OEP in Climate Change: A Human Perspective; Water in a Changing Environment; General Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry. Each year, we continue to adopt and adapt OER(P) to more courses. 
The Sciences tend to have many fees associated with classes. For instance, traditional books retail around $100, and there are laboratory fees for the students. Therefore, we have mainly adapted both OER and OEP to remove financial roadblocks for our students, and this effort is ongoing to include other subjects. As a result, we have collectively saved over $150,000 for our students and their families.
In this presentation, we will share our journey in OER(P), including personal experiences, challenges, benefits, and plans for the future. In addition, topics will cover how OER(P) provides opportunities for course content to be relevant and include up-to-date research. We also describe how OER provides an equitable platform for all learners from diverse backgrounds and how OEP fosters undergraduate research that benefits the community.

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Alana Taylor

Visiting Lecturer, Texas Woman's University
Alana is a mom to three children (ages 18, 6, and 4 yrs. old). Currently, she is faculty in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Division at Texas Woman's University. Alana teaches non-science major courses and Global Perspective courses, including; Earth Science, Climate Change, and Water... Read More →
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Nasrin Kohan

Division Lead and Associate Professor of Physics, Texas Woman's University
Nasrin Kohan is Division of Chemistry & Biochemistry Lead and Associate Professor of Physics in the Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Kohan is a SENCER Leadership Fellow and also Co-Director of SCI-Southwest at TWU, helping to convey the mission... Read More →

Thursday April 21, 2022 10:40am - 11:10am CDT