Photo from last year's summit with speaker presenting & attendees listening

Presentation Descriptions


Day 1

Open Education: A Call to Action

Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons

Abstract: The Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which universal access to education is possible. Governments are supporting this shift with a move toward open policies: requiring public access to publicly funded resources. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss specific examples where faculty, institutions and governments have moved the default on practice, culture and funding from "closed" to "open."


Statewide Community College OER Program In Oregon

Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services at Open Oregon Educational Resources

Abstract: Open Oregon Educational Resources is a high-profile example of statewide cooperation among community colleges in support of student savings and faculty innovation. Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services at Open Oregon Educational Resources, will discuss the use of state funding to encourage these activities, including the OER coordinator position, grant program, and professional development offerings. Detailed data collection enables reporting out on benefits to students and making a strong case for continuing the initiative. Florida’s colleges and universities may be able to adopt or adapt some of the components that have worked for Oregon’s colleges. 


California: A System-Wide Investment in OER

Dr. Gerald L. Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT & Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services for California State University

Abstract: Dr. Hanley will discuss California’s State legislative investment in OER and the impact it has had on reducing costs and increasing student success; higher Education leadership role and the State’s goals for OER. Finally, how California measures success at both the institutional and system level. 


Scaling Up: Designing, Implementing, and Supporting Successful OER Degree Programs at Tidewater Community College

Daniel DeMarte, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Abstract: Recognizing that the high cost of textbooks creates a significant barrier for its diverse, economically-challenged students, the faculty at Tidewater Community College took a groundbreaking step in fall 2013 to determine if a degree program could be designed and delivered entirely with openly licensed content. The goal has been to improve student success through increased access and affordability, and at the same time improve teaching efficiency and effectiveness. The result, known as the Z-Degree, has been a remarkable success. Daniel will share why and how the Z-Degree was created, its impact on students and faculty, and steps taken to expand and sustain ZDegrees at TCC. 


Transitioning to a 100% OER Campus at UMUC

Marie Cini, Senior Academic Innovation Fellow; former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland University College

Abstract: Marie Cini will discuss why the University of Maryland decided to make OER a foundation for their institution and how they were able to transition to 100% OER. She’ll share examples of OERs in action, the financial impact OERs has had on both students and UMUC, as well as assessing the impact OER have on student learning. In closing, Dr. Cini will share how OERs are gaining traction in the state of Maryland. 


The Library Role in Supporting OER

Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communications & Special Initiatives Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract: UMass Amherst’s Open Education Initiative is one of the earliest examples of a successful library led program to support faculty transition to using, adapting, or creating OERs. Her presentation will focus on the library perspective and new roles, types of support needed, new partnerships, lessons learned and best practices when considering such a program. 


Day 2

Making Open Education a Priority in Higher Education

David Ernst, Director of the Center for Open Education at the University of Minnesota; Founder and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network

Abstract: The University of Minnesota has made open education a priority in higher education. David will discuss some common barriers and solutions to OER adoption that the University faced, the importance of faculty engagement and support, and building sustainable open education programs. 


Creating effective, sustainable models for student impact

Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director of Institutional Relations at OpenStax College

Abstract: Rice University has a long history of using OER’s. Nicole will share lessons learned along the way, from Connexions to OpenStax, development model for OpenStax texts, sustainability model for OpenStax, CC licenses and faculty enhancements to OpenStax offerings. She will also discuss the current impact of OpenStax such as adoptions, student metrics, etc., how to effectively encourage use of OER; who to get on board at your institution, how to protect academic freedom, and some direct tactics vs. indirect tactics to use at your institution. Case studies to illustrate successfully OER efforts will be shared:

  • Case study: What tactics work to increase OER use
  • Case Study: South Florida State College


Closing the Loop

Ethan Senack, Outreach and Policy Manager, Creative Commons USA

Abstract: Ethan Senack will discuss why OER matters to students and why the student voice is so important. He will describe the impact the use of OER is having on students, equity, and access. He will share how to organize students, what a productive relationship looks like, and outline the steps to implement an outreach program at your school.


Panel Discussion

Identifying key challenges for implementing and supporting OER at an institution and system wide level.