College of Education (COE) Associate Specialist Ariana Eichelberger is the 2019–2020 Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education. She will receive $10,000 over two semesters to support the development of a “plug-and-play” tool to help educators make online open educational resources (OER) more engaging for their students.
“Receiving this award is so exciting for me.” Eichelberger said. “My hope is that, together with the college’s Distance Course Design & Consulting (DCDC), we can build and research something that will be truly useful.”
With the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) department since 2000, Eichelberger is the college’s Instructional Designer. Her history with the college goes even deeper as she earned both her MEd and PhD from the COE.
Eichelberger was selected based on the quality, uniqueness, and potential impact of her proposed program. The “plug and play” tool will allow educators to customize OER textbooks by adding interactive assessments to enhance student retention, engagement, and accountability.