Amanda C. Larson is the Open Education Librarian for University Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. She coordinates affordable content initiatives across the all Penn State campuses and provides guidance on copyright, creative commons licensing, and project management. She also serves as a liaison for faculty to other University units creating OER. Previously, she worked as an OER Teaching Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked with faculty creating open textbooks using Pressbooks, built a community of practice around OER, and advocated at institutional events for open education. Amanda currently serves as a Steering Committee member for the Open Textbook Network, and is a 2018-2019 OER Research Fellow with the Open Ed Group.
Amanda participated in the first class of fellows to complete the Open Education Leadership Program in the 2017-2018 pilot. As an early career librarian in her first position, Amanda’s interests in the program were to build a deep subject knowledge of the history and current state of open, to make connections with peers in similar positions to build community, and to walk away with tools that would help the strategic implementation of an affordable content initiative at her institution.
During the program, Amanda identified a need for outreach videos to help faculty at Penn State to understand and empathize with student needs around textbook affordability. Her capstone project provides guidance on how to create videos for OER outreach. As well as a list of interview questions that other institutions may use or adapt for their own video projects.
Her guide, OER Outreach Through Videos, is an openly licensed resource that assist users in creating outreach videos featuring student or faculty interviews. It provides a list of resources to help users get started with their project, as well as an eight-step guide to creating the videos from the start to finish.
Currently, Amanda is working on Penn State’s first Affordable Course Transformation (ACT) Grant Initiative pilot. The program selected nine courses where faculty will either adapt or author open educational resources (OER) to use in addition to or in place of their current course materials. Over the summer, she’ll be helping provide faculty development sessions and working closely with her cohort of faculty.
In addition, Amanda plans use the questions generated during her capstone to interview and film students at the University Park campus, and further develop the guide as a Pressbook.