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FEATURED Speakers

 

Devika Ramsingh

Devika Ramsingh

Librarian
Valencia College, West Campus

Session: Keynote Panel, Moderator

Devika has been a librarian for over 15 years. She joined Valencia College in 2016 and became involved in OER as the Liaison for Business. She is also the liaison for Math and Education and an adjunct professor in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) program. Devika is also a member of the college OER team focused on approaching OER from a college-wide perspective.


Susan Dunn

Dr. Susan Dunn

Dean, Behavioral/Social Science
Valencia College, West Campus

Session: Keynote Panel

Susan has been working in higher education since around 2004 and joined Valencia College full time in 2008. For 10 years, she served as the Manager of Credit Programs at the Winter Park Campus before becoming Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the West Campus in August 2019. She began to take an interest in OER around 2012 while conducting research for her dissertation which focused on faculty responses to textbook affordability efforts. In 2019, she revisited the topic of OER and other textbook affordability efforts while conducting further research during a Spring sabbatical. Susan enjoys teaching an occasional section of ANT 2000 – Introductory Anthropology and ANT 2000H – Introductory Anthropology Honors.


Cheri Cutter

Dr. Cheri Cutter

Interim Dean, Business
Valencia College, West Campus

Session: Keynote Panel

Dr. Cheri Cutter joined Valencia College in 2015 as a full-time business faculty member and program chair for the Associate in Science Business Administration program, and currently serves as the Interim Dean of the West Campus Business Division.

Dr. Cutter recognizes the value of Open Education Resources (OER) and incorporates OER in all of the courses she teaches. “Affordability of course materials can be a barrier to student learning and success. To help remove these barriers, most of our Associate level business courses and all of the courses in our Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) utilize free OER.


John Niss

John Niss

Interim Executive Dean
Valencia College, Winter Park Campus

Session: Keynote Panel

John Niss is a math faculty member currently serving as Interim Executive Dean of Valencia College’s Winter Park Campus. He has a long history of involvement in instructional material and is currently the administrative co-chair of the college’s Instructional Materials Standing Committee.


Dave Heffernan

David R. Heffernan

Professor, Criminal Justice Program Chair
Valencia College, Osceola Campus

Session: Keynote Panel

Dave “Heff” Heffernan is a criminal justice program chair and professor at Valencia College. Previously, Dave was the director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) at Valencia College’s School of Public Safety, overseeing the law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice academies, and Florida’s second largest advanced/specialized law enforcement training program.


Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Emerging Technology Librarian
Valencia College, Winter Park Campus

Session: Keynote Panel

Adam Johnson is an Emerging Technology Librarian at Valencia College’s Winter Park Campus. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of technology and equity, and he is a strong advocate for the transformative nature of using open and affordable resources across the curriculum. He has received Creative Commons Certification, attended the AAC&U OER Institute, and led several professional development initiatives at his home institution.