• Mary Elmquist
  • Janelle Wertzberger


  • Alice Brawley Newlin
  • Tasha Gownaris
  • Chris Oechler
  • Ryan Nedrow '22

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Commercially available textbooks and course materials are often expensive for students and sometimes don’t cover topics in exactly the way you might prefer to teach. Freely available and completely adaptable open educational resources (OER) have risen in popularity in recent years, both nationwide and locally, as a way to address both issues. Join us to hear from Alice Brawley Newlin (Management), Tasha Gownaris (Environmental Studies), Chris Oechler (Spanish), and Ryan Nedrow ’22 to hear about their experiences with OER in the classroom. Panelists will talk honestly about the benefits, drawbacks, challenges, and successes associated with open course materials in order to give you a better sense of whether OER might be a good fit in your own context!


Presentation given at the Friday Forum on March 5, 2021. The Friday Forum is a series of lectures given by members of the Gettysburg College community on their personal scholarly research, creative activities, or professional or curricular development activities.

A recording of the presentation is available.