Open Education Week: Get to Know the New, Upcoming Illinois SCOERs OER, Program 3

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Please join the CARLI and the Open Educational Resource Committee as we celebrate Open Education Week, March 6-10, with a series of discussions which will highlight the upcoming publication of Illinois SCOERs Round One Awardees.

These events are made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Please register for the event.

Dr. Barbara Anderson, the Head of the Instruction/Learning Library at Roosevelt University will elaborate on a collaborative project between Roosevelt University, De Paul University, and Harper College entitled Development and Implementation of Open-Access Problems and Activities for Health-Focused Chemistry Courses. The OER materials will be used for chemistry classes that are taught for nursing students as well as other health science majors. Chemistry is taught in integrated General, Organic, & Biochemistry (GOB) one- or two-term courses in many health sciences programs, including nursing. In 2018 Harper College developed an OER for their Chemistry for Health Science course. The three institutions have chosen to adopt this book, adapt it to their program and create ancillaries that promote active learning in class, practice solving problems, and exam review. Several 3D printing assignments will be included in the ancillaries, like printing of molecular models, to allow for comparing and contrasting the chemical properties of materials used in the printing and related materials used in the medical field. The modular aspect of this project, along with the overlap with standard general, organic, and biochemistry courses, allow for a far-reaching impact for all institutions across Illinois and nationwide.

Professor Juhelia Thompson from Morton College will elaborate on her work in the area of Diverse Approaches to Language Development. The text will be used for her PSY 215 Life Span course which educates students about the developmental stages of humans from a cognitive, physical, cultural, and biological perspective. The discussion topics are designed to address ways to improve the quality of life, preventative and proactive measures to care for humans during each stage of development, including but not limited to childhood, young adults, middle aged adults, and older adults. Some of the primary student learning outcomes are to master the concepts beneficial to the human services related fields, to understand identity development, as well as understand the impact of genetics and the environment on behaviors and thought processes.  

The Female Reproductive System and Women’s Health Through a Multidisciplinary Lens is a collaborative project between a Carle Illinois College of Medicine/ the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign team led by Dr. Samar Hegazy, Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Professor Judith Thorn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment at Knox College. This Open Educational resource will serve as a hub for learning about the conditions affecting the female reproductive system and women's health throughout the lifespan from different perspectives, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, gynecology, obstetrics, social determinants of health, preventive medicine, and medical humanities. Furthermore, the resource will provide an entire module about embryology and human development. This resource's structural outline should be considered a model to follow for learning and studying other organ systems and conditions, including aspects of care during all stages of life. The OER will contain different materials to suit variable learners’ preferences. These include text, diagrams (colored and grayscale), videos (with subtitles and description), 3D printed models for teaching and assignments, and interactive assessments. This OER would have versatile applications in several curricula. It can be adopted in medical colleges curricula (undergraduate and postgraduate residency training) and college-level STEM courses.

Visit the CARLI Open Education Week 2023 webpage to view additional webinars and activities happening March 6-10!