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Illinois SCOERs Workshops

As part of CARLI's commitment to the Support for the Creation of Open Educational Resources in Illinois and thanks to the generous grant CARLI and the University of Illinois System received from the United States Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) we have created this page to highlight the workshops designed by the Illinois SCOERs/CARLI Team in order to develop expertise in a wide area of subject related to the creation of Open Educational Resources.

Illinois SCOERs sub-grant awardees are strongly encouraged to attend all the workshops that impact the position the hold on the grant. As one goal of the grant is to develop and spread expertise in OER creation, all awardees and CARLI Governing Members are invited to attend and watch the workshops. The workshops are designed to build on skills learned in the previous workshop. If you were unable to attend, we strongly recommend watching them in the order they appear here.

Illinois SCOERs workshops and other meetings, including registration information (converted into Central Time Zone) will be added to the CARLI events calendar and will also be announced to CARLI email lists.

Instructional Design


Join Computing Assisted Instruction Specialist Emily Boles from University of Illinois Springfield, as she takes the Illinois SCOERs grantees through the basics of Instructional Design and how it applies to course content and textbook construction.



 instructional design and Open Educational resources, July 27, 2022

Now that you understand the basics of Instructional Design, Computing Assisted Instruction Specialist Emily Boles will take you through the benefits of incorporating instructional design techniques into your Open Educational Resources.



3D Printing

Getting started with your 3D printer, July 26, 2022

This workshop covers the basic information about the Prusa printer chosen for the subgrant recipients.  



Copyright & Creative Commons

Copyright basics & Creative commons, Aug 16, 2022

Sara Benson, the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois covers how copyright is formed, licensed, and how to find copyright free or openly licensed images and articles. 

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Fair Use & Asking for permission, Aug 30, 2022

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Tools of the OER Trade

Instructional Design recommendations from Emily



Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe


3D Printing Suggestions from Alex

You will find this video helpful when first unboxing and setting up your printer for the first time.

Download and Install PrusaSlicer on the workstation you plan to use with your 3D printer. This is the “slicing” software you will need to convert a 3D model into a 3D printable object. We will be going through how to use the software during our session tomorrow.

Recommendations for additional supplies and tools (CARLI does not endorse these products, they are merely suggestions, feel free to find something comparable.)
During our first session, we learned there are some additional supplies and tools that will help you with your 3D printer. I have compiled a list in Amazon but of course you should utilize whatever purchasing options are available to you.

  • SD Card: Make sure your SD card is 32GB or under. If your printer came with an SD card already, I suggest you use that one.
  • To store and organize your SD cards, consider printing an SD card holder.
  • SD Card Reader Dock: This will allow you to easily save 3D print files from your computer to an SD card that you can then insert into your printer to print)
  • 2 Gallon Size Ziploc Bags: To store your filament once you open it. (Any brand will do, but 2 gallon is the best size to fit the full spool). Don't forget to write the date you opened it on the bag.
  • Rechargeable Silica Gel Packets: A spool will begin absorbing humidity immediately and will become brittle overtime. Make sure to keep it in a Ziploc bag filled with silica gel packets that will absorb humidity. I encourage you to get the packets that change color as they absorb humidity so that you know it is time to switch out the gel packets once they are full saturated. I also recommend getting silica packets that can be “recharged” following product instructions (typically involves using your oven or microwave). This allows you to reactivate the silica and use it again.
  • There are also “dryer box” units you can purchase. These are nice and will prolong the life of your opened spools, however they can only hold on spool at a time. If you do end up purchasing a dryer box, make sure you get one that can accommodate 1.7mm filament since that is the size of filament purchased for your printer.

Cleaning supplies: Use these supplies to keep your printer clean

  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Damp a small cloth or paper towel with alcohol and wipe down the printer bed between uses, especially if you end up needing to use adhesive to help keep your object attached to the printer bed while printing. You don’t need to get 90%+ proof, 70% should be sufficient but higher concentrations will also work if you already have it.
  • Canned Air: Use canned air to clean off your printer weekly, this will help prevent buildup of filament particulates and dust which can degrade your printer overtime. You can also use a small air blower or vacuum cleaner (it is generally easier to use air duster than a vacuum since it can be harder to get to the hard to reach parts of the printer).

Finishing Supplies: To help in “finishing” your objects and to help during the 3D printing process, consider the following simple tools. These are included an exemplars but you can get anything similar

  • Spatula: This will help you get your finished objects off the printer bed.
  • Glue Stick: You should have received a small glue stick with your printer supplies, otherwise, consider a glue stick, it will help when you need extra adhesion to bind your 3D object to the bed during printing. Another trick I have seen others use is hairspray but I caution you against this since hairspray is flammable and leaves a film that can be hard to clean.
  • Wire Cutter: You will be clipping and cutting the filament often, use a wire cutter to cut the tip of the filament before inserting it into the printer. You will want to cut the tip of the filament into a sharp point to help guide the filament through the extruder head properly.
  • Long precision tweezer: You will be using these often to pull debris from the print bed while your object prints. It is similar to frosting a cake, sometimes you end up with little extra bits of frosting that hang on the frosting tool or that drip on the cake, tweezers help you keep the print bed free of filament debris not attached to your print object. There are little threads of filament that pop up now and then.
  • Tip: You can find tool kits that include many of the finishing supplies listed above.