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Jillian Maynard Named SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow


Posted 08/27/2018
Category: Accolades

Harrison Libraries Reference Librarian Jillian Maynard has been named a fellow in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s Open Education Leadership Program. She is one of 24 fellows selected nationwide for the intensive professional development program that provides library professionals with the knowledge, skills, and connections to lead to successful open education initiatives that benefit students. Open Educational Resources (OER) is openly licensed educational material that is low- to no-cost to students.

“Academic libraries sit at the intersection of faculty, students, and high-quality resources, and therefore are essential partners in advancing open education on campus,” said Nicole Allen, director of Open Education for SPARC. “A large part of what makes our program successful is the unique and valuable perspective each participant brings to it, and a vibrant community of practice develops amongst the cohort. We are proud to have Jillian among our 2018-19 class of fellows.”

“The University of Hartford and the Harrison Libraries are extremely excited that Jillian has been selected as a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow,” said Harrison Libraries Director Randi Ashton-Pritting. “Jillian’s work on this project will not only benefit our students but she will be helping to guide the OER project nationwide.”

As part of her fellowship, Maynard will work with a mentor to implement a capstone project that will help advance open education at UHart and contribute back to the broader open education community. She also is attending the 15th annual Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in October.

“My goal is to become a more confident and knowledgeable advocate for OER, help interested UHart faculty find and implement OER in their courses, and contribute to the broader culture of open course content,” said Maynard. “I know that starting an OER initiative can be daunting, and my hope is to potentially use the capstone project as a way to create a guide to help others getting started.”

Harrison Libraries is a member of SPARC and has been working to expand the adoption of open educational resources on campus for nearly two years. It started by launching a mini-grant program. Since then grants have been awarded to six faculty, who have adopted OER in their courses. Read more about OER and grant opportunities here.