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Wednesday, November 2

10:30am EDT

Personalized Professional Learning Pathways for OER implementation
The goal is changing. The approach is changing. The infrastructure is changing. Our materials are not keeping pace. Why should our children learn in an entirely different environment when preparing for the professional world? Openly licensed educational resources have become more prevalent in school districts in the past year. With support from the US Department of Education, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to begin innovating classroom instruction. Participants will learn how to begin making the transition to openly licesned educational resources in your school district and hear about examples across the country where this transition is taking place. 

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Kristina Ishmael

Director of Primary & Secondary Education, Open Educational Global
Kristina Ishmael is the director of primary and secondary education at Open Education Global where she is leading the development of a comprehensive effort to build global networks, infrastructure, and practices to support open education around the world. Before joining OEG, Ishmael... Read More →

Joseph South

Director of Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 10:55am EDT

10:55am EDT

Anatomy of a System-Wide Open Education Initiative
Many community colleges, universities, and even entire state systems have launched open educational resources (OER) initiatives. For most, the focus has been on saving students money by replacing expensive textbooks with openly licensed, "free" textbooks. Students have indeed saved millions of dollars already. Motivated by these first movers, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) has launched a similar initiative, but rather than focusing on textbooks alone, the system has decided to support an Open Education initiative that includes OER, open pedagogy and open access. USNH enrolls 34,000 students, and consists of four public institutions: Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire. To our knowledge, we are the first 4-year state university system in the country to implement an Open Education initiative. We believe that embracing and supporting all three components of open education provides a platform for transforming our educational experiences into truly student-centered learning opportunities. This presentation will explain how we built support for this initiative, and share results from the first phase of implementation.

The initiative will kick off at the sixth annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI) in June 2016. Historically, the four-day conference focused on faculty professional development around specific academic technologies (hardware, software, etc.) and how they could be used by the 40 faculty ambassadors attending each institute. Over the last three years, we have shifted focus from the technology to the pedagogy. In 2014, Cable Green gave an invited keynote about Creative Commons licensing, the broken publishing model, and working and sharing openly. For most faculty and support staff there, this was an exciting and new way to think not only about content, but about teaching and learning as a whole. Enough energy and interest came out of ATI 2014 that we decided on an "Open Education" theme for ATI 2015; this again generated a considerable amount of excitement and awareness around Open Education, which led to the development of an OER pilot project with nine University of New Hampshire faculty. The pilot project saved students over $148,000 in the fall 2015 term alone. Using that and other supporting data from the pilot, we created a formal proposal to expand support for open education capacity across all four campuses in the upcoming year-long initiative. Funds were also requested for technical support, library resources, website development and maintenance, marketing, project management, administrative assistance, and program assessment. The system approved the proposed budget for $385,000 which is $285,000 above what had been budgeted for previous ATIs. The majority of the fifty faculty ambassadors participating in this initiative have chosen OER for their projects but there will also be a contingent of faculty working in the open pedagogy and open access areas. At OpenEd16, we will share faculty projects and success stories, but our primary focus will be on presenting the process by which we developed and implemented this system-wide initiative and on sharing preliminary results.

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Robin DeRosa

Director, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, Plymouth State University
Robin DeRosa is the Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. The Open CoLab is a dynamic hub for praxis around pedagogical innovation, open education, and integrated approaches to teaching and learning. An advocate for public... Read More →
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Scott Robison

Associate Director, eLearning Design, Office of Academic Innovation, Portland State
I lead the eLearning Design team in the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State University. I’m working to provide faculty support resources that encourage open education practices to empower accessible, learner-driven educational experiences. Twitter: @otterscotter

Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:55am - 11:20am EDT

11:30am EDT

Netease Online Open Courses - Connecting China, Connecting the World
Netease Online Open Courses is the largest provider of OER in China. By revising content and creating its own Netease Online Open Courses hopes to leverage OER to connect China to the world, and the world with China. In this presentation I will provide a brief background on how Netease Online Open Courses operates and what its core mission and values are. At its essence, Netease Online Open Courses is an educational platform where learners can access materials in Chinese. We have revised OER such as Khan Academy and also provide access to OER from local Chinese universities. In addition, we have created our own open content and apps. We hope through this presentation that we can help connect China to the world, and the world with China.


Wednesday November 2, 2016 11:30am - 11:55am EDT

1:15pm EDT

The OERu 1st year of study: open, online and international
Here is a link to the presentation: http://slides.com/marcsinger1/deck

In this presentation, we will look at how the members of the OERu consortium, an international group of institutions of higher education, have worked to develop a first-year curriculum and credential consisting entirely of open courses. This credential is designed to be accepted internationally, by all member institutions and any others who want to make use of it. To achieve this goal, we have designed courses and assessments, created transfer and articulation guidelines, and relied upon expertise both of the partner institutions and volunteers committed to the mission of the OERu.

We will review the unique open model employed by the OERu, and also some of the challenges that the OERu partners have had to address along the way, including alignment of course content, requirements of national curricula, and development of satisfactory measures of successful course completion. We will also explore the impact of these efforts on the individual institutions themselves, and how their work in OER has led to a consideration of Open Educational Practices in their own course design, pedagogy, and the empowerment of their students.

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Marc Singer

Vice Provost, Thomas Edison State University
Marc is Vice Provost at TESU, responsible for the University's programs in prior learning assessment, open educational resources, and competency-based education. He directs the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning. He has also worked in assessment and program direction... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:15pm - 1:40pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

Designing Next Generation OER for Developmental Education
How can we design learning experiences that use open educational resources to help our most at-risk student populations? Cerritos College and Lumen Learning are collaborating to deliver OER courses that use personalized and adaptive learning tools to strengthen students’ metacognitive skills and support them as they progress towards college-level work. Join two veteran course designers to see and discuss results of this collaboration. Learn how these courses help teachers identify the needs of diverse classroom populations quickly and encourage individualized outreach and support.


Joni Felt

VP Partnerships, Lumen

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:40pm - 2:05pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

The Use of Open Education Materials in Accounting
The presentation will discuss the journey of one professor using open education materials in Principles of Accounting courses. The presentation will cover how OER materials are used to replace the traditional textbook and online homework tools, the student responses to OER materials, and the grade results compared to traditional textbook courses. The presentation will also review changes to accounting OER during the past 3 years.


Debbie Porter

Associate Professor, Tidewater Community College

Wednesday November 2, 2016 2:15pm - 2:40pm EDT

2:40pm EDT

The Intersection of Teaching and Technology: Using OER and Next Gen Tools to Transform Learning
The call for more accessible, affordable, and relevant education has never been louder. Between rising tuition costs and expensive course materials, many students are being priced out of receiving higher education.

Open education has made great strides in bridging accessibility gaps and lowering costs, making quality education experiences available on a much wider level. But we've only reached the tip of the iceberg. OER can revolutionize the traditional education model by going beyond simply transforming content delivery. Enhanced with the right tools, open source content can be used to deliver truly engaging learning experiences that improve student outcomes and retention.

This session explores how Forsyth Tech is mapping their efforts to create an innovative classroom experience through the combination of OER and Next Generation Learning principles. Come learn how to use Next Gen Learning and OER to increase student engagement, outcomes, and retention, while better preparing them to be successful in today's workplace.

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Joshua Moe

Founder/CEO, Odigia
Josh brings over 15 years of experience leading technology design and development teams for small, medium & large organizations. Josh spent over 4 years working in Boston’s higher-ed IT space, where his passion for education technology helped him identify opportunities to improve... Read More →

Kirsten Williford

Program Coordinator Physical Sciences/Chemistry In, Forsyth Technical Community College

Wednesday November 2, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

Designing an open e-textbook for international use
This session will present an open textbook project that arose out of a collaboration between a US and Indian university. The collaboratively-authored text is being used in courses offered at both the US university, VCU, and at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur). In addition, students from the two universities are participating in other joint projects, including online courses and creation of a database serving both teaching and research purposes. We are planning to extend the collaboration to additional international partners and have secured partners in China, South Africa, and Russia.

