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Adopting OER Means Adapting Your Curriculum Adopting Process

60 minutes
Panel Presentation

In this panel discussion, college and high school concurrent enrollment partners will share personal narratives on their collaborative work to adopt OER for concurrent enrollment courses. They will discuss the OER Learning Circle model that supported their work, the benefits of collaborating across institutions, and the challenges and successes that they experienced in the OER adoption process. They will share their reasons for adopting OER, the real and expected benefits of OER, and how OER promotes teacher engagement in a content area, supports individual teaching styles, and meets diverse student needs.


1. Participants will learn how OER requires revising the traditional K−12 curriculum adoption process.
2. Participants will leave this session with ideas on how to develop a process for exploring and adopting Open Educational Resources for their courses at their learning institutions.
3. Participants will leave this session with knowledge of the shared experiences of high school and college faculty who have reviewed, adopted, compiled, and authored OER for their courses. 4. Participants will leave this session understanding the value that high school and college faculty place on the opportunity to adopt, create, and curate OER.

Topic Area(s): Effective Teaching Practices; Open Education Resources; Quality Design in Teaching; Social & Collaborative Learning


Karen Pikula holds a doctorate degree from Capella University in Educational Psychology. She is a psychology instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota, and serves as the OER Coordinator for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Her professional interests include instructional design, faculty development, student-centered learning, open educational resources, and open pedagogy.