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Thursday, November 3 • 11:35am - 12:00pm
Scaling up OER Publishing with a Networked Approach

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This presentation will outline development of long-term sustainability and operations plans for an open access textbooks and OER publishing program. The first stage in Open SUNY Textbooks' (OST) development was initially funded by grant money and participating library contributions towards author and peer review incentives and copy editing services. The primary output were open access textbooks.

In the second phase of development, OST (based at SUNY Geneseo), along with the system-level SUNY Academic Technology (ATIS) office and partner SUNY libraries, are developing a scaled-up, networked approach to digital learning and publishing development within the system, using curated OER content, course supports, editorial services, and instructional technology development and design, based on a new funding model. The presenters will discuss the partnerships under way in SUNY; the developing collaborations with Lumen Learning; and share strategies for developing business models to fund open educational resources and publishing.

The guiding vision for is this plan is to empower campuses across the SUNY system to provide OER adoption and support by:

Improving OER scale-up by providing insight on potential service models.

Evaluating the impact of cost structures and pricing on all constituents.

Advocating for increased awareness of OER and benefits to students and faculty.

We will offer:

Flexible models for participation that allow customized participation at different levels of cost.

A facilitated framework for assessing campus readiness for OER success that includes a rubric, process, and assessment tools.

A mentorship network that includes professional development to build OER expertise across campuses.

Copy editing, peer review, and open and modular publishing platform.

Grant funding for implementation and professional development incentives.


Mark McBride

SUNY, Monroe Community College
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Kate Pitcher

Library Director, SUNY Geneseo and Open SUNY Textbooks
Kate Pitcher is Head of Technical Services & Collection Development at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, where she is also a member of the library’s publishing team and chair of the scholarly communications team. At SUNY Geneseo, she worked in reference... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT