Walsh Awarded Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library

Walsh has been awarded a $25,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Improving Access to Information Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan. 

This one-year grant will help with the implementation of the Open Education Resource (OER) Program by allowing Walsh to offer institutional support and education to faculty on transitioning course materials to an OER format. The goal of OER is to provide students equal access to affordable course materials through the transformation of traditional textbooks and curriculum to an online format that is low or no cost to students. 

 Starting this semester, members of Walsh’s library team will educate key staff and faculty in the selection, development and deployment of OER materials. The OER implementation will begin in two initial academic departments: Business Communications and Marketing and Doctoral/Interdisciplinary

 Walsh business communications professor Jen O’Meara, Ph.D., welcomes the shift to OER and increasing student learning while eliminating many of the financial and access barriers for students. “It doesn't make sense for students to pay for a book when much of the same information is freely available. Using OER gives us the ability to customize content and save students money,” said O’Meara.

 Faculty will work with the library staff and departmental cohorts to provide feedback to understand the impact on student engagement and learning outcomes while Walsh instructional designers will assist with the transition of assignments and course design. 

Walsh was one of 10 schools, libraries and universities in Michigan to receive this grant. Others include Alpena County Library, Capital Area District Library, Central Michigan University Libraries, Ferris State University Library, Menominee County, Presque Isle District Library, Taylor Community Library, Traverse Area District Library and Warren Public Library.

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