June Intensive

Overview & Requirements

Consult the June Intensive Fellowship call for details and requirements.

Your Library Point Person

Cailean: Anne
Jo: Peter, Justine, Marcia
Joshua: Linda, Benjamin

Week 1: O.E.R. Fundamentals

Due for 6/4 Zoom meeting
  1. Read: An Introduction to Copyright (Approx. reading time: 7 mins)
    • Context: Before we discuss the meaning of the term “open educational resources,” we need to familiarize ourselves with copyright, a form of protection for creative expressions granted by the law. This is a content heavy reading with a good bit of intellectual property and licensing jargon (hold tight!). But knowing about copyright, for its history and for the fact that it’s current law, is essential for us to understand why and how (educational) materials do or don’t get shared, and more practically, what is ok to post publicly (openly) and what isn’t.
    • Framing question(s): What are some myths this reading busted for you? Are there some areas where confusion remains about the information presented here?
  2. Read: An Introduction to Open Educational Resources and the Fellowship with low stakes quiz to test your knowledge (Approx. completion time: 8-10 mins)
    • Context: This reading builds on the Intro to Copyright reading and talks more about how Creative Commons licensing is how we can call things open educational resources. It will also attempt to clarify / drill down how these concepts and terms will inform your projects in a more practical sense.
    • Framing question(s): Have you encountered Creative Commons licenses before? What is the significance of being permitted to remix (make derivatives / adaptations) by 4 of the 6 types of Creative Commons licenses?
  3. Read: Hybrid Courses: the best of both worlds (or the worst)? by Jesse Rappaport (Approx. reading time: 2 mins)
    • Context: This is a really short piece, part of the Visible Pedagogy series, contributed to by faculty across CUNY. It is meant to get us in a reflective mindset about how we’ve taught before and how we will consider teaching while redesigning our courses to OER.
    • Framing question(s): What in this piece resonates with you about course design, regardless of teaching context (f2f, online, or hybrid)?
Session Notes – PPT file

Week 2: Selecting resources for your course

Resources for this Week
Due for 6/11 Zoom Meeting
  1. Select a total of 3-5 course materials (from both a & b).
    1. Become familiar with resources available for finding O.E.R. (Creative Commons licensed learning materials).
      1. Search each of these resources:
    2. Search for relevant library licensed digital materials:
      1. Articles / Databases:
  2. Read each section of the Introduction to Accessibility module by Bree Zuckerman (Approx. reading time: 10 mins)


Session Notes

Week 3: Putting it all together – review of design and accessibility strategies

Due for 6/18  Zoom Meeting
  1. Continue selecting and organizing course materials via this exhaustive list of resources (Reach out to your Library point person for questions)
  2. Read the Beyond ADA compliance: the library as a place for all by JJ Poinke, published in the Urban Library Journal (Approx. reading time: 20-30 mins)
  3. Watch: Universal Design for Learning (U.D.L) at a Glance video (Run time: 4:36)
  4. Discussion doc requirement:
    • Write a few sentences about any of the required / recommended readings by next Tues. 6/17
    • Respond to a colleague’s reflection by Wed. 6/18


  • Web Accessibility 101: Web Headings for Screen Readers
    “In this short video, a screen reader user quickly demonstrates how he navigates websites using heading commands.”
  • Introduction to the Screen Reader
    “In this longer video, a screen reader user goes into greater detail explaining what it is like to open up and navigate word documents and web pages using a screen reader. This video also includes a demonstration of what the screen reader sounds like to him.” (low resolution, 240p)
  • To Care & Comply: Accessibility of Online Course Content
    “A look at Portland Community College’s web accessibility guidelines and how supporting students with disabilities is a shared responsibility across the college. Video includes stories from students whose education is impacted by inaccessible web content and ways faculty and staff can improve online course materials to make course content more accessible. “
  • How A Blind Person Uses A Computer
Session Notes
  • Session 3 Notes & Recap (Google Doc)
  • Review of Best Practices with Examples (PPT file)
    • …for attributing, hyperlinking, using headings, etc.


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