Bonn to discuss open educational resources at OpenEd18

Maria Bonn
Maria Bonn, Associate Professor

Associate Professor Maria Bonn will present her research at the 15th annual Open Education Conference (OpenEd18), which will be held October 10-12 in Niagara Falls, New York.

Bonn will present, "OER is for Everyone!: Granularity as an Approach to Scaling OER Creation through Open Canvas," with Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries, and William Cross, director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. This symposium builds on the researchers' current IMLS-funded work (LG-72-17-0132-17) on collaborative creation of open educational resources (OER) for teaching scholarly communication librarianship.

Bonn and her colleagues will explore the potential for conference attendees to design open learning objects using a modified Open Canvas tool. Open Canvas is an openly licensed design tool that asks the user to state a problem, propose a solution, and suggests a path for implementing the solution by considering community and resources necessary to achieve implementation. The modification also will adjust the Canvas to consider access and discovery as well as rights/licensing of a learning object designed using the tool.

Bonn's research focuses on understanding the needs of scholars in a contemporary publishing environment; comparing the collaborative practices of scientists and humanists and how they might inform each other; and examining best strategies for libraries to benefit from economies of scale while remaining embedded in local communities. Prior to joining the iSchool in 2013, she served as associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, where she managed the University of Michigan Press and Scholarly Publishing Office. She also has served as assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. Bonn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master's in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

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