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Open Education Leadership Program 2019-2020

Helen McManus

Open Education Leadership Fellow


Helen McManus is the Online Librarian at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). In this role, they provide library support for NOVA Online students, faculty, and instructional designers. Helen has been at NOVA since January 2019 and hopes to build on the college’s already strong foundation of open education advocacy and OER adoption. In addition to open education, Helen’s professional interests include critical pedagogy and assessment in academic libraries. Helen holds a PhD in Political Science and an MLIS, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Helen’s capstone project is to gather, analyze, and visualize data on OER course offerings and enrollment at NOVA from 2013 to the present. The project seeks to develop a data dashboard and data management framework; it will also lay the foundation for analyzing the impact of OER on student success.

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