Karen Pikula, a Central Lakes College psychology instructor, was recognized recently for her extensive Open Education Resources work at an eLearning Summit in St. Paul.

Pikula, who has been with the college since 2010, was honored for her work-Minnesota State OER Learning Circles-because of the "extraordinary impact on teaching and learning," it stated in a news release.

Pikula has done extensive work at CLC with Open Education Resources, which are online educational resources. The OERs help students save money by avoiding expensive commercial textbooks. Pikula also was pivotal in creating CLC's Z-Degree, which is a zero textbook cost Associates of Arts Degree. CLC was the first public school in the state to offer a no textbook cost degree.

Also honored at the eLearning Summit for Minnesota State OER Learning Circles was Kimberly Johnson of Minnesota State.