The subject matter of the textbook, and of the associated courses, namely intercultural communication, calls out for an international perspective. Additionally, the principal author (US) and the collaborating author (India) approach the field from different perspectives, respectively applied linguistics and business communication. The additional partners represent more disciplinary diversity. Examples will be given of how the different viewpoints have contributed to provide a more balanced narrative. The unique perspective provided here is rarely found in commercial textbooks, which favor single national perspectives and respect traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The presentation will provide a discussion of the design of the e-text. In order to provide as much flexibility as possible, the text is modular, with no prescribed order in the units, and each unit being available separately. This allows for a mix and match usage, so instructors can leave out a particular topic or substitute in one or more chapters from other sources. The text is available in multiple formats, with the base from which all versions are created being standard HTML. Thus, content can be freely edited and repackaged. The versions made available to students in the US and India are in HTML, PDF, and EPUB. The text units also form the core of a set of online tutorials which enhance the content in a number of ways. That includes a set of learning objectives, a glossary of terms, an advanced organizer in the form of a short video clip, narrated presentations, and interactive exercises and assessments. The tutorials are available as webpages or e-books. The web version can be used as standalone webpages or integrated into a learning management system such as Blackboard or Moodle. In that case, instructors have the option of recording to the LMS gradebook individual student access to the tutorials as well as assessment scores.

Providing a variety of formats enables the text to be usable in a variety of settings, including in contexts in which mobile phone delivery is most common. One of the advantages of the e-book format is the ability to download the content once to a mobile device, where it is then available off-line. Videos in the tutorials have been reduced in length, size, and bit rate to accommodate slow connections. They are also available on YouTube, along with subtitles, an important consideration for students whose first language may not be English. The no-cost availability and international perspective of the e-text should make it attractive for others to use as well.

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Prof. Robert Godwin-Jones

Professor, World Languages and International Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Robert Godwin-Jones, Ph.D., is Professor of World Languages and International Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and past Director of the English Language Program there. His research is principally in applied linguistics, in the areas of language learning and technology and... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 3:15pm - 3:40pm EDT

3:40pm EDT

Students and Open Education - How to Engage Student Leaders on College Campus
Open Education is a critical topic that brings together a number of stakeholders - educators, administrators, book stores, libraries and students. Due to the nature of student governments, student's tenure working on student-centered issues on college campuses can be transient and short-lived . In order to help grow the open education movement on college campuses, it is critical for administrators, librarians, faculty and other valuable stakeholders to understand the role that student leaders and advocates can play in open education efforts, develop strategic action plans for engaging student leadership on campuses, and understand the value and role that students can play in shaping this conversation.

As a student leader at West Virginia University, I was greeted with open arms by my institution's Library and administration. Our open education movement started from the students, and morphed in to a university-wide initiative aimed at brining low-cost, high-quality open educational resources to our campus. As I have engaged on the national level in regards to this important topic, I have found that student leadership on other campuses are not as engaged or focuses on open education. This can change, and it starts with understanding the role of student leaders as it pertains to open education.

Students can be terrific champions for open education, but they also need to be given measurable, tangible goals to accomplish. Whether this is working on outreach efforts, sponsoring open education-themed events or launching social media campaigns to help bring awareness to open education efforts on campus students are powerful catalysts. The key to increasing student participation and engagement in open education efforts is simple - and in this presentation, I will share that with session participants. From the perspective of a student, I believe I provide a unique perspective on this issue and can give conference participants valuable insight about the role of the student leader and advocate in the open education movement.

Understanding what makes the student the leader is critical, and it will allow for university librarians, administrators and faculty to help engage student leaders in a meaningful, relevant way. Open education is a powerful movement, and the power of the movement can and will be strengthened by students adding their voice to this important conversation. We must all be a part of the conversation if we are all going to be a part of the solution.

For any further questions or comments, please contact me! My email is bnhumphrey @mix.wvu.edu.


