Calgary, AB (March 18, 2019) On March 8, 2019, Lyryx announced its inaugural Lyryx OER Champion of the year; Dr. Tilly Jensen of Athabasca University. For her exemplary work within the OER community, the Faculty of Business, where Dr. Jensen is an Assistant Professor, received an award of $1,500 to further OER practice.
The Lyryx OER Champion campaign was created to celebrate the efforts and successes of instructors working to adopt, adapt and develop open educational resources (OERs) in conjunction with Lyryx. Running from January to March of 2019, an OER Champion was selected every other week, with their story showcased on the Lyryx website and social media. Upon selecting four OER Champions, Lyryx authors followed specific guidelines in collectively voting for the Lyryx OER Champion of the Year. Below is Dr. Jensen’s story, as submitted by Suzanne Kyle:
“Currently, all three of Tilly’s courses have OERs in place and are actively running. Tilly has worked diligently with the province and all other stakeholders, first to secure the level of funding needed, without which the OERs would never have been written. Second, she also provided countless hours of mentoring to the OER authors, and to other Athabasca University staff. Since Tilly is a respected and experienced author herself, she was in a unique position to take the lead for these OERs, to liaise with all the stakeholders, including Department of Education, and take this process from funding acquisition, to production to rollout for all three of her 3rd-level university courses. During that time, she took the lead to navigate the many roadblocks and to resolve the myriad of issues arising throughout the OER process so that the OER project would reach fruition, which they have. This took a lot of effort in addition to her other duties with Athabasca University. One last and very important point, Tilly is a staunch supporter and is truly passionate about the creation of OERs and three newly created OERs to add to the OER community is proof of that passion.”
Follow up with Lyryx in January 2020 when the OER Champion campaign will celebrate another round of OER advocates. See all Lyryx OER Champion stories here.
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