Jill Hallam-Miller is the Interim Director of Research Services and Information Literacy and a liaison librarian to the College of Management and the Education Department at Bucknell University. She supports the open education initiative on the Bucknell campus by designing and delivering faculty workshops on finding, using, and creating open educational resources and by promoting awareness about open education by speaking to various campus stakeholders about open resources and open pedagogy. Jill is supporting the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.’s (PALCI) “Affordable Learning PA” program by serving as a member of the program’s first cohort of Open Educational Resources Specialists.
In her first semester as a SPARC Open Education Leadership fellow, Jill produced a LibGuide, “Open Education @ Bucknell,” that serves as an introductory source of information about open educational resources for the campus. The guide is openly licensed and is available for use through the LibGuides Community or by anyone who wishes to use the content. Bucknell University-specific information can be customized to fit other institutions. The guide includes a presentation Jill created, “Creative Commons: The Licenses Explained,” which describes how each of the CC licenses is best used, and its pros and cons. This presentation is also openly licensed to encourage others to modify and use it for their own purposes.
In semester two, Jill is looking forward to completing a capstone project that involves the delivery of various presentations to stakeholders in the campus community. The first presentation will be a workshop aimed at encouraging faculty to engage with open textbooks. The second presentation will be delivered at a Teaching and Learning Center learning series event on her campus with the goal of promoting awareness about open textbooks and about Open Education Week events coming to the campus. Finally, Jill will provide a series of “pop-up” presentations aimed at targeted departments with high-enrollment courses. Jill hopes to engage faculty in these departments in discussions about open education that may lead to interest in incorporating open educational practices into the curricula. For each presentation, Jill will develop or modify existing open materials that others can use to facilitate the delivery of similar presentations on their own campuses.