The Open Education Professional Directory

John Shank, Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library


Penn State University


Native/near native level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Business Models for open education
Research in open education
Assessment and accreditation of learning through open education
Awareness raising and outreach
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
OER project management
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Libraries and OER
Technology for OER
Open Access
Peer review in open access journals
Technology for MOOCs
Using MOOCs in formal education programs
Geographic regions of professional expertise
North America


Personal statement

As a library administrator, I've been the project manager for implementing and directing our libraries OER initiative. As a researcher, I've research interactive (e.g. games, simulations, and tutorials/modules) OER. I believe interactive OER has the potential to engage and educate students and enhance student learning while also reducing the cost and increasing the access to critical course content.

External links

Learning more about "Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching"