Calling all Educators

History of Science Collections Curator, Dr. Kerry Magruder, discusses some books on display.

History of Science Collections Curator, Dr. Kerry Magruder, discusses some of the books on display.

A new year provides an excellent opportunity to pause and reflect. The vision of the OU Academy of the Lynx is multifaceted. We create Open Educational Resources. We give educational tours related to our current exhibits. We also curate other educational resources around the internet that currently exist and are related to our exhibits (we don’t want to recreate the wheel!). All of this is supports the educational outreach of the exhibits in the History of Science Collections.

This past Fall with the launch of Galileo’s World we have progressed in each of these areas. In case you haven’t seen our OERs page at the top you are going to want to be sure and check it out. There is much that has been created. And in case you haven’t scheduled a guided tour for your students, you should consider doing this as well. We will work with you to tailor your tour to your own teaching needs. 

Font page of a Learning Leaflet.

Front page of a Learning Leaflet.

But in doing all this there is another vital component: Collaboration. We want to collaborate with educators. We have access to rare books and can explain their content. But it’s the educators who are the true experts on what is useful. They know what will work in their classrooms, what their students will enjoy, and what will inspire and transform imaginations. And chances are, what is useful for one educator will also be useful for another.

There are many stories that could be told from the history of science. But not all of them are equally helpful. Educators can give us a great insight into which ones are beneficial.

Are you an educator willing to work with us to increase the usefulness of our exhibits in a variety of educational contexts? We would love feedback on any of these questions:

  • Do you currently use the history of science in your teaching? If so, how?
  • Does our current exhibit cover topics that are useful to you in your teaching? How so?
  • Are there specific areas that you wish we would develop? What are they?
  • What can we do to increase the impact of our exhibit and all its physical and digital components?

Some of you have already expressed interest in working with us. Thank you! But, we also want to invite all interested educators into collaboration with us. What would be useful for you?

Have comments or suggestions? Want to join in the development? Email us at oulynx@ou.edu or reach me directly at purkaple@ou.edu.

The OU Academy of the Lynx exists to collaborate with educators in exhibit-based learning.

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