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USQ Salon - Strategies for Increasing Engagement with OER

23 OCT 2019
12.00 PM - 1.00 PM
Toowoomba Studio Y103 and Zoom

Dr Tanya Grosz, Director of Educational Programs, Open Textbook Network, University of Minnesota

Tanya Grosz began her career as a high school English teacher, and she loved her seven years of teaching primarily 9th and 10th grade English and a course she created, Teen Literature. She transitioned to teaching college-level English, literature, and Education courses at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. In 2011, Grosz became an administrator, and in 2012, she earned her Ph.D. in Education and Teaching Online. Grosz has 24 years of teaching experience and continues to teach an online literature course every semester. Under her leadership, the University of Northwestern - St. Paul became a founding member of the Open Textbook Network, and it launched the first Zero-cost textbook degree (“Z Degree”) in the state of MN. In the summer of 2019, Grosz accepted her dream job for the Open Textbook Network as Director of Educational Programs. Grosz lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband of 25 years, two teenage daughters, and a beloved rescue Schnauzer. She is passionate about OER and couldn’t be more excited about working in open education full time.

In this presentation, listeners will hear Dr. Tanya Grosz, Director of Educational Programs at the Open Textbook Network, share various creative strategies for engaging multiple constituents on a university campus around OER, including some tried-and-true workshop delivery strategies.  Dr. Grosz draws on the work conducted at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul with support from the Open Textbook Network, reflecting on how the support for, and raising awareness of, open education gained traction.  Participants in this Salon will learn broadly about the implementation of the Z-Degree (zero-cost textbook degree), and other strategies designed to promote access to university, whilst providing significant cost-savings for students.  It will focus on practical ‘lessons-learned’ and provide thought-provoking ideas for consideration in Australian higher education.

Date: 23 October
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Toowoomba Studio Y103 and Zoom

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For more information: USQ Salon Series Website