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Expanding Equity: How OpenStax & Labster Make Lab Courses More Affordable

Discover how to seamlessly integrate Labster's immersive simulations with OpenStax's free, peer-reviewed textbooks into your science courses.

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Reduce student burden

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Integrate Labster with OpenStax

Is your institution moving toward Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (LTC) course resources? The OpenStax initiative from Rice University catalyzed the movement toward open educational resources (OER) around the US, Canada, and beyond. Join Dr. Anthony Palmiotto, Director of Higher Education at OpenStax, and Dr. Ashley Buitenwerf, Education Strategist at Labster, to explore practical strategies for reducing the student burden of educational expenses while maintaining high-quality learning experiences. Discover how to seamlessly integrate Labster's immersive simulations with OpenStax's free, peer-reviewed textbooks into your science courses. The discussion will highlight actionable steps for aligning your course syllabi with these innovative resources, ensuring your students benefit from an immersive, cost-effective learning environment.

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Is your institution moving toward Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (LTC) course resources? The OpenStax initiative from Rice University catalyzed the movement toward open educational resources (OER) around the US, Canada, and beyond. Join Dr. Anthony Palmiotto, Director of Higher Education at OpenStax, and Dr. Ashley Buitenwerf, Education Strategist at Labster, to explore practical strategies for reducing the student burden of educational expenses while maintaining high-quality learning experiences. Discover how to seamlessly integrate Labster's immersive simulations with OpenStax's free, peer-reviewed textbooks into your science courses. The discussion will highlight actionable steps for aligning your course syllabi with these innovative resources, ensuring your students benefit from an immersive, cost-effective learning environment.

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Reduce student burden

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Anthony Palmiotto, PhD

Director of Higher Education

OpenStax

Anthony Palmiotto is the director of higher education at OpenStax. He collaborates with faculty, students, instructional designers, OER advocates, and OpenStax’s internal team to understand and support educational needs. He focuses on improving educational equity and deepening student belonging through meaningful and memorable learning experiences. Before OpenStax, Anthony worked with colleges and publishers to develop research-driven instructional methods and technologies. He loves to be a learner, particularly by trying things he’s bad at.

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Ashley Buitenwerf, PhD
Education Strategist
Labster

As Labster’s Education Strategist, Ashley leads the way in ensuring that science and teaching are at the heart of Labster and our products. With a PhD in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and 20 years of experience as an educator in countries including the US, South Africa and Denmark, Ashley is an expert at conveying complex concepts to diverse audiences in an engaging, accessible, and inspiring way. Her teaching methods resulted in a 90% improvement rate in state testing scores, aided and guided by her design of internationally recognized curricula. Ashley’s experiences in both higher and high school education ensure that the requirements and dialogues of both educators and their students are deeply embedded into Labster’s processes and offerings. As a scientist and educator, Ashley’s strategy is to ensure that every student is equipped and empowered with the knowledge and enthusiasm to pursue their goals.

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Simantini Karve, PhD
Biology Instructor
Skyline College

Professor Simantini Karve has taught courses in human anatomy and physiology. She focuses on humanizing the delivery of online courses by fostering meaningful peer-to-peer, and peer-instructor interactions. Well-versed in experimental research and science communication, she has published several articles related to dementia, psychophysiology, and the mind-body connection. She is the author of a guest article on the Labster blog: https://www.labster.com/blog/zero-textbook-costs-openstax

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Julian Allen, PhD
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Labster

Julian Allen is the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Labster, whose interactive virtual training simulations provide immersive digital learning experiences that reinforce the exciting connection between science and the real world for more than six million students in educational institutions around the globe. When he was the Chief Learning Innovations Officer at Georgia State University, Dr. Allen led initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning through the strategic use of technology, innovative pedagogies, and data analytics. He was also a faculty member in the Learning Technology Leadership program at the nonprofit association EDUCAUSE, helping develop the next generation of learning technology innovators.

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Expanding Equity: How OpenStax & Labster Make Lab Courses More Affordable

May 29, 2024 4:00 PM
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Expanding Equity: How OpenStax & Labster Make Lab Courses More Affordable

May 29, 2024 4:00 PM
ET
Discover how to seamlessly integrate Labster's immersive simulations with OpenStax's free, peer-reviewed textbooks into your science courses.

