OU Academy of the Lynx

The educational arm of the History of Science Collections of OU Libraries is the OU Academy of the Lynx.  We seek to collaborate with educators in exhibit-based learning by creating, field-testing and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER’s).  We invite you to join us as a participating educator, museum worker, amateur astronomer, student, scholar, sponsor or docent.  Currently we are developing OER's related to the Galileo’s World exhibition (2015-2018).

The Accademia dei Lincei (Academy of the Lynx) was one of the earliest scientific societies, founded by Federigo Cesi in 1603.  Galileo became their most illustrious member. They adopted the lynx as their emblem (above right) because of its famed night vision, for they sought to peer more deeply into the secrets of nature than ever before. Indeed, the eyes of the "Lynx" made sensational new discoveries as they explored the worlds revealed by Galileo's microscope and telescope.

Our logo is a green medallion from the beautiful decorative screen located in the History of Science Collections, created by Joe Taylor during 1957-1960.  The medallion simultaneously symbolizes both the Accademia dei Lincei and the OU History of Science Collections.  In recognition of the remarkable Galileo collection of the OU History of Science Collections, the Accademia dei Lincei in 2002 granted OU permission to use the name OU Academy of the Lynx.  Learn about the OU Lynx, collaborating with educators in exhibit-based learning, at oulynx.org.

You can learn more about the theory behind our exhibit-based learning framework in a presentation given at OpenEd 2015: Libraries as Makers of OER: A Pilot Project.

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