Session 3: Storytelling and Communications

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Thank you for being present at today’s meeting, @may24c-cohort. If you missed the meeting, the video will be posted on this document which you should have bookmarked:

Competitive Workforce: Events and Milestones

Building a Competitive Workforce: Events and Milestones All Textbook Success Program recordings use the password: OER-2024 LOUIS Stage 1: Course Development Planning: May 27, 2024 – September 30, 2024 May 2024 May 17 1:00-2:15 PM Central: Kickoff…

We started the session by reviewing our homework in the Rebus Forum. These are the assignments that you should have turned in to the May 2024 C Cohort area:

  1. Complete the MOU by replying to the Memorandum of Understanding May 2024C Cohort topic.
  2. Make an individual reply to the Session 1: Introductions topic.
  3. Make an individual reply to the Session 2: Project Scoping topic.
  4. Post a first draft of your Project Summary Submission to the Project Summary Submission (May 2024 C Cohort).

We also looked at our settings and verified that each participant was receiving email updates for our cohort. If you need assistance with any of these assignments, please let me know.

Next, everyone reported on the work that they did with Project Scoping, particularly in regards to the first three areas of the handout. You will be able to continue updating this document until you turn in the final version on September 30th. This is also when your first chapter is due.

Today’s session was designed to continue the scoping work from last week and we returned to look more closely at those parts that relate to the storytelling in your OER, namely the motivators, the audience, and the course materials.

Storytelling allows you to situate your role in the work, describe the story of your project, both within your team, but also more broadly as you market your OER. We used a template [link above] to guide your teams in the process of creating your project storywork plan.

Review the quote from late Ojibway author Richard Wagamese in our slides [link above] — and you’ll see how central narrative and story is to the work of OER creation. We discussed the transformative power of education and how storytelling can play a role in making inclusive content with effective processes.

We emphasized acknowledging and validating different types of knowledge and expertise — and how you all play an integral part in this work by reflecting on the content of your OER (approach, vision for the discipline, knowledge, research, text, media, contributors, students, pedagogy). Jo-ann Archibald’s Indigenous Framework for Storytelling offers a guide to help you articulate the work you will be doing on your OER projects, both internally to inform decision-making on your OER but also externally to the broader open education community.

Thinking deeply about the storywork you want to do as content creators and team support members, may sound like a lot of effort, but we know from experience with past cohorts how well those efforts play out in the longer term. Having a clear understanding of the storywork for your resource - both its purpose and content - is critical throughout the publishing process to ensure you create an effective and culturally sustainable resource.

Homework Activities

Prior to our next session, please complete the Session 3 Homework activities in your handout [linked above]. These include a mix of individual and team-based activities:

  1. Share your personal story by writing a bio (we’ll review this next week) as a reply to this post. We went over examples in the session. This bio should eventually go into the beginning of your Pressbook.
  2. During our breakout session, you should have had time to complete your Storytelling & Communications handout. Follow-up with your team to complete a draft of this submission.
  3. Post a team draft of your Storytelling & Communications Submission topic.

Next week, our focus will be on establishing team roles and effective collaboration to support your project’s success. We had some teams with only one member present today, so I hope that everyone will be able to attend next week.

We have our draft completed. This is a work in progress since two team members were not present for this meeting.

Math OER Storytelling & Communications Template.docx (277.5 KB)

Here is my short bio:
I am committed to creating a free resource that is going to make it easier to teach future teachers about math and hopefully make them see themselves as able to teach math to their future students. I have used OER texts for many courses and I have witnessed first-hand the impact that projects like this can have on students.

I have taught with OER texts for several years, I currently teach the elementary math course using OER and in an online format, I teach future teachers both math and pedagogy courses, and I am a certified elementary grades teacher who taught elementary math for many years.

Here is my brief bio: Peter Klubek: I am deeply committed to reducing the costs of higher education. I have worked on previous OER projects, I have witnessed first hand the impact that projects like this can have on students, and am proud to be a part of the ongoing promotion and development of OER material.

I have worked on two OER projects in the past. I have given multiple presentations at LOUIS LUC, ALA, and ARLIS/NA conferences on this subject.

Franklyn Scott, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Southern University at New Orleans.

SUNO – Criminal Justice

Dr. Franklyn J. Scott holds a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and a Master degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans and a PhD in Health Psychology from Walden University. She is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). She is the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator as well as the Interim Chair of the Student Grievance Committee. Dr. Scott is currently serving as the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Self-Study Portfolio Coordinator and formerly served as the Criminal Justice Graduate Program Portfolio Coordinator. She is the Interim Director of the Criminal Justice Academy at Martin Luther King High School. She is an expert on the topics related to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI). She worked as a DWI/DUI probation officer for over fifteen years and conducted extensive research on DWI/DUI offenders.