Blake Humphrey is a junior at West Virginia University majoring in Political Science and Economics.Blake is a former Member of the West Virginia University Student Government Association's Board of Governors. During his time in SGA, he served as an intern, and he has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of college and textbook affordability.Currently, Blake is serving on the Library Textbook Committee and the Library Student Advisory Committee. Mainly, Blake's work with textbook affordability revolves around Open Source Textbooks (OSTs) and Open Educational Resources (OERs).


Blake Humphrey

West Virginia University Student Government Association

Wednesday November 2, 2016 3:40pm - 4:05pm EDT
Thursday, November 3

9:50am EDT

Open Oregon Educational Resources: One and Three-Quarters Years (and counting!)
Having a statewide OER librarian for Oregon's community colleges was a brand-new position when I started my job in January 2015. But it was backed by years of prior OER work on various campuses and a great deal of interest from faculty, support staff, and administrators. With that groundwork established, Open Oregon Educational Resources takes a top-level view and connects OER initiatives happening at 17 separate community colleges that are not in a system.

This presentation will cover the challenges that I initially perceived and the reality of the past one and three-quarters years. With a tremendous amount of shared effort from partners all over the state, Open Oregon has created a name and online presence for Oregon community college OER efforts; encouraged adoption by sharing information, funding projects, and showcasing successes; and offered in-person and online trainings to build capacity throughout the state. There is growing interest in open degree pathways and a cohort of 35 grant projects underway.

This spring Oregon also hired a statewide OER Specialist for all of higher ed, including our 7 universities. This position within state government is a new colleague and partner for community college OER champions and can advocate within the legislative process. This provides a complement to my position at the community college level.

What's working? What will I never try again? What's next? Stop by this session and find out.

Open Oregon Educational Resources connects OER initiatives happening at 17 community colleges. What's working? Stop by and find out.

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Amy Hofer

Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Serv, Open Oregon Educational Resources
Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, is the OER librarian for Oregon's 24 community colleges and universities. You can visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at openoregon.org. By night she is a fiddler and square dance caller.

Thursday November 3, 2016 9:50am - 10:15am EDT

11:35am EDT

How to utilize research to create a case for an OER initiative
How do you convince your institution, state, etc. to support an Open Education Initiative? John Hilton of Brigham Young University will cover the efficacy research of student success including grades, test scores, completion, and retention. Nicole Finkbeiner from Rice University's OpenStax will then cover student savings metrics, testimonials, and strategies on how to utilize the data to effectively advocate senior administrators, faculty and others for institutional support and a dedicated Open Education Initiative.

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Nicole Finkbeiner

Associate Director, Institutional Relations, OpenStax, Rice University
Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations, focused on developing and managing the relationships with faculty adopters and administrators. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations... Read More →
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John Hilton III

Researcher, Open Education Group at Brigham Young University
I began researching issues related to OER in 2008. I'm passionate about increasing OER research - especially research related to efficacy and student perceptions. See http://openedgroup.org/review.

Thursday November 3, 2016 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT
Friday, November 4

10:30am EDT

Advancing OER policy through Open Government Partnership
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international organization promoting multilateral initiative that seeks to make government more open, effective, and accountable. In OGP, governments of member countries adopt strong commitments (developed in cooperation with the civil society) that adhere to the organization's core principles: government transparency, accountability, citizen participation and technology innovation. Historically, countries have focused strongly on open data but several countries, most notably USA and Slovakia, have also used the OGP as avenue for open education advocacy. In late 2015, governments of over two thirds of the 69 participating OGP countries endorsed the Joint Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This declaration commits participating governments to take advantage of the OGP infrastructure - including the National Action Plan and the guaranteed participation of Civil Society - to help achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Because education is a key part of the agenda, this created a great opportunity for furthering open education policies through OGP in many new countries. The presentation will discuss the latest developments in the area and show specific ways how the conference participants can get involved in the OGP process.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →
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Jan Gondol

Switzerlab, SPARC
PhD in Library and Information Science, caring deeply about open education, open data and open source. Worked & consulted for the Government of Slovakia on the Open Government Partnership. Fan of Python (co-organizer of #PyConSK) and Django.

Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 10:55am EDT