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Open Education Leadership Program 2020-2021

Claire Nickerson

Open Education Leadership Fellow


Claire Nickerson is the Learning Initiatives and Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian at the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Forsyth Library in Hays, Kansas. She chairs the FHSU OER Committee, which administers two OER grant programs, the Open Textbook Grant Program for faculty who want to author, edit, or add supplementary materials to an open textbook and the Z-Course Grant Program for large-enrollment courses that use zero-cost course materials. Claire also sits on the Kansas Board of Regents statewide OER Committee.

In addition to her OER responsibilities, Claire is a member of Forsyth Library’s Teaching and Research Team. She offers information literacy instruction sessions, provides research help, answers copyright questions, and liaises with the College of Business. She also teaches FHSU’s graduate-level Introduction to Data course and has taught several information literacy courses. Claire’s other professional interests include research metrics, new media, and scholarly communications. Her personal interests include sewing, tabletop gaming, aikido, and community theatre. Claire holds an Ed.S. from FHSU, an MLIS from the University of California Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern California.

For her capstone project, Claire is working on implementing a new Z-Course program at FHSU. The program will identify existing courses that use zero-cost course materials and mark them in a new student registration system. The program will also offer grants for large-enrollment courses to convert to using zero-cost course materials through a departmental incentive program.

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