I am Prakash Ghimire. I received my Ph.D. in mathematics from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 2016. Currently, I am working as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA). I have taught many undergraduate mathematics courses in face-to-face and online formats. So far, I have taught Applied Algebra and College Algebra using Open Educational Resources at LSUA. The OER that I am using in my classes not only helps students reduce their textbook expenses but also helps them obtain excellent outcomes. So, I decided to join the Applied Algebra Cohort to develop the Applied Algebra OER to help students from all over the world academically and financially.

Here is my brief bio: Dr. Md Shahriar Hossain is currently serving as the Interim Department Head and an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Northwestern State University (NSU) of Louisiana. He completed his Ph.D. in the Industrial Engineering area at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, with a major emphasis on modeling and optimization of manufacturing systems. His research work at LSU was supported by the Economic Development Assistantship (EDA) award. In his second master’s research, he optimized the configuration of inspection and rework stations in a serial production line, which was recognized by the 2017 IISE Best Graduate Research Award. He has more than 15 years of teaching and/or research experience in the areas of industrial engineering at several universities. He published 15 journal articles including IJPE, and IJPR, and presented research papers at several international conferences including IISE, DSI, and INFORMS. In recent years, he won the Best Track Paper Award at the IEOM international conference in 2019, received the Clark & Wommack Clark Endowed Professorship in 2021, and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2023 NSU Faculty Institute. He supervised 4 undergraduate research projects, all of which were presented and/or published at different conferences. One of these research works won first place in the undergraduate research competition in 2023 sponsored by IEOM International Society. He completed two certifications from FANUC America on industrial robots’ programming, one certification from Amatrol Technology Transfer Institute on tabletop mechatronics PLC system, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Credential certified by Project Lead The Way (PLTW). He served on the faculty senate, IRB, CREATE steering committee, and robotics camps.

Here is my introductory bio:
I am focused on developing better course content for Math in our Elementary Education courses. I would like to see us use more real-world examples that the students can relate to and to be able to use in their own classrooms in the future.

I have over twenty years of experience teaching Mathematics for Elementary Education majors and thirty years of experience teaching Math. I’ve developed several Math courses for Elementary and Middle school programs.

Brandon Hamann, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, Dillard University.

Dillard University – Criminal Justice

Brandon holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Dillard University, and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Delgado Community College. Brandon teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Policing in America, Federal Rules of Evidence, Criminological Theory and Public Policy, Cybercrime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Cultural Diversity in CJ, and Ethics in CJ. Brandon holds a seat on the Advisory Board for Policing within the Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University. Brandon is a member of various Criminal Justice Honors Societies including Alpha Kappa Mu, and Pi Gamma Mu and is also a member of the Research Association of Minority Professors (RAMP). Brandon is also a member of multiple honors societies, including Alpha Xi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Alpha Beta Gamma, and Phi Theta Kappa. He has had the privilege of having work included in several book publications, including On These Mean Streets… People Are Dying: Police and Citizen Brutality in America, Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? National Security: Evaluating the Equilibrium between Secrecy, Transparency, and Individual Freedoms, The Rise of the Global Citizen, and Terrorism Inside America’s Borders. Brandon is a contributing editor for the World Association for Academic Doctors (WAAD), The Journal for Education and Social Justice (JESJ), and The International Journal of Leadership, Education, and Business Studies (IJEBS).

Kristina VanDusen is an Instructor of Mathematics at Southeastern Louisiana University. She received a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Physics from the University of New Orleans, and went on to earn a PhD in Mathematics from Tulane University. She teaches Applied Algebra, College Algebra, Precalculus with Trigonometry, and Elementary Statistics, and is the Course Coordinator for the Applied Algebra course.

Lauren C. Johnson is a Math Instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her career background includes 6 years as an analyst for the state of Louisiana and 5 years as a high school math teacher in Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She is currently working on her Ph.D in Math and Science Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

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Short bio:
Dr. (Chef) Angela Wilson

Angela’s culinary foundation was laid in a family deeply rooted in the love of food. Her mother, the creator of Mam Papaul’s New Orleans-style dinner mixes, and grandmother played pivotal roles in passing down kitchen secrets. Chef Angela is a Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY graduate and is currently a pastry instructor at Delgado Community College. Angela is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and Certified Culinary Educator with the American Culinary Federation. She has cooked at the James Beard House as a representative of Australia after having worked in Australia for much of her career. Angela holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) from Northwestern State University.