Is your institution moving toward Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (LTC) course resources? The OpenStax initiative from Rice University catalyzed the movement toward open educational resources (OER) around the US, Canada, and beyond. Join Dr. Anthony Palmiotto, Director of Higher Education at OpenStax, and Dr. Ashley Buitenwerf, Education Strategist at Labster, to explore practical strategies for reducing the student burden of educational expenses while maintaining high-quality learning experiences. Discover how to seamlessly integrate Labster's immersive simulations with OpenStax's free, peer-reviewed textbooks into your science courses. The discussion will highlight actionable steps for aligning your course syllabi with these innovative resources, ensuring your students benefit from an immersive, cost-effective learning environment.

Presenter(s)

Anthony Palmiotto, PhD

Director of Higher Education

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OpenStax

Anthony Palmiotto is the director of higher education at OpenStax. He collaborates with faculty, students, instructional designers, OER advocates, and OpenStax’s internal team to understand and support educational needs. He focuses on improving educational equity and deepening student belonging through meaningful and memorable learning experiences. Before OpenStax, Anthony worked with colleges and publishers to develop research-driven instructional methods and technologies. He loves to be a learner, particularly by trying things he’s bad at.

Anthony Palmiotto is the director of higher education at OpenStax. He collaborates with faculty, students, instructional designers, OER advocates, and OpenStax’s internal team to understand and support educational needs. He focuses on improving educational equity and deepening student belonging through meaningful and memorable learning experiences. Before OpenStax, Anthony worked with colleges and publishers to develop research-driven instructional methods and technologies. He loves to be a learner, particularly by trying things he’s bad at.
Ashley Buitenwerf, PhD

Education Strategist

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Labster

As Labster’s Education Strategist, Ashley leads the way in ensuring that science and teaching are at the heart of Labster and our products. With a PhD in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and 20 years of experience as an educator in countries including the US, South Africa and Denmark, Ashley is an expert at conveying complex concepts to diverse audiences in an engaging, accessible, and inspiring way. Her teaching methods resulted in a 90% improvement rate in state testing scores, aided and guided by her design of internationally recognized curricula. Ashley’s experiences in both higher and high school education ensure that the requirements and dialogues of both educators and their students are deeply embedded into Labster’s processes and offerings. As a scientist and educator, Ashley’s strategy is to ensure that every student is equipped and empowered with the knowledge and enthusiasm to pursue their goals.

As Labster’s Education Strategist, Ashley leads the way in ensuring that science and teaching are at the heart of Labster and our products. With a PhD in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and 20 years of experience as an educator in countries including the US, South Africa and Denmark, Ashley is an expert at conveying complex concepts to diverse audiences in an engaging, accessible, and inspiring way. Her teaching methods resulted in a 90% improvement rate in state testing scores, aided and guided by her design of internationally recognized curricula. Ashley’s experiences in both higher and high school education ensure that the requirements and dialogues of both educators and their students are deeply embedded into Labster’s processes and offerings. As a scientist and educator, Ashley’s strategy is to ensure that every student is equipped and empowered with the knowledge and enthusiasm to pursue their goals.
Simantini Karve, PhD

Biology Instructor

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Skyline College

Professor Simantini Karve has taught courses in human anatomy and physiology. She focuses on humanizing the delivery of online courses by fostering meaningful peer-to-peer, and peer-instructor interactions. Well-versed in experimental research and science communication, she has published several articles related to dementia, psychophysiology, and the mind-body connection. She is the author of a guest article on the Labster blog: https://www.labster.com/blog/zero-textbook-costs-openstax

Professor Simantini Karve has taught courses in human anatomy and physiology. She focuses on humanizing the delivery of online courses by fostering meaningful peer-to-peer, and peer-instructor interactions. Well-versed in experimental research and science communication, she has published several articles related to dementia, psychophysiology, and the mind-body connection. She is the author of a guest article on the Labster blog: https://www.labster.com/blog/zero-textbook-costs-openstax
Julian Allen, PhD

Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Labster

Julian Allen is the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Labster, whose interactive virtual training simulations provide immersive digital learning experiences that reinforce the exciting connection between science and the real world for more than six million students in educational institutions around the globe. When he was the Chief Learning Innovations Officer at Georgia State University, Dr. Allen led initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning through the strategic use of technology, innovative pedagogies, and data analytics. He was also a faculty member in the Learning Technology Leadership program at the nonprofit association EDUCAUSE, helping develop the next generation of learning technology innovators.

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