Amy Larson takes over as OER project manager

Amy Larson has been appointed as the college’s new Open Educational Resources project manager. She replaces Regina Gong, who left the college this summer.

Amy has been an LCC faculty member in English for five years, teaching classes at all skill levels from ESOL to Composition II. During that time, she called on her experience in Computer-Aided Language Learning and web design to develop a database of online resources in conjunction with the OpenLCC project. She has also presented at multiple state and national conferences on the production and use of OER in the classroom. Amy’s continued involvement in OER initiatives includes procuring two grants for writing and remixing material to create a textbook.

LCC’s OER initiative is designed to encourage the use and creation of freely accessible, openly licensed learning materials to lower the cost of education for all students. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 136 courses with a combined 13,282 seat count used an OER. That is about one-fifth of the college’s total seat count for the year.

In the future, Amy plans to focus on expanding the OER options for students as part of the college’s strategic plan. She will work to support faculty as they create or refine materials to meet rigorous educational standards, and will help publish faculty-created materials through StarPress and OpenLCC. Through these efforts, she plans to raise LCC’s profile as an innovative leader in Open Educational Resources.