Criminology Storytelling & Communications.pdf (150.4 KB)

Dr. Jasmine Wise is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Applied Programs at Northwestern State University where she also serves as the Coordinator of Black Studies and Coordinator for the Gail Metoyer Jones Center for Inclusion and Diversity. She earned her Bachelor of Science (2012) in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, Master of Arts (2014) in Community Analytics and PhD (2017) in Applied Sociology from Baylor University.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Dr. Wise held the role of Director of Operations at a non-profit in Atlanta, Ga. There her primary responsibilities were to create and maintain partnerships with all outside community partners and lead program coordinators to help the surrounding community thrive.

As a proud Louisiana native, Dr. Wise joined Northwestern in January of 2023. Dr. Wise’s commitment to students’ learning and development both inside and outside of the classroom is highlighted in each position she chooses to serve.

Hi gang! Here’s my bio:

Dr. David N. Khey has focused his research on a few areas in criminology, criminal justice, and forensic science. In particular, he is currently investigating drug policy, control, toxicology, chemistry, and addiction, as well as the changing evidentiary power of forensic science technologies. Born and raised in South Florida during the late 1970s and early 80s, drug policy and enforcement quickly piqued his interest. Dr. Khey holds advanced degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in forensic drug chemistry and doctorate in criminology, law, and society from the University of Florida.

Here is my short bio:

Douglas J. Marshall, Ph.D. , serves as Chair of the Department of Arts & Humanities at Southern University at New Orleans. Dr. Marshall has spent nearly twenty years in higher education in the field of Communication Studies. Dr. Marshall began his career at Duquesne University, where his studies focused on the content areas of Communication Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication. Through his years in academia, he has presented his research at dozens of conferences throughout the United States and has built an extensive network of diverse educators. Dr. Marshall has also earned several grants and awards, including, but not limited to, two fellowships with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, an award that specifically helps to identify, collect, and protect materials from diverse cultures. Since 2019, he has served as department chair and has become a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration and learning. Dr. Marshall has utilized these skills to become an influential member of the university committee that guides and approves the creation and alteration of academic curricula. Additionally, he has been a committed member of the Quality Enhancement Plan Taskforce, a group he knows chairs as they search for ways to prepare students to leave Southern University in New Orleans and quickly enter the workforce.

Karen Perilloux has taught mathematics since 1993 and has been a Mathematics Instructor at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana since 2023. Karen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and continued there to receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. Her additional 30 graduate hours are in Mathematics and Education. Karen has worked on LOUIS OER Textbook Development Cohorts for both College Algebra and Applied Calculus, and is currently a member of the Applied Algebra Cohort. She teaches College Algebra, Applied Algebra, Trigonometry, and Applied Calculus at RPCC in addition to being an adjunct professor for the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans.

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Short bio:
John Kozar holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon, an A.A.S. in Specialized Technology from Pennsylvania Culinary, and an MBOE from the Ohio State University. He has worked as a pastry chef at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, PA and was a member of the opening team at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. He has taught at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University since 2002 and served as department head and director through 2023. John has taught pastry labs at CJFCI as well as Sanitation, Cost Control, and Culinary Training Materials.
John has enjoyed judging numerous cook offs since moving to south Louisiana, especially those that encourage creativity and plate presentation.

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Heather Gamel brief bio: I have been teaching future teachers since I was in graduate school and these courses are near and dear to my heart. Over the years, I have seen how the cycle of math dread is unintentionally passed on with each new generation of teachers. I am focused on breaking this loop by helping future teachers to understand the beauty of mathematics with textbook materials that are approachable, affordable, creative, and fun.

I have used OER materials in several of my classes for many years. I have also created my own supplemental materials for elementary mathematics content courses which are being used by several colleagues within my department. I have given presentations at NCTM and LATM conferences focusing on developing mathematical ideas intuitively and linking elementary concepts with later algebraic ideas.

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Eboness “Ebby” Williams joined the faculty of Delgado Community College over 2 decades ago. In the Fall of 2021, her role expanded to include serving as the Department Chair. Ms. Williams is excited about the implementation of new corequisite model , and is likewise looking forward to witnessing its impact on learners. She remains committed to connecting with students and to incorporating strategies that align with a growth mindset. Eboness is a mother of 3 who enjoys walking in City Park and attending local festivals. She is a certified “foodie” who plans to travel the world to explore more authentic cuisine and culture.

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