Open Education Leadership Program 2020-2021

Christina Riehman-Murphy

Open Education Leadership Fellow


Christina Riehman-Murphy is the Penn State Libraries Sally W. Kalin Librarian for Learning Innovations (2021-2024) and a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Penn State Abington College. She is the co-program manager of a faculty adoption grant at her campus, is the campus open liaison, and a member of the Open and Affordable Working Group. She caught the open “bug” after attending OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC, and has been working since to expand the use of OER both at her campus and across the University. She is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, a campus partner for Affordable Learning Pennsylvania, and completed the Creative Commons Certificate for Librarians. She was on the planning committees for OpenCon Philly 2019 and the 2021 Affordable Learning PA Summit. She has her MSLS from Clarion University and a BA in English and Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America and has previously worked at Gwynedd Mercy University and the Cheltenham Township Library System. Her research interests include open education/pedagogy, inclusive learning, and digital literacy.

As a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, she developed two capstone projects along with her Penn State colleague and 2020-2021 Fellow Bryan McGeary.  They collaborated to build the Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap, a module-based workshop and resource which assists instructors in planning, finding support for, sharing, and sustaining open pedagogy projects, regardless of size or scope. This community resource guides users through the 5 Ss of open pedagogy: Scope, Support, Students, Sharing, and Sustaining. In addition, they also spent the year working collaboratively on a second capstone to develop a multi-tiered, system-wide faculty development plan for open education at Penn State University. As a result of this work, they’ve created an Open Education Faculty Development Program Planning Guide to assist other institutions undergoing similar processes.

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