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Open Educational Resources at RTC: OER Support @ RTC

Faculty Librarians

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Your faculty librarians, including your OER Librarian, Di Zhang, can help you find high-quality and appropriate OER for your course or curricular area.

OER-related services librarians can offer faculty:

  • Direct instructors to RTC OER guides and/or other resources (i.e. webinars, guides, etc.) that will help you formulate an OER strategy
  • Help instructors to discuss and target specific learning objectives when searching for materials
  • Help instructors formulate a search strategy to locate OER (search terms, places to look, etc.)
  • Help instructors fill in gaps and search for materials to support specific learning objectives after instructor has searched
  • Help instructors explore library resources that support learning objectives
  • Provide basic copyright guidance and/or resources (e.g. help you track down copyright owners in order to obtain permission to use materials)
  • Communicate and work with faculty chairs on the above points
  • Refer instructors to appropriate departments and/or individuals for assistance outside of the scope of library support


RTC's OE Steering Group

OE Steering Group vision:

Open Education at Renton Technical College invites students, faculty members and administrators to work together as we choose a culture of innovative instruction that leads students to complete their education with both quality and equity. We will increase student learning opportunities by embracing a culture of Open in all levels of our institution.

OE Steering Group members:

  • Nizar Ali, College and Career Pathways Faculty
  • Raquel Andre, College and Career Pathways Faculty
  • Aaron Barquet, College and Career Pathways Faculty
  • Ali Cohen, Dean of College and Career Pathways
  • Christie Fierro, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Elizabeth Flanagan, College and Career Pathways Faculty
  • Dimpy Gill, Computer Science Faculty
  • Yun Moh, Instructional Designer
  • David Uryash, Automotive Faculty
  • Cindy Xie, Biology Faculty
  • Di Zhang, Faculty Librarian

Note:  OE Steering Group documents and reports are included in the "OER documents" tab above.

eLearning and Instructional Design

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Instructional design is the use of learning and instructional theory to facilitate the best possible learning experiences which meet educational outcomes. Through analysis of learning needs and goals at each stage of the course development process, an instructional design team works to create courses where students and instructors reach their educational goals.

The instructional design work at RTC centers around the instructor working to design a course. Design work is centered on the student and the learning transformations we want to foster during the educational experience.

What services are available?

  • Course Development and Design
  • Creating and sustaining online and face-to-face learning communities
  • Designing for engaged participation
  • Integrating technology across the curriculum
  • Storyboarding and design thinking
  • Connectivism and open resources
  • UDL and assessment for student learning
  • Facilitating collaboration
  • Moving courses from face-to-face to full-online and hybrid online formats
  • Training in instructional technology for the face-to-face and online classroom
  • Multimedia development consultations
  • Quality assurance reviews of courses or course materials