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March 5 2022, 5:15 am – 10:15 am EDT

This session introduces the concept of Open Educational Resources. We will talk about OER, MOOCs, Creative Commons and micro-credentialing. The hands-on exercise is to create a textbook outline for a topic of your choice in pressbooks. Open educational resources help educators with limited resources to use their time effectively by reducing the need for production. We can use the same approach to other production processes that touch our educational organizations to enhance the sustainability and efficiency of our practices. With our guest speaker we will discuss sustainability and how we can use creative solutions to solve sustainability challenges.

Handouts, Slides, Recordings

Session 3: Summary, Slides, Handouts, Links

In our third session I encouraged you to think about how you can encorporate open educational resources into addressing your design problem. I specifically highlighted three environments / tools: PressBooks (for creating open textbooks), massive open online courses MOOCs (for … Read more

Session 3: Recordings

Introduction Guest Speaker Ellen Touchstone

Guest Speaker:

Ellen Touchstone 9:15 am EDT

Ellen Touchstone is the Associate Dean for Responsible and Sustainable Education at a university in mainland China. Design Thinking is a big part of their ‘Climathon’ challenges. Ellen is an an experienced university administrator and educator who is passionate about guiding my institution and its students – whether undergraduate, postgraduate or executive -to learn and grow in understanding of sustainable global business practices.


Panke, S., & Seufert, T. (2013). What’s Educational about Open Educational Resources? Different Theoretical Lenses for Conceptualizing Learning with OER. E-Learning and Digital Media, 10(2), 116–134.

Wiley, D. A. (2021). Open educational resources: undertheorized research and untapped potential. Educational Technology Research and Development69(1), 411-414.

Hoadley, C. (2018). A short history of the Learning Sciences. In C. E. Hmelo-Silver, S. R. Goldman, P. Reimann, & F. Fischer (Eds.), International Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 11-23). Routledge.

Zhu, M., Bonk, C. J., & Doo, M. Y. (2020). Self-directed learning in MOOCs: exploring the relationships among motivation, self-monitoring, and self-management. Educational Technology Research & Development68(5).

Bonk, C. J., & Wiley, D. A. (2020). Preface: Reflections on the waves of emerging learning technologies. Educational Technology Research and Development68(4), 1595-1612.

Learning Space Toolkit. (n.d.). Needs assessment.

Panke, S.(2019). Alternative Credentials: How Can Higher Education Organizations Leverage Open Badges?

Harvard Professional Development. (2016, May 16). Convergent vs. divergent thinking [Video]. YouTube.

Dam, R., & Siang, T. (2017). What is ideation—and how to prepare for ideation sessions. Interaction Design Foundation.

Kolko, J. (2010). Abductive thinking and sensemaking: The drivers of design synthesis. Design Issues, 26(1), 15–28. Retrieved from

Design Council. (n.d.). What is the framework for innovation? Design Council’s evolved double diamond.

Core Method. (n.d.). Crazy 8’s. Retrieved May 5, 2021 from

Kohls, C. (2016). Creativity patterns: 5 Habits. In Proceedings of the 10th Travelling Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (VikingPLoP ’16). Article 9, 1–18. Association for Computing Machinery.

Dimeo, R. (2016). Sketchnoting: an analog skill in the digital age. ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society46(3), 9-16.

Student Summaries

  • What are open educational resources? Summarize the input lecture.
  • Document and discuss the activity ‘design your own textbook’. What are some of the benefits and challenges of creating textbooks?
  • What are sustainable practices? How can creativity enhance sustainability? Document and discuss the guest lecture.