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Using OER in Online Technical Education

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

College is an expensive endeavor for most students, and with the costs of textbooks steadily increasing, many students, especially the economically challenged, find college out of reach. River Parishes Community College faculty Dr. Esperanza Zenon is tackling this issue by utilizing and promoting the use of Open Education Resources (OER). This presentation will focus on the resources, tools, and processes utilized to evaluate, adopt, and adapt the OER materials utilized in Online CTE courses. Participants will be given a list of discipline-specific tools and resources that can help them to reduce the costs of instruction while increasing access to affordable learning opportunities.


Esperanza M Zenon

Associate Professor, River Parishes Community College
Dr. Esperanza Zenon is an Associate Professor of Physical Science at River Parishes Community College (RPCC). She serves as the Primary Investigator (PI) for the Advanced Industrial Instrumentation Control Technician Education NSF ATE grant project. She is also involved with several organizations that focus on the utilization of Open Education Resources including OLC and MERLOT. Dr. Zenon has a Master of Arts degree in Physics from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education from Southern University.