About OU Open Education

This blog is designed to serve as the home base for the university of Oklahoma libraries open educational resources initiative. Though we are not an official blog of OU or the libraries, this is the place where we will roll out new ideas, share our work and process, and will serve as a place for reflection as we launch this OER initiative.  This blog as our thinking place and our experimental working space.  Our official sites are:

Who we are…
 We are currently a team of two, Stacy Zemke, the OER coordinator and Cody Taylor, OER student assistant.
What we do…
 We are here to support the university community in adopting affordable and open solutions for teaching and research – open textbooks, OER, images video, and other content created for teaching.  We are also here to share the open educational resources created at OU.

Stacy Zemke:

Image of Stacy ZemkeI am the University Libraries Open Educational Resources Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma, and an adjunct instructor in the School of Library and Information Studies.  I started in this position in September of 2013, previously I has spent the last 7 years as a full-time instructor in the School of Library and Information Studies, where I focused on ICT and information studies.  I have spent most of my working career (longer than I should admit, but starting in 1995) working in academia, mostly in areas that crossed technology and education.  My research has mostly been in how social media has been used in academia, and information repositories.

I was born in Oklahoma, but started my academic career studying Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After earning my Master Degree I worked as the Fine Arts Slide Librarian at CU, where I got hooked on technology and how it could be used in academic environments. I moved back to Oklahoma,  working in distance education (managing the WebCT services and videoconference courses) at the University of Central Oklahoma.  I then joined the University of Oklahoma Information Technology Department, as a liaison, collaborating with faculty on instructional technology projects.  I have also worked as a project manager, metadata specialist and taxonomist in the private sector.

In 2005 I became full time for SLIS as the ALA Accreditation Coordinator and then as a full time instructor.  I teach predominantly online courses, and have since 2009.

This new position in the OU Libraries allows me bring together my passion for working with educational technology, faculty and students, and open resources for education.  Opening up educational content to university populations and the world, saving money for students and giving faculty the power to customize content to their needs is what drives me as I begin this new adventure (and this blog).

Education:

  • B.A. Art History – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.A. Art History – University of Colorado, Boulder
    Thesis Title – Nicolai Fechin, A Conservation
  • M.S. Knowledge Management – University of Oklahoma
    Thesis Title – Academic Knowledge Sharing on the Web:
    Webometric Analysis of Bookmark and Tag Clustering Trends in Connotea

 


Cody Taylor:

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I am assitant to Stacy Zemke, the open educational resources coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. I will regularly be posting information, news, and blurbs about the open education movement, specifically that which is happening on our campus. My interest in “open” things began several years ago when I was introduced to open-source software. When I began using it, I was intrigued to see professional-quality software being given away freely. This was foreign to me. It was a while before I realized that this open way of thinking was not rare. In fact, when I began to learn more about open things, I was surprised by what I found; there are many communities who selflessly share their potentially profitable creations! I thought this was wonderful and began to gravitate towards these open communities.

My interest in open things pre-dates my decision to study Electrical Engineering. That is, before I started classes here at OU, I was using open resources to study microcontrollers as a hobby. The more open content that I used the more enthusiastic I became about the open movement. I was finding entire online classes, circuit diagrams, books, images, code, music, 3-D printable models, and countless other things, all of which were being offered for free to the community. It was the free nature of open things that got me interested in them, but it is the open philosophy surrounding them that I am passionate about today. Access to information: academic journals, textbooks, lectures or supplemental materials, cannot continue to be restricted. It simply is not sustainable. It is time that the academic community embrace the technological capabilities of the 21st century to facilitate education in a way that is true to its very purpose. The shift of universities to more affordable, freely accessible resources has already begun. All it takes to make this obvious is a quick look at other schools: MIT, Yale, and Notre Dame to name a few are all shifting toward openness. I am excited to be part of the team that is bringing this change to OU.